Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $26,834
Woo hoo!! And the first 30% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: iraqipeople

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Wheelchairs change disabled Iraqis' lives

    11/25/2009 6:32:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 382+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Ruth McClary, USA
    Najari bin Jade Abbas, who lost the use of her legs after a kidney removal operation three years ago, gains the gift of mobility during a wheelchair delivery to the Qays Clinic in Radwaniyah, Nov. 22. U.S. troops of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, distributed 20 wheelchairs at the clinic courtesy of “Free Wheelchair Mission,” of Irvine, Calif. Photo by Spc. Ruth McClary, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. BAGHDAD — U.S. forces answered a call from Dr. Qays Ibrahim Rashid, owner of the Radwaniyah area Qays medical clinic, who requested wheelchairs for mobility impaired patients in...
  • Iraqi Citizens Unify, Continue Recovery Following Terrorist Attack

    07/04/2009 10:17:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 411+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    KIRKUK "If terrorists knew this explosion would have unified Arabs, Turks, and Christians, they wouldn't have done it," said Mayor Talib of Taza, referring to a truck bomb attack here in June. "It has united us!" Representatives from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Kirkuk's Provincial Reconstruction Team traveled to Taza, June 27, to assist in the recovery. Capt. Nathan Jennings, a company commander with 2nd BCT, met with Talib. According to Jennings, the purpose of the visit was to assess the security situation in the city, deliver much needed water, and examine a tent city...
  • Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

    06/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory." One drove a motorcycle with party streamers on it; another, a Humvee with a garland of plastic roses on the grill. U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraq's urban centers by midnight on Tuesday under a bilateral security pact that also requires all troops...
  • The Eyes Of The Iraqi People Will Be Filled With Joy When Foreigners Withdrawing From The Cities

    06/14/2009 4:54:56 AM PDT · by BCW · 6 replies · 440+ views
    Badr Newspaper - Iraq (Translated) ^ | 13 JUN 2009 | Not Given
    The Friday Prayer Imams agreed on the importance of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) after the American forces withdraw from the cities. At the same time, they condemned a number of media outlets for doubting the ISFs capabilities. The Friday Prayer Imams demanded that a national holiday be declared on the day that the US is scheduled to withdraw from the cities - which coincides with the anniversary of the 1920 Revolt. The Friday Prayer Imam at Holy Najaf - his Eminence Sayid Sadr Al Din Al Qubanchi - called for the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Defense, and...
  • On the Ground: Soldiers in Iraq Open Senior Center, Orphanage, Schools

    03/02/2009 3:32:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2009 U.S. soldiers are making a difference in the lives of Iraqis, as evidenced recently by the opening of a senior center and orphanage, a new school and school renovations, and a refurbished joint security station. Iraqi students and teachers participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 12-classroom secondary school for girls in Diwaniyah province, Iraq, Feb. 26, 2009. The school can accommodate 360 students. U.S. Army photo by Alicia Embrey(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. We are making a difference -- you can see it in the smiles of the local residents...
  • Soldiers Host Women's Bazaar to Help Iraqi Families

    02/23/2009 6:55:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 23, 2009 Soldiers with the 63rd Armor Regiment got the chance to buy homemade products and souvenirs and further the cause of Iraqi women and their families recently when they hosted a bazaar to sell the womens handiwork. Soldiers from Task Force 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, buy from a vendor during a women's bazaar at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiya in Baghdad, Feb. 17, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jamie Vernon(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "This is a great way for local women to improve their small businesses and take care...
  • Giffords: Iraqis, not surge, made Iraq safer

    02/06/2009 4:19:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 28 replies · 990+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Daniel Scarpinato
    After a five-day trip through the Middle East, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Wednesday that Iraq has become safer and more politically stable. But the Democrat doesn't think that change is necessarily a result of a surge in troops she opposed two years ago. That's a vote Giffords says she stands by. Instead, Giffords said in an interview Wednesday, the positive change which comes as President Obama prepares to draw troops out of Iraq and increase military levels in Afghanistan is a result of efforts by Iraqi citizens themselves. "Largely, it's the Iraqi people realizing they would prefer...
  • Iraqi Citizens Witness Monumental Day

    02/01/2009 9:16:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Evan Loyd, USA
    An Iraqi man displays his purple finger after voting at the polling station in Yusifiyah during the provincial elections, Jan. 31, 2009. Every citizen who voted was required to dip their finger in indelible ink to ensure each cast but one vote. Photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd, 1st Armored Division. BAGHDAD — The citizens of Mahmudiyah Qada went safely to the election polls to vote during the provincial elections, Jan. 31. With no reports of serious violence, the free election was a monumental effort and achievement for the Iraqi Security Forces. The 17th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi Police were...
  • Iraqis Prepare to Vote in Jan. 31 Provincial Elections

    01/29/2009 5:00:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 274+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 Iraqis of all backgrounds are preparing to vote during their countrys first election since 2005, a senior Defense Department official said here today. An Iraqi Army colonel shows his purple index finger indicating that he voted during the provincial elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 28, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Douglas York(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. More than 15 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in the Jan. 31 provincial elections, which will select representatives for 440 council seats across the countrys 18 provinces, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told Pentagon...
  • Operations help protect Iraqi citizens and communities throughout Iraq

    01/06/2009 3:42:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    BAGHDAD One terrorist was killed during a force operation in Mosul Sunday targeting an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq military leader and improvised explosive device facilitator. Forces attempted to stop a vehicle assessed to be driven by the suspected terrorist. The driver of the vehicle ignored the forces orders to stop and continued to accelerate. Coalition forces, following established procedures, gave warnings and fired a disabling shot in an attempt to stop the vehicle. However, the driver continued to accelerate and drove through an Iraqi Army checkpoint. As the vehicle was going through a second Iraqi Army checkpoint, the Iraqi...
  • Iraqi Doctors Provide Free Medical Care

    12/26/2008 10:11:16 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Women and children wait patiently to receive free medical care from Iraqi doctors during a medical clinic at a schoolhouse in the Zafaraniyah area of eastern Baghdad, Dec 20, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Jeremy Todd, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. FOB RUSTAMIYAH — Iraqi doctors offered free medical care to residents in Baghdad’s Zafaraniyah area as Iraqi Army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers provided security, Dec 20. Iraqi doctors and an Iraqi nurse tended to area residents seeking health care as Coalition forces medical personnel, who did not directly get involved with treatments, observed and offered medical advice and...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Seize Bomb-Making Components

    09/07/2008 2:21:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 170+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2008 Iraqi citizens of Babil province yesterday led U.S. soldiers to the seizure of a huge amount of components suitable for the construction of deadly explosively formed penetrator-type bombs, military officials reported. Acting on a tip from local Iraqi citizens, the U.S. soldiers discovered more than 2,500 bomb-making components at three separate locations in an area southeast of Samrah Village in Babil province. Officials believe this discovery will significantly disrupt explosively formed projectiles attacks within central Iraq. U.S. soldiers found the cache after a group of local Iraqi citizens informed them of a suspected cache location...
  • Iraqis no longer ask, 'Are you Sunni or Shiite?'

    08/03/2008 9:15:23 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 16 replies · 139+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 8/3/08 | Nancy A. Youssef
    For years, when she approached Iraqi Army checkpoints and produced an identification card for soldiers to study for clues about her sect, Nadia Hashim used a simple formula to signal the mostly Shiite Muslim force that she, too, is a Shiite. "I am one of you," she'd say. The soldiers would harass Sunnis, but they'd simply wave Hashim through. Now her pat line gets her an official reproach. When a relative used it recently, a soldier admonished the driver and the passengers. "'We are Iraqis, and you shouldn't say such a thing,' " recalled Hashim. The 35-year-old mother of three...
  • As Iraqis stop living in fear, end of Iraq war is at hand

    07/21/2008 1:06:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 47 replies · 96+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 20 2008 | MICHAEL YON
    'The war in Iraq is over. We won. Which means the Iraqi people won." When I wrote this on my Web site a few days ago, I set off a mini-firestorm. Perhaps because I have spent more time embedded with combat troops in Iraq than any journalist I know - and have interviewed countless Iraqis and members of the coalition military. But I stand by my words, just as I stood by my assertion of February 2005 that Iraq was in a state of civil war, and later understood that Al Qaeda was its proximate cause. Those statements went against...
  • Winning Hearts and Minds

    07/08/2008 7:57:14 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 155+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please ^ | July 7th, 2008 | Michael Ledeen
    Winning Hearts and Minds July 7th, 2008 Way back at the beginning of this war, and continuing through tomorrow, we have debated how to win the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East. I have always viewed this discussion as important, but perhaps ultimately unknowable, because as Machiavelli loves to remind us, these things are all about winning and losing. The war, not the debate. During the Cold War there was an endless discussion about our enemy, just as there is today. Back then, the main question was: are we fighting a global movement (international communism), and...
  • MP Soldiers Build Rapport With Iraqi Citizens

    06/05/2008 5:27:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Grant T. Okubo, USA
    Sgt. Joseph Quirarte, a non-commissioned officer from Pacifica, Calif., takes a moment to hold an Iraqi child while on patrol in a neighborhood near the forward operating base, May 31. Quirarte serves with Military Police Platoon, Brigade Special Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad. Photo by Spc. Grant Okubo. FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY — Patriot Brigade Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, exuded a genuine, vested interest for the community as they patrolled neighborhoods surrounding Forward Operating Base Loyalty, May 31. Soldiers assigned to Military Police Platoon, Headquarters...
  • Iraqis Fear Rapid US Withdrawal Would Cause 'Chaos and Anarchy,' [change and hope are good]

    06/02/2008 5:48:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 73+ views ^ | June 02, 2008 | Josiah Ryan
    Iraqis Fear Rapid US Withdrawal Would Cause 'Chaos and Anarchy,' Says Iraqi Parliamentarian ( - Most Iraqis support the U.S. troop presence in Iraq and think a rapid withdrawal would lead to "chaos and anarchy," said Adnan Pachachi, a member of the National Assembly of Iraq and a former president of Iraq's Governing Council (IGC), on Friday. He also said that the best policy now lies somewhere between the strategies outlined by Sen. John McCain (r-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). "There is very widespread support for an American presence in the short and intermediate term," said Pachachi, who spoke...
  • Visionary doctor helps hundreds of Iraqis

    05/29/2008 5:01:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Nathan Gallahan, USAF
    /29/2008 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- A single doctor, a retired Air Force colonel, arrived here without much fanfare May 18 and left four days later. He left in his wake improved sight for many Iraqis and priceless training for Nasiriyah General Hospital physicians in Nasiriyah, Iraq. He traveled with a few bags and a 50-pound box containing a microscope. A specialized, portable, eye-surgery microscope he used to treat people who may not have otherwise afforded it. He also carried 200 prescription glasses and 300 sunglasses to hand out freely to those in need. He performed his wonders at...
  • Sadr City residents gather for Friday prayers

    05/17/2008 5:40:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 55+ views
    BAGHDAD Local residents in the Sadr City district of Baghdad gathered for a peaceful prayer demonstration May 16. An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people, some carrying Iraqi flags, joined together for a peaceful prayer meeting coordinated by the tribal leaders of Sadr City. One large group of people marched to the office of the Martyr Sadr Mosque for prayer service. The timing of the gathering corresponded with mosque services and the crowd dispersed at the end of prayer service. A second large group met peacefully near al-Habibiyah by al-Hamza Square and was organized by tribal leaders of Sadr City....
  • Families Return to Chalabi Village

    05/04/2008 1:08:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 98+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Ryan Barnett, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU Approximately 120 men of the Chalabi tribe returned to their homes recently in the Sayafiyah region, about 25 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, more than a year after being driven out by al-Qaeda in Iraq extremists. Escorted by Sons of Iraq leader Jumah al-Kazarji and Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), a large convoy of cars and trucks ushered the Chalabi men back to their abandoned village. Their reclamation of homes signaled the hopeful beginning of a new era of peace and...
  • Hawaii-based Marines help provide medical care to Iraqis

    04/30/2008 5:47:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 63+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Chadwick deBree, USMC
    KARMA, Iraq A convoy of humvees, 7-ton trucks, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles pull up to a sheiks home. As they arrive, local citizens, already lined up, wait outside the gate to receive aid through the teamwork of the local government, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces. On April 12 and 13, Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, alongside Iraqi doctors, conducted a cooperative medical engagement to provide medical care to Iraqi civilians in the Gnather and Lahib villages. On the first day, Iraqis eagerly waited as Marines from Company F admitted them one at...
  • Iraqi neighbours rise up against al-Qa'eda

    04/12/2008 9:35:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 87+ views
    Telegraph ^ | April 12, 2008 | Colin Freeman
    "Awakening" movements across Iraq are helping to rid Sunni neighbourhoods of extremist influence, writes Colin FreemanKhalil Mohammed Abbas, a haggard, chainsmoking ex-Iraqi army officer, has good reason to puff on every cigarette as if it were his last. After helping his neighbours in Baghdad rise up against the al-Qa'eda thugs who have terrorised them, he lives in constant expectation that the threats text-messaged to his mobile phone may one day come real. "They are from al-Qa'eda, and they tell me I am a mercenary," he says, reading out the latest missive to bleep into his inbox. "They ask how I...
  • Looking for the New Baghdad (Iraqis pray for McCain victory)

    04/06/2008 5:47:27 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 96 replies · 387+ views
    Time ^ | Apr. 03, 2008 | Bobby Ghosh
    The Baghdadis caught between these extremes know that the only thing standing in the way of another sectarian conflagration is the U.S. military. This may explain why every Iraqi who offers me a view on American politics seems to be praying for a McCain victory.
  • Poll suggests Iraqis 'optimistic'

    03/17/2008 1:02:22 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies · 361+ views
    BBC ^ | March 17 2008 | BBC
    More than 50% of Iraqis think their lives are good, more than at any time in the last three years, a survey says. The poll for the BBC, ABC, ARD and NHK of more than 2,000 people also suggests that a majority believe that security in their area has improved since 2007.
  • Soldiers Help Iraqi Families Return to Their Homes

    03/04/2008 4:44:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 101+ views
    BAGHDAD, March 4, 2008 With the security situation here improving every day, Iraqi and coalition forces increasingly are helping displaced families move back into their old neighborhoods. A sheik addresses displaced Iraqi families returning to their homes, appealing for adherence to the local reconciliation agreement, during a ceremony welcoming families back to Baghdads Aamel neighborhood, Feb. 9, 2008. U.S. Army photo(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, in cooperation with Iraqi security forces, the local reconciliation committee, and local and civic...
  • Iraqis Increasingly Side With Coalition, Colonel Says

    12/26/2007 7:46:16 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 237+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2007 The Iraqi people increasingly are siding with the coalition against extremists in their country, a unit commander there said. Army Col. Daniel Ball, commander of the 3rd Infantry Divisions Combat Aviation Brigade, is on his third rotation to Iraq and said he is seeing increased trust among the Iraqis. Theyre starting to realize that were here to make their life better, and because of that theyre starting to take our side, he said in a teleconference with online journalists and bloggers Dec. 20. Ball believes the shift is due, at least in part, to the...
  • Sunni, Shia March Together in Baghdad for Peace

    12/23/2007 8:01:17 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 132+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. James P. Hunter
    Iraqi citizens march together while playing music during a Peace March in the Karkh District of Baghdad, Dec. 19. Approximately 1,000 Iraqi citizens, both of Shia and Sunni religions, gathered to march with one another to bring the two sects together as one. Photo by Sgt. James Hunter, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Approximately 1,000 Iraqi citizens, of both Shia and Sunni religions, joined together on the sectarian fault line in Rawaniyah, the Karkh District of Baghdad, to march with one another in what they called a “Peace March”, Dec. 19. It was...
  • Iraqi Citizens, Soldiers Work Together to Eliminate Insurgent Safehouse

    12/09/2007 9:09:17 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
    A Concerned Local Citizen pulls back part of an armchair revealing unknown bulk explosive inside the cushion, Dec. 4, in an insurgent safehouse in Arab Jabour. The building was destroyed by a joint direct attack ammunition bomb once it was found to be booby-trapped. Photo by Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — An insurgent safehouse in Arab Jabour was rendered useless, Dec. 4, by two joint direct attack ammunition bombs. Although dropped by an Air Force F-16 Falcon jet, the operation was a combined effort conducted on the ground...
  • Death toll for Iraqis falls

    12/01/2007 5:08:29 PM PST · by rwbusa50 · 13 replies · 52+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 1, 2007 | KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD - The number of Iraqis killed last month fell to 718, an Associated Press tally showed, the lowest monthly death toll since just before the 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine provoked a vicious cycle of retaliatory sectarian violence. The figures come as the military says violence has fallen to levels not seen in nearly two years, while acknowledging that Iraqis are still dying in unacceptable numbers. An expert on the effect of conflicts on civilians agreed,...
  • Concerned Local Citizen Groups Aid Progress in Iraq

    11/13/2007 3:17:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 79+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2007 Captures of al Qaeda operatives and seizures of weapons caches in Iraq are up, and casualties are down, a senior military official in Baghdad told online journalists and bloggers today. Air Force Col. Donald Bacon, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, attributed a large part of this success to the surge of operations, the increase in activity among Iraqi security forces, and most recently, the formation of concerned local citizens groups, known as CLCs. Since surge operations began in June, Bacon said, al Qaeda attacks are down 55 percent, civilian deaths are down 60 percent, coalition...
  • Iraqi Citizens Step Up to Confront al Qaeda, General Says

    11/07/2007 3:46:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 77+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2007 Decreased violence in Iraq is the result of ongoing U.S. surge operations and Iraqi citizens increasing willingness to confront al Qaeda insurgents, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Joint Staffs director for operations, provides an operational update during a news conference at the Pentagon, Nov. 7, 2007. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. No matter how you categorize it, you cannot deny that multinational force operations against al Qaeda in Iraq have had significant effect,...
  • Iraqi citizen leads Coalition Forces to EFP factory (HUSSEINIYAH)

    11/02/2007 1:58:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies · 68+ views
    Multi-National Corps Iraq ^ | November 2, 2007 | Multi-National Corps Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    HUSSEINIYAH, Iraq A citizen of Husseiniyah led Coalition Forces to a building where explosively formed penetrators and improvised explosive devices were being constructed Oct. 31.Soldiers of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash., discovered a large cache of explosives at the home, including about 10 fully assembled EFPs of various sizes including one 12-inch EFP the largest found in Iraq approximately 90 copper plates of various sizes, more than 200 pounds of C-4 explosive, other explosive materials including TNT and numerous other materials used in...
  • Concerned Citizens fend off attack, Iraqi Army Mechanized Company Slams the Door

    11/02/2007 7:10:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 112+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo
    BAGHDAD Coalition forces saw a possible glimpse of the future in Hawr Rajab recently, when they observed Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) at a checkpoint come under attack from insurgents, defend themselves, and then receive reinforcements from Iraqi Army troops, Oct. 31. Paratroopers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska, currently attached to 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., Fort Stewart, Ga., observed the event from a rooftop. Everything kicked off with a bang. Paratroopers were en route to the concerned citizens southern-most checkpoint just outside of Hawr Rajab,...
  • 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; theres 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...

    10/28/2007 5:19:33 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 18 replies · 71+ views
    New York Post ^ | 28 Oct 07 | MICHAEL YON
    October 28, 2007 -- This week, the U.S. announced that military deaths in Iraq had fallen dramatically, to the lowest levels since March 2006, a sign that the surge of troops is working. Officers say increased cooperation from Iraqi civilians - who are tired of the terrorism and violence - has helped stem attacks. This comes as no surprise to Michael Yon, a writer who has blogged from Iraq since 2004. Yon, who is supported by donations to his Web site (, writes about his own observations on the ground this year, embedded with U.S. troops. Statistics in reports about...
  • Iraqi people needed to help stabilize country

    10/24/2007 9:30:51 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 5 replies · 38+ views
    A day after a taped message, purported to be from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, chided insurgents in Iraq for their failure to unite, American troops struck another blow against terrorist in that country. That strike was based on information provided by Iraqis. U.S. and Iraqi forces also were clearing the way in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi to protect a celebration to commemorate Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the founder of the first anti-al-Qaida group of Sunni tribal leaders who was assassinated by a bomb Sept. 13. Abdul-Sattar's brother, who has taken over the movement, said it was important...
  • Concerned citizens help Soldiers to decrease IED threat

    10/21/2007 11:45:09 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 33+ views
    Blackanthem Military News ^ | Oct 21, 2007 | Maj. Joe Sowers, 3rd HBCT Public Affairs Officer
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Improvised explosive devices posed a daily threat to U.S. Soldiers along Route Wild until one Sheik stepped forward, rallying concerned citizens to retake their community. Lt. Col. Jack Marr, from Minneapolis, Minn., commander of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, met with Sheik Nouri in Al-Jaara Oct. 17 to show his appreciation of the Sheik's cooperation. The two leaders discussed potential operations to further decrease violence in the area, and projects to assist the local government with essential services. Sheik Nouri leads the Al-Jaara Concerned Citizen Program that has provided assistance to the...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq losing thanks to concerned local citizens

    09/29/2007 3:04:14 PM PDT · by Marine_Uncle · 15 replies · 97+ views
    Multi-National-Forces-Iraq ^ | 09/29/07 | Marine_Uncle
    The al Qaeda thats here is not guys from Syria or Somalia. They are local people who grew up here, Adgie said. They were bad, bad teenagers who stole cars, and (with) the lure of fast money from al Qaeda they joined al Qaeda, and they carry out al Qaedas bidding. These home-grown terrorists employed ultra-violence against their fellow villagers to strike fear in their hearts, the colonel explained. Coalition forces from the final phase of the U.S. troop surge streamed into the region earlier this summer.
  • Soldier sees Iraqi residents doing really good things

    09/29/2007 11:50:41 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies · 148+ views ^ | Saturday, 29 September 2007 | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo 2nd BCT PAO
    ARAB JABOUR In the seven weeks since its inception, the concerned citizens group here has made a significant impact on its community. Former Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Mustafa Kamil Hamad Shabib al-Juburi, more commonly known as Gen. Mustafa, and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, organized the concerned citizens group to establish a local security force responsible for protecting the communitys critical infrastructure. In the process of defending the towns mosques, vital roads, water pump stations and electric infrastructure, concerned citizens have also had success in combating al-Qaeda. In the past...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq Losing, Thanks to Concerned Local Citizens

    09/27/2007 6:23:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 87+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2007 Iraqi citizens are helping coalition forces hunt down al Qaeda terrorists in a vast rural area south of Baghdad, a military commander said today. As the summer went along, we started building the confidence of the people, Army Lt. Col. Ken Adgie told online journalists and bloggers from Patrol Base Murray, which is situated beside the Tigris River in the mostly agricultural region of Arab Jabour. With its desolate location, rugged terrain, thick palm groves and almost-exclusively Sunni population, the region is a perfect breeding ground for terrorism, Adgie said. There is no Iraqi army...
  • Soldiers forge relationship with local Iraqis

    09/21/2007 6:59:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 88+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Felix A. Figueroa
    LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ADDER Nearly a year ago, 28-year-old Army Sgt. Virgil Swisher, 82d Sustainment Brigade, knew he would be deploying here. What he did not know was that he would be working outside the scope of his military occupational specialty. I came out here to do my job as a wheeled mechanic. I heard so many different things about Iraq and I expected to see what we in America see on T.V., but I was surprised, Said Swisher. Since arriving at Logistics Support Area Adder in southern Iraq, Swisher along with other Soldiers throughout the installation were tasked...
  • Gordon Brown: 'we must meet our obligations to the Iraqi people' (UK in Iraq)

    09/14/2007 11:20:58 AM PDT · by uksupport1 · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Ministry of Defence (UK) ^ | 14th September 2007 | MOD Website
    "President Bush has set out his response to the extensive analysis presented earlier this week by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker," said Mr Brown. "I agree that we must meet our obligations to the Iraqi people, to our allies and to the international community, and I pay tribute to our armed forces, who are playing their part with courage and professionalism. "In southern Iraq, the UK has trained over 13,000 Iraqi soldiers, who are now increasingly taking on responsibility for security in the region. As General Petraeus explained, this is why we were able to hand over control of Basra...
  • Help for GOOD Iraqis

    08/25/2007 9:52:09 AM PDT · by jyro · 11 replies · 280+ views
    I feel like America is the most giving country ever. I'm wondering is it would be possibe in Iraq for Americans willing to adopt and help support Iraq familys. I know a few extra dollars a month less wouldn't mean much to me personally but it could change the lives of some Iraqi familys and think what it would do for Americas image to those helped. Please comment
  • Commander Says Iraqi Citizens Turning Against Insurgents

    08/24/2007 5:53:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 301+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2007 Iraqis who once aligned themselves with militants are now taking up arms against al Qaeda, a top commander in the Iraqi capital said during a conference call today. Likening members of terrorist organizations to street gangsters, Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, commander of Multinational Division Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division, said Iraqis are becoming tired of price gouging on staples such as gasoline and ice when militant groups move in and take over neighborhoods. We have found that throughout the city there is increasing distrust, fatigue and disillusionment by the population with al Qaeda and...
  • Iraqi Citizens Commit to Stop Violence, Help Security Forces

    08/24/2007 5:40:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 109+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2007 As the U.S. troop surge has taken effect in areas of Iraq, Iraqi citizens are shifting away from extremist groups and stepping forward to assist coalition and Iraqi security forces and secure their communities, a U.S. commander in Iraq said today. (Video) The increase in troops allows the coalition to move into areas that previously had no coalition or Iraqi security force presence and get rid of extremist elements, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Multinational Division Center, told reporters at the Pentagon via videoconference. As soon as locals see that the security...
  • Ordinary Iraqis join Americans to help secure neighborhoods

    08/20/2007 2:29:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 561+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch
    BAGHDAD - After five months, we are seeing the benefits of the surge. Our Division Headquarters, our Second Brigade Combat Team, our Third Brigade Combat Team, and our Combat Aviation Brigade were all brought to Iraq for the that purpose. The last of the units arrived in May, and, as the summer winds down, we see the tremendous success these soldiers are contributing to securing Iraq. Successive and successful combat operations followed our arrival and now the Iraqis are gaining confidence to take a stand on their own. They are showing that they want to remove the extremists and they...
  • Iraqi Citizens Step Up

    08/19/2007 10:44:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 367+ views
    Blogs for Bush ^ | August 19, 2007 | Mark Noonan
    More bad news for defeatists: FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — A group of Iraqi citizens in al Arafia, near Jisr Diyala, are taking steps to secure their own homes and neighborhoods. Tips from the group helped lead Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment to a weapons cache on Aug. 15 in an area outside Al Arfia. Soldiers from Company D discovered seven 107 mm rockets and 10 anti-tank mines. They also detained two individuals for questioning. The Concerned Citizens is a group of local residents who have begun a reconciliation campaign with various extremist groups, according to 1st Lt....
  • Concerned Citizens step toward self-reliance

    08/18/2007 7:38:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 379+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER A group of Iraqi citizens in al Arafia, near Jisr Diyala, are taking steps to secure their own homes and neighborhoods. Tips from the group helped lead Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment to a weapons cache on Aug. 15 in an area outside Al Arfia. Soldiers from Company D discovered seven 107 mm rockets and 10 anti-tank mines. They also detained two individuals for questioning. The Concerned Citizens is a group of local residents who have begun a reconciliation campaign with various extremist groups, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mendes, of Westchester, N.Y.,...
  • Missing in the Debate: The Fate of the Iraqi People

    08/01/2007 8:24:44 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 56 replies · 617+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/1/2007 | Chuck Colson
    As the summer grinds on, the war of words over the real war in Iraq is growing hotter every day. Critics of the war are saying that the American people are fed up and want the troops to come home; that the Iraqi government needs to step up and take responsibility for the growing violence; that the war is straining our militaryand our soldiersto the breaking point. Meanwhile, the wars defenders are claiming that if the troops leave now, the enemy will have won. Instead of fighting terrorists in Iraq, well be fighting them here in our homeland. Leaving now...
  • 1-15 Inf. helps Iraqis during free heath clinic

    07/30/2007 5:56:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Carlos J. Lazo
    COMBAT OUTPOST CLEARY Using a school in the city of al Wahida, Soldiers from a Fort Bragg, N.C., Civil Affairs battalion attached to the 3rd Infantry Divsion set up a one-day clinic for Iocal residents July 28. Known as a cooperative medical engagement, the operation requires Coalition and Iraqi forces to come together and provide medical treatment in prescribed areas, said Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Weston, special operations medical noncommissioned officer, Civil Affairs Team Alpha 712th, Company A, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion. Physician assistants and unit medics out of COP Cleary diagnosed and provided medicine to those in need....