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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...
  • Thai Commander Takes Over After Coup

    09/19/2006 12:02:57 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 147 replies · 7,020+ views
    BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. The army commander took over the government and declared martial law. An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance. "The armed forces commander and the national police commander have successfully taken over Bangkok and the surrounding area in order to...
  • U.N. commander: Won't disarm Hezbollah

    09/18/2006 6:38:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 735+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/06 | Henry Meyer - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - The French general commanding U.N. peacekeeping forces in Lebanon said Monday his troops would not intervene to disarm Hezbollah, even as French President Jacques Chirac said the militant group should not keep a military wing. Maj. Gen. Alain Pelligrini told reporters the main task of his U.N. force is to ensure southern Lebanon cannot be used as a base for attacks on Israel. "The disarmament of Hezbollah is not the business of UNIFIL. This is a strictly Lebanese affair, which should be resolved at a national level," he said. Pelligrini's assessment underscored the constraints facing the beefed-up...
  • Former NATO Commander to Join UCLA as a Senior Fellow - Wesley Clark

    09/18/2006 9:28:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 426+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/18/06 | Rebecca Trounson
    Wesley K. Clark, a former NATO commander and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, will join UCLA this fall as a senior fellow, university officials plan to announce today. Clark, who is expected to arrive on campus about Oct. 1, will teach occasional seminars, publish policy papers and organize and hold an annual conference on national security, officials said. He will be affiliated with the university's Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. The retired Army general's wide-ranging military, political and teaching background will serve UCLA and its students well, said Patricia O'Brien, executive dean of the university's College of Letters and...
  • 3rd Corps Commander Urges Resolve on 9/11 Anniversary

    09/15/2006 5:35:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 283+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2006 -- The commander of the Army’s 3rd Corps and Fort Hood used the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States as an opportunity to remind his troops -- most of whom have played active roles in the global war on terror -- about the importance of their mission in keeping America safe. Soldiers and first responders at Fort Hood, Texas, drape a large flag over the second story balcony in the east atrium of the 3rd Corps Headquarters building during a Sept. 11 ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the...
  • East Baghdad Commander ‘Cautiously Optimistic’

    09/01/2006 12:17:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 247+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Sep. 1, 2006 – The commander of coalition forces in East Baghdad is “cautiously optimistic” for the future in his area of operations. Army Col. Thomas Vail, commander of the 506th Regimental Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from Baghdad that Operation Together Forward is having an effect in his area. The 506th is the 4th Brigade of the Multinational Division Baghdad, and covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers with 5 million people. Operation Together Forward is trhe main effort in the region. The Iraqi-planned and -run operation is cutting in to the sectarian violence in...
  • CENTCOM Commander Pleased by Afghanistan Security Progress

    08/27/2006 1:02:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 – As NATO forces prepare to take over security operations in portions of Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Abizaid said he’s pleased with the progress he sees in regard to the country’s security situation. “We’re pretty satisfied with the military situation despite the fact that there’s been a lot of fighting,” the commander of U.S. Central Command told “Fox and Friends” in a telephone interview from Bagram, Afghanistan, yesterday. “There’s nothing we can’t handle militarily out here, although we’re pretty realistic that there’s going to be continued fighting.” NATO forces recently took over security operations in the...
  • Taliban Commander, 15 Other Militants Killed

    08/27/2006 11:30:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 424+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 – Coalition soldiers killed a known Taliban commander and 15 other militants in Afghanistan Aug. 25, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said in a news release. Coalition forces engaged Taliban leaders with joint in the central Khod Valley of Uruzgan province, officials said. The Taliban commander and his associates were involved in attacks against the Afghan people, as well as Afghan, International Security Assistance Force and coalition forces, officials said. Coalition forces used deliberate measures to limit the chances of property damage. No damage was reported to a mosque adjacent to the militant’s safe house after...
  • ABC News says Pakistanis arrest al Qaeda commander

    08/18/2006 9:26:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,415+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - ABC News reported on Friday that Pakistani officials have arrested a top al Qaeda commander and that he could provide clues on the whereabouts of Islamic militant cells worldwide and Osama bin Laden. The television network said Pakistani police arrested Matiur Rehman based on leads in the investigation of a foiled plot to bomb U.S.-bound airplanes from London. U.S. law enforcement officials have been notified by the Pakistanis that Rehman is in custody, according to ABC. No independent confirmation of the report was immediately available. U.S. intelligence officials say they cannot confirm his arrest and remain skeptical...
  • Commander: Violence in Iraq Stems From Varied Sources

    08/04/2006 5:45:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 280+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 4, 2006 – Violence in Iraq stems from several difference sources, and U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces there often find attacks difficult to classify, a combat commander in Diyala province said today. “The types of violence we see range everything from improvised explosive devices to assassination to plain out murders, but also some level of kidnapping,” Army Col. Brian D. Jones, commander of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said. Jones explained to Pentagon reporters via a satellite link that colliding interests in Diyala province make it “difficult to classify what's being conducted by insurgents as...
  • Combat Commander: Morale High for Troops Around Baghdad

    07/28/2006 10:39:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 330+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 28, 2006 – U.S. troops serving in the provinces around Baghdad believe in the mission they’re performing and know they’re making a difference in the lives of Iraqis, a U.S. commander in the area said today. “I'd say that morale among my troops is very good,” Army Col. John Tully, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said in a news conference from Camp Liberty. “Based on the sensing sessions I've done and going around just talking to people, getting feedback from officers and NCOs, just talking to troops, morale is very high. “They're very proud...
  • Sectarian Strife Skips Nineveh Province, Stryker Team Commander Says

    07/21/2006 4:46:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 285+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – Large-scale sectarian violence as displayed by Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad has seemingly bypassed Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a U.S. military commander told Pentagon reporters today. "We have been fortunate in that we've not seen that level of sectarian violence in Nineveh province," said Col. Michael Shields, commander of the U.S. Army's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Shields gives credit for this positive state of affairs to the efforts of Gov. Duraid Mohammed Daud Abbodi Kashmoula and the senior Iraqi military and police officials serving in the province. "They have great outreach to...
  • Coalition Forces Kill Terrorists, Strike Taliban Commander

    07/17/2006 4:43:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 31 replies · 2,634+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Combined Forces Command Afghanistan
    WASHINGTON, July 17, 2006 – Coalition forces in Afghanistan had a long string of successes against terrorists during the last two days, military officials reported. They killed four suspected terrorists today, attacked the safe house of a known Taliban commander last night, thwarted a terrorist attack from a hospital yesterday, and confiscated a large weapons cache yesterday. Coalition forces killed four suspected al Qaeda terrorists, detained three suspected al Qaeda terrorists and destroyed a weapons cache during an early morning raid today in Kwost province near the village of Pelan Kheyl. The operation was to capture or kill an al...
  • Ramadi Mission at Turning Point, U.S. Commander Says

    07/14/2006 3:38:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 516+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2006 – Anti-insurgent efforts in the Iraqi city of Ramadi are beginning to bear fruit, a senior U.S. military officer said today. "We're in a transition point in the fight for Ramadi. There's still a lot to do, but we're on the right track," Army Col. Sean B. MacFarland said from his headquarters in Ramadi during a satellite teleconference with Pentagon reporters. MacFarland is the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The 1st Brigade assists Iraqi soldiers and police in defeating insurgents within the unit's area of operations, he said. Ramadi is the...
  • Commander Stresses Non-Lethal Targeting in Eastern Baghdad

    06/26/2006 4:03:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 349+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, June 26, 2006 – As the nature of the war on terror in Iraq has changed, so have the targets sought by coalition and Iraqi forces. When Operation Iraqi Freedom began, typical targets were military formations and vehicles of the former Iraqi army, Republican Guard formations, and state-sponsored terrorists. After Saddam Hussein fell, common targets became Saddamist loyalists and foreign fighters. Since then, Iraq has become a battleground of ideas, as extremists have come to the country to challenge the coalition, and a homegrown insurgency has arisen. Coalition forces are not targeting military hardware, but...
  • Operational Commander in Iraq Orders Core Values Training

    06/01/2006 3:58:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 391+ views
    BAGHDAD, June 1, 2006 – The top coalition operational commander in Iraq has directed his subordinate commanders to conduct training in "core warrior values" for all coalition forces, highlighting the importance of adhering to legal, moral and ethical standards on the battlefield, military officials here announced today. Officials said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Multinational Corps Iraq commander, ordered the training to reinforce and sustain training servicemembers received prior to their deployment to Iraq. The order comes as the military investigates allegations of servicemembers killing unarmed Iraqi civilians. "Of the nearly 150,000 coalition forces presently in Iraq, 99.9...
  • CENTCOM Commander Visits 'Mountain Lion' Battlefields

    05/23/2006 5:02:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 391+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    U.S. Army Col. John Nicholson (second from left), Task Force Spartan commander, illustrates friendly and enemy positions for U.S. Army Gen. John P. Abizaid (second from right), U.S. Central Command commander, as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John M. Custer, U.S. Central Command commander director of intelligence, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, Combined Joint Task Force-76 commander, look on May 2, 2006, at Provincial Reconstruction Team Asadabad headquarters. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro CENTCOM Commander Visits 'Mountain Lion' Battlefields General Abizaid also met with U.S. Marines of Task Force Lava, wrapping up his...
  • Coalition's Deputy Commander in Iraq Shares Initial Impressions

    05/12/2006 5:49:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 – With two months of duty in Iraq under his belt, the British deputy commander of Multinational Force Iraq said today he's struck by the scope of the mission, the importance of the non-military as well as military contributions to success and the caliber of the U.S. forces deployed there. Lt. Gen. Robert Fry of the British Royal Marines told Pentagon reporters by satellite today he's been amazed by the scale of the enterprise under way in Iraq on the political, security and economic fronts. "We are actually trying to transform a whole society," said Fry,...
  • Commander in chief visits Vance AFB

    05/08/2006 6:53:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Tony Wickman and Tech. Sgt. Mary Davis
    5/8/2006 - VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFPN) -- The U.S. commander in chief stopped here May 6 en route to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to give the commencement address. President George W. Bush was greeted by more than 300 servicemembers, civilians and their families. While the event was special for the base, it was the "best 17th birthday present in the world" for Betsy Kriner, daughter of Col. Kevin Kriner, 71st Operations Group commander, and his wife, Mary. “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” said the Enid High School junior, who received a hug and had...
  • Task Force Knighthawk Welcomes New Commander

    05/05/2006 5:56:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 190+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Mayra Kennedy
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 5, 2006 — Task Force Knighthawk, part of Combined Joint Task Force-76, welcomed a new unit commander during a change-of-command ceremony here April 27. U.S. Army Capt. Kevin M. Coughlin took command of the 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, Headquarters Company. “I understand the tremendous responsibility inherent in leading soldiers in combat and intend to do whatever it takes to accomplish each mission quickly and effectively,” said Coughlin, a Manchester, Conn., native who most recently served as the 2-10 Aviation Battalion adjutant. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Patterson, Task Force Knighthawk commander, presided over the ceremony...
  • Commander in Baghdad Meets With Iraqi Provincial Leaders

    05/04/2006 6:00:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 248+ views
    BAGHDAD, May 4, 2006 – The commanding general of Multinational Division Baghdad met with four prominent Iraqi governors at the Falaniko House in the International Zone here April 28 to reaffirm the leaders' joint dedication to continue working together and to discuss concerns. Army Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, commanding general of Multinational Division Baghdad, meets with Iraqi leaders at the Falaniko House in the International Zone April. Governors from Baghdad, Babil, Karbala and Najaf provinces attended and discussed concerns, and reaffirmed their dedication to a peaceful Iraq. Photo by Spc. Karl Johnson, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • U.S. Commander Meets With Afghan Governor; Weapon Caches Found

    04/27/2006 4:34:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 184+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 27, 2006 – A U.S. military commander met with an Afghan governor in northeastern Afghanistan April 23 to discuss coalition activities in the area, U.S. military officials said. Task Force Spartan Commander Army Col. John Nicholson met with Nangarhar province Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai at the governor's residence in Jalalabad, the province's capital to discuss topics ranging from border security and poppy eradication to regional reconstruction and economic transformation, officials said. Nicholson also had a meeting with civic leaders and mullahs April 22. The leaders shared the allies' commitment to ridding northeast Afghanistan of terrorism, officials said. "We'll...
  • Sonora police commander held (In Arizona jail; prints match Calif. warrant)

    04/13/2006 10:19:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 1,063+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Brady McCombs
    A Nogales, Sonora, police commander is in the Santa Cruz County jail after immigration authorities matched his fingerprints to a warrant out of California. On April 4 at about 10:30 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained Jesus Rolando Villanueva Ramos, 45, as he attempted to pass through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., said Roger Maier, Customs and Border Protection spokesman. Officers pulled Villanueva Ramos over for a secondary check and discovered a California warrant for his arrest after running his fingerprints through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), Maier said. He was detained...
  • Battalion commander: Logistics Marines ‘key to the fight’ for independent Iraq

    04/13/2006 3:52:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 294+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Daniel J. Redding
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (April 13, 2006) -- “If the American public could see what these young service members do every day (in Iraq) it would bring a tear to a grown man,” said Lt. Col. Drew T. Doolin, the commanding officer for Combat Logistics Battalion 7. Although he has served as the first Marine aide to the vice president and will soon work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., the pinnacle of his career, he says, has been serving here in Iraq as a commander in war, leading his Marines on a daily basis. The...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Commander, Destroy Headquarters

    04/08/2006 6:58:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 412+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2006 – Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban commander April 6 and destroyed a Taliban district headquarters this morning in a series of ongoing offensive operations in southern Afghanistan, military officials there said. A joint coalition force killed the senior Taliban commander in the Musa Qaleh District in northern Helmand Province. The commander was tied directly to dozens of improvised explosive device attacks that killed and crippled multiple Afghans since 2001. He also was responsible for the deaths of Afghan and Coalition soldiers, officials said. We "effectively disrupted the command and control of Taliban fighters...
  • Commander Leads Gitmo Guard Force Through Challenges

    03/31/2006 4:20:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 142+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 31, 2006 – Navy Cmdr. Catie Hanft knows she asks a lot of the sailors and soldiers she commands. They work 12- to-14 hour shifts in intense heat, dealing with a difficult group of people from a culture foreign to them, all the while knowing their work is under international scrutiny. Navy Cmdr. Catie Hanft, deputy commander of the Joint Detention Group and commander of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, stands in a display of a typical compliant detainee cell at Camp Delta, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, March 30....
  • Outgoing Commander Reflects on Guantanamo Mission

    03/31/2006 4:09:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 31, 2006 – Joint Task Force Guantanamo operations have continued to improve over the last two years, and the task force still plays a vital role in the war on terrorism, the unit's outgoing commander said in an American Forces Press Service interview here yesterday. "What's important about what we're doing is, we're helping protect America," said Army Maj. Gen. Jay Hood, who today relinquishes command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo to Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris. "We provide for safe custody of some men who would be very dangerous if they were free."...
  • Commander Directs Investigation Into Possible Abuse by Marines

    03/17/2006 3:29:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 807+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2006 – The commander of Multinational Corps Iraq has directed further investigation into events surrounding a Nov. 19 insurgent attack in Haditha, Iraq, military officials reported today. In the incident in question, Marines responded to an improvised-explosive-device and small-arms-fire attack on their convoy, Army Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli said in a news conference today. Reporters brought allegations of potential misconduct to the attention of U.S. officials, he said. Chiarelli initiated a preliminary investigation Feb. 14 when allegations of possible violations of the rules of engagement were brought up. On March 9, Chiarelli was presented with the initial...
  • Heroic platoon commander honored with Silver Star

    03/17/2006 2:54:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 519+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 17, 2006) -- A Pacolet Mills, S.C., native was honored in a ceremony March 14 for his actions against enemy forces during combat operations in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar. First Lt. Jeffery T. Lee was awarded the Silver Star Medal here for his actions as 3rd Platoon commander, Company A, 2nd Tank Battalion from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, 2004 in Fallujah. Then a 2nd Lt. Attached to Company C, Lee accepted great tactical risk and continued to engage and destroy the enemy for more than 12 hours despite being low...
  • Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Welcomes Reagan Strike Group to Persian Gulf Area of Operations

    02/28/2006 4:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Journalist (SW) Donnie W. Ryan
    USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMUSNAVCENT/5th Fleet), commander, Combined Maritime Forces visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Feb. 27 to welcome the ship’s crew, air wing and embarked carrier strike group staff to the 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. Reagan’s aircraft have been supporting ground troops in Iraqi around the clock since arriving in the 5th...
  • Commander Meets With Afghan Army, Police Leaders

    02/22/2006 7:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 22, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates
    Afghan National Police Lt. Gen. Mohammed Haroon Asefi (third from left) meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin (fourth from right) during Durbin’s visit to an Afghan National Police border-control point in Torkham, Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2006. Asefi is chief of the Afghan National Police Border Patrol. Durbin is commander of the Office of Security Cooperation–Afghanistan. Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates Commander Meets With Afghan Army, Police Leaders During a visit with Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police leaders, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin emphasized the importance of...