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  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • Iraqi forces kill senior al Qaeda leader

    11/07/2008 8:08:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,519+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/7/08 | Tim Cocks
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces supported by U.S. firepower killed a senior al Qaeda leader who made car bombs and ran Islamist militant cells throughout northern Iraq, the U.S. military said on Friday. A statement said the Iraqi army and members of a U.S.- backed Sunni Arab neighborhood patrol shot Abu Ghazwan as he hid in the grass near a house they were searching on Thursday in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad. The patrol had been attacked with guns and a bomb in the house. "While further searching the area, a (neighborhood patrol) member discovered a trail booby-trapped with grenades...
  • Literacy Program Graduates First Class in Iraqi City

    10/16/2008 9:16:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 603+ views
    HAWIJAH, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2008 – The first graduation of a pilot literacy program was held yesterday at the soccer stadium here in Iraq’s Kirkuk province. The program, which began June 15 as a pilot program for the National Literary Campaign, graduated nearly 500 students. The four-month course covered basic reading, writing and math skills for employment marketability, officials said. Students attended classes four hours a day, five days a week, for completion of the National Literary Campaign's requirements. "I have worked closely with the local government leaders and watched them develop this program, through the execution of the program,...
  • US agrees to limited Iraqi jurisdiction

    10/15/2008 12:33:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 806+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/08 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD – American troops could face trial before Iraqi courts for major crimes committed off base and when not on missions, under a draft security pact hammered out in months of tortuous negotiations, Iraqi officials familiar with the accord said Wednesday. The draft also calls for U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities by the end of June and withdraw from the country entirely by Dec. 31, 2011, unless the Baghdad government asks some of them to stay for training or security support, the officials said. It would also give the Iraqis a greater role in U.S. military operations and full...

    10/06/2008 9:21:53 AM PDT · by sportsone234 · 525+ views
    I can’t let this one go by. Welcome to the future if we let Islamic fundamentalists/extremists win the War on Terror. ... Mosul (AsiaNews) - A new attack against the Christians in Mosul: yesterday afternoon, an armed group assassinated Hazim Thomaso Youssif, age 40.The ambush took place in front of his clothing store in Bab Sarray; it is not yet known who ordered the killing, but it is suspected that it is the work of Islamic fundamentalists, in a city that has long been the theater of deadly attacks on the Christian community.
  • IEDs ‘Largely Ineffective’ in Iraqi Province, U.S. Officer Says

    09/04/2008 5:37:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 566+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 – The enemy’s use of improvised explosive devices continues to decline in northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province, a senior U.S. officer posted there said today. Consequently, “the situation here continues to improve from a security standpoint,” Army Col. Scott McBride, commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference. McBride’s unit is based in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad in Salahuddin province. The 4,000-member brigade is a component of Multinational Division North, and it has been in Iraq for about a year. The enemy is still active in Salahuddin...
  • Face of Defense: Baghdad Native Returns to Iraq as American Airman

    08/08/2008 4:06:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 791+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. Don Branum, USAF
    BALAD, Iraq , Aug. 8, 2008 – Air Force Airman 1st Class Murad Mohiadeen's story crosses two continents and spans more than 7,500 miles. It begins with his birth in Iraq 20 years ago and continues today as the story of an American airman who is part of the coalition's efforts to win the peace in Iraq. Air Force Airman 1st Class Murad Mohiadeen defends an entry control point near the Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Aug. 2, 2008. Mohiadeen, a native of Baghdad, was raised in the United States when his family emigrated from...
  • Why al-Qaeda Lost the Hearts and Minds of Iraqis

    08/02/2008 11:54:39 AM PDT · by zimfam007 · 4 replies · 784+ views ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Short video of the good in Iraq
  • Iraqi Navy: Progress, Prospects, and Problems

    07/23/2008 7:13:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 419+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-23-08 | Scott Malensek
    Yesterday I had an interesting conference call with Royal Navy Captain Paul Abraham. He is the Director of Maritime Strategic Transition Team in Iraq. The call focused on the development of the Iraqi Navy (no, it's not a joke. They DO have a Navy); specifically: " his experiences working with Iraqi partners in building and developing the Iraqi Navy, which led to their recent operational success in seizing control of their own territorial port of Umm Qasr, protecting 90 percent of all of Iraq's imports and exports." Currently, the Iraqi Navy consists of about a dozen hard-used small patrol boats...
  • Iraq's Sunni Arab bloc rejoins government (They're BAack!!)

    07/19/2008 1:53:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/08 | Waleed Ibrahim
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc rejoined the Shi'ite-led government on Saturday in a breakthrough for national reconciliation after parliament approved its candidates for several vacant ministerial posts. Getting the Accordance Front to return after it quit a year ago in a row over power sharing has been seen as key to healing divisions between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs. Sunni Arabs have little voice in the current cabinet, which is dominated by Shi'ites and ethnic Kurds. "Today, parliament voted to accept our candidates ... This means the Accordance Front has officially returned to the government," a...
  • Will Talabani apologize for Barak handshake?

    07/05/2008 2:17:35 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 265+ views
    Several members of the Iraqi parliament called on President Jalal Talabani on Friday to apologize for shaking hands with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Socialist International Conference in Greece on Tuesday. Al Sadr Front MP Ahmad Al Massoudi accused President Talabani of violating the Iraqi law saying the handshake was a slap in the face for the Iraqi people. Ali A Adeeb, Al Dawa party, said the handshake was unacceptable calling on President Talabani to apologize.
  • Rare Iraqi Jewish books 'surface in Israel'

    06/27/2008 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 293+ views ^ | 6-27-08 | AFP
    Some 300 rare and valuable books confiscated from Iraq's Jewish community by Saddam Hussein's regime have been secretly spirited into Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday. The books include a 1487 commentary on the biblical Book of Job and another volume of biblical prophets printed in Venice in 1617, the Haaretz daily said. The volumes are part of a massive collection of books confiscated by the secret police of the executed Iraqi dictator and stored in security installations in the Iraqi capital until the US-led invasion of 2003. Many volumes were damaged during the bombing of government buildings in...
  • Iraqi violence down and gov't confidence rising (from the AP chief of bureau in Baghdad)

    06/16/2008 12:43:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 322+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/08 | Robert Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point. Violence is down, armed extremists are in disarray, government confidence is rising and sectarian communities are gearing up for a battle at the polls rather than slaughter in the streets. Those positive signs are attracting little attention in the United States, where the war-weary public is focused on the American presidential contest and skeptical of talk of success after so many years of unfounded optimism by the war's supporters. Unquestionably, the security and political situation in Iraq is fragile. U.S. commanders warn repeatedly that security gains are reversible....
  • Lawmakers loyal to al-Sadr denounce Iraqi gov't ("black clouds" on the horizon for truces)

    05/24/2008 9:28:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/08 | Hamid Ahmed - ap
    BAGHDAD - Lawmakers loyal to anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accused the Iraqi government of trying to crush the movement and warned Saturday of "black clouds" on the horizon for truces that have eased fighting between al-Sadr's militia and security forces. The Sadrist Movement has heightened its rhetoric against the government in recent days, raising concerns over the cease-fires in the southern city of Basra and Baghdad's Sadr City district, the stronghold of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. Still, the lawmakers and other al-Sadr officials said they are adhering to the truces. The cease-fires are crucial to Iraqi security forces' sweeps in...
  • Iraqi leader takes charge of offensive in Mosul (PM Nouri al-Maliki takes personal charge)

    05/14/2008 1:48:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 334+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took personal charge Wednesday of a military operation to rout al-Qaida in Iraq in what the U.S. has described as the terror group's last major stronghold, even as a tenuous cease-fire took hold over Baghdad's Sadr City slum. The campaign in the northern city of Mosul was the third by al-Maliki in two months as he attempts to stamp out Shiite militants and Sunni extremists across the country. Also Wednesday, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 40 in an attack on a funeral tent in a village west of Baghdad, Iraqi police...
  • New law would recreate Iraqi oil company (Iraqi National Oil Co.)

    04/05/2008 5:23:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - A parliamentary committee is working on a pair of oil-related draft bills, one to re-establish the state-run oil company and another to fight oil smuggling, a senior lawmaker said Saturday. Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani, deputy chairman of the committee on oil, gas and natural resources, said legislation to re-establish the Iraqi National Oil Co., was likely to be presented to parliament on Tuesday. The measure is part of a package which also includes legislation to regulate the country's oil sector, reorganize the Oil Ministry and distribute revenues among Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions. Al-Hassani said he was uncertain when the...
  • Sadr militia battle troops in four Iraqi cities (civil disobedience campaign escalating?)

    03/25/2008 11:36:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,182+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/08 | Ammar Karim
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - Moqtada al-Sadr's militiamen Tuesday battled troops in four Iraqi cities on Tuesday, including the capital, as the hardline Shiite cleric threatened a countrywide campaign of civil revolt. Heavy clashes broke out between Sadr's Mahdi Army fighters in the southern oil city of Basra, killing at least seven people and wounding 48, and in Kut and Hilla, both south of Baghdad, officials said. As evening fell, Mahdi Army fighters fought with Iraqi and US forces in their Sadr City bastion in eastern Baghdad for the first time since last October, a security official and witnesses told AFP. Troops...
  • Iraqi police raid Mehdi Army strongholds (in southern city of Kut after militia broke a ceasefire)

    03/12/2008 11:43:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 613+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/12/08 | Ross Colvin
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police raided strongholds of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army in the southern city of Kut on Wednesday after the militia broke a ceasefire and clashed with security forces a day earlier. The city's police chief said at least 11 people were killed in Tuesday's gunbattles in which U.S. special forces called in air strikes after Iraqi authorities asked them for help. With U.S. forces already stretched by an upsurge in violence in Iraq since January, such ceasefire violations are a worrying development. U.S. commanders have credited the ceasefire with sharply reducing sectarian bloodshed that threatened...
  • Protest Planned for Exhibit Opening (Iraqi Presents Kill Bush Video Game)

    03/10/2008 3:13:39 AM PDT · by isrul · 10 replies · 635+ views
    Troy Record ^ | 03/08/08 | Tom Caprood
    TROY — The Sanctuary for Independent Media will host a controversial exhibit in which an artist portrays himself as a suicide bomber on a mission to kill the president starting at 6 p.m. Monday. The exhibit, created by Wafaa Bilal, is described as a “Virtual Jihadi” and was recently suspended by officials at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute because of concerns about its intent and al-Qaida content. “Like many others, I did not have a chance to see Wafaa’s exhibit in its original form and hope the community will take advantage of this chance to appreciate it,” said Steve Pierce, an adjunct...
  • Iraqi cabinet OKs deals with oil giants

    03/05/2008 8:55:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 515+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's cabinet has given the green light to the Oil Ministry to sign agreements with international oil companies to help increase the nation's crude output, a ministry official said Wednesday. The two-year deals, known as technical support agreements, or TSAs, are designed to develop five producing fields to add 500,000 barrels per day to the country's 2.4 million barrels per day output. Last December, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BP PLC, ExxonMobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. submitted technical and financial proposals for the five fields and received counterproposals from the Iraqi side. In January, representatives from the companies and...
  • U.S. Army Doctors Begin Lifesaving Procedures on 8-Month-Old Iraqi Baby

    02/26/2008 4:44:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 323+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles, USA
    Zainab Najy holds her daughter, Noor, at the Forward Operating Base Delta medical facility before the infant had a procedure to rectify her prolapsed rectum. The 8-month-old was born with eight inches of her rectum outside of her body and with bladder exstrophy. Noor received the first of three treatments to repair her rectum, Feb. 8. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles, Multi-National Division-Central. FOB DELTA — U.S. military doctors recently began the process of treating a potentially life-threatening condition for Noor, an 8-month-old Iraqi baby girl. Doctors from the 948th Forward Surgical Team (FST), from Shelbyville, Ind., performed...
  • U.S. General Denounces Terror Attack on Iraqi Pilgrims

    02/25/2008 4:24:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 162+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2008 – While much progress has been achieved against insurgents in Iraq in recent months, the terrorist bombing that killed dozens of religious pilgrims yesterday illustrates that much work remains, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today.  Video Anti-insurgent efforts by coalition and Iraqi security forces and the contributions of concerned local citizens’ groups have achieved “operational momentum” against the terrorists, Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner told reporters at a news conference in Baghdad. “Their collective efforts have certainly improved security for the Iraqi people in Baghdad and across Iraq, but there is...
  • January 2008 - Update on Iraqi Casualty Data (barf alert)

    01/30/2008 5:48:56 AM PST · by Abathar · 8 replies · 355+ views
    Further survey work undertaken by ORB, in association with its research partner IIACSS, confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003. Following responses to ORB’s earlier work, which was based on survey work undertaken in primarily urban locations, we have conducted almost 600 additional interviews in rural communities. By and large the results are in line with the ‘urban results’ and we now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes...
  • Iraqi, U.S. kids meet through letters

    01/21/2008 5:25:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 301+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Bryce C.K. Muhlenberg, USMC
    Captain Brian Von Kraus, the commander of Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, communicates through email to various school officials who have been helping him with “Operation Pen Pal,” which is a letter exchange program bridging the gap between the young students of the local Iraqi schools here, and students of Boston and Maine public schools in the United States. The table in front of Von Kraus is covered in letters and mail from the various schools participating in his program. Operation Iraqi Pen Pal recently completed its first transfer of over...
  • U.S. to Transfer 4,200 Humvees to Iraqis

    01/17/2008 5:08:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 285+ views
    TAJI, Iraq, Jan. 17, 2008 – A ceremony here today marked the beginning of a program to refurbish and transfer more than 4,200 up-armored Humvees over the next 13 months. Some 627 vehicles now are staged in the holding yard ready to undergo a maintenance overhaul of brakes, belts and fluids before the appropriate paint scheme is applied. Once this process is completed, including quality assurance checks, the vehicles will be transferred to the government of Iraq for further distribution to the Iraqi security forces, U.S. officials said. “These vehicles are very important to the Iraqi National Police as well...
  • Iraqi sees need for U.S. military until 2018: report

    01/14/2008 11:07:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 852+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/14/08 | Alan Elsner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq's defense minister said on Monday his country would need foreign military help to defend its borders for another 10 years and would not be able to maintain internal security until 2012. Abdul Qadir's remarks, in an interview with The New York Times posted on the newspaper's Internet site, could become an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. "According to our calculations and our timelines, we think that from the first quarter of 2009 until 2012 we will be able to take full control of the internal affairs of the country," Qadir said. "In regard to the...
  • Coalition Medics Conduct Operation With Iraqi Police

    01/09/2008 3:20:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 258+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq, Jan. 9, 2008 – Medics from 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, and 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, a reserve unit from Knoxville, Tenn., attached to 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, conducted a medical operation in Tameem, southeast of Baghdad, Jan. 5. An Iraqi policeman with 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police Division, distributes water supplied by 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, to a citizen of Tameem, a village southeast of Baghdad, Jan. 5, 2008. Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Iraq’s 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police Division, provided security for...
  • Bush Praises Reconstruction Teams for Building on Iraqi Progress

    01/08/2008 4:50:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 184+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2008 – President Bush today hailed provincial reconstruction teams operating in Iraq as vital partners in the strategy that has improved security and helped to create conditions for the Iraqi government to succeed. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden after meeting with PRT members and their brigade commanders, Bush praised the members for progress they’ve helped make possible during the past year and emphasized the important work they’re doing in communities throughout Iraq. Also participating in the meeting were Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael G....
  • Scrap-Metal Salvage Puts Iraqis to Work

    12/28/2007 5:59:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 266+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Maj. Charles Rote, USA
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 28, 2007 – Fourteen Iraqis began working last week in the Defense Reutilization Material Office yard to reduce damaged and unusable vehicles into scrap metal. The metal will be sold to an outside business and eventually moved to an Iraqi foundry. An Iraqi worker demilitarizes an old Iraqi army vehicle as part of a combined effort by the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment’s Regimental Support Squadron, the Iraqi Business and Industrial Zone and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service to put Iraqis to work demilitarizing old armed vehicles. Photo by Capt. Derek Hoffman, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • Iraqi Cabinet approves amnesty draft (could go a long way toward reconciling warring sects,factions)

    12/26/2007 2:29:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 231+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/26/07 | Bradley Brooks - ap
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's Cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft of a general amnesty bill for detainees being held in Iraqi prisons, a measure which could go a long way toward reconciling Iraq's warring sects and factions. But the measure will not be brought to parliament for debate until March at the earliest, said Sami al-Askari a key adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Many key draft laws — including measures to share oil revenue and to allow some members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to hold government jobs — have remained mired for months in Iraq's gridlocked parliament. There was...
  • Security Volunteers Make The Next Step To Iraqi Policemen, More Good News!

    12/14/2007 6:58:16 AM PST · by Son House · 1 replies · 238+ views
    Freedom Journal Iraq ^ | Dec. 13, 2007 | Freedom Journal Iraq
    Watch Now USAID Scholarships – USAID’s scholarship program for Iraqis. Iraqi Nat Police Course – INP go through intense 4-day course at FOB Rustamiyah. The “Raid Report” – Daily update on Iraqi and Coalition security progress. Weather News Desk – Car Bombs Kill At Least 41 In Amarah; Police Chief Fired. 400 Billion Iraqi Dinars Pledged For Basra Reconstruction. Awakening’ Meets Resistance From Local Government. Iraqi River Patrol Graduation – Iraqis graduate from River Boat Patrol Course. From Volunteers to Police – Security volunteers make the next step to Iraqi Policemen.
  • Report: Iraqi Security, Law Enforcement Officials Disappear in U.S.

    12/06/2007 10:32:22 AM PST · by LouAvul · 11 replies · 208+ views
    fox ^ | 12-6-07
    WASHINGTON — Several Iraqi military and law enforcement officials who had been in the United States for intelligence and training courses are on the lam after bolting from their classes. The Army has acknowledged that five officers disappeared between 2005 and 2007, but intelligence officials told The Washington Times that the number of missing Iraqis is closer to a dozen, including one brigadier general who fled to Canada earlier this year. Some are seeking asylum and some have just vanished, The Times says. "Nothing that this command is aware of would suggest that any of those students who departed from...
  • Soldiers, U.S. Doctors Help Iraqi Girl Burned by Boiling Water

    12/05/2007 4:22:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 182+ views
    Capt. Keri Mullens (left), brigade surgeon, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., begins treatment on 5-year-old Dhuha Khalid Abed's legs. Dhuha was brought to Patrol Base Murray by her father Khalid Abed (pictured on right) Dec. 4 to receive treatment for second and third degree burns she suffered while playing with her brother around a pot of boiling water. Photo by 2BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PATROL BASE MURRAY — The day after treating 307 local residents at a coordinated medical engagement in Al Buaytha, U.S. Army medics were back on the job again at Patrol Base...
  • U.S. Soldiers Train Future Iraqi Police

    11/26/2007 5:11:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 118+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Nov. 26, 2007 – In a dramatic transformation, a courtyard that a year ago was home to insurgent weapons caches designed to inflict destruction and chaos in the Arab Jabour region has become a training ground for a group of potential Iraqi policemen who want to help rebuild and bring order to their community. Army Spc. Rawmean Davis, 153rd Military Police Company, Delaware National Guard, corrects the hand position of a potential police recruit in Arab Jabour, Iraq. The Guardsmen, most of whom are policemen in their communities back home, instructed Iraqi citizens in...
  • No-Fly Zones Iraqi Violations(Sept. 2002)

    11/18/2007 9:15:32 AM PST · by Son House · 5 replies · 251+ views
    Defend America ^ | Sept. 2002 | Defend America
    Iraqi Firings: Since 2000, Iraqi forces have fired on U.S. and British pilots 1,600 times. In 2002, Iraqi forces fired on U.S. and British pilots 406 times. Since September 18, just hours after Saddam promised to "allow the return of the United Nations inspectors without conditions" and expressed his desire "to remove any doubts that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction," Iraqi forces have fired on U.S. and British pilots 67 times.
  • Christian women warned to wear veil

    06/03/2007 5:06:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies · 1,682+ views
    A letter signed by the Mahdi Army linked to Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Iraqi Shiite cleric who the United States considers the greatest threat to security in Iraq, warned Christian women in Baghdad to wear the veil as do Muslim women. It is the latest in a long string of abuses against Iraqi Christians, including rape, murder, kidnapping, extortion and forced conversions, AsiaNews reported Wednesday. The letter, an English translation of which was published by Aina news agency Wednesday, said "Was the Virgin Mary (peace be upon her) unveiled so that Christian women be allowed to be unveiled? Was Fatima...
  • Iraqi Contractor: 'Hope is Becoming a Reality'

    11/16/2007 3:25:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 285+ views
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 16, 2007 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing 541 projects valued at $2 billion in a range of areas in Iraq, including renovating hospitals and schools, installing new water and sewer lines, electrical generation, new water and wastewater treatment plants, bridges and road paving. Namir El Akabi, chief executive officer of an Iraqi contracting company, said he sees progress in his home country. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In the past three years, more than 3,700 projects, valued at $5.6 billion, have been completed. Namir El Akabi, chief executive officer of...
  • Release Ceremony for Almost 500 Detainees Overseen by Iraqi PM

    11/08/2007 3:52:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Elizabeth Robbins
    Released detainees sit to hear words of encouragement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during today’s detainee release ceremony at Camp Liberty. Nearly 500 men were released after the Combined Review and Release Board determined they are no longer a threat to Iraqi or Coalition forces, or the security of Iraq. Photo by Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs. CAMP LIBERTY — A detainee release ceremony here today at Forward Operating Base Constitution highlighted the expanded capacity of the Government of Iraq and Multi-National Force-Iraq to release detainees from Coalition Force custody. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki oversaw the...
  • Coalition Forces See Iraqi Neighborhood’s Markets Flourish

    11/07/2007 3:24:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 117+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Alexis Harrison, USA
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 7, 2007 – Just a few months ago, Operation Rogue Thunder began to reclaim the streets of Jamia and Adel, Iraq, from the grip of violence. Today, the streets not only are peaceful, they’re also thriving. Troops from 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team; 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment; and their Iraqi counterparts have seen what was once a community gripped by fear come out of hiding and begin living for the first time in a long time. Before the joint operation in July took place, many residents were being oppressed by militia...
  • Young Iraqi Woman gets Chance to Walk Again

    11/03/2007 1:53:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 526+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Soham Hassan Ka-Naan, a 19-year-old double amputee, gets help standing from her brother, Khalid Hassan Ka-Naan, in their home in Al Arabia, Oct. 30. Photo by Sgt. Natalie Rostek, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Every time she puts on her shoes, walks to the market, or chases her little cousins around the house, Soham Hassan Ka-Naan will remember her 19th birthday. The young woman from Al Arabia underwent surgery to correct her two amputated legs on her birthday, Oct. 31, at the 28th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) in Baghdad. The surgery will allow...
  • Concerned Iraqi Citizen Movement Saves American Lives

    11/02/2007 6:46:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 162+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2007 – Iraqi citizens are increasingly coming together to voluntarily battle al Qaeda in Iraq, thereby saving American lives and reshaping military operations in the country, a coalition commander said today. “The willingness of the Sunni population to turn on (al Qaeda) has been a watershed in this war; there’s no other word for it,” Army Col. Martin Stanton told online journalists and “bloggers” during a conference call from Baghdad. Stanton is chief of reconciliation and engagement for Multinational Corps Iraq. “The ‘concerned local citizens’ are responsible for a significant drop in U.S. casualties,” he said. For...
  • Iraqi Government Assumes Control of Country’s 7th Division

    11/02/2007 6:40:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 214+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2007 – The Iraqi government has assumed command of a major unit from the country’s army, a sign of continued improvement in Iraq’s armed forces, U.S. officials said. Marine Maj. Gen. W.E. Gaskin, commander of Multinational Force West, relinquished operational control of the 7th Iraqi Army Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Murthi Mishin Rafa Farahan, to Iraqi Ground Forces Command in a ceremony at the division's headquarters at Camp Blue Diamond, in Ramadi, yesterday. The 7th Iraqi Army Division is responsible for security along the western Euphrates River Valley, with three brigades operating across the...
  • Freedom Journal Iraq, Nov. 1, Ops Update – Iraqi Security Forces strengths determined Watch Now Link

    11/02/2007 8:37:53 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Freedom Journal Iraq ^ | Thursday, 01 November 2007 | Freedom Journal Iraq
    • Ops Update • British VIP Visit ImageWatch Now Ops Update – Iraqi Security Forces strengths determined. British VIP Visit – Des Brown visits British Troops Fallujah Cement – Restoration of Cement Factory will help city. The “Raid Report” – Daily update on Iraqi and Coalition security progress. News Desk – Headlines from around the region. CSAR Maintainers – Maintenance team helps saves lives. Rules of Engagement – Soldiers build relationships with local citizens
  • Iraqi Security Forces rescue sheik hostages

    10/30/2007 6:46:26 PM PDT · by Son House · 9 replies · 198+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | Tuesday, 30 October 2007 | Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    BAGHDAD – Soldiers with the 9th Iraqi Army Division, led by Maj. Gen. Riyahd, conducted a mission to rescue abducted sheiks Oct. 29. The mission was conducted to free sheiks from Diyala that were kidnapped in the Shaab area of northern Baghdad the day prior. The mission was supported by U.S. military advisors to the Iraqi Army and Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven sheiks, the capture of four abductors and the killing of at least three extremists at the...
  • Iraqi Army takes charge of Radwaniyah clinic

    10/26/2007 5:38:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 157+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Stephanie Homan
    RADWANIYAH — One question lingering in the minds of many politicians these days is whether Iraq is ready to take care of its people. Determined members of the Iraqi Army are doing their part to help the citizens of their country. With the help of the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, a group of Iraqi Soldiers have been training since July to run the Radwaniyah clinic on Victory Base Complex to provide medical care and humanitarian assistance to Iraqis. The Iraqi Army assumed responsibility of the clinic during a handover ceremony Oct. 20. Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Falih Faris, garrison commander,...
  • Ramadi Unity Parade Marks Key Event in Iraqi Reconciliation

    10/26/2007 5:11:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 207+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2007 – A remarkable parade in Iraq’s Anbar province, openly attended by citizens from all walks of life, demonstrates that Iraqi reconciliation efforts are working, a coalition commander said today. “Out in al Anbar, which you know has been a difficult area about six months ago: a total change,” Army Brig. Gen. Dave Phillips told online journalists and bloggers during a conference call from Baghdad. “When they say there is an awakening, I think that's almost an understatement.” Phillips, deputy commanding general for the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, said he personally attended an event earlier this...
  • Lieutenant Helps to Renovate Orphanage for Iraqi Girls

    10/22/2007 4:28:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 143+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Mike Pryor, USA
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 22, 2007 – The high point of 1st Lt. William Bass’ deployment to Iraq so far wasn’t a raid or some other combat operation; it was the sight of two little girls playing on a brand new swing set. Washington, D.C., native Army 1st Lt. William Bass (right), a fire support officer with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, out of Fort Stewart, Ga., points out improvements made to the Al Zuhor girl’s orphanage in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district during a visit by Multinational Corps Iraq commanding general, Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, on Oct. 16, 2007....
  • Op-Ed: Know Thy Enemy (pimping for America's defeat)

    10/17/2007 10:11:58 PM PDT · by dervish · 5 replies · 214+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/07 | NY Times
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  • Iraqi boy’s road to recovery ends with successful surgery

    10/14/2007 3:12:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 181+ views
    AN NAJAF — A young boy from Hollendia underwent a final surgery to correct a severe colon condition at Al Sadr Hospital in An Najaf Oct. 9. The boy, Ahaip, had already undergone two surgeries to reintroduce his colon into his body. For Ahaip, this final surgery marked the end of a long road to recovery, made possible by U.S. Soldiers. Ahaip was born with an obstructed bowel at birth, which required emergency surgery. The surgery left Ahaip’s intestines outside his body until he was discovered by Soldiers from the 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, a Reserve unit from Fort Bragg,...
  • Coalition General Notes Progress in Building Iraqi Air Force

    10/11/2007 4:58:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 139+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2007 – Building an Iraqi air force will take years, but the service already is contributing to the counterinsurgency effort in the country, the chief of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team said today. The Iraqi air force has made tremendous strides since January, Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert R. Allardice told defense experts today via a conference call from Baghdad. The Iraqi air force now has around 1,200 personnel and about 50 aircraft. The force is involved with intelligence and surveillance missions today, but “they will be shooting rockets next year,” Allardice said. The general leads...