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  • 'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade

    11/24/2015 3:26:44 PM PST · by wtd · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Alster
    'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigadeHAIFA, Israel – A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other. The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a key ISIS militia known for its bloody and vicious hold over parts of the Golan Heights. Six of the group’s top men were killed, including Muhammad "Abu Ali" al-Baridi,...
  • New Eilat Brigade to Guard South

    11/24/2011 1:10:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF's Southern Command is establishing a new regional brigade that will operate as part of the Edom army group. The IDF website explained that the Eilat Regiment "was born as a result of tension along the border with Egypt, that rose following the toppling of the government in Egypt and intensified after the terror attack on Route 12 in August." Eight Israelis died in the combined attack by terrorists who reached the Eilat border area by traveling from Gaza through the Sinai. The new brigade will operate in the Eilat area and along part of the Israel-Egypt border. It...
  • Why Send New Brigade to Iraq if Combat is Over??

    10/27/2010 4:08:38 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 8 replies
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 10/27/10 | Peter Andrew
    President Barack Obama told the nation we have ended combat operations in Iraq. So why the need to send ANOTHER Brigade to Iraq?! I thought he was going to bring all our troops home from Iraq! Wasn't there supposed to be a troop draw-down? Is this just another broken promise? [DOD announced today]..."The unit consisting of approximately 3,800 personnel will deploy in January... and will replace redeploying units with no increase in overall force levels." What?! No increase in force levels??!! What happened to a DECREASE?!
  • Five Fort Lewis Soldiers Now Charged in Afghan Deaths

    06/16/2010 1:48:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 574+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/16/10 | AP
    The Army says four more soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state have been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of three Afghan civilians earlier this year. In all, five soldiers have been charged. All are assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • ‘Advise and Assist’ Brigade Helps Bridge Project

    10/14/2009 5:04:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 193+ views
    SAQLAWIYA, Iraq, Oct. 14, 2009 – On a floating bridge beside the stump of a modern concrete highway span under construction here, two middle-aged men talk through an interpreter about the job before them. Army divers come out of the Euphrates River after a two-hour dive to locate debris in the path of the new Saqlawiya bridge being built north of Taqaddum, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2009. The “umbilical cord” on shore includes the air supply and communications for the divers, who are assigned to the 86th Engineer Dive Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Ships, Planes Deliver Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan

    08/21/2009 4:23:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 626+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – Military transportation experts used ships and planes to deploy an Army combat unit that arrived in Afghanistan last month, marking a notable milestone for U.S. Transportation Command. The 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Wash., began departing from nearby Tacoma by ship in early May; the unit’s equipment arrived in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province July 25, about five days earlier than requested by U.S. Central Command, Army Lt. Col. John Kaylor, a transportation expert assigned to Transcom’s headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., said yesterday. More than 3,800 troops and 900 pieces...
  • Iraqis Prepare to Fight the Flames

    08/13/2009 5:02:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Korry Leverett, USAF
    A U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron directs two Iraqi firefighters as they enter a burning shipping container during training on Ali Base, Aug. 3. Photo by Airman 1st Class Tony Ritter, 407th Air Expeditionary Group. ALI BASE — Underneath the blistering desert heat in 40 mile-per-hour winds, firefighters from the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and the city of Nasiriyah recently gathered here for their final training session with live fire. The Airmen here have been mentoring Iraqi firefighters for six weeks with the ultimate goal of preparing the group with the skills necessary...
  • New Advisory Brigades to Deploy to Iraq During Troop Rotations

    07/14/2009 4:36:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 473+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2009 – Four new advisory and assistance brigades will deploy to Iraq beginning this fall in the next regularly scheduled troop rotations, a senior defense official announced today. The brigades, known as AABs, are specially configured Army units focused on training and mentoring Iraqi security forces. The new AABs are among seven brigade-size elements whose upcoming deployments were announced today. One brigade is going to Kuwait and two others to Afghanistan to replace redeploying forces, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. Unlike traditional brigade combat teams, the AABs will focus less on combat operations and more on...
  • US breaks up Mahdi Army 'Promise Day Brigade' cell in Al Kut

    04/26/2009 3:46:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 470+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | April 26, 2009, 4:07 pm | Bill Roggio
    The US military broke up an Iranian-backed terror cell associated with Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army during a raid in Al Kut in central Iraq. Iraqi officials are claiming the US military conducted the raid without approval. Coalition forces killed one Iranian-backed terrorist and captured six others during a raid that targeted a financier that supports both the Mahdi Army Special Groups and the Brigade of the Promised Day. One woman was also killed during a gunfight that broke out during the raid; the woman was caught in the crossfire. The Brigade of the Promised Day was created by Sadr...
  • Soldiers in Afghanistan Keep Brigade Connected

    11/06/2008 3:36:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Brandon Sandefur, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2008 – Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division’s Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, make sure Task Force Duke has all appropriate lines of communication up and running so the mission can move forward. “We maintain the phone and Internet connections for Jalalabad Airfield, which is the central hub for the brigade,” said Army Sgt. Alexander Englehart from Temecula, Calif. “We control all of the phones here in Jalalabad as far as programming them, making sure the phone book is up-to-date and things like that. We pretty much do everything related to the phones,...
  • Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"? Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

    09/28/2008 10:08:19 AM PDT · by Oyarsa · 95 replies · 2,317+ views
    Dandelion Salad ^ | 9/08/2008 | Gina Cavallaro
    Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1 3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer Posted : Monday Sep 8, 2008 6:15:06 EDT The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys. Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home. Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under...
  • Last Surge Brigade to Return After Successful 13-Month Deployment

    06/28/2008 4:49:18 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 231+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Friday, 20 June 2008 | By John J. Kruzel
    The last of the five Army brigades to deploy with the “troop surge” in Iraq will return in July after a 13-month deployment, during which soldiers detained more than 800 terrorist suspects and helped foster Iraqi self-governance. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team has operated in the Arab Jabour area of southeastern Baghdad, where the number of attacks plummeted from about 30 a week when they arrived in May 2007 to about one a week now. “All in all, it's been a very successful operation for us,” Army Col. Terry Ferrell, 2nd Brigade Combat Team commander, told reporters...
  • Iraqi Brigade Graduates Besmaya Combat Training Center

    02/16/2008 2:02:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 104+ views
    BESMAYA — A graduation ceremony filled with music, marching and speeches marked a tremendous step for Iraq when the Iraqi Army’s 3rd Brigade, 14th Division graduated here, Feb 13. The brigade is fully equipped and trained to battle enemies of Iraq because of ‘Unit Set Fielding’, a process that takes an entire Army brigade and gives the Soldiers the equipment and training they will need to fight. Iraqi Army Gen. Babakir, commanding general and chief of staff, Iraqi Joint Forces, attended the event and delivered a compelling speech to the graduates of the brigade. “I am proud to stand before...
  • ‘Ironhorse’ Brigade Officer Reflects on Progress in Iraq

    12/27/2007 3:32:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 93+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Dec. 27, 2007 – When the senior leadership and soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team arrived in Iraq nearly 15 months ago, the security situation here was quite different from the one they now experience as they patrol the streets throughout their area of operations. Keeping his eyes peeled for anything suspicious, Katy, Texas, native Army Spc. Frank Maier, a scout for Troop A, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls security in Ath Alba, Iraq, a village north of Baghdad, in mid-March 2007...
  • Army Announces Stationing Decisions for New Troops

    12/23/2007 9:40:52 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 41 replies · 1,028+ views
    Army News Service ^ | Dec. 19, 2007 | Elizabeth M. Lorge
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 19, 2007) - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody today announced plans to activate three new units in 2008, and other unit-stationing decisions to support the Army's growth by up to 74,200 Soldiers, including 65,000 active-duty Soldiers, by 2010. The stationing plans announced during a Pentagon press conference this afternoon include six infantry brigade combat teams, eight active-component support brigades and various-sized combat-support and combat-service-support units. "The Army is undergoing the largest transformational change since 1942," said Gen. Cody. "We've changed our doctrine. We've changed our...
  • Brigade Continues to Work With Shiia, Sunni Groups

    11/26/2007 4:50:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 59+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – Though the surge has worked, that doesn’t mean that extremists – especially Shiia special squads – have been overcome, the commander of the first surge brigade into Iraq said today. Army Col. B. Don Farris, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, said that when the soldiers first arrived in Baghdad in January, sectarian violence was at an unprecedented level. “Whole-scale murder and displacement of families from both sects was alarming,” Farris said during a briefing with Pentagon reporters from Baghdad. “Al Qaeda remained organized, determined and extremely lethal, and...
  • Brigade’s Departure Validates Surge Strategy, Commander Says

    10/17/2007 5:12:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 38+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2007 – The return of 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team to Fort Hood, Texas, proves the surge of American troops into Iraq is working, a coalition commander said today. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take a break during a cordon-and-search operation in the Rashid district of Baghdad on April 14, 2007. Photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “(That unit) is about to depart, and there is not another surge brigade coming in behind it,” Army Col. John Lehr...
  • Fort Hood Brigade Notified for Iraq Deployment

    10/09/2007 4:14:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 186+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2007 – Defense Department officials announced today that 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, will deploy to Iraq in summer 2008. The deployment of the Fort Hood, Texas, unit is part of the normal rotation of forces, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. There are about 3,500 soldiers in the brigade. Before deploying to Iraq, the unit will re-flag and become 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. “This could cause some confusion, because the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry, is already in Iraq,” Whitman said. That unit, based at Fort Bliss, Texas, is due to redeploy back to the United States...
  • New York Guard Brigade Prepares to Deploy to Afghanistan

    08/01/2007 5:40:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 380+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2007 – New York National Guardsmen will start deploying to Afghanistan late this year, Defense Department officials said today. About 1,700 Guardsmen of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will relieve South Carolina National Guardsmen of the 218th Brigade Combat Team as the primary trainers of the Afghan National Army. The New York brigade is based in Syracuse. “Thousands of New York Guardsmen have answered the call from serving at Ground Zero when the Twin Towers fell to commanding combat troops in Central Iraq and now to the mountains of Afghanistan,” said Army Lt. Col. Paul Fanning,...