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  • Learning To Love McCain

    02/04/2008 4:08:00 AM PST · by moderate_conservative · 54 replies · 242+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | February 4th, 2008 | The Stiletto
    Republicans rooting for Rudy, overlooking his liberal positions on social issues and instead focusing on his national security hawkishness or his record of fiscal conservatism as Mayor of New York City, are already gravitating to John McCain based on Rudy’s say-so. It stands to reason that if these Republicans could forgive Rudy’s apostasies, they can surely overlook McCain’s. But what about those who consider McCain anathema – despite his 82 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union? Why is it that the same conservatives who can forgive Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping on just about every significant issue can’t get past...
  • Bloomberg attacks Washington, raising speculation about 2008

    01/19/2008 1:30:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 238+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/19/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    He says he's not running for president, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to the delegate-rich state of California Saturday deliver a scorching attack on Washington for failing to keep up with the need for new airports, roads, water systems and bridges across America. While China and other nations are investing heavily in ports and high-speed trains "Washington doesn't have a plan" to address crumbling U.S. infrastructure, Bloomberg said. In remarks clearly aimed at a national audience, the mayor said politics trumps common sense in Congress, where pork-barrel spending takes priority. Washington "spends money to win votes," Bloomberg said....
  • Coalition, Iraqi Army Work Together to Clear Out Al-Qaida

    01/15/2008 3:38:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Amanda McBride, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU Coalition forces teamed up with Iraqi Army Soldiers Jan. 10, to conduct an operation focused on securing an area south of Baghdad known as Chaka Four Region. Troops from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division seized weapon caches and detained suspected al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) members during Operation Nanos II, the first joint operation between the units. More than 50 suspects were detained, including one individual believed to be behind the assassination of prominent sheik Imad Ghurtani last November. Soldiers also discovered a bomb-making...
  • Iraqis Realize They Need Coalition to Stay, Odierno Says

    01/09/2008 3:31:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 167+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2008 Coalition servicemembers are making a difference in Iraq, and despite political rhetoric there, the countrys leaders realize they need coalition forces to remain, the commander of coalition ground forces said yesterday. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, said that when he visits battalions and companies throughout Iraq, he is struck by the way Iraqis deal with coalition forces. Its a very interesting dynamic, the general said during a conference call with military analysts from his headquarters in Baghdad. I go out about five times a week, and its clear...
  • December coalition deaths - 2nd lowest since war began

    12/31/2007 2:05:26 PM PST · by Fido969 · 27 replies · 157+ views
    As Maine Goes Blog Forum ^ | 12/31/07 | Tom C
    It's just after midnight in Bagdad, and while the final number may change, the preliminary number of coalition fatalities in Iraq for December 2007 is 22, down from 40 in November - which was itself a month hailed as unusually quiet in Iraq. While each, of course, is tragic, coalition fatalities of 22 would be the lowest monthly total since the war began.
  • Rice Rejects Huckabee Criticism--Huckster Bodyslam Alert

    12/21/2007 10:23:58 AM PST · by OCCASparky · 143 replies · 861+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | Dec 21 11:43 AM US/Eastern | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - In a brief foray into politics, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday denounced comments by a leading Republican presidential candidate that the Bush administration's foreign policy is arrogant and unilateral. "The idea that somehow this is a go-it-alone policy is just simply ludicrous," she said at a State Department news conference. "One would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is now a go-it-alone foreign policy." Her remarks came in response to a question about criticism from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has surged in the...
  • Ten killed, eight detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda senior leaders (Samarra, Iraq)

    11/25/2007 6:09:21 PM PST · by Son House · 7 replies · 290+ views
    MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK ^ | Sunday, 25 November 2007 | MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
    BAGHDAD Ten terrorists were killed and eight suspects detained during Coalition forces operations Saturday north of Samarra. During three coordinated operations early Saturday, Coalition forces targeted senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders and associates, killing a wanted individual, believed to be associated with the Badush prison escape in March. Reports indicate that the wanted individual had previously been imprisoned for weapons smuggling. As the ground force approached the target area, they were engaged by armed men who were then observed maneuvering into defensive positions near a reed line. Responding in self-defense, the ground force called for supporting aircraft to engage,...
  • Coalition Air Component Remains Strong, General Says

    11/04/2007 12:01:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 131+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2007 The coalition air component in Iraq remains strong, airlifting supplies and troops, providing surveillance and assisting ground forces with kinetic support, a senior air force officer in Iraq said today. During a news conference with reporters in Baghdad, Air Force Maj. Gen. David M. Edgington, director of Multinational Force Iraqs Air Component Coordination Element, referred to air lift forces as the backbone of the air component. The number of pallets that we bring into this country keep at least 100 vehicles off the roads every day that would otherwise be delivered via convoys, he said....
  • Coalition forces disrupt terrorist operations; 10 killed, three detained(Nice Reid too)

    11/02/2007 8:16:58 AM PDT · by Son House · 10 replies · 251+ views
    MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK ^ | Friday, 02 November 2007 | MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists and detained three suspects during operations Friday targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq. Southeast of Baghdad in Salman Pak, Coalition forces conducted an operation targeting an alleged foreign terrorist facilitator with ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq senior members operating in the Arab Jabour area. Reports indicate the individual is also associated with several foreign terrorist facilitators operating outside of Iraq, and an al-Qaeda in Iraq member who claims involvement in attacks against Coalition forces. The ground force was engaged by small arms fire as they approached the target building. Responding...
  • Coalition operations continue to degrade al-Qaeda in Iraq network

    10/24/2007 7:15:24 AM PDT · by Son House · 22 replies · 109+ views
    MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ ^ | Wednesday, 24 October 2007 | MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and detained 19 suspected terrorists during operations Wednesday in central and northern parts of Iraq. Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during an operation west of Tikrit who is believed to be an associate of several terrorist leaders operating throughout the Tigris River Valley. The suspect is allegedly responsible for the movement of weapons from outside of Iraq to safe houses in the area. As Coalition forces arrived at the target area, the wanted individual surrendered to the ground force and was detained without incident. In southern Baghdad, Coalition forces captured...
  • Iraq: Coalition-caused deaths.

    10/22/2007 2:14:22 PM PDT · by avacado · 19 replies · 96+ views
    Iraq Body Count (IBC) ^ | March 18, 2007 | IBC: Iraq Body Count
    Coalition-caused deaths. Coalition forces, principally US as well as some UK, were identified to have killed at least 536 Iraqi civilians in year four (excluding a major incident in Najaf in January which is still under investigation by IBC). This compares with 370 in year three.
  • 1,200 Tarmiyah citizens vow to fight al-Qaeda

    09/22/2007 11:20:49 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 720+ views
    Blackanthem Military News ^ | Sep 22, 2007 | Multi-National Division - North PAO
    TAJI, Iraq - More than 1,200 Iraqi males from in and around Tarmiyah stood in line for hours to join Iraqi Security Forces, local sheiks and Coalition Forces in the fight against al-Qaeda and other insurgent militias in Tarmiyah Sept. 12. Local sheiks and CF from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment reached out to the Iraqi people, asking the citizens of the small town of Tarmiyah to volunteer to defend their homes and neighborhoods against the terrorist insurgency in their town. This concept of the people standing against al-Qaeda and other insurgents has been dubbed an "awakening," or the mental...
  • Diggers take it to Taliban

    09/18/2007 2:00:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 307+ views
    The Australian ^ | 19th September 2007 | Mark Dodd
    AUSTRALIAN special forces in Afghanistan have struck at Taliban insurgents in their heartland in a series of secretive, brutal engagements waged across some of the most hostile terrain the commandos and Special Air Service troopers have ever fought in. The fight for south-central Oruzgan province was a pivotal battle and one with crucial security implications, the commander of Australia's special forces, Major General Mike Hindmarsh, said yesterday. In a rare interview, Major General Hindmarsh said SAS operations had thrown the Taliban "off balance", helping prevent insurgent attacks on the key provincial centres of Tarin Kowt and Kandahar. "The Taliban, they're...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Offer Assistance (850+ villagers & 120 animals benefit)

    08/09/2007 5:01:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2007 Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition forces brought medical, veterinary and material assistance to Afghan civilians at the Sangin District Center, Helmand Province, Aug. 1-5. The medical and veterinary assistance were made possible due to diminished Taliban enemy activity in the area. Coalition forces have put heavy pressure on insurgents in Helmand Province since spring, a strategy that disrupted the Talibans plan for a spring offensive. Most of the people who come here have problems that are preventable or easy to fix. We can make simple advice and a little bit of...
  • Iran unveils 'world's largest carpet' for UAE mosque

    08/01/2007 1:40:25 AM PDT · by familyop · 21 replies · 1,603+ views
    AFP by way of the Hindustan Times ^ | 31JUL07 | Agence France-Presse
    Iran on Tuesday unveiled what it said was the world's largest handwoven carpet, worth 5.8 million dollars and larger than a football pitch, to be laid out in a United Arab Emirates mosque. The carpet, adorned with green and cream colours, was made in 18 months from 38 tonnes of wool and cotton by 1,200 weavers in three villages in northeastern Iran, said the head of Iran's state carpet company, Jalaleddin Bassam. It is to be spread out in the mosque in UAE capital Abu Dhabi that bears the name of UAE president and founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan....
  • Coalition making a difference in Iraq: top British officer (Lieutenant General Graham Lamb)

    07/13/2007 2:11:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 473+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/07 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Multi-national troops in Iraq are "making a difference" towards building a secure and successful country despite the enormous challenges, Britain's top military officer there said Friday. "This is difficult, it is damned dangerous, but I have no question in my mind that we are making a difference," Lieutenant General Graham Lamb, deputy commander of the multi-national force, told BBC radio from Baghdad. He denied the US-led troops were engaged in a lost cause. "Are we moving towards a better life for Iraq and an opportunity for this nation to succeed? I believe so and have never doubted...
  • For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow

    06/09/2007 12:53:44 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 21 replies · 1,242+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06/09/2007 | Craig S. Smith
    TIRANA, Albania, The highlight of President Bushs European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight. Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time. Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world, said Edi Rama, Tiranas mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even...
  • Euphoric Welcome Awaits Bush in Albania

    06/08/2007 10:13:08 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 31 replies · 1,810+ views
    05 06 2007 In contrast to many countries, where presidential visits are controversial, Albanians seem united in their desire to welcome the US leader, seeing him as their best ally in the world. By Besar Likmeta in Tirana Albania's capital, Tirana, is decked out in the stars and stripes of the American flag in preparation for the long-awaited visit of the US President George Bush, whom most Albanians consider their greatest friend in the world. The countdown for the June 10 visit has long started, with the government scrambling hard to complete the tight security measures needed to protect the...
  • Some Albanians insulted by Bush security measures

    06/03/2007 11:35:27 AM PDT · by joan · 28 replies · 988+ views
    AlertNet ^ | May 31, 2007
    TIRANA, May 31 (Reuters) - An Albanian government decree allowing U.S. Marines to be the only armed corps guarding President George W. Bush on a visit next week has been seen by some in Albania as an insult to their security forces. Albania has been looking forward to Bush's visit on June 10, the first by a U.S. president. He will be staying for seven hours as part of a regional tour. As part of preparations, parliament on Thursday approved an act that allows more than 500 combat-ready U.S. troops entry into the country, and sanctions their use of "force...
  • Critics pick at immigration coalition

    05/18/2007 3:17:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 542+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/07 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON - The fragile coalition that produced this week's immigration deal risks being picked apart by forces across the political spectrum as the measure begins moving through Congress. Lawmakers want to revise key elements, such as letting millions of illegal immigrants stay in the U.S., favoring skills and education over families and setting out the terms of a new temporary worker program. Any one of the changes has the potential to sink the whole measure, which was unveiled with fanfare Thursday but was still being drafted late Friday. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who helped negotiate the compromise, called it "very...
  • British troops snatch militia in Basra

    05/09/2007 8:20:35 PM PDT · by Rikstir · 2 replies · 407+ views
    UK MoD ^ | 8th may | MoD
    British soldiers from 19 Light Brigade led a series of successful search and arrest operations around Basra, Iraq, today, 8 May 2007, aimed at deterring rogue militias known to be operating there. The raids, carried out by Multi National Force (MNF) soldiers early this morning, resulted in the capture of four leading criminals linked with roadside bomb attacks on British Forces. The operations were conducted simultaneously and focused on the arrest and detention of influential figures in the southern rural area of Safwan, the northern rural area of Al Hartha and the Basra City area. One of the most notable...
  • CA: Big health insurance push by coalition

    05/08/2007 10:12:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 350+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/8/07 | Jordan Rau - LA Times
    Sacramento -- Abandoning the business lobby's traditional resistance to health care reform, a new coalition of 36 major companies began a political campaign Monday calling for medical insurance to be expanded to everyone along the lines Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing for California. Founded by Steve Burd, chairman of the Safeway grocery chain and an ally of the governor, the coalition could boost efforts in Sacramento and Washington to overhaul health care laws. It also formalizes a growing division over the issue among businesses. The coalition includes some of the nation's largest companies: PepsiCo, General Mills, PG&E, Wrigley, Kroger, and...
  • Bhutto Enters Coalition Talks With Musharraf

    04/20/2007 7:15:53 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 315+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-21-2007 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Bhutto enters coalition talks with Musharraf By Isambard Wilkinson in Islamabad Last Updated: 2:12am BST 21/04/2007 A coalition could risk alienating Miss Bhutto's supporters A senior aide to Pakistan's military ruler has confirmed that Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, could soon return to her homeland and allow her party to join a government of national unity. America and Britain have urged President Pervez Musharraf, who is increasingly beleaguered and unpopular, to strike a deal allowing Miss Bhutto back to Pakistan. "We are doing what America and European countries have been telling us for the past few years: that moderate...
  • Sectarian violence drops, attacks on Coalition, Iraqi forces rise in Diyalah

    03/17/2007 5:45:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 594+ views
    BAGHDAD A press conference concerning the progress of security in Diyala, Iraq was held via videoconference at the Combined Press Information Center in the International Zone Friday. Army Col. David W. Sutherland, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Maj. Gen. Shakir Halail Husain, 5th Iraqi Division commander, discussed increased enemy activity due to escalated Coalition and Iraqi security forces operations and the continuing effort to fight terrorism. We have seen an increase on attacks against Coalition and Iraqi security forces in the past several months, Sutherland said. On the other hand, we have also seen...
  • Georgian President Offers to Triple Its Troop's Deployment to Iraq

    03/15/2007 11:13:31 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 70 replies · 1,267+ views
    U.S. Central Command ^ | March 14, 2007 | U.S. Central Command
    Georgian President Offers To Triple Its Troop's Deployment In Iraq 14 March 2007 Embassy of Georgia WASHINGTON - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has announced that Georgia is ready to triple its deployment of troops to Iraq as part of its continuing efforts to assist the Iraqi government and coalition forces in bringing peace and stability to Iraq. "We are ready to significantly increase the Georgian troop deployment to Iraq. We understand that the next year will be decisive in terms of stabilizing the situation in that country. We want to do everything possible to help the Iraqi people and coalition...
  • SAF Applauds Third Mayor to Bow Out of Bloomberg's Coalition

    02/12/2007 11:12:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 486+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/07 | Second Amendment Foundation
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A third mayor has bowed out of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors' coalition, saying he is in favor of disarming criminals, but "not at the risk of losing our Constitutional freedom." SAF learned from the staff at Gun Week that Rio Rancho, NM Mayor Kevin Jackson has withdrawn from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, without having attended a single meeting of the group, which now reportedly involves more than 150 mayors. Jackson, a self-described "constitutionalist" and career Army veteran, explained to Gun Week that he believes strongly in getting guns out of the...
  • Albania seizes assets of alleged bin Laden associate

    12/22/2006 1:49:42 PM PST · by jdm · 7 replies · 537+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 22, 2006
    TIRANA, Albania: The Albanian government said Friday that it has seized assets of a man who allegedly worked with Osama bin Laden to provide support to terror networks in Albania. The Finance Ministry said it ordered authorities to block four apartments, a house, four bars and shops, and more than 2 hectares (about 5 acres) of land belonging to Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi businessman whom the United States accused of being a terrorist in October 2001 and who is on a U.N. sanctions list requiring all U.N. members to impose a travel ban on him and block his assets, according...
  • Coalition Should not Give up on Iraq, General Says

    12/19/2006 3:29:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2006 -- "There are more forces trying to unite Iraq than are trying to pull it apart, Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey said today in Baghdad. So long as they don't give up on themselves, we won't give up on them, the commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq told Pentagon reporters during a teleconference. Iraqi security forces will reach their goal of 325,000 trained and equipped members this month, he said. As of Dec. 13, the Iraqi Interior Ministry forces numbered about 188,300 while the Defense Ministry had about 134,700. But these forces, while effective,...
  • Christian Coalition President-Elect Resigns

    11/29/2006 5:48:10 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 82 replies · 1,317+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11-28-06 | AP
    The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage. The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment. "These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla. Hunter announced his decision not to take the job during an organization board meeting Nov. 21. A statement...
  • Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists

    11/25/2006 6:51:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 419+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2006 -- In separate operations today, yesterday and Nov. 22 throughout Iraq, coalition forces and Iraqi security forces killed five terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists, military officials in Iraq reported. Coalition forces killed four terrorists and detained six suspected terrorists during a mission today to disrupt an al Qaeda car bomb cell in Tarmiyah. As ground forces made their way toward the targeted building, they received enemy fire from the vicinity of a mosque. Coalition forces returned fire, killing four terrorists, and continued toward the targeted building. At the targeted building, the ground forces detained...
  • Coalition works to dismantle al-Qaida

    11/17/2006 7:51:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 427+ views
    BAGHDAD Coalition Forces killed nine terrorists and detained nine suspected terrorists during a raid Thursday south of Yusufiyah, further diminishing the al-Qaida in Iraq network. As Coalition troops approached the targeted area, they called for people to exit the buildings. The troops noticed several armed men in a nearby wooded area maneuvering against them. Friendly forces called in close air support to deal with the threat. Coalition aircraft engaged the terrorists with precision fire to reduce the possibility of collateral damage and ensure the safety of nearby civilians. Several terrorists killed were wearing suicide vests. Coalition Forces detained 18...
  • Bush: Coalition in Iraq Will Succeed Unless We Quit

    11/17/2006 3:42:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 474+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2006 -- President Bush acknowledged today the difficulty of the mission in Iraq but insisted, Well succeed unless we quit. The (Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-) Maliki government is going to make it unless the coalition leaves before they have a chance to make it, Bush said during a news conference today in Vietnam, where he shared the podium with Australian Prime Minister John Howard. And that's why I assured the prime minister we'll get the job done. People tend to want instant success in the world, but the task in Iraq and elsewhere in the...
  • In Iraq - Stay The Course But Change It (Daniel Pipes On Clearing Up Iraq Mess Alert)

    10/25/2006 1:28:44 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 28 replies · 755+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 10/25/2006 | Daniel Pipes
    As coalition policy reaches a crisis, may I resurrect an idea I have been flogging since April 2003? It offers a way out of the current debate whether to "stay the course" (as President George W. Bush has long advocated) or to withdraw troops on a short timetable (as his critics demand). My solution splits the difference, "Stay the course but change the course." I suggest pulling coalition forces out of the inhabited areas of Iraq and redeploying them to the desert. This way, the troops remain indefinitely in Iraq, but remote from the urban carnage. It permits the...
  • Coalition, Iraqis Working on Goals for Countrys National Government

    10/23/2006 4:44:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2006 Coalition officials are working with the Iraqi government to set economic and political goals, a Pentagon spokesman said today. Eric Ruff said he knows of no timetables or timelines in the discussions. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, are working to find the demonstrable milestones and benchmarks along the way in which we will hand over more security control to the Iraqis, White House communications director Dan Bartlett told CBS News this morning. Ruff said U.S. officials are working with officials of the...
  • Coalition aids Iraqi Forces during Ramadan

    10/22/2006 11:07:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 280+ views
    WASHINGTON Insurgent, terrorist and sectarian attacks occured during Ramadan, but the Iraqi Government and Coalition allies remain committed to building a better future, says the chief spokesman for Multi-National Force Iraq. "Traditionally this is a time of great celebration; it has, instead, been a period of increased violence," Army Major General William Caldwell said in an Oct. 19 Baghdad press briefing. "The violence is indeed disheartening." Caldwell said attacks increased 22 percent in Baghdad since Ramadan began Sept. 24. Hostile forces continue to target private citizens even as attacks have increased against Iraqi and Coalition forces that are...
  • Prosecutors say journalists' kidnapping in Iraq was coordinated from Romania

    05/27/2005 9:02:39 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 7 replies · 432+ views
    CBS News ^ | 5/27/05
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) A Romanian court issued arrest warrants Friday in the kidnappings of three journalists in Iraq, saying the abductions were plotted by the Iraqi-American guide who claimed to be a victim and the businessman who claimed to be negotiating their release. The three journalists returned to Romania on Monday after 55 days in captivity. Prosecutors said testimony from nine people arrested in Baghdad led them to seek terrorism charges against Mohammed Monaf, the journalists' guide, and Monaf's business partner, Omar Hayssam. Monaf, charged in absentia, was reported to have been held with the journalists and was seen with...
  • Coalition Conference Looks at the New Iraq

    10/10/2006 6:11:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 448+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Frank Pellegrini
    Coalition Conference Looks at the New Iraq By Army Sgt. Frank PellegriniMulti-National Force - Iraq BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 10, 2006 -- For the last plane full of generals, military staff and dignitaries from half a ozen countries returning to Iraq to resume the fight, the 3rd annual Coalition Conference in Warsaw ended with an afternoon trip down Airport Road. "Whats different this year is that we have a lot more Iraqi leaders here to tell their own story " U.S. Army Gen. George Casey After three days of briefings, updates and get-togethers -- and a little minimum-security sightseeing on...
  • Albania to Boost its Contribution of troops to Iraq

    10/02/2006 10:30:14 PM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 2 replies · 502+ views
    Late last month, Albania announced it would increase its number of peacekeeping troops in Iraq.
  • Ramadi has Tipped to Iraqi Government, Coalition

    09/29/2006 6:47:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 1,412+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 The battle for Ramadi has "tipped" in favor of the government of Iraq and the coalition, the commander of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, said today. Army Col. Sean MacFarland told the Pentagon press corps in a video teleconference call that attacks are down 25 percent over the past couple of months, and coalition forces, together with the Iraqi security forces, have steadily increased their presence inside of the city. Ramadi, the capital and largest city in Anbar province, has been an al Qaeda in Iraq and Sunni insurgent hotbed. But now the tide seems...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces prepare for possible violence increase during Ramadan

    09/29/2006 5:32:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 286+ views
    WASHINGTON Iraqi army and national police units, supported by their coalition allies, conducted more than 600 security operations in the past two weeks to disrupt enemy attack plans against civilians during Ramadan. Historically, Ramadan has been a period of increased violence, Multinational Forces Iraq spokesman Army Major General William Caldwell told reporters September 20. Iraqi security forces, with coalition forces in support, have plans to address this concern. Currently, he reported, Iraqi and coalition forces are engaged in 10 separate operations to root out the three leading threats to Iraqi democracy: insurgents, foreign terrorist cells and groups perpetrating...
  • Georgia Splits From Christian Coalition

    09/27/2006 9:17:52 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 4 replies · 434+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9/27/06 | Newsmax Staff
    Georgia's branch of the Christian Coalition has announced plans to change names and split from the national group - making it the fourth state to leave the socially conservative political group. Director Sadie Fields said the Georgia branch's board voted about two weeks ago to make the change because of the Christian Coalition of America's liberal "drift." "It's really a sad moment," Fields said Monday. "I deeply regret we have been compelled to take this action, but we felt like we had no other choice." The president of the national organization said Tuesday she will establish a new chapter in...
  • Iraqi citizens, Coalition force can move Iraq toward peaceful future

    09/24/2006 1:29:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 350+ views
    BAGHDAD Iraqi and Coalition force troops have the military capacity, and the Iraqi people have the political will, to get Iraq under control and moving toward a peaceful future, U.S. commanders in the Middle East said recently. But despite solid joint security planning efforts, an increase in U.S. and Iraqi troops in Baghdad and a collective will for peace among the Iraqi people, U.S. officials predict the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan could be marred by high levels of violence as insurgents and terrorists try to sew sectarian division and weaken Iraqi and Coalition resolve. Army Gen. John...
  • Coalition Forces Detain 26 in Three Incidents, Find Munitions

    09/24/2006 1:20:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 321+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2006 Coalition forces detained 21 suspected terrorists in Iraq yesterday, while another five suspects were detained and a weapons cache discovered based on an Iraqi citizens tip. Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained 21 suspected terrorists in several incidents around Baghdad. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stopped eight vehicles attempting to speed through a checkpoint south of Baghdad. While searching the vehicles, the soldiers seized illegal weapons and took 13 suspected terrorists into custody. About three hours later, terrorists attacked soldiers from 2nd Battalion,...
  • Coalition Forces Quell Rocket Attacks in Afghanistan, Destroy Mortar

    09/12/2006 7:15:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 296+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2006 Coalition forces in Afghanistan quelled rocket attacks along the Afghan-Pakistan border yesterday after extremists hiding in nearby hills fired on them, U.S. military officials said. Its a pretty common occurrence, said Army 1st Sgt. David Christopher, the senior enlisted soldier for Company B, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. It happens at least every other day. Thats about 200 rockets weve taken in the past seven months. Foreign fighters, al Qaeda terrorists and common criminals often attempt to cut away at coalition and Afghan efforts to improve governance and...
  • Taliban Extremist Targets Funeral; Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Terrorists

    09/11/2006 5:46:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 414+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosive strapped to his body today during the funeral ceremony for the late governor of Afghanistans Paktia province, Mohammad Hakim Taniwal, U.S. military officials reported. As family, friends, colleagues and government officials paid their last respects to Taniwal in Khowst province, the suicide bomber approached the funeral and detonated the explosive, killing six people, including two Afghan National Police officers, and injuring more than 35 civilians. Religious leaders condemned the attack, officials said. Coalition forces responded immediately and transported the injured to the Khowst hospital, where they are being...
  • Harney quits as PDs leader [Irish Deputy Prime Minister]

    09/07/2006 10:36:24 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 24 replies · 613+ views
    UTV ^ | THURSDAY 07/09/2006 18:09:36 | N/A
    Harney quits as PDs leader Deputy Irish Prime Minister Mary Harney has announced she is to resign as leader of the Progressive Democrats, junior partner in the Republic's coalition government. The Irish health minister made the announcement in Dublin this afternoon. She said: "This afternoon at a meeting of the parliamentary party I informed my colleagues of my intention to stand down as leader of the party as soon as my successor has been chosen by the party." Ms Harney, 53, who has been party leader since 1993, said: "The leadership issue within the Progressive Democrats arose in June and...
  • Coalition Forces Deliver Cement to Remote Afghan Village

    09/05/2006 6:40:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 425+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Senior Master Sgt. Pete Casiano
    Coalition Forces Deliver Cement to Remote Afghan Village An irrigation canal, built with the cement, will supply water for drinking and for the crops. By Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Pete CasianoProvincial Reconstruction Team - Gardez PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2006 -- The 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalions Civil Affairs Team in coordination with the Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team delivered more than 1,200 pounds of concrete to a remote mountain village in Paktya Province. The Coalition forces stationed in Gardez traveled with the Paktya Director of Irrigation to the remote mountain village of Azghana. The cement will be...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Free Kidnap Victim

    08/31/2006 6:42:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 362+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2006 Bastogne soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, freed a kidnap victim and captured three of the terrorists who had taken him hostage just outside Kirkuk, Iraq, yesterday, military officials reported. An aerial reconnaissance team flying missions near Kirkuk spotted four men wearing black robes and wielding AK-47 rifles. The men stopped their sedan several times along one of the areas main roads and set up illegal checkpoints at each stop. As coalition ground forces moved into the area, the group made their last stop, holding 10 passengers in a van at...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Multiple Bombs; Two Afghans Rescued

    08/28/2006 5:49:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 183+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2006 Afghan and coalition forces discovered and disabled multiple explosive devices in three separate locations today, and coalition forces helped save two Afghan boys, U.S. military officials reported. A coalition unit discovered a landmine placed on the side of a road in Paktika province. A coalition explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the mine in place. In Khost province, an Afghan civilian reported a makeshift bomb to the Afghan National Police, who investigated and found it in the Warza Village. Another makeshift bomb placed along the same road hit a separate Afghan police unit responding to the...
  • Three Coalition Force Soldiers Injured, Insurgents Detained

    08/27/2006 11:33:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 254+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 Three coalition force soldiers were injured in a weapons accident at Camp Echo, Iraq, yesterday. Meanwhile, a hostage was released based on a tip and nine suspected insurgents were detained in three separate incidents on Aug 23, according to officials in Iraq. One American and two Polish soldiers wounded in the Camp Echo incident early yesterday morning were treated immediately at the base military hospital. The American soldier and one of the Polish soldiers were transported to the military hospital in Baghdad for further treatment, and their status was listed as stable yesterday, officials said....