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  • 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....
  • Warren (Michigan) Mayor: Don't Send Us Iraqi Refugees

    07/22/2007 1:42:45 PM PDT · by taildragger · 42 replies · 1,632+ views
    WXYZ TV ^ | 07/19/2007 | WXYZ TV
    Warren Mayor Mark Steenbergh claims the federal government is looking to relocate more than 16,000 Iraqi refugees to Warren and Sterling Heights -- and there's no way his city can handle it.
  • Iraqi troops lead joint medical effort in Hor Al Bosh

    07/18/2007 6:54:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 204+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
    BAGHDAD —Troops from 3rd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized), led a combined operation with Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment to bring medical care to the people living in Hor Al Bosh, Iraq, July 15. During the event, more than 400 local citizens were treated at a local school for, primarily, minor ailments. Iraqi Army medics, an Iraqi Army doctor from the 4th Brigade, 9th IA Div., several medics and physician’s assistants from both 2nd Bn., 8th Cav. Regt. and Charlie Medical Company, 115th Brigade Support Battalion treated everything from minor burns to colds, ear infections, headaches...
  • Analysis: Only Iraqis can win the war

    06/30/2007 9:51:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 698+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/07 | Robert Burns - ap
    WASHINGTON - The harder President Bush has pushed to win in Iraq, the closer he has come to losing. The question no longer is whether the U.S. military can fully stabilize Iraq. It cannot. That was a possibility four years ago, immediately after Saddam Hussein's government fell. Before the insurgency took hold. Before U.S. occupation authorities lost any chance to avoid the sectarian strife of today's Iraq. Now only the Iraqis can save Iraq. They need the U.S. military's help, no doubt. But the Bush administration has made no secret of the fact that the U.S. troop buildup in Baghdad...
  • U.S. raids Baghdad slum; 26 Iraqis die (PM Maliki condemns raid into area barred from entry)

    06/30/2007 10:14:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,107+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/07 | Hamid Ahmed - ap
    BAGHDAD - American soldiers rolled into Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City slum on Saturday in search of Iranian-linked militants and as many as 26 Iraqis were killed in what a U.S. officer described as "an intense firefight." But residents, police and hospital officials said eight civilians were killed in their homes and angrily accused U.S. forces of firing blindly on the innocent. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the raids and demanded an explanation for the assault into a district where he has barred U.S. operations in the past. Separately, two American solders were charged with the premeditated murder of three Iraqis,...
  • Soldiers Save Iraqis, Discover Insurgent Safe Houses

    06/27/2007 5:08:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 478+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 27, 2007 – Soldiers of Multinational Division - Baghdad saved two Iraqi civilians while discovering two insurgent safe houses, one of which contained two car bombs, in the West Rashid district of the Iraqi capital Monday. Upon entering a building Monday evening, soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, rescued a man who was handcuffed to a pipe in a bathroom. Two suspects were detained. The troops had received information from residents that an extremist group was using the house as a base from which to launch a campaign of intimidation in northwest Rashid. Troops from...
  • Iraqi People Taking Stand Against Al Qaeda

    06/06/2007 4:49:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 604+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 6, 2007 – The Iraqi people are taking a stand against al Qaeda beyond Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq’s new spokesman said today. Army Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, who spoke during a phone interview today, called the Iraqis’ stance against the terror group the “Anbar Awakening.” In the past six months, local tribal leaders and sheikhs in the Sunni province have disavowed the terror group’s tactics and have turned to the Iraqi government. Violence in the province has plummeted, and local men are flocking to police and army recruiting stations. Now Iraqis outside Anbar are experiencing their...
  • Iraqis in Diyala Turn to Coalition, Government Forces

    06/04/2007 5:30:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 370+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 4, 2007 – Local Iraqis were instrumental in helping coalition and Iraqi forces liberate 42 men from al Qaeda custody in Iraq’s Diyala province, the coalition commander in the area said. Amy Lt. Col. Morris Goins, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, said local Iraqis are getting tired of al Qaeda intimidation and threats and are cooperating more with Iraqi and coalition forces. The operation, south of Baquba on May 27, liberated 42 men, most of whom worked with the Iraqi government. Al Qaeda kidnapped the men and held them in the area. “The men were...
  • Army's Newest Modular Combat Team Makes Mark in Iraq

    06/02/2007 8:15:27 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 713+ views
    USCentCom ^ | 5-31-07
    In its first deployment to Iraq, one of the Army's newest modular light infantry brigade combat teams is making its mark under the president's troop plus-up plan, the brigade's top officer said in a May 25 briefing to Pentagon reporters. The 1st Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team from Fort Riley, Kan., is deployed as part of the troop plus-up to the east and west Rashid security districts in the Multinational Division Baghdad area. It is partnered with the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, Wash., and three Iraqi security force brigades. Together, the troops are clearing...
  • Iraqis take lead at Al Suleikh JSS

    05/31/2007 5:48:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    BAGHDAD — Coalition forces and Iraqi security forces conducted patrols in Al Suleikh Wednesday.For more than three months, U.S. Soldiers have been living and working side-by-side with the Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army at the Joint Security Station to coordinate security efforts in Al Suleikh.“They know we’re here to support them, but at the same time, they’re getting to a point where they know security as a whole is in their hands,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jesse Bowman, an Alpha Battery platoon leader from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.The difficult part will...
  • Civil Affairs Help Make a Difference for Iraqis

    05/31/2007 5:40:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback
    LSA ANACONDA, Iraq, May 31, 2007 – Rifles, pistols and tanks are a few tools of war. Active listening, patience and cooperation are a few of the tools used by Capt. Glen A. Stambone, a civil affairs officer with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m., the Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC) lets the people’s voices be heard. Most of those voices are speaking Arabic. In order to provide good customer service, the civil affairs office here uses two interpreters. Stambone said one is more of a “street smart” interpreter, the other is...
  • Iraqis Taking the Security Lead

    05/30/2007 4:58:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Mike Pryor
    1st Lt. Larry Rubal (kneeling), of Old Forge, Pa., a platoon leader with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, watches as Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullah, the local police commander, asks an Iraqi woman some questions during a joint patrol May 18, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor Iraqis Taking the Security Lead U.S. soldiers maintain a quieter role at Al Suleikh Joint Security Station By Sgt. Mike Pryor Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 30, 2007 — Capt. James Peay was starting to feel like a third wheel. Peay, a battery...
  • Iraqis taking the lead in Basrah

    05/20/2007 10:04:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 510+ views
    BASRAH — In an upbeat assessment General Ali Hamadi, Head of the Basrah Emergency Security Committee, has voiced his growing confidence in the Province's security situation and the capability of the Iraqi Security Forces as they assume greater security responsibility and moves towards Provincial Iraqi Control. At a press conference held jointly with Brigadier Tim Evans MBE, Commander 19 Light Brigade, at General Hamadi's headquarters, the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre, in the centre of Basra City, General Hamadi praised the significant progress made to date, but admitted more needed to be done. "I will not say to you there is...
  • Former 'LA Times' Baghdad Chief Says Iraqis Are 'Humiliated'

    05/11/2007 5:20:34 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 31 replies · 1,539+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 11 May 2007 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK Former Los Angeles Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Borzou Daragahi says he doubts the "surge" in Iraq will work, and describes Iraq citizens as "hostile" and "humiliated" after four years of war. Asked by Brian Lamb, in a forthcoming C-SPAN interview, about his personal views on the war, he replied: "I think at this point, it just – it seems like it’s become a disaster. I mean, I don’t think anyone could dispute that. It’s just going very, very, very, very badly." He said he had mixed feelings about the invasion but "As time wore on, though, as the...
  • Medical outreach operation helps Iraqis

    04/30/2007 6:07:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Angela Mckinzie
    Members of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), conducted a medical operation in Khatad Village, Iraq. April 20. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. KHATAD VILLAGE — U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers teamed up April 20 to provide Iraqi citizens with basic medical care during a medical operation in Khatad Village, Iraq.“The MEDOP allows us to see a perspective very foreign from the battlefield,” said U.S. Army Maj. Dimitri Cassimatis, a surgeon with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division...
  • Iraqis, 25th ID respond to MASCAL

    04/29/2007 7:39:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 170+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Michael Tuttle
    KIRKUK — The sound of emergency sirens streaked through the K-1 Iraqi Army Base as fire trucks and ambulances escorted by military vehicles rushed outside the base to respond to a simulated catastrophic event with massive casualties. The recent MASCAL training exercise was a joint effort between the Iraqi army and medical personnel and 25th Infantry Division Soldiers from nearby Forward Operating Base Warrior. In addition to providing urgent medical care to actors playing casualties on the ground, the responders had to deal with the real-world risks of operating outside the security of the base. With Iraqi and U.S. military...
  • Forces Detain Terrorists; Car Bombs Kill Iraqis

    04/24/2007 5:04:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 161+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 – Coalition forces detained 10 suspected terrorists in Iraq today, and three Iraqi civilians and six policemen were killed and 49 people were injured in car bomb attacks yesterday and today, military officials reported. Coalition forces detained 10 suspected terrorists and uncovered a cache of weapons in several operations in central Iraq today. Three coordinated coalition forces raids apprehended 10 individuals suspected of operating with al Qaeda in Iraq and facilitating foreign fighters southeast of Fallujah. In Baghdad, coalition forces discovered a weapons cache containing rockets, mortars, terrorist propaganda and improvised explosive device-making materials. Explosive...
  • Success Ultimately Up to Iraqis, New U.S. Ambassador Says

    04/23/2007 4:46:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 319+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2007 – Success in Iraq is possible, but achieving that success will ultimately be the task of Iraq’s new government and its people, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq told reporters in Baghdad today. “The road ahead is going to be a tough one. I don’t begin my tour here with any illusions,” Ryan C. Crocker said during his first news conference as the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq. However, “success is possible (in Iraq),” he emphasized. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be standing here.” The purpose of the U.S.-Iraqi surge of troops into Baghdad and Anbar province...
  • Gates Urges Iraqis to Pass Laws, Expedite Reconciliation

    04/20/2007 6:20:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 334+ views
    BAGHDAD, April 20, 2007 – The United States is committed to the success of the fledgling Iraqi government, but not to the indefinite use of American troops to secure Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. “The United States sees Iraq as an important regional ally and a vital partner in the global war on terrorism,” Gates said in a news conference at the Iraq Ministry of Defense, in Baghdad’s heavily fortified International Zone. “Our commitment to Iraq is long-term, but it is not a commitment to have our young men and women patrolling Iraq’s streets open-endedly.”...
  • Soldiers Reach Out to Iraqis with Help From Home

    04/18/2007 8:12:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma
    BAGHDAD, April 18, 2007 — Although the Emerald City gates and a yellow brick road are nowhere to be found, these “Sunflower State” soldiers are definitely not in Kansas anymore. With family and friends back home wanting to help the cause and the Iraqi people needing so much help, one Topeka, Kan., Army National Guard unit stepped up to the plate and killed two birds with one stone with Operation Ruby Slippers. “Operation Ruby Slippers is a result of being outside in the battle space and recognizing the humanitarian aid piece with the Iraqi people that isn’t being provided right...
  • Officer helps build drinking water infrastructure for Iraqis

    04/18/2007 6:00:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 228+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Maria Cecile Callier
    4/18/2007 - ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNEWS) -- The challenge for those assigned water system reconstruction work in Iraq's desert environment is not lack of water with the Tigris and Euphrates rivers running through the heart of Iraq. Rather, the challenge is water treatment. For the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's senior reservist, a civil engineer background helped him focus on water treatment during his latest deployment to the desert. Lt. Col. Joseph Fraundorfer served as deputy chief of Water Sector for the Gulf Region Division in Iraq. He worked alongside Air Force, civilian and Iraqi civil engineers in a construction...
  • Commando Brigade and Iraqi Army Render Aid in Car Bombing (IED detonates in auto shop, killing 17)

    04/10/2007 5:21:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 452+ views
    U.S. Army and Iraqi army soldiers quickly secured a site where a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated. The explosion took place at a mechanic shop in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, April 8. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie Commando Brigade and Iraqi Army Render Aid in Car Bombing IED detonates in auto shop, killing 17 By Multi-National DivisionCamp Victory, Iraq MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq, April 10, 2007 — Coalition and Iraqi troops quickly secured an area near the south Baghdad city of Mahmudiyah on April 8, after improvised explosive device in a car exploded. "I really want to help the...
  • What to do in Iraq

    04/09/2007 10:24:11 PM PDT · by ToDieUnsung · 18 replies · 810+ views
    me (vanity)
    I've been a sometime poster here and lurking here for a while and had to ask about exactly what do a majority of conservatives feel we need to do about Iraq and Iran. It may seem so trivial at this point, but there's never been a unanimous consensus about when exactly we have "finished the job" in Iraq, or for that matter, exactly what the job is. Now, when it comes to the middle east and how do deal with the world of islam in general, I concur that conservatives and their leaders are 1,000,000 more times more trustworthy than...
  • Iraqis Showcase Democracy on Fourth Anniversary of Fall of Saddam’s Regime

    04/09/2007 5:42:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 554+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2007 – The image of thousands of Iraqi citizens peacefully voicing their views in Najaf today illustrates the freedoms they’ve gained since U.S. and coalition forces liberated the country from Saddam Hussein’s iron grip four years ago, a senior U.S. military officer in Baghdad said today. Between 5,000 and 7,000 Iraqis are participating in peaceful anti-U.S. demonstrations in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, Navy Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad. “That is their right in the new Iraq,” Fox said. “And, it’s only fair, however, to note...
  • Iraqis Show Confidence in Security Forces

    04/04/2007 4:37:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 493+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 – The Iraqi people are starting to show more confidence in their security forces, and this is paying off with better security in Baghdad, coalition officials said today. The largest indicator is that sectarian killings have dropped 27 percent in March from February, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, coalition spokesman, said during a Baghdad news conference. But although that and other indicators point in the same direction, Caldwell cautioned, security should not be measured in progress over days or weeks, but rather over months. With the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in place, three of...
  • Iraqis (officials) complain about U.S. searches

    04/03/2007 6:41:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 429+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/07 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Government officials and lawmakers say they are fed up with what they feel are unnecessary searches by American troops and private security contractors in the Green Zone and persuaded President Jalal Talabani to take action, his office said Tuesday. The president, a Kurd, set up a committee to develop new security rules and then meet with U.S. officials to agree on a new relationship between American-led coalition forces and all Iraqis, not just government officials and lawmakers. The statement gave no other details, but Shiite legislator, Bassem Sharif, who attended the session at which the committee was...
  • Iraqis, Coalition Working Together to Secure Tal Afar

    03/31/2007 12:00:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 211+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 31, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi forces are working with city leaders to secure the Iraqi city of Tal Afar after a bombing at a market killed more than 80 people earlier this week, a military official said today in a briefing from the city. “It’s been a tremendously busy four days, tremendously stressful four days,” Army Lt. Col. Malcom Frost, commander of 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, told journalists from Forward Operating Base Sykes in Tal Afar. “But … the city is now secure and going back to...
  • Troops Capture 12 Terror Suspects; Bombers Target Iraqis

    03/30/2007 5:12:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 175+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 30, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi forces captured 12 suspected terrorists today, and bombers continued to target Iraqis over the last few days, military officials reported. In Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood, Iraqi and coalition forces captured a suspected criminal tied to explosively-formed projectile facilitation networks. The suspect is believed to be involved with several violent extremist groups responsible for attacks against the Iraqi people and coalition Forces and facilitating the movement of EFPs into Iraq, officials said. Near the Syrian border, coalition forces captured six suspected terrorists with alleged links to al-Qaeda and the smuggling of foreign...
  • Lancer Troops Work to Make Streets Safe for Iraqis

    03/29/2007 7:48:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
      Lancer Troops Work to Make Streets Safe for Iraqis After three improvised explosive devices detonated, patrols make villagers feel safer. By Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Divison KHAN DARI, Iraq, March 29, 2007 — Making the streets safer for Iraqi civilians in their area of operations has been one of the main goals for troopers from the 2nd "Lancer" Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment. After three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated, including one that injured two children near a school here March 25, soldiers were out gathering information March 26 to help catch those...
  • Northern Iraqis blanketed with 'heart and soul'

    03/24/2007 6:44:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 466+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Kendra Evers
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ ? Mail clerks in the 27th Brigade Support Battalion mailroom have been noticing a steady stream of boxes with blankets being shipped to one of the Soldiers in C Company. Combat medic Spc. Steve Stephens, a Portland, Ore., native, with the help of a blanket drive committee made up of fellow Soldiers in the BSB, has started a blanket drive to make a difference in the lives of the people living in northern Iraq. ?There are a large number of displaced Iraqis living in Mosul and the surrounding areas that don?t have a lot and could...
  • Iraqis ready to replace British troops

    03/22/2007 8:51:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 406+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/22/07 | Thomas Wagner - ap
    LONDON - Iraq's defense minister said Wednesday his commanders were surprised when Britain recently announced plans to withdraw some of its troops from Iraq, but that his country's forces will be ready to replace them. "I am absolutely confident that Iraq's army is quite ready to meet the challenges, even if the withdrawal becomes quite sudden," Defense Minister Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim said at a news conference. On Tuesday, Iraqi forces in southern Iraq replaced British troops at a frequently targeted base in Basra. The British commander, Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw, said the move was part of the plan to shift...
  • Soldiers, Iraqis put carpentry skills to work

    03/20/2007 5:56:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 331+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Chris McCann
    Spc. Roland Brown (left), a native of San Diego, Calif., who serves on the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) personal security detachment, and Spc. Tung Nguyen, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., and a medic with the PSD, paint exterior trim on the brigade's tactical operations center on Camp Striker, Iraq, March 15. U.S. Army photo. CAMP STRIKER -- When people think of a deployment to Iraq, they may imagine sand-filled tents and crude buildings on American posts. Sometimes, that mental image is right, but sometimes it isn’t. The soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team,...
  • U.S., Iraqis Continue Flow of Troops to Baghdad

    03/20/2007 5:12:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 390+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2007 – More Iraqi army units have deployed into Baghdad as part of Operation Law and Order, while an American aviation unit’s deployment to the Iraqi capital city has been sped up, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. “The Iraqi government has completed the deployment of three additional Iraqi army brigades to the capital,” Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, the Joint Staff’s deputy director for regional operations, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. The Iraqi and U.S. governments launched Operation Law and Order in mid-February to stem insurgent violence in Baghdad and...
  • Iraqis Take the Lead

    03/15/2007 5:40:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 292+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
    Iraqis Take the Lead Army troops excel during joint cordon, search operation. By Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs ATH THA' ALBA, Iraq, March 15, 2007 -- When troops from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Military Transition Team, and soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, pulled up to the site where they teamed with Iraqi army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized), the Iraqi troops had already dismounted their vehicles and were ready to take down suspected insurgents. "Working with the IA...
  • Iraqis Working to Build Capable Air Force

    03/12/2007 5:03:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 411+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – U.S. and Iraqi officials are working to build an Iraqi air force capable of conducting operations across the entire spectrum of the counterinsurgency fight, a senior U.S. military officer said today. The ultimate goal is to create an Iraqi air force “that’s sustainable, and with a force structure that (Iraqis) can maintain,” U.S. Air Force Brig Gen. Stephen Hoog, the air component coordination element director for Multinational Force Iraq, told a group of Internet journalists and bloggers during a telephone conference call from Baghdad. Eighteen years ago, the now-defunct Iraqi air force had 900...
  • Iraqis Helping Troops Find Weapons Caches, General Says

    03/09/2007 4:47:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 400+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 – Iraqis in the country’s north, fed up with ongoing violence, are leading U.S. and Iraqi forces to some of the largest weapons and bombs caches found in the region to date, the commander of Multinational Division North told Pentagon reporters today. This comes as U.S. troops in that area are handing off most counterinsurgency missions to Iraqi forces, allowing U.S. troops to focus on killing or capturing those who finance, make and emplace the deadly improvised explosive devices, said Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander of Multinational Division North and the 25th Infantry Division....
  • Iraqis to Complete Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station

    03/05/2007 5:07:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Mohammed Aliwi and B.J. Weiner
    Iraqis to Complete Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station Work will include installation of 12 pumps and 12 swing gates. By Mohammed Aliwi and B.J. Weiner Gulf Region South District AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq, March 5, 2007 -- In a simple ceremony recently, the Iraqi government’s Ministry of Water Resources took responsibility for completing the Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers southern district. The pump station, a critical project for improving agriculture in the south, has progressed to being 70 percent complete, according to Lt. Col. Dale Johnson, Camp Adder area engineer, USACE. He emphasized that USACE...
  • Coalition troops rescue Iraqis, discover weapons cache

    03/05/2007 4:48:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 360+ views
    ARAB JABOUR -- A coalition assessment following an air strike in Arab Jabour on Saturday led to the rescue of four Iraqi citizens and the uncovering of a terrorist weapons cache.Four Iraqi citizens were liberated from a building near the site of the air strike, officials said. One of the hostages told military officials the terrorists holding them fled immediately after the air strike.All four hostages were treated at the scene for various injuries. One of the hostages said he had been held captive for 50 days.At the site of the air strike, ground forces also found remnants of an...
  • Lancers get to know Iraqis on patrol

    03/04/2007 12:59:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 266+ views
    Visiting local villages and farms is a key part of the Queen’s Royal Lancers’ mission in Maysaan. Photo by Cpl Ian Forsyth RLC. MAYSAAN -- While patrolling the Iraq and Iran border as a reconnaissance unit, the Queen’s Royal Lancers (QRL), have also been engaging with local Iraqi farmers and villagers in an attempt to build bonds and win hearts and minds. It seems they are getting a warm welcome. Along the 175 kilometre stretch of the Iran/Iraq border that the QRL carry out their reconnaissance missions, they meet plenty of local people, many of whom are farmers or simple Bedouin folk, nomads...
  • Reconstruction projects provide Iraqis with improvements to essential services

    03/02/2007 8:01:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 185+ views
    BAGHDAD — U.S. reconstruction efforts are providing successful, tangible results in the lives of Iraqis every day, said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Walsh addressed the media at two press conferences recently at the Combined Press Information Center – one with Adm. Mark I. Fox from Multi-National Force–Iraq, the other with Ambassador Joseph Saloom from the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. “Every day in Iraq we see the successes of the U.S. government’s construction program – better essential services where, in many places, there were none; and 75 percent of the country...
  • Iraqi Forces Take Control of Baghdad Security

    03/02/2007 6:45:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 635+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2007 – Iraqi security forces for the first time have taken control of Baghdad’s security, a senior military official there said today. Iraqi security forces took control yesterday of Operation Fard al-Qanun, or “Enforcing the Law,” a plan designed by the Iraqi government and led by Iraqi army Lt. Gen. Abboud Gambar, said Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Multinational Corps Iraq chief of staff. U.S. forces are working in concert with Iraqi security forces to provide a 24-hour presence in the city, but Abboud and his staff now plan and execute the strategy from a new...
  • Coalition Forces Kill Terrorists, Find Weapons; Insurgents Kill 4 Iraqis

    03/02/2007 6:31:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2007 – Over the past two days in Iraq, coalition forces killed eight terrorists and found a car bomb and weapons cache, Iraqi forces detained five suspects, and insurgents killed four civilians with mortar fire. Coalition forces killed eight terrorists yesterday during a raid targeting al Qaeda in Iraq operating in the Salman Pak region. Intelligence reports indicate a significant number of individuals involved with the al Qaeda terrorist network currently operate in the area, officials said. Activities in this area have been linked to a roadside-bomb and car-bomb network. Terrorists in the area are also...
  • Iraqis Make Strides in Support of Baghdad Security Plan

    02/27/2007 4:39:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 213+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 – Iraqi soldiers and police are doing their part to help secure Baghdad against terrorists as additional U.S. and Iraqi troops flow into the capital city, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters today. “The Iraqi security forces are making significant strides” in support of Operation Law and Order, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad. Odierno cited a weekend operation in which Iraqi planes airlifted fresh Iraqi troops into Baghdad. That mission showcased “a high level of coordination and planning,” he said. In addition, Iraqi police...
  • Royal Marines team with Iraqis

    02/24/2007 11:55:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 277+ views
    Troops from 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement jointly patrol anti-smuggling routes during Operation Thunderbird in the Maysan province of Iraq. Photo by Corporal Andy Benson, RAF. BASRAH — Under Operation Thunderbird, troops from 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines (539 ASRM) and the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement (DBE) have carried out anti-smuggling patrols of the Southern Maysaan waterways. Concealing themselves in the marshes, troops set up observation posts to catch criminals illegally smuggling contraband and weapons into Iraq over the waterways. Using their fast air boats, the Iraqi Border Police (DBE) patrolled the waters...
  • Iraqi Army takes reins in Fallujah

    02/24/2007 11:39:23 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 440+ views
    FALLUJAH -- The war in Iraq is changing gears and taking a new direction; the battles are now fought by Iraqi forces with Coalition assistance. Coalition forces are working on a daily basis with Iraqi Security Forces on patrols, as well as conducting operations in support of ISF. The Iraqi Army’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, patrolled its area of operation recently to gather intelligence for future operations. The IA was supported by a fire team of Marines from a Military Transition Team during the patrol. “We did a dismounted patrol and headed south to one of...
  • Iraqis take Basra command as UK plans troop cuts

    02/20/2007 4:22:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 235+ views
    abc.news ^ | Feb 20, 2007 | Peter Graff
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain put Iraqis in command of the main Iraqi army unit in Basra on Tuesday, a move billed as paving the way for Washington's main ally to formally announce major cutbacks in troops. "The Iraqi Army division based in Basra has transferred from under coalition command, and is now — for the first time — taking its orders direct from an Iraqi headquarters in Baghdad," the British military said in a statement.
  • Strickland wishes he could take back refugee remarks

    02/20/2007 5:16:38 AM PST · by Loyal Buckeye · 20 replies · 738+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 20, 2007 | Mark Niquette
    Gov. Ted Strickland says he has learned an early lesson in office the hard way: When the chief executive of a large state speaks, people listen. Strickland, on the job for six weeks, is being slammed nationwide in newspaper editorials and Internet blogs for supposedly being heartless because of comments he made last week about Iraqi war refugees. When asked whether he thinks any of the 7,000 Iraqi refugees that the Bush administration plans to allow into the United States this year should come to Ohio, Strickland, who opposed the war as a congressman, said no. "I think Ohio and...
  • Iraqis 'get answers' from civil affairs Marines in Al Anbar

    02/14/2007 6:02:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 447+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Luke Blom
    HADITHA, Iraq (Feb. 14, 2007) -- “I need kerosene.” “Do you have any information about my son who was detained yesterday?” "Can you fix the damage that was done to my house when Marines were fighting ali-baba (what locals call insurgents)?” Citizens from this western Al Anbar city come to the Marines of the Virginia-based 4th Civil Affairs Group seeking answers for their many questions. Whether the CAG Marines were able to accommodate all the requests or not, they have built a strong rapport with the local population in the four months since their arrival through their tireless effort to...
  • Iraqis use internet to survive war (Google Earth isn't exactly up-to-date).

    02/13/2007 4:57:28 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 355+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | Andrew North
    Consulting Google Earth can help people work out routes to avoid Google is playing an unlikely role in the Iraq war. Its online satellite map of the world, Google Earth, is being used to help people survive sectarian violence in Baghdad. As the communal bloodshed has worsened, some Iraqis have set up advice websites to help others avoid the death squads. One tip - on the Iraq League site, one of the best known - is for people to draw up maps of their local area using Google Earth's detailed imagery of Baghdad so they can work out escape...
  • British Soldier reflects on training Iraqis

    02/12/2007 4:34:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Col. Mulroy receives awards for his service from the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Official NATO photo. BASRAH -- UK Army Colonel Jon Mulroy joined the NATO Training Mission - Iraq in July 2006. He has since led the NTM-I team, which supports the key leaders of the Iraqi Military Academy Ar Rustamiyah, situated on the outskirts of Baghdad. Read on to find out more about his experiences in Iraq. IMAR has often been called “Sandhurst in the Sand” and Col Mulroy has felt at home here the past six months, himself a Sandhurst graduate:“I now have the opportunity to...