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  • DoD Officials: Iraqis Responding as Promised to Baghdad Security Mission

    02/09/2007 3:53:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2007 – The new security plan for Baghdad is progressing as planned, with Iraqi brigades arriving as promised and the first elements of the U.S. “surge” force operating with them in the capital city, Defense Department officials told Pentagon reporters today. Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, director of operations for the Joint Staff, joined Mark Kimmitt, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Near East and South Asian affairs, in reporting during a Pentagon briefing that the Iraqis appear to be rising to their commitments as the new security plan for Baghdad is implemented. “Early progress has...
  • Malaki complains of slow security start (reassures Iraqis security forces will do their best)

    02/06/2007 12:55:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/07 | Kim Gamel - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki complained Tuesday that the long-awaited Baghdad security operation was off to a slow start and warned insurgents are taking advantage of the delay to kill as many people as possible. But he reassured Iraqis that security forces will live up to their responsibilities. The statement came as new checkpoints were erected and increased vehicle inspections and foot patrols were reported in some neighborhoods — providing the main evidence so far that U.S. and Iraqi forces were gearing up for a major neighborhood-to-neighborhood sweep to quell the spiraling sectarian violence in the city of...
  • ‘Wolverines,’ Iraqis Discover Massive Weapons Cache Near Baghdad

    02/04/2007 1:38:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 1,041+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2007 – Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers uncovered more than 1,100 81 mm high-explosive mortar rounds yesterday at a cache near Route Tampa, the main highway leading into Baghdad, officials said Troops from 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and Troop B, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment “Wolverines,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), made the discovery during Operation Wolverine Alesia near Yusufiyah, just 10 miles southwest of the capital, officials said. Acting on a tip from a local resident, the troops conducted a search of the area, which...
  • U.S., Iraqis neutralize enemy, save lives

    02/04/2007 8:35:30 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 406+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Dustin Perry
    CAMP ADDER — Thirty seconds. Within a short sliver of time, a dozen U.S. soldiers, conducting a routine convoy operation, endured an engagement with the enemy under the Baghdad twilight, quickly and safely quashed the threat with a textbook reaction, and came away with a war story they will be able to take home and tell to their grandkids one day. Answering to the radio call sign "Earthpig 66," the 12 members of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment convoy logistics patrol team regularly escort supply trucks and other vehicles to and from countless locations throughout Iraq. During...
  • U.S., Iraqis work to reopen factories

    02/03/2007 4:40:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 253+ views
    AR RAMADI — U. S. officials are working with the Iraqi Government to reopen various production factories to stimulate the local economy here. Mohammed Abdullah, the deputy minister of industry, met with Bob Love, the director of Iraqi operations for the Defense Business Transformation Agency, during a Jan. 31 visit to ceramics and glass factories to discuss the future of the businesses. “The factories in Ramadi are important to the government of Iraq and the United States,” Love said. “We have to move quickly.” Love said that meetings like this would speed up the process of opening the ceramic factory’s...
  • Sergeants Show Iraqis How to Run the 'Yard'

    02/01/2007 4:44:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 337+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2007 — Two 15th Sustainment Brigade supply soldiers have a not-so-average supply job here. Staff Sgt. Marie C. Taylor, and Sgt. Shawntrese D. Peak are the only brigade representatives working alongside about 50 Iraqi nationals in the Class IX yard here. Class IX is the Army's supply designator for all vehicle repair parts. The unique part is the yard provides all the military tactical vehicle repair parts in Iraq for the Iraqi Army - not the U.S. Army, said Taylor. The U.S. Army intends to train up Iraqi soldiers to take over and operate the...
  • U.S. Soldiers Work With Iraqis To Stop Corruption

    02/01/2007 4:36:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Joshua R. Ford
    BAYJI, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2007 — When the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed last August in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, leaders saw fit to place the task of providing security for the Bayji Oil Refinery to the paratroopers of Company B, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in hopes of preventing corruption and ensuring security. "I am beginning to get a sense that the people are fed up with it, especially the average Iraqi. They are tired of their day-to-day lives being interrupted by this fuel process," Capt. Kwenton Kuhlman, Company B’s commander...
  • Iraqis Celebrate School Reopening, Forces Provide Aid to Citizens

    01/25/2007 3:40:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 212+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2007 – An Iraqi neighborhood north of Ramadi celebrated the reopening of its school Jan. 23, U.S. and Iraqi forces provided aid to citizens in Adhamiyah this week, and students in Tal Afar received cold weather gear from Iraqi forces Jan. 22, military officials reported. Visiting Iraqi army soldiers and coalition forces attended the celebration for the school reopening north of Ramadi. Community leaders asked Maj. Derek Horst, civil affairs team leader with the 4th Civil Affairs Group, to cut the ribbon for the Al Haitham School, which provides classes for the Abu Jassim tribe. The...
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris tells Iraq like it really is. (Do yourself a favor)

    01/18/2007 9:23:59 PM PST · by Valin · 32 replies · 1,254+ views
    The Hugh Hewitt Show ^ | 1/18/07 | Chief Warrant Officer Chris / Hugh Hewitt
    HH: Pleased to welcome Chief Warrant Officer Chris to the program. Chris has completed three tours in Iraq. Thank you for your service, Chris. What’s on your mind? Chris. Thank you, sir. Well, I wanted to comment on your last, and a number of other callers. His first point, to keep the soldiers in the Green Zone, and your counter, keep them on other bases, not an option. As soldiers, we know that it’s not a safe job. If we wanted a safe job, we’d do a checkout at a grocery store or some similar job. We know it’s a...
  • Soldiers give wheelchairs to Iraqis in need

    01/10/2007 6:02:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 282+ views
    Zahra Kamer, an 8-year-old girl, is placed into her new wheelchair by her father, Kamer Falih at the Taji Qada Qada Jan. 7. Kamer was one of 19 people to receive a new wheelchair from the Soldiers of Co. C, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion. U.S. Army photo. TAJI -- Building relationships with the local population is the first step in building a safe, secure and stable environment for the people of Iraq. The Soldiers of Company C, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion spent Jan. 7 doing just that by helping people, providing them with wheelchairs and sewing materials. The day...
  • Cavalry teaches Iraqis advanced first aid

    01/10/2007 5:33:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Paula Taylor
    COP NIMUR — Troops from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, spent four days training Iraqi security forces in first aid, and provided them with some advanced medical techniques at Combat Outpost Nimur. The class consisted of 28 Iraqi Army soldiers, four Sinjar area Iraqi police and five Iraqi border policemen. One of the instructors of the course was Sgt. Richard Kyle, combat medic, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3-4 Cavalry, a unit based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. “We were teaching them the Combat Lifesaver course,” he explained. “This was an...
  • Troops Help Iraqis Secure Neighborhood

    01/10/2007 5:21:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Shea Butler
    Salman Pak Iraqi Police and U.S. soldiers patrol the area together. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Bronco Suzuki. Troops Help Iraqis Secure Neighborhood Joint U.S and Iraqi Forces operation uncovers cache of rocket launchers and small arms. By Spc. Shea Butler 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD, Jan. 10, 2007 -- The ramp drops, the sun rises and the troops emerge. The missions vary and everyone has a different, but equally important job. The troops on the ground in Baghdad work every job from quick reaction force to humanitarian missions. The mission for soldiers with Company B, 1st...
  • Stryker troops assist Iraqis, secure Baghdad neighborhood

    01/09/2007 5:51:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    Cpl. Joseph Casiano, a native of San Antonio, and Spc. David Tunstall, a native of Alexandria, Va., both with Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, search through a bag they found on top of a vehicle in Baghdad Thursday. BAGHDAD -- The ramp drops, the sun rises and the troops emerge. The missions vary and everyone has a different, but equally important job. The troops on the ground in Baghdad work every job from quick reaction force to humanitarian missions. The mission for Soldiers with Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry...
  • Iraqis Sue Over Oil - For - Food Program

    12/22/2006 6:00:58 PM PST · by jdm · 50 replies · 1,616+ views
    AP via NY Times ^ | Dec 22, 2006
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Iraqi citizens filed a $200 million lawsuit Friday against a prominent European bank and an Australian wheat exporter, saying they were cheated out of humanitarian goods when the companies permitted the U.N. oil-for-food program to be corrupted. The lawsuit, which sought class-action status on behalf of northern Iraqis, said the bank, BNP Paribas, and AWB Limited, the largest humanitarian goods provider under the oil-for-food program, cheated the citizens of Iraq from June 10, 1999, to June 3, 2003. <-snip-> The lawsuit said the companies stole from the Iraqis ''by engaging in a brazen kickback scheme'' in...
  • For Iraqis, A Promise Is in Peril [Baker-Hamilton Would Sell Out Democracy] **excellent** editorial

    12/19/2006 11:50:19 PM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 20, 2006 | Masrour Barzani
    IRBIL, Iraq -- The Iraq Study Group's recommendations will accomplish nothing in Iraq. Its expressions of "gratitude" to those of us Iraqis who fought on the battlefield for freedom and liberty ring hollow. The report ignores our accomplishments, dreams and sacrifices in favor of a concern for those whose ultimate goal is the destruction of democracy. Our federal constitution, which the majority of the Iraqi people voted for, is treated flippantly, as though it were a negotiable document rather than the hard-fought result of lengthy negotiation among those willing to participate in the new Iraq. Further, the study group's approach...
  • MiTTs learn from Iraqis as they teach

    12/19/2006 4:38:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Alexis Harrison
    FOB PROSPERITY – One of the benefits of teaching Iraqi Soldiers is the opportunity to learn from them as well. Military Training Teams, while providing instruction and mentorship for the Iraqi Army, are also learning as they go. The MiTT of the "First Team's" 2nd Brigade Combat Team works a seemingly endless schedule to ensure 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division runs the way they should be. They lay the foundation, point them in the right direction and the Iraqis do the rest. Although the training team is relatively new, they do well, according to First Sgt. Joseph McFarlane, the...
  • Iraqis Donate Clothing (Policemen deliver three truckloads of clothing for displaced Sunni Muslims)

    12/18/2006 3:51:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 282+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Tony White
    Iraqis Donate Clothing Policemen deliver three truckloads of clothing for displaced Sunni Muslims. By Sgt. Tony White 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SAMARRA, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2006 -- Members of the largely Shiite Iraqi National Police made a clothing donation to the Sunni-dominated Red Crescent, Dec. 12.In a show of good faith, the predominantly Shiite national police force presented the Red Crescent, an organization similar to the Red Cross, with three truckloads of clothing to be distributed among the nearly 1,500 displaced Sunni Muslims living in the Samarra area. Meant as a way to promote positive relations between the...
  • Iraqis display courage under fire

    12/17/2006 11:11:10 AM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 517+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Iraqi Soldiers from get ready to enter a suspected insurgent's home during a massive cordon and search operation. Official Department of Defense photo. WASHINGTON -- The commander of a U.S. Army brigade that partners with and trains Iraqi Soldiers and police in Iraq’s Diyala province today praised the recent actions of local security forces and civilians there. Terrorists in Diyala province continue to try to destabilize the democratic Iraqi government through the use of improvised explosive devices, snipers, kidnappings and threats to innocent Iraqis, Col. David Sutherland, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite news conference...
  • Coalition Accelerating Efforts to Put Iraqis in Lead

    12/05/2006 3:59:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 180+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2006 -- Coalition forces are stepping up their efforts to make Iraqi security forces capable enough to take over security for their own country, which is something the Iraqi and U.S. governments both want, a coalition spokesman in Iraq said today. “In the end, only Iraqis can provide solutions to Iraqi problems,” Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a coalition spokesman, said in a news conference from Baghdad. “We continue to work closely with the government of Iraq to develop an Iraqi security force that is both operationally capable and has the confidence of all Iraqis, regardless...
  • RAF helps Iraqis take to skies

    12/04/2006 5:36:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 346+ views
    Airborne over southern Iraq. There is a pilot and a co-pilot, who manages the communications, cameras and radar. BASRAH -- For the last two years, 70 Squadron Iraqi Air Force has been in operation over the skies of southern Iraq providing much appreciated air support to colleagues on the ground. Their presence is a welcome addition to the familiar rumble of the Hercules, the defiant role of the C-17s and the deafening Antonov. Working from Basrah Air Station (BAS) in southern Iraq, the mission of 70 Squadron Iraqi Air Force is to provide an ‘eyes in the sky’ capability and...
  • Iraqi Forces Taking Lead in Fight Against Terror

    12/03/2006 12:32:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 492+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2006 -- Iraqi forces are getting more results as they move into the lead in many areas of the country. Many Iraqi units have embedded coalition trainers with them, and those units are killing or capturing more insurgents, more arms caches and shutting down more terror cells. In Baqubah, the 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division worked with U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division on coordinated offensive operations against anti-Iraqi forces today. The Iraqi soldiers began operations targeting terror cells responsible for improvised explosive devices, sniper operations, kidnapping and...
  • Iraqis to Command Four Northern Divisions by February, U.S. General Says

    12/01/2006 4:24:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 323+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2006 -- Iraqi officers will soon command all four Iraqi army divisions operating in northern Iraq, a senior U.S. officer said today. “By February, all four Iraqi divisions in Multinational Division North will be under Iraqi ground-force command,” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon told Pentagon reporters during a satellite briefing. Mixon is the commander of Multinational Division North as well as commander of the 25th Infantry Division. The two-star general’s area of responsibility covers six Iraqi provinces in northern Iraq that include the cities of Kirkuk, Balad, Tikrit, Mosul and Samarra. The general said...
  • Fort Carson Soldiers bring hope to Iraqis

    11/28/2006 8:38:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 311+ views
    ARMY.MIL/NEWS ^ | Spc. Alexis Harrison
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2006) - In recent weeks, the al Doura district of the Iraqi capital has been a hotbed of activity, the epicenter of a power struggle between terrorists and the Iraqi people. Commanders from the 2nd "Black Jack" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and their counterparts from Fort Carson, Colo., have stressed the importance of securing the district for the sake of the people who live there. Lt. Col. Stephen Michael, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, said this area is of the utmost...
  • Iraqis, Coalition Working to Counter Terrorists’ Strategy

    11/28/2006 8:13:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 200+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2006 -- Terrorists and extremists in Iraq are working to destabilize the country to further their own goals, a coalition spokesman in Iraq said at a news conference today. This goal drives the horrific attacks on civilians and fuels retaliatory killings in and around Baghdad, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said, adding that all this is counter to the will of the Iraqi people. “Al Qaeda, foreign terrorists and extremists do not want to let the Iraqis decide their own future,” Caldwell said. “Through two elections and a constitutional referendum, the Iraqi people have demonstrated they...
  • U.S. Soldiers Share Thanksgiving Tradition With Iraqis

    11/24/2006 9:05:22 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 478+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie, USA
    YUSUFIYAH, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2006 -- In 1620, natives of England sailed to the Americas in hopes of a better future, but suffered a devastating first winter. At the beginning of the following fall, 46 of the original 102 pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower to America had died, making the harvest of 1621 a special occasion to the survivors. Army Capt. Christopher McDonald (left), a native of Sterling, N.Y., who serves as a staff officer with the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,, and Maj. Mahssen, the 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th...
  • Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorist Cell Leader, Seize Weapons

    11/17/2006 3:51:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 423+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2006 -- Iraqi security forces captured a terrorist cell leader, found a large roadside bomb before it could be used, and seized a large weapons cache over the last two days, military officials in Baghdad reported today. Special Iraqi Security Forces, with coalition advisors, captured the leader of a terrorist cell responsible for attacks on Iraqi civilians and security forces during a raid in the Arab A’Jabur area, south of Baghdad, Nov. 15. The terrorist cell is linked to al Qaeda in Iraq, and is responsible for kidnappings, murder, home invasions, rape, illegal storage of arms...
  • Iraqis interdict insurgents on Euphrates River

    11/11/2006 7:14:46 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 456+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Schwind
    BAGHDAD ? From a distance it looks like a classic summer scene: boaters enjoying an afternoon on the river, taking an occasional dip to cool from the sun. But that?s far from the real situation occurring on the Euphrates River near Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq. The seemingly placid scene is actually is a new initiative to prevent improvised explosive devices from entering the area. The boaters and swimmers are actually Soldiers in the Iraqi Army receiving small boat operator, or coxswain, training they requested from their American Military Transition Team counterparts. Preventing insurgents from transporting IEDs on the Euphrates River is...
  • Saddam Verdict 'A Great Day' For Iraqis, Rice Says

    11/07/2006 3:44:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2006 – The guilty verdict handed down Nov. 5 to former dictator Saddam Hussein marks “a great day for the Iraqi people,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday. Appearing on Fox News Channel, Rice saluted Iraqi judges and lawyers who were involved in Saddam’s yearlong trial, telling host Neil Cavuto they’d “been going on under the most difficult circumstances.” The Iraqi High Tribunal sentenced Saddam to hang for his complicity involving acts of torture and murder of citizens of Dujail, Iraq, in 1982. Saddam also charged in a separate trial with murdering Kurds in northern Iraq...
  • Iraqi Forces Deliver Food to Ramadi, Detain Terrorists

    11/06/2006 4:23:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 281+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2006 – Iraqi forces, with coalition forces in support, delivered emergency food supplies to a mosque in Ramadi Nov. 4, military officials in Iraq reported. Iraqi policemen and Iraqi soldiers delivered more than 6,000 pounds of food supplies to the Al Bohemla mosque Nov. 4 to help relieve a food shortage in the central portion of Ramadi. Local residents approached Iraqi army soldiers during patrols to express their concern about the food shortage. “Being the sons of Ramadi,” Maj. Kathem from the Iraqi police said, “we must help the people of Ramadi.” Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th...
  • Iraqis eager for responsibility, U.S. Ambassador says

    10/31/2006 4:19:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 159+ views
    WASHINGTON — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is eager to take more responsibility for his country’s security, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, said today. Currently, two Iraqi Army divisions are completely under Iraqi control, though Iraq controls its police forces. “He wants to have appropriate capability and command and control of forces,” Khalilzad told Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN’s “Late Edition.” “We welcome his desire to have more forces, to have more capable and credible forces, and for him to have command and control of Iraqi Forces that are currently under coalition control.” A plan already existed to transfer...
  • Iraqis Taking Responsibility Across Country

    10/26/2006 4:39:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 235+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2006 – Coalition forces are increasingly shifting from a lead role to a supporting role in Iraq as Iraqi forces take responsibility for more territory and security operations throughout the country, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said today. In a news conference from Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said that although Iraqis are taking more responsibility, the coalition and Iraqi shared goal remains the same: a free and strong country with a representative government that respects and protects the rights of all its citizens and can be a valued ally in...
  • Complex environment to be resolved primarily by Iraqis, Casey says

    10/25/2006 11:00:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    BAGHDAD — The senior U.S. troop commander in Iraq expressed his belief, Oct. 24, that the country can be stabilized, while acknowledging the “difficult and complex” situation here. “Several factors add to the complexity that we’re now seeing” in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad accompanied Casey at the news conference. Since the Iraqi elections in December 2005, the nature of the conflict has evolved “from what was an insurgency against us, to a struggle for the division of political and economic power among the Iraqis,”...
  • Bush: U.S., Iraqi Leaders Stand Firmly United

    10/25/2006 10:51:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 206+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2006 – President Bush praised Iraqi Prime Minister Mouri al-Maliki’s leadership today and said he reminds Maliki regularly that “we’re with him so long as he continues to make tough decisions” for Iraq to succeed. Speaking at a White House news conference, Bush called Maliki “the right man to achieve the goal in Iraq.” “He’s got a hard job,” confronting internal pressures ranging from sectarian violence to criminals to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, the president said. “And he wants to achieve the same objective that I want to achieve.” Bush said he’s impressed by Maliki’s...
  • Austin Police, Fire officials help Iraqis aim for better public services

    10/24/2006 6:42:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Jason Dangel
    BAGHDAD — Three representatives from police and fire departments in Austin, Texas, met with Iraqi emergency services officials Oct. 18 to discuss ways to improve existing Iraqi emergency medical systems here. David Carter, Austin Police Special Operations, Charles Johnson, Austin Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, and George Bratmore, assistant chief, Austin Fire Department, working with Multi-National Division – Baghdad, hope to establish a new and reliable Iraqi emergency service system over the next year. The group aims to eventually establish a system enabling police, fire and medical units to work together during emergencies requiring the assistance of all three services,...
  • Coalition, Iraqis Working on Goals for Country’s National Government

    10/23/2006 4:44:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2006 – Coalition officials are working with the Iraqi government to set economic and political goals, a Pentagon spokesman said today. Eric Ruff said he knows of no timetables or timelines in the discussions. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, are working “to find the demonstrable milestones and benchmarks along the way in which we will hand over more security control” to the Iraqis, White House communications director Dan Bartlett told CBS News this morning. Ruff said U.S. officials are working with officials of the...
  • Iraqis Capture Murder Cell Leader, Coalition Troops Find Weapons

    10/17/2006 6:19:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 380+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2006 – Special Iraqi army forces, working with coalition advisors, captured the alleged leader of a murder and kidnapping cell in an early-morning raid yesterday in eastern Baghdad, military officials reported. The cell leader is suspected of directing the kidnapping, torture, and murder of Sunni and Shiia Muslim citizens in Baghdad and has connections to illegal armed groups there, officials said. He also is believed to be connected to attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces. No civilian or military casualties were reported, officials said, and the raid resulted in minimal property damage. The operation was conducted as...
  • VIDEO: The Ignored Extermination of Iraqi Christians

    10/17/2006 9:20:03 AM PDT · by Saveaplant_Eatavegan · 13 replies · 596+ views
    "Despite being ignored by the media, Iraqi Christians face the constant threat of torture, rape, kidnapping, and murder. This video tells their story." The (Ignored) Extermination of Iraqi ChristiansRun time: about 3 mintutes
  • Iraqis, Government outlining future

    10/16/2006 5:16:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 169+ views
    WASHINGTON — The new Iraqi government has taken several steps in recent days and weeks to move the country toward peace and prosperity, a senior U.S. military officer said last week. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, described some of these initiatives to reporters at a Baghdad news conference. For example, the Iraqi government’s Council of Representatives passed a “Region’s Law” on Oct. 11. The law that focuses on an equable distribution of wealth and political power among Iraq’s multifaceted citizenry, Caldwell said. It also outlines procedures provinces would use in forming political regions as...
  • Iraqis, GIs Find Bombs, Big Weapons Cache In Western Ramadi

    10/15/2006 2:55:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 359+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2006 – U.S. soldiers detained 15 suspected insurgents, discovered two vehicles being fitted as suicide bombs, and found a big weapons cache Oct. 12 as part of “Operation Dealer” conducted in the Tameen area in western Ramadi, Iraq. Based on a tip from a local resident, soldiers from Task Force 1-35 detained 15 individuals who were identified as suspected terrorists. “This is a great example of the cooperation and support of the local residents in the task to rid their neighborhood of anti-Iraqi fighters,” said Capt. Matt Graham, commander, Bravo Company, 2-6 Infantry, one of the units...
  • Advising Iraqis: Building the Iraqi Army (Professional Reading)

    10/10/2006 6:19:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 174+ views
    If America agrees with President George W. Bush that failure in Iraq is not an option, then the adviser mission there will clearly be a long-term one. The new Iraqi Army (IA) will need years to become equal to the challenge posed by a persistent insurgent and terrorist threat, and U.S. support is essential to this growth. Having spent a year assigned to the multi-National security Transition command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) equipping and training a new Iraqi armored brigade, I offer some recommendations to future advisers as they take on the job of working with the IA to build a professional and...
  • Iraqis, PRT produce results

    10/03/2006 5:23:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 346+ views
    Maj. Lawendowski, from the Alaskan National Guard, assembles a swing set for Iraqi children living in an impoverished neighborhood in Al Hillah, Iraq. Official DoD photo. See the video HILLAH -- At times, progress in Iraq is difficult to measure and often completely intangible…but often, the Iraqi people and their Coalition partners produce amazing and obvious results.Thanks to the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and their hard-working Iraqi counterparts, great things are happening in this history-steeped province, and residents are taking notice.Along a five-mile stretch of long-vacant property in Hillah, a city of 600,000, months of the teams efforts are...
  • Helping Iraqis help themselves

    09/13/2006 7:07:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. George Welcome
    RADWANIYAH — As efforts continue to return normalcy to Iraqi citizens around the country, security often takes center stage. However, ensuring safety is only one part of delivering Iraq from decades of repression and stagnation under Saddam Hussein. Coalition forces are also working to empower Iraqis to take part in the economic restoration of their country. On Sept. 2, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers and local Iraqi staff celebrated the grand opening of the al-Bashair Center for Micro-Finance at the Radwaniyah Civil Military Operations Center. The center’s opening was the culmination of an 11-month project under the combined efforts of...
  • Official: 'Iraqis tired of bloodshed'

    09/09/2006 5:30:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 586+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Army and Police forces in northern Iraq are taking responsibility for more territory as a result of the continual training Coalition forces have been providing, a U.S. commander said Friday. “In an area of responsibility that exceeds 47,000 square miles, we have leveraged the full spectrum of assets in order to engage the population and neutralize the enemy,” Army Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner, commander of Multi-National Division-North, said in a news conference via satellite from Iraq. Iraqi security forces have taken the fight to the terrorists and insurgents throughout Multi-National Division-North. Numerous combined and increasingly Iraqi-only...
  • Iraqis Taking Responsibility for Security in North

    09/08/2006 7:16:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 – Continual training with coalition forces has increased the capabilities of the Iraqi army and police in northern Iraq and allowed the local forces to take responsibility for more territory and work toward the future of the country, the U.S. commander in the area said today. “In an area of responsibility that exceeds 47,000 square miles, we have leveraged the full spectrum of assets in order to engage the population and neutralize the enemy,” Army Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner, commander of Multinational Division North, said in a news conference via satellite from Iraq. “Iraqi security...
  • Iraqis Disregard Threats to Repair Damaged Roads

    09/06/2006 6:58:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    Iraqis Disregard Threats to Repair Damaged Roads Local contractors disregarded terrorist threats to repair roads and allow Iraqis to travel uninhibited. U.S. Army Cpl. Michael Molinaro FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq. Sept. 6, 2006 -- “Iraqis helping Iraqis” was the theme in the Rasheed district Aug. 25-28 as locals helped patch together a road that had been blown apart by terrorists. Local contractors disregarded terrorist threats and ventured out to repair the roads and allow Iraqis to travel uninhibited. “The workers did a great job and worked very hard for two days to complete this monumental task,” said Staff...
  • Iraqis flying into the wild blue yonder

    08/25/2006 2:36:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 464+ views
    Iraqi Soldiers wait to board a C-130 heading to Baghdad. Department of Defense photo by Army Sgt. Jeff Lowry. “Here we go into the wild blue yonder” is a familiar U.S. Air Force refrain. Now with the help of U.S instructor pilots, Iraqi Air Force pilots are also taking to the skies. “Flying is universal,” said U.S Air Force Capt. Mike Joluton, Coalition Air Force Transition Team, an instructor pilot for the C-130 cargo plane. The instruments are basically the same, he said.Language barriers aren’t really a problem since most pilots speak English, he said, although in some instances the...
  • Soldiers Help Iraqis Provide Humanitarian Aid to Zafaraniya

    08/24/2006 3:32:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 239+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Georginia Bradshaw,
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 24, 2006 -- In response to recent bombing and gas explosions in the area, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers joined Iraqi police and local officials in providing humanitarian aid Aug. 22 to displaced citizens in Zafaraniya. Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, Iraqi police, and community and tribal leaders unload humanitarian aid items Aug. 22 at the Zafaraniya government center. U.S. Army photo   '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, and 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provided rice, beans, cooking oil, canned fish, blankets, vegetables, assorted...
  • Iraqi Forces Capture Murder Suspect; Blast Kills 63 Iraqis, Wounds 140

    08/15/2006 5:39:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 395+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2006 – Iraqi forces in Baghdad yesterday captured a man believed to be responsible for the January shooting death of a U.S. soldier and an interpreter, U.S. military officials reported. Iraqi security forces, supported by coalition advisors, conducted the intelligence-focused early-morning raid at a two-story residence in the Mansour district, capturing their primary target without incident. No Iraqi or coalition forces or civilians were injured during this operation. Also in Iraq, more than 60 Iraqis were killed and another 140 wounded when two makeshift car bombs detonated near a residential building Aug. 13. The explosion triggered a...
  • Air Force Theater Hospital doubles surgeries treating Iraqis

    08/14/2006 5:21:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Lt. Col. Bob Thompson
    8/14/2006 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Air Force Theater Hospital records here indicate that in the past year the number of combat-wounded Iraqis is increasing while U.S. casualties seen at the hospital are beginning to decrease. In a strange twist, this means more work for the U.S. Air Force and Army surgeons who performed more than 1,200 surgical procedures in July, nearly doubling April's tally. "Today, the ratio of trauma patients is about 40 percent U.S. and 60 percent Iraqi," said Col. George P. Costanzo, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group commander here. "Eight months ago, the ratio was about...
  • Iraqis Must Step Forward in Anbar Province, General Says

    08/13/2006 8:54:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 268+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2006 – The Iraqi people must step forward and accept their freely elected government if there is to be peace in the country’s troubled Anbar province, the coalition’s commander in the region said here today. Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer met with reporters traveling with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace. Zilmer said relations between the coalition and the province’s population, as well as the security climate in former hot spots such as Fallujah and Qaim, have improved. But though these “atmospherics” have changed for the better, big problems do remain,...