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  • Hundreds of Chilldren Found in Mass Grave (Iraq)

    02/26/2010 5:52:58 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 84 replies · 3,475+ views ^ | 2/25/10 | Mihemed Eli Zalla
    Anfal genocide was a campaign against the Kurds in 1980s. It was aimed at the elimination of the Kurds in Iraq, by destroying and burning Kurdish villages down. Killing and burying alive the people of these villages. It costed over 200,000 lives of innocent Kurds. A group of experts from ministry of Anfaled and Martyrs are to excavate these graves soon. The graves hold remnants of 272 children and the oldest one among them is a 16 year old girl. A pregnant woman is also among them, added Amin.
  • New school will serve hundreds in Ramadi

    12/29/2009 4:40:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Two Iraqi boys smile for the camera while recently visiting their new school in Ramadi. The Gulf Region District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers handed the school over to the Iraqi Ministry of Education this week. USACE photo. RAMADI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognizes the importance of education and places a high priority on school projects as part of their reconstruction mission here. With more than 1,135 school projects completed and operational, USACE finished and turned the Mazraa elementary school in the western city of Ramadi over to the Iraqi Ministry of Education this week.Paul Ijames, project...
  • Soldiers deliver toys to Iraqi children

    12/14/2009 6:16:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Multinational Force Iraq ^ | Spc. Kelly LeCompte, USA
    An excited child receives a bag of toys and school supplies from Spc. Michael Petro (right), of West Chester, Pa., as Staff Sgt. Marvin McCorvey, of Graham, N.C. manages the already growing crowd of children outside Forward Operating Base Falcon, in southern Baghdad, Dec. 12. Photo by Spc. Kelly LeCompte, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. BAGHDAD — Two Soldiers with Company B, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, recently organized a surprise toy delivery for children living here just outside the walls of Forward Operating Base Falcon. Spc. Michael Petro, an infantryman, said he had the idea to start collecting goodies...
  • Love of soccer connects US, Iraqi kids

    12/06/2009 6:35:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, USA
    Maj. Tim Rustad, 49th Iraqi Army Brigade Military Transition Team, hands a soccer ball to an Iraqi child near Dibbis in Kirkuk province, Dec. 3. Soldiers from the MiTT began a soccer ball drive in November, receiving donations from friends and family in the States. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — Soccer is one of the most enduring and popular sports in Iraq. Children can be seen here kicking the ball around at any given time of the day on fields made of dirt. In support of this national pastime, Soldiers from the Military Transition...
  • Iraqi children come out to play at Joint Base Balad

    10/20/2009 5:06:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 519+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Jake Richmond, USAF
    10/20/2009 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- Nearly 100 Iraqi children spent Oct. 10 running, playing and, more than anything, smiling as they had fun with American servicemembers on Joint Base Balad. The local Iraqi youths, from 5 to 18 years old, were invited to the base as part of a project initiated by the U.S. Department of State's Salah Ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team, and Joint Base Balad Airmen and Soldiers jumped on the idea to coordinate the details for the children. Capt. Amy White, the 332nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group executive officer and lead organizer for the...
  • New Twin Schools open for Taji students

    10/15/2009 5:27:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 344+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Adam Halleck, USA
    Students of the Twin Schools wait for the official opening of the schools in Taji, Iraq, Oct. 12. The Twin Schools will provide education to more than 1,200 children. Photo by Pfc. Adam Halleck, 1st Cavalry Division. TAJI — Following two years of hard work, a ribbon cutting ceremony here celebrated the grand opening of two schools nestled in a small village north of Baghdad, Oct. 12. Known as the “Twin Schools” to American Soldiers, the facilities can now provide the more than 1,200 students of the area with the high-quality education they deserve.In the past two years, this project...
  • New School Offers Iraqi Students Chance to Excel

    10/07/2009 5:19:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 307+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Maurice A. Galloway, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Oct. 7, 2009 Local community leaders and members of the Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $2.8 million, two-story Basra Talent School here Oct. 1. Army Sgt. Jennifer E. Macdonald, a vocalist with the 34th Infantry Division Band, performs Iraq's national anthem with students of Basra city's newest talent school Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Maurice A. Galloway(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. This teaching institution is for boys and girls who have been identified as having particular educational abilities, said Tawded Abd...
  • Children head back to renovated school

    09/08/2009 6:20:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 353+ views
    KIRKUK The once shattered windows of the Burhiema Primary School here are now intact, and through them, the children of Burhiema village can be seen smiling as they dig through bags of new school supplies. The school once abandoned because of its poor condition is once again filled with life and optimism as children returned from their summer vacations, Sept. 2, to find their local Iraqi Police, assisted by Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, waiting to greet them with a few surprises. The IP and Soldiers distributed 150...
  • Miami-Dade Antivenom Unit Helps Save Girl in Iraq

    08/31/2009 11:10:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 856+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Sun, Aug 30, 2009 | Carlos Miller
    It was only earlier this month that a Miami-Dade fire station was named the busiest in the nation. Now we are learning that the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Antivenom Unit is one of the most respected in the world. On Saturday, after a 3-year-old girl in Iraq was bitten by a saw-scaled viper, American military officials placed a call to Capt. Ernie Jillson, head of the antivenom unit as well as a military reservist. Jillson, who was tending to his lawn in Davie, consulted with doctors and told them that because their patient was a small girl they needed to administer...
  • Health Fair welcomes local Iraqi children

    08/25/2009 6:03:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 355+ views
    Senior Airman Kevin Andrews, a fire fighter with the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, helps an Iraqi child put on a fire suit outside the Oasis Dining Facility during a health fair here, Aug. 22. Forty-one Iraqi children were in attendance for the health fair. Photo by Senior Airman Chris Hubenthal, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. JOINT BASE BALAD — U.S. Airmen and Soldiers hosted a Department of State Provincial Reconstruction Team-initiated Health Fair for local Iraqi children at the Oasis Dining Facility here, Aug. 22. More than 40 children from the surrounding Salah ad Din province interacted with service members...
  • Future Hero Project Brings Soccer Balls, Backpacks to Thousands of Children

    08/01/2009 12:28:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 537+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maggie White, Multi-National Division Baghdad
    An Iraqi Policeman gives a soccer ball to a young boy in Tarmiyah, north of Camp Taji, July 29. Photo by Maggie White, Multi-National Division - Baghdad. CAMP TAJI — More than 2,000 children from the Tarmiyah area received soccer balls and school supplies, July 29, thanks to a combined effort between the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (Independence), Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Iraqi Ministry of Education. In the past, the Independence Brigade Soldiers and their ISF counterparts have facilitated many school drops under the Junior Hero program, but the Future Hero program took things to the next...
  • Joint Base Balad Airmen, Iraqi Children Get Kick Out of Donations

    07/24/2009 4:43:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 364+ views
    JOINT BASE BALAD Airmen and Soldiers here aided in fostering strong relationships with Iraqi citizens by preparing and delivering donations from a stateside fraternity to be given to Iraqi children who live near the base, July 14-15. The Pennsylvania State University chapter of the social fraternity Phi Kappa Tau supports programs which increase the quality of life for terminally ill children. Through their program Kicks 4 Kids, along with some inquiring by Capt. Craig Bryan, Expeditionary Aeromedicine Squadron psychologist and PKT alumnus, they were able to collect approximately 300 soccer balls to be distributed to Iraqi children via the...
  • Iraqi Children Get a Kick out of Donations

    07/20/2009 5:12:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 577+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond, USAF
    Capt. Jason Glanovsky of the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron loads soccer balls into boxes to be distributed to Iraqi children living near Balad, July 15. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Hubenthal. JOINT BASE BALAD — Airmen and Soldiers here recently received donations for Iraqi children who live near this base from a stateside fraternity.  The Pennsylvania State University chapter of the social fraternity Phi Kappa Tau supports programs to increase the quality of life for terminally ill children. Through their program Kicks 4 Kids, along with some inquiring by Capt. Craig Bryan, Expeditionary Aeromedicine Squadron psychologist...
  • Fraternity Brothers Give Back to Fellow Soldiers and Iraqi Children

    07/08/2009 5:10:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 335+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Pat Simon, USA
    Members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity teach first aid to Iraqi Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts during a recent partnership session. Photo by Lt. Col. Pat Simon, 225th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — "From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life." That quote from former tennis great Arthur Ashe is not just a famous saying, it's a way of life for a unique group of Soldiers deployed here.They are members of the college fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, who meet every week at the Pegasus dining facility on Camp Liberty. They are fraternity "brothers...
  • Abu Ghraib Orphanage Receives Food

    06/28/2009 10:05:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 235+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Philip Schratwieser, USA
    An Iraqi Soldier distributes the contents of a food bag to residents of the "1st of June" area of Abu Ghraib, during a joint Coalition/Iraqi foot patrol, June 25. Photo by Sgt. Philip Schratwieser, 1st Infantry Division. BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers conducted a combined patrol through Abu Ghraib to deliver supplies, disrupt insurgents and foster relationships, June 25. The area they patrolled is called the "1st of June," as Iraqis often name areas after significant dates in their history.Leading the patrol was a platoon from the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. As a result of the agreement...
  • Reservists help get wheelchairs to needy Iraqi children

    06/18/2009 5:32:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 345+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Stephen J. Collier, USAF
    6/18/2009 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- After a brief stop in America's Heartland, an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules aircrew from here took another step in a long journey for a special load of cargo headed for Iraq. On June 11, reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing flew to Sioux City, Iowa, where they received four pallets of children's wheelchairs. The 115 wheelchairs, donated by Hope Haven International Ministries of Rock Valley, Iowa, will be handed out to children in the Baghdad area by Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C. "It really gives...
  • Iraqi Childrens Hospital Nears Completion in Basra

    06/03/2009 6:43:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 273+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 3, 2009 Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Divisions 2nd Brigade Combat Team visited and surveyed the progress of the childrens hospital in Basra, Iraq, May 28. Army Maj. (Dr.) Roger Brockbank looks over the grounds May 28, 2009, as soldiers make their way to the entrance of the childrens hospital under construction in Basra, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The 94-bed facility will be the first state-of-the-art pediatric specialty hospital in Iraq and is nearing completion, with outpatient services slated to start in...
  • Basrah Children's Hospital Nears Completion

    06/01/2009 5:10:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    BASRAH The 94-bed, 16,000-square-meter Basrah Children's Hospital, which will be the first state-of-the-art pediatric specialty hospital in Iraq, is nearing completion with outpatient services slated to begin in September. Inpatient oncology services are slated to begin in November, surgical services in January, and additional services, such as radiation oncology, will become available at later stages. "Having a specialized pediatric hospital will be beneficial for the children of Basrah and the future generations to come," said Maj. Roger Brockbank, 2nd Brigade Combat Team surgeon, 4th Infantry Division. "We participated in what I would consider a joint, multi-agency project, to provide...
  • Benedict XVI to give First Communion to 40 Iraqi children in Jordan

    05/09/2009 7:03:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 482+ views
    EWTN ^ | May 9, 2009
    Rome, Italy, May 9, 2009 / 12:33 am (CNA).- During the Papal Mass on May 10 in Amman, Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI will give First Communion to 40 Iraqi children, according to the Secretary of the Chaldean Diocese of Jordan, Msgr. Raymond Moussalli. The SIR news agency reports that Msgr. Moussalli, who is in charge of welcoming Iraqi refugees in Amman, said Jordan children would be among the group as well. "Their desire is to pray with the Pope for reconciliation and peace in Iraq. It will be an important moment for us faithful not only in Jordan but also...
  • Reading Program Benefits Iraqi School Kids

    04/13/2009 4:48:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Keith Anderson, USA
    287th Sustainment Brigade Support Operations Plans Officer in Charge, Capt. Traci Earls, plays a game of flash cards with students at the Soonobar Elementary School in Dhi Qar province, March 26. Photo by Sgt. Heather Wright, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). COB ADDER — A U.S. Civil Military Operations (CMO) team recently visited the Soonobar School in Dhi Qar province to read to the children, foster good will and deliver school supplies.Sgt. 1st Class Chris Baker, 287th Sustainment Brigade postal supervisor, and Capt. Traci Earls, the 287th support operations plans officer in charge, were two team members who volunteered to read...
  • On the Ground: U.S. Forces Add Farm Supplies to Iraqi Aid Missions

    04/13/2009 4:33:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 300+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2009 As the planting season gets under way in Iraq, U.S. forces there are adding agriculture supplies to regular humanitarian outreach efforts they conduct with Iraqi forces. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Jones Jr. hands a meal to a girl in Samarra, Iraq, March 31, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Ian M. Terry(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Task Force Bucca civil affairs team presented agricultural equipment April 11 to members of the Umm Qasr and Safwan farmers associations and town councils at Camp Bucca. The forces presented six water trucks and eight...
  • Iraqi School Thanks Coalition Soldiers

    04/11/2009 2:58:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 388+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Peter Ford, USA
    A girl at the Michal al-Hurria School in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib district is elated when she receives her backpack full of school supplies from Coalition forces, April 5. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Ford. BAGHDAD — School officials and students took part in a ceremony at Michal al-Hurria, a small school in the Abu Ghraib district here, to honor the hard work of Coalition Soldiers who were instrumental in renovating the school. “The building was constructed in 1970 and has not received any repairs or upgrades since its opening,” a spokesman for the school principal said.The pipes were...
  • Fallen soldier's dad, American Airlines team up to ship donated supplies to Iraq

    04/09/2009 7:28:20 PM PDT · by Dubya · 9 replies · 866+ views
    D/FW AIRPORT Alan Burks invited himself on this flight, the one that took off in the early afternoon Wednesday bound for the Middle East. On board the American Airlines 767 were 2 tons of supplies from the nonprofit he started in memory of his son Pete, an Army platoon leader from Dallas killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007. No way would Burks miss the chance to go and mingle with the troops. He took Petes younger brother, Zac, with him to share in the experience. "Hes more than ready," Zac Burks said. "This has been his...
  • U.S. Army Medic Treats Children in Taji

    03/29/2009 10:47:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Ryan Nolan, Multi-National Division - Baghdad
    Spc. Neal Cooper cleans a wound on the face of a young Iraqi child. Photo by Sgt. Ryan Nolan, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. TAJI — A Pennsylvania Army National Guard medic is making a big difference for children here by providing a little medical care.Spc. Neal Cooper, from Myerstown, Pa., is a medic assigned to the 104th Cavalry Regiment, currently working in Shaykh Amir Village here, just north of Baghdad.Cooper completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in August 2008, only one month before he was to deploy to Iraq. However, Cooper was well...
  • Iraqi Children Showered with Toys

    03/26/2009 4:40:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Hassan Mohammad, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Col. Margaret W. Burcham, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands donated toys to kindergarten students during a recent visit to the House of Angels School in Dahuk, Iraq. USACE photo. DAHUK — Children at the House of Angels School here were showered with toys during a recent visit from members of the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Col. Margaret W. Burcham, commander of the USACE’s Gulf Region North district, and members of her team delighted more than 70 kindergarten students at this northern Iraqi school.The toy drive is the brainchild of Michael Fellenz, a project...
  • Athabiah Primary School Renovated, Learning Environment Renewed

    03/21/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 230+ views
    FOB WARRIOR A recent ribbon cutting ceremony at the Athabiah Primary School in Riyadh celebrated the completion of a much-needed makeover project for the school. Built in 1972, the school had fallen into disrepair and, at the request of the Athabiah city council, the Riyadh Civil Service Corps (CSC) took on the project. Responsible for the refurbishment, CSC employed approximately 70 Iraqi student workers who recently acquired skills in painting, concrete work and carpentry to help facilitate the three-month-long renovation project. The repairs to the school included new electrical wiring, new cement to refurbish flooring and fresh paint for...
  • Vietnam Vet Lands with Toys, Money for Basrah Childrens Hospital

    03/20/2009 6:12:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 509+ views
    Robert Gannon, a Vietnam veteran who served on a medical evacuation helicopter, landed his Cessna 182 at Basrah International Airport with a $10,000 check and nine boxes of toys for the Basrah Children’s Hospital, March 18. USACE photo. BASRAH — A private pilot in his Cessna 182 landed at Basrah International Airport with a $10,000 check and nine boxes of toys for the Basrah Children’s Hospital, March 18. Robert Gannon, a Vietnam veteran who served on a medical evacuation helicopter, has visited 110 countries on humanitarian missions over the past eight years. He says that flying into Iraq and seeing...
  • Special Operations Troops Deliver Smiles to Bagram Children

    03/20/2009 4:04:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 350+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, March 20, 2009 Special operations troops here delivered gifts from Americans to Afghans that some say are as important as their combat missions. A young Afghan girl proudly stands with her new bag of school supplies, clothing and toys given to her by troops of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan. The troops stopped by a Bagram elementary school to deliver the gifts March 15, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jamey Trigg (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. We are in Afghanistan to rebuild the country and, in my opinion, we need...
  • Paratroopers Deliver Colorado Boys Toys to Iraqi Children

    03/17/2009 4:08:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 313+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Alex Licea, USA
    BELADIYAT, Iraq, March 17, 2009 A month after a Colorado boy collected his toys and sent them to Iraq, a group of U.S. Army paratroopers distributed the items to children in an eastern Baghdad neighborhood yesterday. Army Spc. Greg Moreland hands a stuffed animal to an Iraqi girl at the Abuthare and Rufayda Elementary School in eastern Baghdad, March 16, 2009. Moreland gave the toys to the children on behalf of his pen pal, Jacob Poehls, 8, of Summit Cove, Colo. Jacob donated his toys to the children of Iraq. His hometown also donated Girl Scout cookies and...
  • Modern School Provides Opportunities for Kurdish Children

    02/22/2009 11:38:13 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    To improve the learning environment and overall welfare of about 35 elementary school students in Kani Mayor Village, Kurdish Regional Government leaders and U.S. forces opened the doors to a new schoolhouse complete with instructor-living quarters, Feb. 12. Photo by Seaman Zachary Hernandez, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula. KURDISTAN — Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) leaders and Coalition forces inaugurated the first, permanent educational facility here in the mountainous region of Kani Mayor Village, Feb. 12. The new school supports the growing educational needs and serves as a platform for the future economic stability of this village...
  • Sadr City Opens Parks, Sports Complex

    01/18/2009 1:20:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    SADR CITY As rockets crashed down in central Baghdad nine months ago, Special Groups criminals controlled the areas here intended for play and athletics. But today, the children were back at play in northeast Baghdad as local government leaders opened the Faoo Family Park and the Regular 6 Sports Complex. The facilities, which were once used by Special Groups to launch deadly attacks against the fortified Green Zone, were celebrated, Jan. 17, for being returned to the citizens as well as the military accomplishment of seizing the land back from the criminals. This park is for all the people...
  • Village Opens New Elementary School

    01/17/2009 6:39:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Karla P. Elliott, USA
    Children smile for the camera in the village of Atshiyana, Iraq, Jan. 12, 2009. The children of the community were invited to a school opening in Kirkuk province. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian L. Short, 11th Public Affairs Detachment. FOB WARRIOR — As the security situation in Iraq continues to improve, the number of infrastructure projects around Kirkuk province are on the rise. Local village leaders, Sons of Iraq members, the school head master, teachers and future students, along with U.S. forces, celebrated one of them - the grand opening of a new elementary school in Atshiyana village,...
  • Feature: Al-Qaida recruits children as suicide bombers in Iraq [ Dems- China reporting this!]

    01/14/2009 2:43:43 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 4 replies · 522+ views ^ | Jan. 14,2009 | Gao Shan
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- A boy masquerading as a flower seller blew himself up last September before the house of Sheikh Imad Jassem, the joint-leader of the Sons of Iraq in Tarmiya, 25 km north of Baghdad. The boy, as young as 10 years old, had been stalking Jassem for three days before tripping on his flip-flops several meters away from his target. The bomb exploded prematurely, seriously wounding the leader. The innocent and immature young have been recruited and trained to be suicide bombers of the al-Qaida network in Iraq to attack Iraqi high-profile officials as well as...
  • Picture from Fox's Gary Sinise Iraq Tour

    01/13/2009 3:12:16 AM PST · by rvoitier · 8 replies · 1,165+ views
    Taken during Operation Iraqi Children where "Lt. Dan" and Ms. Hilldenbrand, author of, "Seabiscuit" created outfit to send school supplies to the children.
  • Iraqi troops take control of Green Zone

    01/01/2009 8:34:53 AM PST · by flyfree · 13 replies · 940+ views
    Reporting from Baghdad -- As Iraqi schoolchildren sang their country's praises and a band played, the United States formally handed over military control of the heavily fortified Green Zone to Iraqi troops today, a first major step in the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. For Iraqis, the Green Zone, a walled-off 4-square mile community in Baghdad's core, has come to symbolize the U.S. occupation of their country. Home to about 30,000 residents -- including 14,000 U.S. and coalition forces -- it also encompasses Saddam Hussein's opulent Republican Palace, which was captured by American troops in April 2003 and was,...
  • Airmen Bring Holiday Cheer to Iraqi Children, Aid to Families

    12/27/2008 6:58:29 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Master Sgt. Brian Davidson, USAF
    Staff Sgt. Michael Murphy plays "Papa Noel" and delivers treats and toys to Iraqi children in Baghdad, Dec. 19, 2008. Photo by Master Sgt. Brian Davidson, 447th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Iraqi children living at the Victory Base Complex in Baghdad recently received a surprise visit from “Papa Noel” thanks to U.S. Airmen from Sather Air Base. The event was sponsored by the 447th Air Expeditionary Group Rising Six Council, a group of men and women in the ranks of Airmen through technical sergeant.A fire truck arrived bringing Papa Noel, played by Staff Sgt. Michael Murphy complete...
  • Joint Iraqi, U.S. Efforts Facilitate Surgeries for Children with Dwarfism

    12/06/2008 7:45:30 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 543+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Deanna Bague, USA
    Thirteen-year-old Saja Abdulla waves goodbye to her U.S. friends after a recent visit to her home. Photo by Maj. Deanna Bague, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office. BAGHDAD — Ten-year-old Ali Abdulla sat on the edge of his bed with rods and pins holding his leg bones in place, but still managed to smile when he spoke affectionately of two Soldiers he said touched his life. “I love them a lot because they have a big heart,” said Ali through an interpreter. “They are very special people in my life.”Ali was referring to Lt. Col. Rhonda McGuire, a public affairs officer...
  • Operation Christmas Stocking Spreads Cheer to Deployed Troops

    12/05/2008 3:35:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 294+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2008 A little piece of Christmas has started to arrive in Iraq and Afghanistan for troops away from home during the holidays. Deployed troops share their Christmas stockings with children. Operation Give, a troop-support group, sent more than 20,000 stockings to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of its annual Operation Christmas Stocking collection. Courtesy photo(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Operation Gives annual Operation Christmas Stocking collection has sent more than 20,000 Christmas stockings to troops -- with more on the way. Even in hard times, if we can find a way...
  • Scouting program takes life again in Iraq (Baghdad)

    12/02/2008 3:31:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 501+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq The scouting movement in Iraq was revitalized in 2004 by the Green Zone Council, a group of Coalition forces in Baghdad who saw value in having Iraqi children involved with their communities. Today, service members continue to work with the youth of Iraq on Saturday afternoons at a small community just outside the Victory Base Complex. You can look around and, if nothing else, you are doing something good here because you are creating a positive impact for Iraqi families and the children, said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Fretz, who is helping bring the scouting program back...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Deliver School Supplies (Happy Children)

    11/28/2008 6:39:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 280+ views
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, Nov. 28, 2008 Local Iraqi Security Forces distributed school supplies in Maysan Province Nov. 23 with assistance from the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team. Iraqi and Coalition Forces handed out crayons, rulers, pencils and backpacks to elementary school children. While some of the troops issued school supplies, others provided security at the scene. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division worked with the 10th Iraqi Army Division's troops to make the event a success. "This was a great opportunity to make the children here happy," said...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Reps Spread Smiles to Iraqi School Children

    11/27/2008 7:18:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 321+ views
    Dan Foote, the leader of the Maysan provincial reconstruction team, hands out school supplies to a student of an all-girl school near Qalet Saleh, Nov. 23, 2008. Photo by Pfc. Terence Ewings, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. COB ADDER — Local Iraqi Security Forces distributed school supplies in Maysan Province Nov. 23 with assistance from the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team. Iraqi and CF (Coalition Force) troops handed out various school supplies such as crayons, rulers, pencils and even backpacks to elementary school children. While some of the troops issued school supplies, others provided security at the scene.Soldiers assigned to the...
  • Iraqi National Police Strive to Serve, Protect Baghdad's Residents

    11/25/2008 3:50:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Brett Walker, USA
    Iraqi national policemen from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd NP Division, Civil Affairs Team, gather with Iraqi children from an elementary school in the Doura community of southern Baghdad Nov. 20. The NPs are part of a freshly formed CA Team created by Soldiers from Company D, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. U.S. Army photo. FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON — The Iraqi National Police, dedicated to enforcing Baghdad’s rule of law, introduced civil capacity and municipality improvement to their skills set working...
  • Soldiers Provide Iraqi Children with Donated School Supplies, Backpacks

    11/23/2008 7:03:16 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st. Lt. Angel Richardson, USA
    A U.S. Soldier hands a backpack to a student of the Al Kifah School in the Rusafa district of Baghdad, Nov. 18, 2008. Photo by 1st Lt. Angel Richardson, 926th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — Students of the Al Kifah Girls School in the Rusafa District of Baghdad received much needed school supplies, toys and clothing, Nov. 18, from Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers. Lt. Col. Carlton Fisher, chaplain, 926th Engineer Brigade, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, Awatef Fadel, the school principal, and Mohamed Abd Al Rahman, mayor of Rusafa, coordinated the school supply donation. The entire 926th Engineer Brigade Family Readiness...
  • Salman Pak Kindergarten School Refurbished, Opened for Students (Yes that Salman Pak)

    11/23/2008 6:52:12 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 741+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Wayne Marotto, USA
    A student at the Wurwood Kindergarten holds the tray with the scissors for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the school in Salman Pak, Nov. 21, 2008. Photo by Lt. Col. Wayne Marotto, 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Wurwood Kindergarten School officially reopened its doors Nov. 21 in the Rasheed neighborhood of Salman Pak after a two-month-long refurbishing period. The school has 350 students enrolled, ages 4 to 5 years old, and six class rooms. Prior to the refurbishment, the school could only hold 60 students. The school employs eight teachers, a director and an assistant.“The...
  • Patriotic Poster Contest Stimulates Pride in Iraqi Youth

    11/15/2008 9:32:15 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 301+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Brett Walker, USA
    Iraqi children join hands in a symbol of good will and hope for a new era in the nation of Iraq, Nov. 6, 2008, at the Jazeera patriotic poster contest in the Rashid District of southern Baghdad. Photo by Capt. Brett Walker, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB FALCON — Children of southern Baghdad’s Doura community recently competed in a contest to indulge a budding sense of cultural pride and experiment with a newfound freedom of speech. During the month of October, various children from Jazeera, located in the Rashid District, created more than 100 posters...
  • Continued School Openings Brighten Future for Iraqi Youth

    11/14/2008 4:26:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 235+ views
    Children play in the courtyard of the newly refurbished Al Abrar primary school, south of Baghdad. A new wing of six classrooms opened for students Oct. 15, 2008. This $496,000 project added much needed classroom space and facilities for the students. USACE photo. BAGHDAD — Themes of hope dominate school openings and ribbon cutting events throughout Iraq.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division has overseen the renovation or new construction of nearly 1,100 schools, with another 38 projects ongoing. “This ancient civilization of Mesopotamia between the two rivers taught the world how to read and how to...
  • Sadr City Students Receive Backpacks, School Supplies

    11/09/2008 12:17:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Gordon Bostick, USA
    Students look up from their lessons, Nov 3, 2008, at the Nujdom Alba School in the Sadr City District of Baghdad. Photo by Gordon Bostick, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Youngsters cry out with their hands in the air trying to get the teacher’s attention. One is selected and he marches up to the blackboard to recite the day’s lesson written there. When he finishes, the teacher praises him and he returns to his desk, a grin on his face. School is back in session here in Sadr City, and the students couldn’t be...
  • Medical Team Fits Child for Wheelchair

    11/09/2008 7:41:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 185+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Angel Richardson, USA
    Saturday, 08 November 2008 BAGHDAD The 926th Engineer Brigades medical and chaplain sections planned and organized a pediatric wheelchair adjustment Oct. 28, for Ahmed Kadhem, a four-year-old boy and resident of Sadr City Sector 4. Ahmed Kadhem has been crippled since birth. Brad Blauser linked up with Lt. Col. Carlton Fisher, chaplain, 926th Engineer Brigade and Maj. Victor Estes, the brigades medical operations officer, to start phase one of the Sadr City pediatric wheelchair donation. Brad Blauser of Wheel Chairs for Kids has given many children throughout Iraq pediatric wheelchairs. During this phase, Estes brought in Capt. Scot Tebo,...
  • Marines Reach Out to Iraqi Kids

    10/29/2008 5:02:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 356+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Paul L. Greenberg, USMC
    During a routine security patrol in the town of Rutbah, Cpl. Joseph Shutta gives stuffed animals to children outside their family home, Oct. 23, 2008. RUTBAH — When people typically think of Marines on a combat patrol in Iraq, the last thing that comes to mind is the image of fluffy stuffed animals. However, with the help of a grass-roots organization in the United States, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, spread American goodwill to the children here recently. The Marines distributed more than a hundred stuffed animals while patrolling the streets of this...
  • Children to Receive Donated School Books

    10/27/2008 4:52:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Chris T. Mann, USMC
    RAMADI Servicemembers with the Ramadi embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (ePRT), Regimental Combat Team 1, met with the mayor of Ramadi recently to donate educational books to local schools. The books, intended for children in elementary school from first through sixth grade, will be given to teachers in the city for use in their students daily curriculum. The books are designed to help improve daily lessons in core classes and will supplement courses Iraqi teachers and headmasters of district schools are already teaching. We are very grateful for the books given to us today, said Latif Obaid Ayadah, mayor of...