Saturday, September 10, 2005


Miss. Guardsmen affected by Katrina refused leaves |
Scores of Mississippi National Guard troops in Iraq who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina have been refused even 15-day leaves to aid their displaced families, told by commanders there were too few U.S. troops in Iraq to spare them, according to members of the Mississippi Guard.

About 600 members of the Mississippi Guard’s 155th Brigade Combat Team, posted south of Baghdad in the area known as the “Triangle of Death” for the frequency of insurgent attacks, live in the parts of southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana hit hardest by Katrina, Maj. Neil F. Murphy Jr., a spokesman with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, said by e-mail Saturday.
We'll rebuild Mississippi right after we rebuild baghdad. Brilliant.

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