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  • Ex-US commander at Iraq jail faces trial (aiding the enemy, initially faced death sentence)

    10/14/2007 6:50:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 216+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/13/07
    Ex-US commander at Iraq jail faces trialSat Oct 13, 2:25 PM ET BAGHDAD - A former U.S. commander at the jail that held Saddam Hussein will face trial next week on charges of aiding the enemy by providing a cell phone to detainees and acting inappropriately with an interpreter, the military said Saturday. Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele, a reservist from Prince George, Va., pleaded guilty on Oct. 7 to three of seven charges, which carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison, forfeiture of pay and dismissal from the Army, according to the military. He will be...
  • Inappropriate T-Shirts - Now Hear This!

    09/12/2007 4:21:41 PM PDT · by CHEE · 21 replies · 1,946+ views
    e=,mail to me (may be phony) | September 12, 2007 | Unknown
    The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations in the Middle East; includes Marines as well: To: All Commands Subj: Inappropriate T-Shirts Ref: ComMidEast For Inst 16134//24 K All commanders promulgate upon receipt. The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East: 1. a. "Shrine Busters" [Show burning minarets or bomb/artellery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.] b. "Napalm - Sticks Like Crazy" [Both English & Arabic versions] c. "Goat - it isn't just for breakfast any more."...
  • Taliban Commander Detained During Afghan Operations

    09/10/2007 2:15:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 306+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2007 – Afghan national police advised by coalition forces detained a Taliban district commander in an operation designed to disrupt insurgent activities in Ghazni province early this morning. Maulawi Ahmad Jan is known to be extensively involved in coordinating insurgent activities in the province. He has directed bombings and ambush attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region. During a search of the commander’s compound, Afghan police discovered a weapons and ammunition cache. “With Ahmad Jan now detained, Ghazni will be a less dangerous place,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force 82...
  • Commander Killed In Pakistan (Red) Mosque Siege

    07/08/2007 6:24:30 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,085+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-8-2007 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Commander killed in Pakistan mosque siege By Isambard Wilkinson Last Updated: 7:33pm BST 08/07/2007 A Pakistani commander was killed today after troops came under heavy fire from students and suspected militants holed up in a besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad. A lieutenant-colonel was killed as his troops attempted to blow holes in the walls of the mosque compound in the hope that hundreds of women and children could escape. Troops have surrounded the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, in Islamabad since Tuesday when clashes between armed students and security forces began after months of tension. The known death toll...
  • Militia Commander’s Capture Highlights Recent Iraq Operations

    05/31/2007 5:24:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 273+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 – Iraqi troops captured a militia commander, a U.S. helicopter crew destroyed a heavily armed vehicle, and an Iraqi police chief and more than a dozen associates have been arrested, military officials reported. Iraqi special operations forces apprehended a commander in radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s illegal militia during an early morning raid in Kadamiyah, a central suburb of Baghdad, yesterday. The suspect allegedly is responsible for providing financial, logistical and political support for insurgent groups and terrorist organizations. He also is suspected of managing operations to murder and intimidate local Iraqis, ordering several attacks on coalition...
  • Zawahiri praises slain Taliban commander (Dadullah and called his death a "good omen for victory")

    05/22/2007 3:34:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 531+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/22/07 | AFP
    DUBAI (AFP) - Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri praised the slain Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah and called his death a "good omen for victory" against the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, in a video posted on the Internet Tuesday. Dadullah, known as the Taliban's top military strategist, was killed in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on May 11 in a joint Afghan and international operation. One-legged Dadullah was the most senior Taliban figure to be killed since the 2001 toppling of the extremist group's government. A purported voice recording of Zawahiri confirms Dadullah's death in the video produced by As-Sahab, a media...
  • U.S. commander in Iraq urges troops to fight fair

    05/11/2007 7:36:20 AM PDT · by bedolido · 59 replies · 1,709+ views
    cnn news ^ | 5-11-2007 | Staff Writer
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- America's top military commander in Iraq has sent a letter to troops challenging them to "occupy the moral high ground" after a Pentagon survey showed some service members were reluctant to report the "illegal actions" of fellow personnel. In the letter, dated Thursday, Gen. David Petraeus wrote he was "concerned" with the poll's findings. "This fight depends on securing the population, which must understand that we -- not our enemies -- occupy the moral high ground," he said. The survey of ethics, released last week, assessed the mental health and ethical attitudes of more than 1,300...
  • Commander to troops: Fight by the rules (high moral values "distinguishes us from our enemy")

    05/10/2007 2:05:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 938+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/07 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - The top U.S. commander in Iraq reminded troops Thursday they must fight by the rules after a Pentagon survey found many of them support torture in certain cases and would not report a comrade for killing or wounding civilians. In a letter to U.S. service members, Gen. David Petraeus said that adhering to high moral values "distinguishes us from our enemy" and is essential to winning support among the Iraqi population — the cornerstone of the new U.S. counterinsurgency strategy. By contrast, Petraeus said al-Qaida's "indiscriminate attacks" had finally begun "to turn a substantial proportion of the Iraqi...
  • Ex-Iraq prison camp commander awaits fate (Accused of aiding enemy -- follow-up)

    05/05/2007 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 7 replies · 730+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 5 May 2007 | Drew Brown
    A former U.S. prison camp commander in Iraq will learn within weeks whether he’ll face court-martial for aiding the enemy by allowing detainees to make unsupervised calls on his cell phone, a charge that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted. Lt. Col. William H. Steele, a 51-year-old Army reservist from Virginia, is also accused of fraternizing with a detainee’s daughter, mishandling classified information, maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, possessing pornographic videos, failing to obey an order and dereliction of duty for misusing government funds. Testimony wrapped up earlier this week during a two-day hearing to...
  • US prison commander arrested ("Allegedy for Aiding the Enemy" in Iraq)

    04/26/2007 1:12:18 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 87 replies · 5,118+ views
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | 26 April 2007 | News24
    Baghdad - The commander of the US military prison in Iraq which held former dictator Saddam Hussein has been detained by military police and is under investigation, a military spokesperson said on Thursday. Lieutenant Colonel William Steele will face a hearing before a panel of officers to decide whether he should face a court martial, Lieutenant Colonel Josslyn Aberle told AFP in Baghdad, without specifying the charges. "He has been detained and is now in Kuwait. His current status is that he is in confinement and waiting for his Article 32 hearing. All other details will be released soon, including...
  • Hamas commander dies in Gaza shootout

    03/13/2007 8:31:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 519+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/13/07 | Ibrahim Barzak - ap
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A Hamas military commander was killed Tuesday in a shootout with Fatah gunmen shortly before the leaders of the two groups met to try to bridge their differences over a power-sharing deal. At least seven people were wounded in the gun battle in Gaza City. A spokesman for Hamas' military wing, Abu Obeidah, blamed the killing of Allah Haddad, 35, on the Preventive Security force loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah. The security force confirmed that one of its people was wounded in a shooting incident, but said the matter was a family feud...
  • Commander: Taliban ready to battle NATO

    03/07/2007 1:12:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 693+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/07 | Rahim Faiez - ap
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A top Taliban commander said Wednesday the group has 4,000 fighters bracing to rebuff NATO's largest-ever offensive in northern Afghanistan, now in its second day. Suicide bombers are ready, land mines have been planted and helicopters will be targeted, Mullah Abdul Qassim, the top Taliban commander in Helmand province told The Associated Press. NATO, meanwhile, announced the capture of a senior Taliban fighter who had eluded authorities by wearing a woman's burqa. Mullah Mahmood, who is accused of helping Taliban fighters rig suicide bomb attacks, was seized by Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint near Kandahar, the alliance...
  • Hamas growing stronger: Israeli commander

    03/07/2007 9:51:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 395+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/07 | AFP
    JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Palestinian Hamas movement has grown stronger since its shock election a year ago despite Israeli and Western efforts to weaken the group, a top Israeli military commander said Wednesday. "The strength of Hamas is increasing ever since it won the election (in January 2006)," Major General Yoav Galant, who heads the Israeli southern command, told reporters. "Even if we don't like the situation, this is the situation right now." At the same time, the moderate secular Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is gradually getting weaker, he said. The Islamic Resistance Movement is building up...
  • Commander Guardedly Optimistic About Progress in Anbar

    01/29/2007 4:03:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 292+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2007 – Fed up with al Qaeda’s murderous rampage in the region, local tribes in the Iraq’s Anbar province have endorsed and joined local government efforts to drive out insurgents and establish security in the area, the commander of Multinational Force West said today. The newfound support has given Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer “guarded optimism” about the progress made in that region in the past year, and he said the extra Marines earmarked for that area in the president’s planned troop increase will help secure that progress. The past year has been a fight...
  • Purported Taliban commander arrested

    01/16/2007 9:45:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 532+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/16/07 | Fisnik Abrashi - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO-led troops and Afghan forces detained a prominent Taliban commander during a raid at a compound in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said in a statement Wednesday. The commander, whom NATO did not name, was captured in Gereshk district in Helmand province late Tuesday and is the first Taliban leader captured by NATO-led and Afghan troops, NATO said. The captured militant is wanted for questioning by Afghan security forces and managed to flee the latest offensive operation by Afghan and foreign security forces in southern Afghanistan, the statement said. "This seizure of a Taliban commander once again shows...
  • Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan [another one]

    12/27/2006 9:49:01 PM PST · by jdm · 15 replies · 675+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 27, 2006
    KABUL, Dec 27 -- NATO-led forces killed a mid-level Taliban commander and another militant in Afghanistan while a civilian driver died in a rebel attack on a convoy of oil tankers, officials said ON Wednesday. Abdullah Jan Pashtoon, a mid-level insurgent leader and an another rebel were killed in a Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airstrike in eastern Laghman province on Friday, the force said in a statement. “Several sources of intelligence, assessed collectively, indicate that ISAF forces did indeed kill Jan Pashtoon,” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fitzpatrick said in a statement. The statement said Pashtoon was known to...
  • US airstrike kills top Taliban commander [Dec. 19 hit; now confirmed dead]

    12/27/2006 12:45:12 AM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 407+ views
    A TALIBAN commander confirmed today that the rebels' military chief in southern Afghanistan had been killed in a US airstrike on December 19, and said his death was a blow for the Islamist movement. The US military said last week Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, who had close links to Osama bin Laden, had been killed in an airstrike in Helmand province – a claim rejected by a Taliban commander and spokesman at the time. But a senior Taliban commander who declined to be identified confirmed Osmani had been killed. “He has died. We got this information on the day of the...
  • Outgoing Commander Stresses Importance of Economic Progress in Iraq

    12/13/2006 4:56:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2006 -- The military is doing all it can to calm Iraq, but the country needs political and economic solutions to function, the outgoing commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said yesterday. In an interview with Baghdad-based journalists, Army Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, who gives up command tomorrow, said military, economic, reconstruction and political efforts in Iraq must move forward at the same time. Iraq cannot succeed with one line working and the others treading water or reverting, he said. If Iraqis get back to work, the sectarian strife would lessen, Chiarelli said. Polls in Baghdad show...
  • New Iraqi Commander Instills Discipline, Order

    11/20/2006 4:33:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 565+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Lance Cpl. Bryan Eberly
    FERRIS, Iraq, Nov. 20, 2006 — What a difference one determined Iraqi can make. The Police Transition Team (PTT) under Regimental Combat Team 5 introduced Ferris to their newest commander, and immediately the new leader began whipping the station into shape. “He’s a fresh face for the station,” said Army 2nd Lt. Jill M. Glasenapp, PTT platoon leader, from Mauston, Wis. “He’s prepared to be the rock that holds this station up.” "The new lieutenant is definitely taking over smoothly and quickly. You can see the Iraqi police are listening to him and following his orders. He’s really putting them...
  • Coast Guard commander right at home in Sabino Arizona

    11/05/2006 1:59:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 406+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    In his high-profile professional life, Palo Verde High School graduate Thad Allen travels with bodyguards and hobnobs with the president. But when he comes home to Tucson, the commandant of the United States Coast Guard is a regular guy who hikes Sabino Canyon and chows down on steak fingers at Lucky Wishbone. "I don't really think of myself as famous. I'm just a guy who joined the Coast Guard and stuck around," said Allen, 57, who helped revive faltering emergency response efforts after Hurricane Katrina last year. Before that, he oversaw evacuation efforts in the New York City harbor on...