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  • Iraq violence: Bombs cause mayhem across Iraq

    09/15/2013 7:23:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 September 2013
    A fresh wave of bombs has killed at least 21 people across Iraq - mostly targeting Shia areas - officials say. The deadliest was in the city of Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad, where two car bombs at a market killed at least nine civilians. Other bombs hit Baghdad itself as well as Basra, Nasiriya and Karbala in the south of the country. Sectarian violence has surged across Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008. More than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year in Iraq, 800 of them in August alone, according to...
  • Why Couldn't The U.S. Prosecute Musa Ali Daqduq?

    03/08/2013 2:48:49 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - Threat Matrix ^ | March 7, 2013 4:13 pm | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "But if the US can transport Abu Ghaith onto US soil and prosecute him for terrorist activities, why couldn't the Obama administration do the same with Musa Ali Daqduq, the senior Hezbollah commander who was captured in Iraq in 2007? The US Department of Justice had planned to prosecute Daqduq and the FBI was building a case against him. Daqduq was directly implicated in the kidnapping and murder of seven US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. He was in US custody up until December 2011, just before the US withdrew from Iraq. Although the administration argued that it...
  • *IRAQ - Basrah Sport City 60% Completion*

    [Kansas City, MO] 360 Architecture has been selected by the government of Iraq to master plan and design a $500 million “sports city” in Basra. The 360-acre project will be developed in phases. The first phase features a 65,000-seat stadium and a 10,000-seat secondary stadium/practice facility designed to FIFA (international soccer) and Olympic (track and field) standards. It also includes four training facilities, athlete housing facilities, a fire station and helipad, among other items. 360 Architecture is teamed on the project with Newport Global Project Management Group and Abdullah Al-Jiburi Contracting Company, Iraq’s largest general contractor. The team won an...
  • Hizbullah targets Iraq's energy sector in Basra at behest of Iran

    01/19/2010 8:54:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 236+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 1/19/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has been identified as operating in Iraq's southern oil capital. Officials said Hizbullah formed insurgency cells in several Iraqi cities, including Basra. They said Hizbullah was targeting Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite politicians in the Basra region. "Hizbullah is acting in Iran's interest, which is to take over the energy sector of Basra," an official said. In September 2009, Hizbullah Brigades conducted a rocket attack on security forces in Basra. Other Hizbullah strikes targeted pro-Western Shi'ites aligned with the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki. Officials said Hizbullah was using rockets and mortars in their attacks....
  • Christians in Basra subdued for holiday

    12/14/2009 4:05:28 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 331+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 15, 2009 | By Michael Gisick,
    BASRA, Iraq — The small group of American troops and Iraqi Catholics held hands around a table heaped with dishes of rice, chicken, lamb and pizza. "Our Father," began the archbishop of Basra, the Most Rev. Imad Aziz al-Banna, before continuing the prayer in Aramaic, a version of the ancient language likely spoken by Jesus Christ. In the next room at Basra’s Chaldean Catholic Church, a plastic Christmas tree twinkled amid graying photographs of old patriarchs and a newer shot of Pope Benedict XVI. Several of the Americans said while assembling and decorating the tree that it was likely the...
  • The soldiers almost burnt alive in Basra and the heroic medics who saved them

    10/11/2009 9:19:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 593+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12th October 2009 | John Nichol and Tony Rennell
    Continuing our gripping series of our extraordinary series about the doctors and nurses who go into the very heart of battle we reveal the terrifying events that unfolded in Basra in 2005, when a Warrior tank, sent to help an RAF nurse whose ambulance was surrounded by a hostile crowd, was hit by a petrol bomb.The soldiers inside threw themselves out, engulfed by flames. Their dramatic exit was captured by photographs that went round the world. But inside the flaming tank, the gunner was trapped. He was sent to rescue the medic; the question now was - would the medic...
  • Iraqis find Iranian-made rockets after US attacked (base near Basra attacked on Monday evening)

    08/18/2009 12:51:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 708+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/09 | Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD – U.S.-backed Iraqi troops seized a launcher loaded with more than a dozen Iranian-made rockets and detained three suspected militants after an attack against the American base outside the southern city of Basra, officials said Tuesday. Col. Karim al-Zaidi said the missiles were found in an eastern section of Iraq's second largest city after rockets targeted the U.S. base Monday evening. The U.S. military confirmed that 16 rockets were found and three suspects detained by Iraqi troops who responded to the attack. It said no casualties were reported.
  • Basra Education Center Introduces Arabic to Troops

    08/12/2009 4:48:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 337+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Sgt. Larry J. Mears, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Aug. 12, 2009 – U.S. Soldiers, airmen and civilians here are taking part in a special opportunity to learn Arabic. Army 2nd Lt. Noel Cronin converts an Arabic word to its feminine form during the first Introduction to Arabic class offered by the Basra Education Center, Basra, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2009. U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Larry Mears  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. On the first day of the first Introduction to Arabic class offered here through the Basra Education Center, their teacher, an Army interpreter known as Ms. Lucy, wasted no time with...
  • Basra Police Arrest Suspected Terrorist Commander

    08/06/2009 4:37:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 242+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2009 – Iraqi police from the Basra special weapons and tactics team, along with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected terrorist commander yesterday in an Iraqi-led operation in southern Iraq, military officials reported. The SWAT team was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by a Basra-based court. The suspected terrorist commander of a Basra-based insurgent group is believed to be responsible for explosions and indirect-fire attacks in the area. The man’s detainment may reduce the insurgent group’s ability to conduct attacks, Iraqi officials said. (From a Multinational Corps Iraq news release.)
  • Basra Continues Provincial Cleanup Campaign

    08/01/2009 6:19:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 235+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, July 31, 2009 – Local leaders met with members of the Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team at the city’s trash dump July 23 to assess the progress of a month-long project to facilitate the mass cleanup of trash. Gov. Sheltag Aboud al-Mayah of Iraq’s Basra province speaks to the local media at the Basra city trash dump site, July 23, 2009. Next to him stands Army Lt. Col. Gregory Jacobsen, deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt....
  • Forces Probe Rocket Attack, Detain Suspected Terrorists in Iraq

    07/20/2009 4:00:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 915+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 – U.S. forces made headway in an investigation of a rocket attack on a base in Iraq, and Iraqi-led forces detained suspected terrorists and seized weapons in recent operations in Iraq, military officials reported. U.S. soldiers pursued criminals suspected of launching a rocket attack against Contingency Operating Base Basra on July 16 that resulted in the deaths of three Multinational Division South soldiers. Following the attack, U.S. troops were flown by helicopter to the suspected launch location, northeast of Basra Airport, where the soldiers were met by 14th Iraqi Army Division soldiers. A U.S. patrol pursued...
  • 3 Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed in Iraq

    07/17/2009 9:38:05 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 15 replies · 1,664+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 7/17/09 | Sarah Lemagie/Bill McAuliffe - Staff Reporters
    A missile strike in Iraq Thursday killed three Minnesota soldiers, all members of the National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, family and friends said Friday. One of those killed near Basra was Carlos Wilcox, 27, of Cottage Grove, whose mother said her son asked her to mail him books so he could study for a medical school entrance exam when he got home. "He knew that God had called him to be a soldier and a doctor," said Charlene Wilcox. Dan Drevnick, 22, a graduate of Woodbury High School, was also killed in the attack. The third soldier, James...
  • Military Police Begin New Law, Order Mission in Basra

    07/15/2009 5:18:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 373+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Darryl L. Montgomery, USA
    CONTENGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, July 15, 2009 – A new law and order force is now on duty here to provide a safe and secure environment for servicemembers. Army Sgt. David Karlson, military policeman with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division’s 34th Military Police Company, approaches a vehicle to address a violation during a training exercise on Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, July 11, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Darryl L. Montgomery   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Military police of the 34th Military Police Company began patrolling the base here July 11 due to the combined...
  • Withdrawal Marks Historic Day for Future of Iraq, General Says

    06/30/2009 5:46:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 335+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 30, 2009 – In accordance with Article 5 of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, Iraqi security forces now have full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages. Army Capt. Rich Turvey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over Joint Security Station Salaam to Iraqi army 1st Lt. Jassim Abbas at a transfer ceremony near Numaniyah, Iraq, June 20, 2009. In accordance with the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, Iraqi security forces took full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages on June 30, 2009. U.S....
  • Army Commander Meets With Shaykhs

    06/18/2009 5:36:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Carlos Burger, USA
    BASRAH — Col. Butch Kievenaar, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, met with key Basrah province shaykhs at the Basrah Operations Center here, June 16. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the brigade commander to the shaykhs, as well as discuss partnership as it’s related to the U.S.-Iraqi Security Agreement, said Maj. Richard Fierro, fire support officer for the brigade. The commander spoke with the shaykhs and explained to them what contributions the U.S. forces were bringing to the province. "Since we moved into the province, I wanted you to hear from me what...
  • British Forces Return Hotel to Iraqi Officials

    06/18/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Brandon LeFlore, USA
    BASRAH — British forces handed over a former Coalition headquarters to Iraqi officials during a ceremony at the Basrah International Airport Hotel here, June 15. The handover of the hotel is part of the ongoing withdrawal of British forces from Iraq in accordance with the United Kingdom's security agreement with the Iraqi government. "Military and civilian personnel, both Iraqi and Coalition, have worked within the hotel to achieve the conditions that have allowed us to celebrate many days just like this – the return of functions and facilities to the Basrawis," said Group Captain Richard Hill, deputy commander of British...
  • Face of Defense: Singing Soldier Knows About Second Chances

    06/05/2009 5:57:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 219+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. J.P. Lawrence, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 5, 2009 – Army Spc. Cleon Shack stood in the shadows near the stage, waiting on his second chance. Army Spc. Cleon Shack performs in Round 2 of “Basra Idol,” a music contest at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, May 23, 2009. Shack was one of three finalists to make it to the final round. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. J.P. Lawrence  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A week before, Shack and eight others had entered “Basra Idol,” a music competition for servicemembers here. Shack had sung “Midnight Lover,” a song he...
  • Iraqi Children’s Hospital Nears Completion in Basra

    06/03/2009 6:43:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 273+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 3, 2009 – Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team visited and surveyed the progress of the children’s hospital in Basra, Iraq, May 28. Army Maj. (Dr.) Roger Brockbank looks over the grounds May 28, 2009, as soldiers make their way to the entrance of the children’s hospital under construction in Basra, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The 94-bed facility will be the first state-of-the-art pediatric specialty hospital in Iraq and is nearing completion, with outpatient services slated to start in...
  • Basrah Children's Hospital Nears Completion

    06/01/2009 5:10:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    BASRAH — The 94-bed, 16,000-square-meter Basrah Children's Hospital, which will be the first state-of-the-art pediatric specialty hospital in Iraq, is nearing completion with outpatient services slated to begin in September. Inpatient oncology services are slated to begin in November, surgical services in January, and additional services, such as radiation oncology, will become available at later stages. "Having a specialized pediatric hospital will be beneficial for the children of Basrah and the future generations to come," said Maj. Roger Brockbank, 2nd Brigade Combat Team surgeon, 4th Infantry Division. "We participated in what I would consider a joint, multi-agency project, to provide...
  • U.S. Soldiers Coordinate Training With Iraqi Forces

    05/22/2009 5:21:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 264+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Brandon LeFlore, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, May 22, 2009 – Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, met with the commanders of the tactical support unit companies in Basra, Iraq, to discuss training May 12. Capt. Mustafa, right, commander of an Iraqi tactical support unit, identifies the unit’s operational area to U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ray Critchfield, May 12, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon LeFlore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The battalion is planning a training event for the security forces in the area and is assessing each unit’s...
  • Salute Major Phil Packer

    05/03/2009 4:30:16 AM PDT · by sussex · 2 replies · 354+ views
    http://theagedp.blogspot.com/ ^ | 03/05/09 | The Aged P
    "A soldier who lost the use of both of his legs in Iraq is today celebrating reaching the half way stage of the London Marathon, despite the race finishing last week. Major Phil Packer, 36, suffered catastrophic injures during a rocket attack in Basra, but is determined to complete the arduous marathon on crutches, and is notching up two miles per day."
  • Major 'staggered' at changed Basra

    04/30/2009 9:04:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 925+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/30/09 | Caroline Wyatt
    Major Dickie Head looks bemused as we emerge from the safety of an armoured Iraqi Army Humvee and walk towards what was one of the most dangerous parts of Basra - now a small, but busy, market. This is the first time he has returned to this area since a tour of duty which saw him and his men engulfed in a vicious and lengthy battle near the city centre. His unit was trying to recover the bodies of the five British service-personnel killed when a Lynx helicopter was brought down by insurgents on 6 May 2006.
  • UK combat operations end in Iraq

    04/30/2009 5:04:06 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 2 replies · 295+ views
    A ceremony has been held in Basra to mark the official end of the six-year British military presence in Iraq. UK combat operations finished when 20 Armoured Brigade handed over to a US brigade at a "flagdown ceremony". In London, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said a new chapter in relations between the two countries had begun. Earlier, a memorial service attended by Defence Secretary John Hutton took place in Basra for the 179 UK personnel who have died during the conflict. The focus was a memorial wall featuring the names of the 234 UK and foreign troops who lost their...
  • Anger at deadly U.S. military raid in southern Iraq

    04/26/2009 5:52:56 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 16 replies · 1,121+ views
    Reuters ^ | 26 Apr 2009 | Aref Mohammed
    BASRA, Iraq, April 26 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Iraqis protested against U.S. forces on Sunday after U.S. soldiers killed a man and a woman in an overnight raid that was condemned by the provincial governor. The U.S. military said it targeted "special groups" fighters, or elite Shi'ite militiamen the United States says are funded and armed by Iran, in a raid on their house early Sunday in the city of Kut, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad. In a statement, the military said U.S. troops had shot and killed a man suspected of being behind supplying weapons to the...
  • Basra Offensive Was ‘Turning Point’ for Iraq, General Says

    04/01/2009 4:59:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 330+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2009 – Last spring’s Iraqi-planned and Iraqi-led military campaign that successfully subdued insurgents in and around Iraq’s southern city of Basra was a turning point in the conflict, a senior U.S. officer posted in Iraq said today. When Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki decided in March 2008 to attack insurgents and criminals lodged in Basra, Multinational Corps Iraq “had its first opportunity to gain the initiative in the south,” Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. “We didn’t hesitate in partnering with the Iraqi security forces,” Austin, commander of Multinational...
  • Iraqis Maintain Pace of Progress in Basra

    03/23/2009 6:19:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 229+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2009 – The Iraqi security forces are performing high-level and fast-paced operations in Basra, making progress in other areas possible, the commander of Multinational Division – Southeast said today. British army Maj. Gen. Andy Salmon said the “atmospherics” in Basra are positive and that the citizens have high expectations for the future. “People are content with the security here, very confident in the way the Iraqi security forces are delivering that, but they're also focused on jobs, health and education for the future,” Salmon said during a video teleconference with Pentagon reporters today. The Iraqi army and...
  • Iranians Sieze Khor al-Amaya (Basra Oil Terminal)

    03/03/2009 4:49:38 AM PST · by harwood · 26 replies · 1,861+ views
    ..."Urgent news media has just been published in many media, including the channel of East .. Confirm the occupation of territory, including a new island (or lead) by Iran, Iraq, as reported breaking news that the Iranian Foreign Ministry today demanded the inclusion of the port of Iraqi civilian side ..!.."
  • He's back from Iraq -- again (Iraqi Police Trainer)

    02/08/2009 8:34:29 PM PST · by Syncro · 20 replies · 1,340+ views
    Republican American ^ | Sunday, February 8, 2009 11:08 PM EST | Lt. Col. Sherman McGrew
    Sunday, February 8, 2009 11:08 PM ESTHe's back from Iraq -- again I'm back. And understandably, everyone has questions. Most often asked is, "How was it?" Long, hot, hard and sometimes dangerous. Once again, I am greeted by countless people who tell me that they have read my articles and got a real feel for what is happening in Iraq. One older gentleman said that he was reminded of Ernie Pyle writing during World War II. I'm humbled by the comparison. I hope, as Pyle did, to have been able to bring the experiences of our soldiers home to you....
  • Iraqi River Police: Force on the Water

    01/03/2009 12:08:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 315+ views
    BASRAH — Three days after graduating a multi-week training course, the first Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics Tactical Response Team joined Coalition forces in a joint operation here. The river-focused force filled vital overwatch positions, and maintained active security and communications with Iraqi Police and Army units as well as with Coalition units. “This demonstrates the capability of this force, and how their training prepared them for real-world missions,” said a Coalition advisor to the TRT. The TRT is a new capability for Iraq allowing the Police to have a specially trained cadre skilled in the art of maritime and...
  • Airport transitions to civil authority in southern Iraqi province

    01/01/2009 3:09:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 286+ views
    Multi-National Division South East BASRA – Iraqi authorities took control of the Basrah International Airport from Coalition supervision today in a ceremony in the southern city of Basra. This transfer of authority comes after four years of operation since it closed after the start of the war in 2003. On hand for the event was Basrah Governor Mohamad El Wa'ili, Basrah International Airport Director Abdul Ameer, Director General of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Administration Sebeeh Al Shebany and Multi-National Division-South East Commander British Maj. Gen. Andy Salmon, as well as other officials, members of Iraqi Security forces and Iraqi media....
  • Priceless Smuggled Treasure Found

    12/25/2008 2:06:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 1,137+ views
    BASRA — Iraqi Security Forces recently uncovered hundreds of historical artifacts during two raids in northern Basra. The 228 ancient artifacts included Sumerian and Babylonian sculpture, gold jewelry and other items from ancient Mesopotamia.“This is my favorite item,” said Iraqi Col. Ali Sabah, commander of the Basra Emergency Battalion that led the operation, holding a piece of gold jewelry. “It’s gold from the Babylon ages and about 6,000 years old. It doesn’t have a price.”“I’m very happy because this is my civilization’s heritage,” he said.The Basra Emergency Battalion led raid operated from tips that smugglers intended to remove the...
  • Sports Club in Basra source of local pride

    12/13/2008 8:49:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 410+ views
    Basrah, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqis in al-Tanoma city in east Basra will soon have access to a modern sports club where they can host and watch sporting events. The project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is designed to provide a safe haven for youth to play, practice and develop their skills. “The rehabilitation work for the four decades old facility is an important step to meeting the needs of Basra’s next generation of athletes,” said Lateef Khlaf, the sports club administrator. “As you know, the Iraqi people love sports like soccer and basketball. They will be very...
  • Hitmen charge $100 a victim as Basra honour killings rise

    11/30/2008 5:06:16 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 520+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | November 30, 2008 | Afif Sarhan
    Authorities in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have admitted they are powerless to prevent 'honour killings' in the city following a 70 per cent increase in religious murders during the past year. There has been no improvement in conviction rates for these killings. So far this year, 81 women in the city have been murdered for allegedly bringing shame on their families. Only five people have been convicted. During 2007 the Basra security committee recorded 47 'honour killings' and three convictions. One lawyer in the city described how police were actively protecting perpetrators and said that a woman in...
  • Dependable Clean Water Source Coming Soon to Basrah

    11/10/2008 3:19:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 188+ views
    BASRAH — Two million Basrah residents will soon have a more-dependable source of household water for cleaning, cooking, bathing, and washing. A $5 million project, scheduled to complete next summer, will connect permanent power to the Sweetwater Canal Pump Station #2. About 70 Iraqis are on the crew installing a new switch gear room, two 5 megavolt amp transformers and two new 1.5 megavolt back-up generators. “The project is directly impacting Basrah’s economy,” said Iraqi engineer Sattar, who works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Local Iraqis are on the construction crew earning steady paychecks and most of the...
  • Police Transition Teams Start From Scratch in Basra

    10/29/2008 4:33:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 203+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger, USA
    BASRA, Iraq, Oct. 29, 2008 – Combat Outpost Perry here houses elements of the U.S. Army's 21st Military Police Company, the first U.S. military police unit in the area. Army 1st Lt. James Webb, platoon leader, 21st Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, discusses arms room operations with Iraqi police at the 6th Emergency Battalion Headquarters in Basra, Iraq, Oct. 26, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The unit, which is primarily based out of nearby Contingency Operating Base Basra, is deployed to provide assessments, assistance,...
  • Security Progress in Basra Paves Way for Economic, Social Improvements

    10/16/2008 9:29:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 357+ views
    WASHINGTON — After three months commanding Multi-National Division - Southeast in Iraq, British Marine Maj. Gen. Andy Salmon said he’s struck by progress since the Iraqi Army’s “Charge of the Knights” operation this spring and the way Iraqi security forces have stepped up since securing Basra. Speaking to Pentagon reporters via teleconference, Salmon cited low levels of violence, on par with crime and murder rates in Manchester, England, and lower on a per-capita basis than in Washington. “Overall, there seems to be a spirit of reconciliation and peace in the air here in Basra,” he said. “That’s really constant.” People...
  • Cleric is Shot Dead in Basra

    09/21/2008 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Daily Express ^ | September 20, 2008
    Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed a cleric loyal to US foe Muqtada al-Sadr in the southern city of Basra. Police say Sheik Oday Ali Abbas al-Ajrish was killed on Friday evening near his home. A Basra police officer and a medic from the city's morgue confirmed the killing. Al-Ajrish's brother, Mohammad al-Ajrish, is a member of the tribal council for southern Iraq. Al-Sadr lives in Iran but retains significant influence in Iraq. His Mahdi Army militia battled US and Iraqi forces for years, but al-Sadr declared a ceasefire last year and his militia is largely disbanded.
  • British combat troops to leave Iraq 'within a year'

    08/16/2008 9:58:57 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies · 110+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | August 15, 2008
    All British combat troops are to be withdrawn from Iraq by the middle of next year, leaving a few hundred military trainers to continue instructing an Iraqi army division based in Basra, according to proposals confirmed by defence sources yesterday. The British sources also said that the Government had no plans to maintain a permanent base in Iraq, although they emphasised that no final decisions had been taken. Details of the new British personnel structure are to be negotiated in the status-of-forces agreement to be signed with Baghdad. Yesterday The Times disclosed, after an interview with Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi...
  • Troubling revelation: Did our British allies sit on their hands in Iraq?

    08/15/2008 8:57:02 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 17 replies · 176+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | August 15, 2008 | David Paulin
    Troubling revelation: Did our British allies sit on their hands in Iraq? Scandal over Britain's military echoes critique of murdered journalist Steven VincentBy David PaulinThree years ago this month, American freelance journalist Steven Vincent was kidnapped and murdered in Basra, Iraq, a port city then under British military control. His murder occurred as Britain's military – as Vincent had earlier reported -- was turning a blind eye to the rise of menacing Shiite religious groups, including those of bellicose rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr.Now, three years later, the ineptitude of British forces in Basra has boiled over into a full-fledged scandal...
  • Wall St Journal: "Basra and the Brits"

    08/14/2008 3:12:43 AM PDT · by The Raven · 14 replies · 774+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Aug 14, 2008 | editorial
    A controversy has broken out in London over Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the honor of Britain's military, and Iraq. It's a reminder of the road America could have taken before the surge made victory possible -- and a warning to politicians who are slaves to public opinion in war. The story starts with this spring's military offensive by the Iraqi government to oust the Shiite militias from the southern city of Basra. The British were given coalition control in the south starting in 2003. Yet when the Iraqi military ran into trouble at the start of their operation this year,...
  • UK Basra deal claims 'not true'

    08/05/2008 12:49:26 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 13 replies · 184+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5th August 2008 | BBC News
    'The defence secretary has said reports British soldiers delayed helping Iraqi troops in Basra because of a deal with militiamen were "simply not true". The Times said a secret pact with the Mehdi Army kept British forces on the sidelines for days while an attack was launched on the Shia group in March. While officials denied the pact, but admitted a previous deal, Des Browne said he never constrained the military. The Conservatives said the public had not been given the "full picture". Responding to questions from shadow defence secretary Liam Fox, Mr Browne said: "The allegations made in the...
  • BBC: UK Basra deal claims 'not true'

    08/05/2008 12:19:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 210+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 5 August 2008 19:44 UK | BBC Staff
    UK Basra deal claims 'not true' A deal allowed UK troops to withdraw to Basra's airport last summer The defence secretary has said reports British soldiers delayed helping Iraqi troops in Basra because of a deal with militiamen were "simply not true". The Times said a secret pact with the Mehdi Army kept British forces on the sidelines for days while an attack was launched on the Shia group in March. While officials denied the pact, but admitted a previous deal, Des Browne said he never constrained the military. The Conservatives said the public had not been given the...
  • 'Secret Deal' Kept British Troops Out of Basra Battle

    08/05/2008 5:01:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies · 202+ views
    DailyMail ^ | Aug. 5, 2008
    'Secret deal' with Iraqi militia kept British troops out of battle for Basra Aug. 5, 2008 British forces were accused of staying on the sidelines during a battle in Iraq because of a "secret deal" between the UK and an Iranian-backed militia, it was reported today. Four thousand British troops were unable to come to the aid of US and Iraqi soldiers for six days during the battle for Basra this year, reports said But the Ministry of Defence denied there was any "accommodation" which prevented troops from entering Basra. An MoD spokeswoman said British forces were not sent in...
  • Secret deal kept British Army out of battle for Basra

    08/04/2008 4:16:43 PM PDT · by Dog · 9 replies · 177+ views
    TOL ^ | August 5 2008 | Deborah Haynes in Baquba and Michael Evans, Defence Editor
    A secret deal between Britain and the notorious al-Mahdi militia prevented British Forces from coming to the aid of their US and Iraqi allies for nearly a week during the battle for Basra this year, The Times has learnt. Four thousand British troops – including elements of the SAS and an entire mechanised brigade – watched from the sidelines for six days because of an “accommodation” with the Iranian-backed group, according to American and Iraqi officers who took part in the assault.
  • Secret deal kept British Army out of battle for Basra

    08/04/2008 4:01:58 PM PDT · by flyfree · 89 replies · 212+ views
    timesonline ^ | August 5, 2008
    A secret deal between Britain and the notorious al-Mahdi militia prevented British Forces from coming to the aid of their US and Iraqi allies for nearly a week during the battle for Basra this year, The Times has learnt. Four thousand British troops – including elements of the SAS and an entire mechanised brigade – watched from the sidelines for six days because of an “accommodation” with the Iranian-backed group, according to American and Iraqi officers who took part in the assault. US Marines and soldiers had to be rushed in to fill the void, fighting bitter street battles and...
  • U.S. Soldiers Charged Over Killing of Iraqi Prisoner

    08/02/2008 1:10:46 PM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 188+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 2, 2008 | Reporting by Missy Ryan; editing by Andrew Roche
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military has charged two soldiers over the killing of an Iraqi prisoner, military officials said on Saturday. Staff Sergeant Hal Warner and 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna, stationed near Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, were charged with premeditated murder over the death of Ali Mansur Mohamed, the U.S. military said in a statement. Mohamed was originally believed to have been released from U.S. custody in mid-May, the statement said. Military officials were unable to immediately provide details on how Mohamed was killed. Warner would face a hearing later this month to determine whether...
  • New Courthouse to Open in Basrah (ESSAYONS)

    08/01/2008 4:48:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 95+ views
    BASRAH — Officials in Basrah will soon open a new 11,000-square-meter, two-story courthouse and witness protection facility here providing visual proof that the rule of law is once again a fundamental pillar of this nation. “When completed, the new judicial facility will serve more than two million residents,” said Keith Addams, Gulf Region Division. “It’s a magnificent structure built by local Iraqis who tell me they’re very proud to be part of this effort. As I drive around to different job sites in Basrah and I see the dome of the new courthouse off in the distance, I can’t help...
  • Basra Could Become Another Dubai, Says Region’s Commander

    07/27/2008 4:23:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies · 171+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 15 July 2008 | By Jim Garamone
    Security progress in Basra is “overwhelming” and Iraq’s second-largest city could be “another Dubai in the coming decade,” the commander of Multi-National Division - Southeast said July 14, referring to the bustling international business hub. British Army Maj. Gen. Barney White-Spunner told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Baghdad that Operation Charge of the Knights - ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in March - has “well and truly” turned the tide in the city. Before the operation, militias controlled large parts of the city. Militia leaders, many under control of Iran, intimidated the populace and turned the city into...
  • New Medical Facility to Cut Infant Mortality Rate by Half (ESSAYONS & Doctors)

    07/26/2008 12:45:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 150+ views
    BASRAH — “I feel blessed to be working on this important project,” said Ryan Hartwig, construction representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Basrah Children’s Hospital Office “Each time we go, we see more progress. I can look at the place now and actually visualize patients using this facility,” he continued. “It’s just very satisfying being part of this effort that will no doubt save or change the lives of so many Iraqi children.” Several key partners are involved in the project including Project Hope (a non-government organization), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Iraqi Ministry of...
  • Building Hope for Iraqi Children (Basrah)[Rehabilitated 22 Hospitals, 115 Primary Clinics Built]

    07/26/2008 4:28:03 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies · 226+ views
    American Forces Network ^ | Saturday, 26 July 2008 | By A. Al Bahrani
    ”I feel blessed to be working on this important project,” said Ryan Hartwig, construction representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Basrah Children’s Hospital Office “Each time we go, we see more progress. I can look at the place now and actually visualize patients using this facility,” he continued. “It’s just very satisfying being part of this effort that will no doubt save or change the lives of so many Iraqi children.” Several key partners are involved in the project including Project Hope (a nongovernment organization), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, explained...