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  • A resilient Baghdad on a day of horror

    10/25/2009 9:48:25 PM PDT · by Saije · 6 replies · 582+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/26/2009 | David Ignatius
    From the air Sunday morning, this looked like a city restored. You could see paddle boats skimming the pond at Zawra Park, and go-karts and waterslides. And in every direction, new schools and soccer fields and bustling warehouses -- all taking shape under the canopy of the new Iraq. But down below, it turned out to be a morning from hell. Terrorists exploded two massive car bombs at the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad provincial administration, killing more than 100 and wounding more than 500... Around the time the bombers struck, I was flying over the city in a Black...
  • US should seek rebate for Baghdad embassy work, report finds

    10/23/2009 12:51:40 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 506+ views
    AP ^ | 23 Oct 2009
    The State Department’s internal watchdog called yesterday for officials to demand a rebate of more than $132 million from a company that built the massive US Embassy in Baghdad to make up for shoddy work. In a report, the department’s inspector general said First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting Co. should be required to pay back roughly a quarter of the $470 million it was awarded to build the sprawling embassy. More than $730 million was spent on the embassy - the largest US diplomatic mission in the world. The report also took issue with the State Department’s oversight of work...
  • Blackwater defense team seeks security (for defense/Baghdad)

    10/21/2009 9:04:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 335+ views
    Politico ^ | 10-21-09 | Josh Gerstein
    Lawyers for five former Blackwater contractors facing manslaughter charges over an alleged massacre in Iraq are demanding that the U.S. government arrange armed security for the defense team as it heads into the dangerous streets of Baghdad to gather evidence and interview witnesses. The Obama administration could soon face a stark choice: Order U.S. commanders in Iraq to give the defense attorneys a military escort for their trip, or throw into jeopardy the prosecution of one of the worst alleged atrocities of the Iraq war. The defense lawyers complain that U.S. prosecutors and FBI agents had military help to gather...
  • Iraq set to buy Russian weaponry

    10/17/2009 2:09:23 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,338+ views
    RIANovosti ^ | 10/17/2009 | RIANovosti
    A military delegation from Iraq will visit Moscow in the near future to discuss the purchase of Russian weaponry, an Iraqi parliament member has said. "A large delegation from the Iraqi Defense Ministry will travel soon to Moscow for talks on arms purchases [from Russia]," Abbas al-Bayati said in an interview with the Al Iraqiya television. According to the Iraqi MP, Baghdad is seeking to sign arms contracts with Russia, Germany, France, Serbia and the United States by the end of 2011 "to complete the creation of Iraqi Armed Forces and security forces." Al-Bayati said the Iraqi leadership is interested...
  • 08/21/2009: Conservative News That YOU Should Digg!

    08/21/2009 5:30:59 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 4 replies · 673+ views
    Here are the news stories, editorials, and videos that conservatives dugg yesterday, Thursday, August 20, 2009. Please take a moment to digg these articles at Digg.com, then get back over here! What is Digg? And why should I care?
  • "Please Say a Prayer for Allegra"

    08/19/2009 10:42:53 AM PDT · by wazoo1031 · 126 replies · 2,438+ views
    Me | August 19, 2009
    Please say a Prayer for my sister Allegra who has to head back into Baghdad tomorrow! We're freaking out because the death toll from today's "activities" keeps rising! Hopefully they won't bring her back until it's safer... Thanks, Wazoo1031
  • British guard appears in court over Baghdad killings

    08/11/2009 12:50:30 PM PDT · by Allegra · 4 replies · 328+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 8, 2009 | Martin Chulov and Steven Morris
    The British security contractor accused of murdering two western colleagues in Baghdad and critically wounding an Iraqi appeared in court today and "made a full confession" about his role in the alleged rampage, according to a senior Iraqi official. Daniel Fitzsimons, a former Paratrooper, appeared before an investigative judge who told him he faces the death penalty if convicted. Interior ministry spokesman Major General Abdul-Kareem Kalaph said last night that Fitzsimons had confessed during the brief hearing to shooting dead his colleagues.
  • Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

    06/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory." One drove a motorcycle with party streamers on it; another, a Humvee with a garland of plastic roses on the grill. U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraq's urban centers by midnight on Tuesday under a bilateral security pact that also requires all troops...
  • Iraqis detain 5 Americans in Baghdad

    06/07/2009 1:11:31 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 587+ views
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 6-7-09 | Kim Gamel
    Iraqi authorities have detained five U.S. citizens in connection with the death of an American contractor in Baghdad, officials said Sunday, in what could be the first case of Americans facing local justice under a joint security pact that took effect this year. The body of Jim Kitterman, who was reportedly bound, blindfolded and stabbed, was found in his car last month in the protected Green Zone where his small construction company was based. It was an unprecedented slaying in the sprawling district and occurred at a time when blast walls are coming down and Iraqi forces are assuming greater...
  • 'American decadence' invades Baghdad

    05/30/2009 6:45:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 60 replies · 1,762+ views
    One News Now ^ | 5/30/2009 | Jim Brown
    A U.S. Embassy in a Muslim country has sponsored an event to celebrate the homosexual lifestyle. Last night the U.S. Embassy in Iraq held a "Gay Pride Theme Party" at a pub called Baghdaddy's. Embassy employees were encouraged to attend the Baghdad event dressed in drag or as a homosexual icon. Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says homosexual activism at U.S. embassies was prevalent during the Bush administration, but it has gone a step further under the Obama administration.
  • Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria to Link Their Power Networks

    05/29/2009 2:53:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Blog: Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Blog Details Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria to Link Their Power Networks Iran, Iraq, and Turkey yesterday signed an agreement for power and energy cooperation and for linking their power networks with that of Syria. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Iran's Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah and his Iraqi and Turkish counterparts at the end of the first regional power conference, held in Baghdad. Under the agreement, power networks of the Persian Gulf Arab states, Central Asian republics and regional countries will in the long run be connected to those...
  • Twittering in Baghdad (Silicon Valley Execs Join State Department Delegation to Iraq)

    05/07/2009 10:23:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 163+ views
    San Jose Metro ^ | 05.06.09 | Gillian Reagan
    Silicon Valley execs join State Department delegation to IraqIN A meeting room in Baghdad's Green Zone, Scott Heiferman, chief executive of Meetup.com, and Jason Liebman, chief executive of how-to video site Howcast, sat down with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih for some coffee. It was one of their last meetings as part of a delegation of Silicon Valley and New York–based technology executives—including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, WordPress's Raanan Bar-Cohen and representatives from YouTube, Google and AT&T—who were sent to Iraq by the U.S. State Department to help formulate ideas on how to build its information infrastructure from scratch....
  • Secure Enough to Sin, Baghdad Revisits Old Ways

    04/21/2009 7:56:11 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 8 replies · 421+ views
    NYT ^ | April 18, 2009 | Rod Nordland
    BAGHDAD — Vice is making a comeback in this city once famous for 1,001 varieties of it. A liquor store in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad. The stores were tolerated by Saddam Hussein but shut by militiamen after his ouster in 2003. Gone, for the most part, are nighttime curfews, religious extremists and prowling kidnappers. So, inevitably, some people are turning to illicit pleasures, or at least slightly dubious ones. Nightclubs have reopened, and in many of them, prostitutes troll for clients. Liquor stores, once shut down by fundamentalist militiamen, have proliferated; on one block of busy Saddoun Street, there...
  • Ordinary Moments in a Once-Unpredictable Place

    03/18/2009 3:31:54 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 234+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2009 | Anthony Shadid
    Two Hours at a Baghdad Shawarma Stand BAGHDAD The cart teetered out at 4 p.m. Unique, its owner, Bahloul Younes, called it. Admiringly, he pointed to its steel ornaments, wrought in curves like the letter S. He looked fondly at the rickety wheels that carry it each day to the neighborhood of Adhamiyah, once one of Baghdad's most dangerous. "A proper place would be too expensive," Younes admitted. Soon after, he hung three lights on it, rigging electricity from a spider's web of necessity and ingenuity that hovered over the street. They flickered on, tentative and hesitant, like so much...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Suicide bombing in Baghdad kills at least 28, Reuters reports

    03/10/2009 4:08:20 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 38 replies · 958+ views
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ ^ | 3/10/2009 | Reuters via MSNBC.Com
    nothing follows as of yet
  • End to Baghdad's 'dark era': Nightclubs reopen (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH AND US TROOPS)

    02/28/2009 6:35:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 1,397+ views
    msnbc ^ | 2/28/2009 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    The American soldier stepped out of the Baghdad nightclub. In one hand, he clutched his weapon. In the other, a green can of Tuborg beer. He took a sip and walked over to two comrades, dressed as he was in camouflage and combat gear. Inside the club Thursday night, U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division ogled young Iraqi women who appeared to be prostitutes gyrating to Arabic pop music. A singer crooned soulfully through scratchy speakers to the raucous, pulsating beat — an action that Islamic extremists have deemed punishable by beheading. Twenty minutes later, several drunk men coaxed...
  • In Baghdad, Signs of a Rebirth

    02/24/2009 8:08:31 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 2 replies · 442+ views
    pMSNBC (web) ^ | 2/23/2009 | MSNBC
  • Explosives are found at polling station in Iraq

    01/27/2009 9:16:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 469+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | January 28, 2009 | Heath Druzin,
    SAADIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi police officers found explosives planted at a polling station Sunday morning here, the latest incident in a tense run-up to provincial elections in northeast Diyala province. The officers found two anti-tank mines with cell phone detonators at a school that will act as a polling station in Saadiyah, north of Baghdad in a part of Iraq disputed between Kurds and Arabs, U.S. military officials said. An Iraqi army explosives ordnance team defused and disposed of the explosives, officials said. Two men hired to guard the school were arrested for suspected complicity in the bombing plot, an...
  • ISF captures suspected sniper team in northeast Baghdad

    01/20/2009 7:58:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 470+ views
    MNF-IRAQ.com ^ | Jan. 18, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20090118-07 Jan. 18, 2009 ISF captures suspected sniper team in northeast Baghdad Multi-National Division – Baghdad UR, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces thwarted an attack on a U.S. military patrol in northeast Baghdad Jan. 17. Elements of the 1st National Police Division, and 42nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, worked together to detain a suspected sniper team that was targeting an American forces on patrol in the Haay Ur neighborhood of northeast Baghdad. “The actions of our ISF partners saved at least one, and probably several, U.S. Soldiers...
  • Warden Message: U.S. Embassy Baghdad Personnel Movement Restricted

    12/25/2008 12:36:30 AM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 624+ views
    OSAC.gov ^ | December 24, 2008 | n/a
    Note: The following SNIPPET is a quote. Click on the link below to read the entire text. https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=95091 YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: U.S. Embassy Baghdad Personnel Movement Restricted CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Middle East / N. Africa - Iraq 24 Dec 2008 RELATED REPORTS 15 Dec 2008 AL-QA’IDA IN IRAQ (AQI) ATTACK OVERVIEW (DECEMBER 1-5, 2008) U.S. Embassy Baghdad released the following Warden Message on December 24, 2008: Due to threat information against the US Embassy in Baghdad, the US Embassy is restricting the movement of its personnel located within the...
  • Did the shoe cause rebellion at Baghdad's July 14 Bridge?

    12/18/2008 1:34:09 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 490+ views
    McClatchy ^ | December 17, 2008 | Mohammed al Dulaimy
    BAGHDAD — The square in front of the July 14 Bridge in Baghdad is closed by troops several times a day. The bridge leads into the American-controlled Green Zone. On the square, not far from the Green Zone, lie the offices of the president and the head of the biggest parliamentary bloc. Official convoys come and go all day long. In the many times that I have been at that square, no one has ever objected to soldiers closing off the road while some official's convoy passes by. We all turn off our cars and sit there and wait. Wednesday,...
  • Al-Zaidi could face 15 years in prison for throwing shoe at Bush

    12/18/2008 5:30:59 AM PST · by SolidWood · 109 replies · 2,463+ views
    Menassat ^ | December 17, 2008 | TANIA TABAR
    BEIRUT, December 17, 2008 (MENASSAT) – Muntazer Al-Zaidi is facing charges of “aggression against a president” and could receive 15 years in prison if charged with the maximum sentence, said the spokesman for Iraq’s High Judicial Council, Abdul Satar Birqadr. Zaidi appeared in Court on Tuesday, where he admitted to throwing a shoe at George W. Bush at a press conference a few days earlier. According to the family of the 29-year old journalist who worked for Al-Baghdadiya TV, Zaidi appeared in court with a broken arm and rib and bruises on his eyes and legs. Dirgham Al-Zaidi, Muntazer’s brother,...
  • Michael J. Totten: On the Hunt in Baghdad

    12/15/2008 10:52:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1,023+ views
    michaeltotten.com ^ | December 15, 2008 | Michael J. Totten
    BAGHDAD -- “If your men conduct any raids,” I said to Captain Todd Looney at Combat Outpost Ford on the outskirts of Sadr City, Baghdad, “I want to go.” “We might have something come up,” he said. “If so, I'll get you out there.” Less than an hour later, one of the most dangerous terrorist leaders in all of Iraq was spotted holding a meeting at a house in the area. An arrest warrant had already been issued by the government of Iraq, and Captain Looney's company was the closest to his location. They would be the ones to...
  • Video: The surge worked

    11/14/2008 11:09:53 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 6 replies · 756+ views
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | ED MORRISSEY
    JD Johannes gives us a before-and-after look at the Dora sector of Baghdad, pre-surge and current day. The difference between April 2007 and October 2008 is stunning, perhaps even more so with the latter shots occurring at night:
  • Bombings kill 31 in Baghdad during morning commute

    11/11/2008 1:29:19 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 16 replies · 492+ views
    AP ^ | 11/10/08 | ROBERT H. REID
    A suicide bomber Monday struck a crowd rushing to help schoolgirls trapped in a bus by an earlier bombing. The Interior Ministry said at least 31 people were killed — the deadliest in a string of blasts that raise doubts about Iraqi security forces as the U.S. prepares to reduce troops. The ministry said another 71 people were wounded in the twin blasts, the deadliest attack in Baghdad in six weeks. A third bomb exploded about 130 yards from the scene in the mostly Shiite Kasrah section of north Baghdad but caused no casualties, police said. No group claimed responsibility...
  • Terror Linked Iranian in 'Kidnap' Puzzle (more info in this story)

    03/05/2007 7:24:18 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 1,140+ views
    N.Y. Post ^ | March 05, 2007
    Terror Linked Iranian in 'Kidnap' Puzzle March 05, 2007 New York Post Oran Dan JERUSALEM -- A retired Iranian general linked to the killing of five American soldiers in Baghdad vanished mysteriously in Istanbul last month, Israeli media reported yesterday. Arab newspapers are hinting the CIA and/or the Israeli spy agency Mossad are behind the disappearance of Gen. Ali Reza Askari, the reports said. Askari, a former deputy defense minister, arrived in Istanbul on a flight from Damascus on Feb. 7, left his luggage in his hotel room - and vanished. The missing general was in charge of Iranian undercover...
  • Western Journalists in Iraq Stage Pullback of Their Own

    10/12/2008 3:23:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 662+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2008 | Ernesto Londońo and Amit R. Paley
    The number of foreign journalists in Baghdad is declining sharply, a media withdrawal that reflects Iraq's growing stability and the financial strains faced by some news organizations. In a stark indication of the changing media focus here, the number of journalists traveling with American forces in Iraq has plummeted in the past year. U.S. military officials say they "embedded" journalists 219 times in September 2007. Last month, the number shrank to 39. Of the dozen U.S. newspapers and newspaper chains that maintained full-time bureaus in Baghdad in the early years of the war, only four are still permanently staffed by...
  • As Fears Ease, Baghdad Sees Walls Tumble (Victory is on the Horizon)

    10/12/2008 8:41:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 405+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2008 | Alissa J. Rubin, Stephen Farrell and Erica Goode
    BAGHDAD — Market by market, square by square, the walls are beginning to come down. The miles of hulking blast walls, ugly but effective, were installed as a central feature of the surge of American troops to stop neighbors from killing one another. “They protected against car bombs and drive-by attacks,” said Adnan, 39, a vegetable seller in the once violent neighborhood of Dora, who argues that the walls now block the markets and the commerce that Baghdad needs to thrive. “Now it is safe.” The slow dismantling of the concrete walls is the most visible sign of a fundamental...
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • Blasts outside Green Zone as US-Iraq deal nears

    10/07/2008 7:18:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 448+ views
    AFP ^ | 10-7-08
    Two powerful bombs exploded outside the Iraqi capital's tightly-guarded Green Zone on Tuesday as US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was ending a visit focused on a controversial military pact. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said an agreement was "very close" and that there were "new ideas and new language" to clinch a mutually-acceptable security deal. "This needs some bold political decisions now," he said. An Iraqi military officer said at least one soldier was wounded in the blasts which went off in quick succession at a time of heavy traffic.
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • U.S.-led forces in Iraq say they killed Qaeda leader

    10/03/2008 5:32:21 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 64 replies · 3,754+ views
    reuters ^ | Fri Oct 3, 2008 5:29pm EDT
    U.S.-led forces said they shot dead a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq on Friday who was the mastermind behind a series of deadly recent bombings in Baghdad. A spokesman for coalition forces said Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu' al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Assad or Abu Rami, had been al Qaeda in Iraq's "emir" of the Rusafa neighborhood of the capital.
  • Satellite images show ethnic cleanout in Iraq (Reuters Says Ethnic Cleansing, Not Surge, Worked)

    09/21/2008 6:57:44 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 9 replies · 300+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 19, 2008 | Maggie Fox
    Satellite images show ethnic cleanout in Iraq By Maggie Fox, Health and Science EditorFri Sep 19, 4:19 PM ET Satellite images taken at night show heavily Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Baghdad began emptying before a U.S. troop surge in 2007, graphic evidence of ethnic cleansing that preceded a drop in violence, according to a report published on Friday. The images support the view of international refugee organizations and Iraq experts that a major population shift was a key factor in the decline in sectarian violence, particularly in the Iraqi capital, the epicenter of the bloodletting in which hundreds of thousands...
  • Some deadly [Islamic] bombings in Baghdad this year [2008]

    09/15/2008 1:52:33 AM PDT · by Righting · 192+ views
    ap.google ^ | Feb 12, 2008
    Some deadly bombings in Baghdad this year [2008] _July 15: Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in a crowd of army recruits at the Saad military camp in Baqouba, killing at least 28. _June 26: A suicide bomber detonates an explosive belt inside a municipal government building in Karmah, killing at least 20 people at a meeting of tribal sheiks opposed to al-Qaida. _June 26: A car bombing near a government headquarters in the northern city of Mosul kills 20. _June 22: A female suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonates herself in front of a government complex in Baqouba,...
  • US says troops could quit Baghdad soon

    09/03/2008 10:36:24 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 3 2008 | Demetri Sevastopulo
    General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said declining violence in Baghdad raised the possibility that American combat troops could leave the capital by next summer. Asked in an interview with the Financial Times whether it was feasible that US combat forces could leave Baghdad by July, he said: “Conditions permitting, yeah.” His comments come as the US and Iraq hammer out the final details of a long-term security agreement that reportedly outlines a potential timeline for US combat troops to leave Iraqi cities by next summer, and the country by 2011. “The number of attacks in Baghdad...
  • Battered Baghdad being transformed

    09/03/2008 4:26:57 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 449+ views
    The Australian ^ | 3rd September 2008 | Patrick Walters
    BAGHDAD in 2008 is a city tantalisingly close to a genuine transformation. The first impression after an absence of two years is the stunning reduction in the appalling level of violence that had torn the city's suburbs apart over the past four years. A relative calm has now descended. On the day I arrived, there was not a single serious security incident across the whole of Baghdad. As Ramadan begins, it seems Iraqis are increasingly weary with war and yearn for a more normal life. Last week, 60,000 people crowded into a city stadium for a major football match. Rocket...
  • Petraeus Re-enlists 1,215 U.S. Troops July 4 in Iraq

    08/28/2008 9:02:28 PM PDT · by JavaJumpy · 1 replies · 151+ views
    defenselink.mil ^ | July 5, 2008 | American Forces Press Service
    Baghdad, July 5, 2008 – Servicemembers from all over Iraq gathered here today in the Al Faw Palace rotunda on Camp Victory, to re-enlist and celebrate America’s Independence Day. 1,215 U.S. servicemembers from all over Iraq re-enlisted during a ceremony in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victrory in Baghdad, July 4, 2008. Multinational Force-Iraq Commander Army Gen. David Petraeus led the ceremony. Photo by MNF-I Public Affairs (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. All 1,215 servicemembers celebrated by raising their right hand and pledging to continue defending the ‘land of the free’ in what is the largest...
  • Coalition forces capture Hezbollah Brigades nine operatives in Baghdad

    08/12/2008 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 19 replies · 177+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 8/12/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Hezbollah Brigades' logo is nearly identical to that of Lebanese Hezbollah. Coalition forces, likely the special operations hunter-killer teams of Task Force 88, have captured nine Hezbollah Brigades operatives during three raids in the Adhamiyah district in Baghdad over the past 24 hours. The first intelligence-driven raid netted a Hezbollah Brigades cell leader who operated in Basrah. "According to information from suspects already in custody, he is believed to be involved in smuggling weapons and fighters across the Iraq-Iran border," Multinational Forces Iraq reported in a press release. Three other suspected Hezbollah Brigades associates were captured. The second raid...
  • South Baghdad Ready for Transition

    07/31/2008 11:56:43 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 19 replies · 169+ views
    3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. PAO ^ | 31 July 2008 | Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
    CAMP STRIKER — U.S. Soldiers are preparing to hand over their area of operations in Southern Baghdad and believe the conditions are set for making a successful change. “Our plan is to conduct a transfer of authority of Southern Baghdad, not with another Coalition forces element, but with the 17th Iraqi Army Division,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “The conditions are set for the 17th IA Div. to take charge of its area of operations – which is virtually all of the Mahmudiyah Qada,” said Maj. David Jones, operations...
  • Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250

    07/28/2008 5:22:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 51 replies · 856+ views
    Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three female suicide bombers killed 28 people and wounded 92 in Baghdad on Monday as Shi'ite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said. In the northern oil city of Kirkuk a bomb killed at least 22 people and wounded 150 at a protest against a controversial provincial elections law, Iraqi health and security officials said. The U.S. military said initial reports showed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The blasts marked one of the bloodiest days in months and underscored...
  • Pack your bags for Baghdad? Iraq looks to tourism (Say WHAT?)

    07/23/2008 5:48:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 247+ views
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  • Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist captured in Baghdad

    07/21/2008 8:14:37 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 21July08 | Bill Roggio
    Coalition special forces teams, likely the terrorist hunter-killer teams of Task Force 88, have captured a Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist during a raid in New Baghdad. The propaganda specialist was positively identified by his wife after the raid, and he later admitted to his role in seeding websites with attack videos
  • Caption Osama...errrrrrrrr Obama in Baghdad today

    07/21/2008 7:37:03 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 37 replies · 366+ views
    reuters ^ | July 21,2008
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama attends a meeting with Iraq's President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad July 21, 2008. REUTERS/Wathiq Khuzaie/Pool (IRAQ)
  • Hedge Fund Trader Now Calls Sadr City Home (GREAT NEWS -MUST SEE VIDEO)

    07/19/2008 12:22:55 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 234+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7-18-08 | Clarissa Ward
    Sgt. Frank Lugo leads a double life. In the United States, he was a successful hedge fund trader with condos in New York and South Beach, Fla. Now he is in an unlikely spot -- Iraq, where he lives in the sprawling slum of Sadr City. "My lifestyle's obviously drastically different back home than it is here," Lugo said. "But there are things that can't be replicated back home that are here. This belief that we're trying to accomplish something that's greater than oneself." Lugo is an Army reservist. At 36, he has re-enlisted four times, swapping fast cars and...
  • Baghdad - 4 July '08 (Videos of largest re-up ceremony in history - 1,215 troops)

    07/08/2008 4:17:50 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 212+ views
    YouTube/Mudville Gazette ^ | 7-4-08 | US Military
    July 4, 2008 Military Re-Enlistment Ceremony of 1,215 members of our awesome US Armed Forces .. the largest re-up ceremony in history, *** Pt 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aAU1XE8MQk *** Pt 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcQqzISEqLY&feature=related *** Pt 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqzMMrkDWyk&feature=related
  • Airport Road Revitalization Project Begins in Baghdad (ESSAYONS)

    07/07/2008 4:25:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 98+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. David Hodge, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq, July 7, 2008 – Leaders from Multinational Division Baghdad, the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi government broke ground July 5 for a project to revitalize the road from Baghdad International Airport to the heart of the Iraqi capital. A member of the Iraqi National Police stands behind three gold-painted shovels while Baghdad Mayor Saber al-Esawi speaks during a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the Airport Road revitalization effort in southern Baghdad, July 5, 2008. Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team worked with leaders from...
  • Deadly car bomb hits Baghdad

    07/06/2008 8:09:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 197+ views
    alJazeera ^ | July 6, 2008
    Deadly car bomb hits Baghdad A car bomb has exploded in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 14. The explosion on Sunday morning was in front of the mortuary of the capital's Al-Yarmukh hospital, one of the main medical facilities in the city, a defence ministry official said. Several shops were destroyed by the blast. One woman was among the dead and three policemen were wounded. Initial reports suggested the blast targeted an interior ministry convoy. "Six people have been killed and 14 others wounded," an interior ministry official said. Separate attacks In other violence,...
  • From Baghdad to London: Lessons from one thousand years of urbanisation in Europe and the Arab world

    07/01/2008 9:26:00 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 211+ views
    VOX ^ | 28 June 2008 | Maarten Bosker, Eltjo Buringh, Jan Luiten van Zanden
    Baghdad was a wonder of the world in the year 800 while London was an economic backwater. By 1800, London was the largest city in the world while Arab cities languished. Recent research attributes this ‘trading places’ to institutional differences: Arab cities were tied to the fate of the state while European cities were independent growth poles. Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in northwestern Europe? At the turning of the first millennium, Europe was a backward part of the world economy with low levels of urbanisation and income. But between 1000 and 1800, Europe surged from a backwater of...
  • Relative peace in Baghdad remains fragile as troops carry out counterinsurgency plan

    06/29/2008 3:06:13 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 6 replies · 269+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/29/2008 | Bill Murray
    Click to view images froma patrol in Northeast Baghdad. Photos by Bill Murray. BAGHDAD, IRAQ: It’s near noon on a Friday in Northeast Baghdad and the neighborhoods the U.S. military calls Muhallahs 535 and 734 are quiet. It’s the weekend, and many adults are at the local mosques for worship, leaving the streets filled with dozens of adolescent boys, yelling, kicking and raising minor havoc on bicycles, soccer balls and the unlucky stray dog. As U.S. Army Specialist Luis Garza and 2nd Lieutenant Jonathon Logan patrol the neighborhoods, they remember these streets during a less docile time. Both men...
  • Concrete Peace [Baghdad]

    06/27/2008 10:28:45 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 4 replies · 142+ views
    Abu Muqawama ^ | June 28, 2008 | "Dr. iRack"
    The horrific sectarian cleansing of much of Baghdad in 2006-2007 separated the warring parities. As a consequence of the surge, the sectarian cleansing slowed and has now basically stopped. It is not "complete" in the sense that there are still some Sunni neighborhoods (mostly in western Baghdad) and a few (somewhat) mixed areas elsewhere, but Baghdad has become a city of enclaves. Beyond the U.S. troop increase, the greater emphasis on population security, and the recruitment of local Sons of Iraq to patrol neighborhoods and man checkpoints, there is another ingredient to the fragile, Balkanized peace in Iraq's capital: concrete....