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  • Terrorists Once Used Refugee Program to Settle in US

    12/19/2015 8:22:37 PM PST · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    ABC news ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | James Gordon Meek Brian Ross
    Of the 31 states that have declared their opposition to taking in Syrian refugees, one state, Kentucky, has a specific reason to be wary of the background check process: previously two Iraqi refugees who settled in Bowling Green turned out to be al Qaeda-linked terrorists with the blood of American soldiers on their hands, an ABC News investigation found. In the wake of the Kentucky case, the U.S. halted the refugee program for Iraqis for six months, a fact the Obama administration did not disclose to Congress at the time, officials told ABC News in the 2013 investigation.
  • Ferocity of Kirkuk attack points to tough fight for Mosul

    10/24/2016 10:05:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 24 October 2016 | Babak Dehghanpisheh and Michael Georgy
    The scale of the operation - the largest of several by Islamic State to divert an advance on their stronghold in Mosul - shows how tough the battle for Mosul may become and points to a continued ability of the militant group to undermine security across the country even if its northern bastion falls. Accounts gathered by Reuters from residents, police, security and intelligence officials suggest it was carried out by forces that were highly trained, well-prepared and - alarmingly for the government - supported from inside Kirkuk. “What was surprising is it was done so easily,” said Ranj Talabani,...
  • In Iraq, ISIS Attacks City Of Kirkuk As Battle For Mosul Rages

    10/22/2016 5:43:08 AM PDT · by AU72 · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | October 21, 2016 | Merrit Kennedy
    SIS fighters launched attacks on police Friday in the city of Kirkuk, as Iraqi security forces continued a massive military offensive to try to pry Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities, from the militant group. "The fighters struck [Kirkuk] before dawn, with suicide bombers hitting four police stations and gunmen killing police," NPR's Alice Fordham reports from Irbil, Iraq, though the number of casualties wasn't immediately clear. "A curfew is imposed in Kirkuk, but eyewitnesses say fighting continues." The militants also hit an electricity station outside the city, Alice says. At least 13 workers died in the apparent suicide bombing,...
  • 16 ISIS terrorists killed due to explosive belt malfunction near Kirkuk

    10/03/2016 8:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | September 28, 2016 | Loaa Adel
    ( Kirkuk – Iraqi media outlets reported on Wednesday that a malfunction caused an explosive belt to explode and kill 16 members of the Islamic State (ISIS), including senior leaders, during their meeting in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk. Alsumaria stated, “Today, an explosion took place amid a meeting of ISIS members in al-Mahawes village in Hawija district (55 km southwest of Kirkuk),” adding that, “The explosion resulted in the killing of 16 members of the Islamic State group, including senior leaders, as well as wounding of 16 others.” “A number of the ISIS members were wearing explosive belts during the...
  • Parents and two-year-old daughter burned alive after being caught trying to flee from ISIS in Iraq

    07/25/2016 10:25:21 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 25, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    A family including a two-year-old girl have been burned alive after they tried to escape from from ISIS savages in Iraq, it has emerged. The mother and father were captured along with their young daughter as they tried to flee from Rashad village, south west of Kirkuk in the north of the country. It comes amid claims ISIS fanatics have tasked members with tracking down families trying to run away from the terror group's territories in the area.
  • Iraqi Forces Capture Late Saddam Hussein's Senior Aide

    07/09/2015 1:07:11 AM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    PMNNews Nigeria ^ | June 27, 2015
    Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Saturday said that the Iraqi security forces captured a leading figure in Saddam Hussein’s Baath party in an operation based on intelligence reports. Al-Abadi said this in his address to a ceremony in Baghdad for the 146th anniversary of the Iraqi press. “The security forces managed to arrest the terrorist Abdul Karim al-Sadoun by the efforts of the Iraqi intelligence,” Abadi said. Abadi did not give further details about how or where the arrest took place, saying he preferred an official statement to declare the details later as interrogation was still underway. Al-Sadoun was...
  • WARNING GRAPHIC - Welcome to Hell: ISIS hang bodies of 'soldiers' from entrance to the city ... MORE

    03/07/2015 3:10:28 PM PST · by boycott · 139 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | March 3, 2015 | Jay Akbar
    Eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in the Iraq's Kirkuk province in Islamic State's latest public display of barbarity. The gruesome images which emerged on social media show the men's limp bodies suspended from their feet off a tall structure in the town of Hawija. The notorious black flag used by Islamist groups like ISIS is displayed above them as horrified onlookers inspect the scene. Some of the deceased men appear to be wearing military fatigues but it is not known if they were Iraqi soldiers. An ISIS fighter believed to be Abu Al-Rahman poses triumphantly in one...
  • Iraq Kurdish forces retake oil field, villages from IS in Kirkuk

    01/31/2015 10:55:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/31/2015
    Iraqi Kurdish forces and police retook an oil field in Kirkuk province Saturday that was seized by the Islamic State group overnight, and freed 24 workers who had been taken captive, officers said. "Peshmerga forces and police cleared the Khubbaz (oil) field a little while ago and were able to enter it after surrounding it for hours," police Brigadier General Sarhad Qader said of the fighting, adding that they also retook eight villages. IS had moved into the oil field Friday night and seized 24 workers, who were freed after they withdrew, peshmerga Major General Westa Rasul said. A police...
  • Escaping ISIS, With Help from a Muslim

    09/20/2014 1:04:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 19, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    >Stories are emerging from Christian communities in Iraq that are vaguely reminiscent of the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany. AINA, the Assyrian International News Agency, reported this week on a dozen Christians helped by a Muslim man in the north of Iraq who has helped Christians escape areas controlled by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Those familiar with the history of the Holocaust may be reminded of anti-Nazi Christians who hid Jews and helped them escape persecution. The AINA story details the plight of 12 Assyrian Christians who failed to leave their town of...
  • How an Arrest in Iraq Revealed ISIS's $2 Billion Jihadist Network

    08/22/2014 10:33:34 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Two days before Mosul fell to the Islamic insurgent group Isis (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), Iraqi commanders stood eyeballing its most trusted messenger. The man, known within the extremist group as Abu Hajjar, had finally cracked after a fortnight of interrogation and given up the head of Isis's military council. "He said to us, 'you don't realise what you have done'," an intelligence official recalled. "Then he said: 'Mosul will be an inferno this week'.' Several hours later, the man he had served as a courier and been attempting to protect, Abdulrahman al-Bilawi, lay dead in...
  • Want To Hear Christian Joy? Listen To The Singing In Kirkuk Cathedral [Iraq]…

    08/03/2014 2:31:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies ^ | 7/31/14 | Frank Weathers
    The little video below comes via Natalia Trouiller’s Facebook page. She is accompanying the delegation of French bishops that is visiting Iraq right now. Here are the people we are praying and fasting for tomorrow. Roll clip!
  • Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk

    06/12/2014 2:22:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/12/14 | LOVEDAY MORRIS AND LIZ SLY
    Iraq was on the brink of disintegration Thursday as al-Qaeda-inspired fighters swept through northern Iraq toward Baghdad and Kurdish soldiers seized the city of Kirkuk without a fight.
  • Iraqi Kurds seize Kirkuk as army flees

    06/12/2014 7:27:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How bad has the situation in Iraq become? The city of Kirkuk has long been a point of contention between the Kurds and the Iraqi government. Saddam Hussein expelled the Kurds from the city, and ever since the Kurds have laid claim to it — and its oil resources. The new government in Iraq similarly refused to cede the territory to the Kurds, and for the same reason.Now they’ve run away from Kirkuk, and the Kurds have it again by default as the Iraqi army collapses: Iraqi Kurdish forces say they have taken full control of the northern oil...
  • Kurdistan leader vows to defend claims over disputed city

    12/11/2012 8:23:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe ^ | December 10, 2012
    Iraqi Kurdistan's president vowed to protect Kurdish interests during a visit to the city of Kirkuk on Monday, in a show of defiance of Iraq's central government over disputed territory and oil. Tensions are running high between autonomous Kurdistan and Baghdad after both sent troops to reinforce areas along their disputed internal border, bringing them close to confrontation in their long-running feud. Dressed in military uniform and flanked by troops, Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani visited Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk, a city long seen as a flashpoint for Arab-Kurdish tensions after the U.S. military withdrawal a year ago. "Kurds, throughout history,...
  • Iraqi archbishop: Christians, tired of waiting, will leave country

    01/09/2010 2:52:42 PM PST · by Mister Ghost · 16 replies · 604+ views
    The Catholic Review ^ | Jan 8, 2010 | Catholic News Service
    LONDON – An Iraqi archbishop has predicted a new wave of emigration from Iraq involving Christians who have tired of waiting for their situation to improve. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said many Christians taking refuge in northern Iraq were determined “to leave the country for good” after concluding that, nearly seven years after the invasion of Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition, it was still unsafe to return to their homes in the South. He told the British branch of Aid to the Church in Need, a charity set up to help suffering and persecuted Christians, that a...
  • Robert Gates's Visit to Iraq Unveils USA's Another Major Problem in Iraq

    08/02/2009 12:15:06 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 455+ views ^ | 31.07.2009 | Ivan Tulyakov
    Many connect US Defense Secretary’s sudden visit to Iraq with a new problem which has appeared in the US administration. The Pentagon has recently announced that the United States would accelerate the withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn nation, although the situation in Iraq is far from being stable. The US administration is particularly concerned about the Kurds’ claims for Iraqi oil wells. It is an open secret that Iraq’s Kurdish minority has been a staunch ally of the United States during the nation’s incursion in the country to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime. On the one hand, Gates had...
  • Kirkuk Progress is ‘Impressive,’ Mullen Says

    07/13/2009 2:43:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 221+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    KIRKUK, Iraq, July 13, 2009 – Despite the historical differences that challenge progress in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and Kirkuk province, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he’s struck by the governance and security milestones recently achieved here. “It’s been pretty impressive watching the province develop here,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters today after meeting with U.S. military and local Iraqi leadership. “Overall, [issues here] were more balanced than I thought they would be, based on the kinds of demands I was expecting [and] based on my understanding of the depth of the challenges here historically,” the...
  • "Gunmen" assassinate Christian leader in Iraq

    07/12/2009 3:21:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 29 replies · 1,802+ views
    (MIDDLE EAST NEWS) via JIHAD ^ | Posted by Robert at July 12, 2009 2:36 PM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Hanna, a Christian, was driving with his daughter in Kirkuk when gunmen pulled him from the car and shot him dead, police there told the German Press Agency dpa. His daughter witnessed her father's murder, which took place in the predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Dumiz, police added...."
  • Deadly market bomb hits Iraq city

    06/30/2009 3:58:56 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies · 597+ views
    BBC ^ | June 30 2009
    At least 27 people have been killed by a car bomb at a market in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials say. The attack in the Shurja district came as Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal of US troops from towns and cities in Iraq, six years after the invasion. US President Barack Obama said the move was an important milestone for Iraq, but that "difficult days" lay ahead. The Kirkuk blast came 10 days after a truck bomb killed more than 70 in the city's deadliest attack in over a year. Iraqi and US troops have been on alert for...
  • Car bomb kills at least 27 people in Iraqi city

    06/30/2009 10:45:15 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 200+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2009 | PATRICK QUINN
    A car bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, police said, a deadly reminder of the challenges facing the Iraqi government even as it celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities. The bombing marred what had otherwise been a festive day as Iraqis commemorated the newly declared National Sovereignty Day with military parades and marching bands. It also came hours after four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat Monday in Baghdad. Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, the bombing and the way it...
  • Security in Iraq Is it getting worse again?

    BARACK OBAMA’s administration has promised to withdraw all American troops from all of Iraq’s towns by the end of this month. As the deadline looms, people are again asking whether Iraq’s forces will be able to cope on their own. On cue, a fresh bout of violence has erupted. On June 20th, a huge lorry bomb exploded in Taza, a Turkmen town just south of the disputed city of Kirkuk, killing at least 70 people. Two days later at least seven bombs went off in and around Baghdad, including a roadside blast, a car bomb and a suicide attack, killing...
  • Coalition forces, Kirkuk officials partner to care for bombing victims

    06/25/2009 7:16:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 274+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Master Sgt. Michael Land, USAF
    6/25/2009 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- The bright pink soccer ball was clearly out of place on the flightline here June 22; however, it was in just the right place to begin the healing process for a 9-year-old girl atop a stretcher being carried on board a Turkish air force C-130 to be aeromedically evacuated to Ankara, Turkey. She was the first of the 11 litter patients in all who were moved from ambulances up the ramp into the cargo aircraft. Overall, U.S. and Turkish airmen, U.S. State Department officials at the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team, and Turkish...
  • Kirkuk self-help project protects airfield assets, saves money

    06/23/2009 5:46:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 213+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Jessica Lockoski, USAF
    6/23/2009 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- Members from every 506th Air Expeditionary Group unit joined forces for a self-help project here to improve airfield security here in June. Security forces members, medics, civil engineers, air-freight controllers, air-traffic controllers and communications technicians united to fulfill one of the group's top missions: securing the base by protecting the airfield. "We are putting barriers up to ensure that only designated access points are used by individuals that require and are granted access onto the airfield," said 1st Lt. Sam Walker, the airfield operations flight director for the 506th Expeditionary Operations Support...
  • Kirkuk Police Seek to Ease Ethnic Tension

    05/13/2009 5:50:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 371+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    KIRKUK, Iraq, May 13, 2009 – Provincial police representatives in Iraq’s Kirkuk province met May 4 with Christian leaders in Kirkuk city to address concerns about increased violence against Kirkuk's Christian minority. Only about 3 percent of Iraq's total population -- about 800,000 Iraqis -- are Christian. "Anyone that targets you, targets us also," said Maj. Gen. Turhan, the Kirkuk city deputy police chief, a Kurdish Muslim. Two attacks April 26 left three Christian residents of Kirkuk dead and two others injured, the third series of attacks targeting Christians in the city in recent months. "Our history has always coincided...
  • Agricultural Experts Plant Seeds in Kirkuk

    03/22/2009 10:36:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 330+ views
    FOB WARRIOR — The food that finds its way on to the tables of Kirkuk City residents has to start somewhere. Researchers from Team Borlaug wanted to see where the journey began, and they found some of those origins at one of the city’s animal processing plants and markets, March 18. Team Borlaug is taking a nearly six-month tour of northern Iraq to study the agriculture and offer guidance on how it can be improved. “Our mission is to assess agriculture in Multi-National Division – North’s area and provide recommendations to the command regarding project development and how to get...
  • Hundreds Graduate Iraqi Warfighter Course

    03/16/2009 4:50:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 238+ views
    KIRKUK — More than 600 Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers completed an intense, month-long Warfighter Training Course at the K1 Regional Training Center here, March 12. According to IA Staff Lt. Gen. Husayn Jasim Dohi, deputy chief of staff for training, the Soldiers were instructed on small and intermediate weapons, IED awareness and prevention, and checkpoint procedures. The battalion also practiced patrolling in a MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain), that simulated a village with homes and a hospital. Ethics were also covered during the training. “Good training without values is not good. You become an Army of criminals and the...
  • Environmentally Engineered Landfill in Kirkuk is First for Iraq

    03/02/2009 3:22:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    KIRKUK, Iraq, March 2, 2009 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is part of a joint, multinational effort to provide solutions for city officials here on what to do with the 900 tons of trash Kirkuk residents generate daily. A truck offloads trash at Solid Waste Transfer Station 1, south of Kirkuk, Iraq. The $2.5 million facility has the capacity to handle 300 tons of waste per day. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For years, Kirkuk residents have been dumping their garbage into unregulated areas or merely unloading it in open fields outside...
  • Department of Defense announced the death of four soldiers

    01/29/2009 7:49:56 AM PST · by Maxstake · 3 replies · 398+ views
    Department of Defense | 01/29/09 | DoD
    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER AND FORWARD THIS. The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died from wounds suffered when two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters crashed Jan. 26 in Kirkuk, Iraq. They were assigned to the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Killed were: Chief Warrant Officer Philip E. Windorski, Jr., 35, of Bovey, Minn. Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Kelley, 30, of Cameron, Mo. Chief Warrant Officer Joshua M. Tillery, 31, of Beaverton, Ore. Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin H. Todd,...
  • Iraqi archbishop encourages Christian refugees to return home for Christmas

    12/04/2008 12:08:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 353+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Rome, Dec 3, 2008
    Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said in an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano this week that the situation in Iraq “is quite good and this means refugees could return to their homes. There are hundreds of empty and abandoned rooms and tents that await the return of Christians...”
  • Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 46 In Iraqi Restaurant

    12/11/2008 2:48:18 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 528+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | 11.12.2008 | Staff
    A suicide bomber killed at least 46 people and wounded around 100 in a crowded restaurant near Iraq's ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, shattering the calm during a major Muslim holiday, police said. The bomber detonated explosives inside the Kurdish restaurant, police said, which was packed with government officials, women and children during lunch hour north of Kirkuk, a city disputed by ethnic Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen. Major General Torhan Abdul-Rahman, the deputy police chief of Kirkuk, said 46 people were killed in the blast and 93 wounded. A police captain in Kirkuk, who asked not to be identified, said...
  • Runway Re-opens, Increases Mission Flexibility of Kirkuk Air Base

    11/19/2008 4:48:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 256+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Master Sgt. Andrew Leonhard, USAF
    KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE — A runway re-opened here after more than three months, with a ceremonial first touch-n-go, Nov. 17. The newly resurfaced runway 14/32 was christened by Iraqi Air Force Lt. Ali Karim, Iraqi flying wing pilot trainee, and Capt. Craig Morash, 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk. Even though it's open for business, the 506th Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron commander said a small number of final details need to be finished. "It's like buying a new house," said Lt. Col. Elisabeth Auld, 506th EOSS commander. "There's still a few more things...
  • Ramadan Iftar dinner

    10/05/2008 4:48:04 PM PDT · by kathsua · 255+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 10/01/08 | Martin MIller
    I wish I could have been at the KDOT Operations meeting, I am ready to be back home in Kansas. Last week the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team that I work for held a Ramadan Iftar dinner for 330 Kirkuki dignitaries and 350 body guards, military, and other security staff. During the month of Ramadan Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset which means not eating or drinking all day. At sundown the Imams from each Mosque broadcast the call to prayer and that signals the time everyone can drink and eat. I tried to fast for the first week, because my...
  • A Return to Normalcy in Kirkuk

    08/20/2008 4:11:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 115+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Jason Jordan, USA
    Maj. Peter Colt, 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, plays with young Iraqi children in Gaydah village, which is in the Kirkuk province of northeastern Iraq. Colt, along with 2nd Battalion, 22nd Inf. Regt. Soldiers, met with the village leaders recently to discuss developments and projects that will benefit the area. Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan. KIRKUK — In the southern Rishad valley of Kirkuk province lies the remote village of Gaydah, located several miles off the nearest main road and even further from the nearest substantial city or district. Already accustomed to seclusion, the village residents were surprised when Soldiers from...
  • Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250

    07/28/2008 5:22:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 51 replies · 856+ views
    Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three female suicide bombers killed 28 people and wounded 92 in Baghdad on Monday as Shi'ite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said. In the northern oil city of Kirkuk a bomb killed at least 22 people and wounded 150 at a protest against a controversial provincial elections law, Iraqi health and security officials said. The U.S. military said initial reports showed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The blasts marked one of the bloodiest days in months and underscored...
  • ncreased security gains in Kirkuk allow focus to expand to Rule of Law procedures

    06/04/2008 4:28:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 2 replies · 100+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | June 4, 2008 | Multi-National Division – North PAO
    KIRKUK, Iraq – Kirkuk Provincial Rule of Law judges and lawyers met with their key provincial and city police leadership during the inaugural Criminal Justice Conference at Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk May 29.“The security gains of the region are evident -- over a 70 percent decrease in violent attacks against ISF, Kirkuk citizens and the Coalition forces. As a result, we can now begin our transition from a form of martial law to rule of law,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Brown, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division deputy commander.The agenda of the meeting included recent case studies that focused...
  • More Than 300 ‘Sons of Iraq’ Graduate Police Training in Kirkuk

    05/16/2008 4:22:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 104+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 – More than 300 former members of “Sons of Iraq” graduated to Iraqi policemen during a ceremony at Kirkuk Police Academy on May 15. A Kirkuk Police Academy instructor straightens the beret of an Iraqi police recruit before a graduation ceremony, May 15, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, 1st Battalion, 10th Mountain Division   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The students graduated after eight weeks of training here. “The Kirkuk province has shown tremendous progress in the last year. Events like this prove we are taking the necessary steps...
  • Commander Says al-Qaida ‘Virtually Destroyed’ in Kirkuk

    05/12/2008 5:00:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 84+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 12, 2008 – Violence in Iraq’s Kirkuk province has dropped by 70 percent, and coalition and Iraqi forces have “virtually destroyed” al-Qaida in Iraq in the region, the commander of the U.S. brigade combat team in the area said today. Video Army Col. David Paschal, commander of 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, said that as security improves in the strategic northern province, changes are happening in the economy and in governance that help cement the security progress in place. Four developments have helped the battle against insurgents in the Rhode Island-sized province of 1.5 million, Paschal told...
  • Iraqi Police Takes the Lead for Security of Kirkuk

    04/25/2008 4:05:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 67+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Sean Wilson, USA
    KIRKUK — Kirkuk reached a significant milestone as it transitioned the last of its traffic control points from Iraqi army control to the Iraqi police last week, at a check point just north of the city. Governor Abdul Rahman Mustafa, the provincial governor, Maj. Gen. Jamal Thaker Bakr, the provincial director of police, Brig. Gen. Omar Aref Waly Khatab, the emergency services unit commander, and Lt. Col. Kevin Brown, deputy commander, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, toured the TCP with the Iraqi police to greet residents as they entered the first city in Iraq to be under the full operational...
  • Third cache discovered within seven days (Kirkuk)

    04/11/2008 4:06:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 118+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi Soldiers discovered three weapon caches of various munitions and explosives northeast of Kirkuk, April 10. The caches included 60mm Chinese mortars, 82mm Chinese mortars, 57mm Chinese projectiles, 120mm Chinese mortar high explosives, 60mm Iraqi mortars, more than 50 85mm Iraqi rocket motors, 105mm Iraqi projectiles, 40mm projected fuses, 130 Russian projectiles, Russian fuses and an 85mm Russian projectile. The explosives and weapons were likely to be used against Coalition forces, Iraqi Security Forces and Iraqi citizens. This is the third large cache found in this area within a week. The cache was in an area previously...
  • Working in Northern Iraq

    04/01/2008 8:35:50 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies · 152+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 3/30/08 | Martin Miller
    My work here in Kirkuk, Iraq is falling into a normal routine that I, and probably everyone else who is aware of my current U.S. State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) employment, would not have thought possible. The normal Iraqi work week is Sunday through Thursday. On those days, I travel to the KGB (Kirkuk Government Building) to work with local Iraqis. Friday and Saturday, I stay back at the PRT office to work with all of the PRT staff. The PRT staff is divided into several smaller sections focusing on infrastructure, rule of law, education, economics, agriculture, governance and...
  • Iraqi Army Brigade unilateral operation nets al-Qaeda in Iraq, sizeable cache

    04/01/2008 1:04:26 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 139+ views
    Multi-National Corps ? Iraq ^ | March 31, 2008 | Multi-National Division ? North PAO
    KIRKUK, Iraq – The 15th Iraqi Army Brigade detained 12 enemy personnel during an intelligence-driven operation in Hafriyah, southeast of Kirkuk, Iraq, March 31.During an IA brigade unilateral operation, Iraqi Army soldiers conducted a cordon and search to capture or kill the Al Qaeda in Iraq cell responsible for the March 23 attack on 3rd Battalion, 15th Iraqi Army Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division. The 15th Iraqi Army Brigade also discovered a cache during the operation that contained 400 30mm rounds, 83 57mm rockets, seven propane tanks, six blocks of C-4, 25 250-pound bombs and five 130mm projectiles as well...
  • Leader of Ansar al-Sunna surrenders in Iraq

    03/31/2008 6:46:38 PM PDT · by Bob Hyneman · 62 replies · 1,814+ views
    aswataliraq ^ | Monday , 31 /03 /2008 | VOI
    Senior armed group commander surrenders to police in Kirkuk Kirkuk - Voices of Iraq Monday , 31 /03 /2008 Time 10:05:40 Kirkuk, Mar 31, (VOI) - A senior fighter of an armed group surrendered on Monday to security force in Kirkuk, a police source said. "One of the most wanted persons surrendered to security forces in Haweija, south-west Kirkuk," a Kirkuk police source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq – (VOI). The source identified him as Salah Hassan, a senior member in Ansar al-Sunna, one of the armed groups working under the mantra of the self-named Iraq's Islamic...
  • Soldiers, Airmen Save Iraqi Teen Injured by Bomb

    03/30/2008 12:26:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 510+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 30, 2008 – On his way home from working in his family’s field near Kirkuk, Iraq, Rahmey didn’t see the hidden improvised explosive device until it was too late. Soldiers and U.S. soldiers load an Iraqi teenager injured by an improvised explosive device onto a medical evacuation helicopter near Kirkuk, Iraq, March 27, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Staggering for home after the blast, the 13-year-old Iraqi boy had no way to know that his life would be saved by...
  • Mother replaces son on Kirkuk's front lines

    01/25/2008 3:16:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 511+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Eric Schloeffel, USAF
    1/25/2008 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- As many parents anxiously await the next phone call from their sons and daughters fighting the war on terrorism in Southwest Asia, one mother journeyed across the Atlantic to not only see her child, but also to replace him on the front line. Staff Sgt. Tammi Johnson, a reservist with the 507th Security Forces Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., arrived to Kirkuk Air Base Jan. 20 and will receive a complete week of training from her son, Senior Airman Derrick Johnson, before he heads back to the U.S. Atop a...
  • "Find a large cache of chemical materials south of Kirkuk" (translation)

    01/19/2008 5:44:25 AM PST · by harwood · 30 replies · 12,059+ views
    .."8 tons of...toxic agricultural chemicals belonging to the Baathist regime"
  • Kirkuk Iraqi Police: Dangerous, Most Sought After Occupation

    12/29/2007 7:30:50 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 176+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson
    An improvised explosive device emplacer digs a hole for his explosives during a practical exercise conducted at the KirkukPolice Academy. Photo by Staff Sgt. Margaret Nelson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. KIRKUK — “Upon entering our academy…you are no longer Turkman, Arab, Christian, Kurd…you are an Iraqi,” Col. Samir Murshed Khushid, commandant of the Kirkuk Police Academy and former Peshmerga Soldier, said. He tells his recruits that they are there to serve their fellow citizen. “Protect them: ethnicity does not matter.” That sentiment is built into the screening process. Ministry of Interior (MoI) standards are based on the ethnic make-up...
  • Secretary of State Rice Makes Surprise Visit to Oil Rich Northern Iraqi City

    12/18/2007 5:47:42 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 16 replies · 143+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2007
    KIRKUK, Iraq — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit Tuesday to the city that Iraq's Kurds call their Jerusalem, an oil-rich territory claimed by many where the United States says it sees new signs of cooperation and progress. Rice was seeing members of a civilian-military reconstruction unit based in Kirkuk and meeting provincial politicians of all stripes. She was seeing Iraq's central leadership later in Baghdad. Such reconstruction units were expanded along with the escalation of U.S. forces President Bush ordered this year. Sunni Arabs ended a yearlong political boycott earlier this month in Kirkuk — the...
  • Samarra and Kirkuk: A strategic city update

    10/08/2007 12:10:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Gulf Region North district encompasses 66,000 square miles in seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces, north and east of Baghdad. Its four strategic cities are Mosul, Samarra, Kirkuk and Baqubah. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has project and construction management responsibility for the Iraq Reconstruction Program; and it assists Iraq’s provincial governments as they assume responsibility for managing their infrastructure development, and the capability to sustain it. COB SPEICHER — In the city of Samarra, Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed 40 of the 45 planned projects in the Iraq Reconstruction Program. “We’re joining the Iraqi people...
  • US Military Praises Iraqi Forces For Protecting Pilgrims

    08/10/2007 5:23:29 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies · 205+ views
    VOA ^ | 8/10/07 | Cindy Saine
    In Iraq Friday, a car bomb killed at least eight people and wounded dozens more in the northern Kurdish city of Kirkuk. But U.S. military officials are praising the performance of Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, after hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims marched to a shrine Thursday, without any major violence. VOA's Cindy Saine reports from Washington. Baghdad was largely calm Friday, as many of the Shi'ite pilgrims headed home. The pilgrims had converged on Baghdad's Kazimiyah district for an annual observance at the tomb of a revered imam. At a news briefing from Baghdad, U.S. Army Colonel John...
  • Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain five, disrupting VBIED cell in Kirkuk

    08/02/2007 2:56:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 290+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | August 2, 2007 | Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    TAJI – Iraqi Security Forces conducted an early morning raid Aug. 1 in Kirkuk that resulted in the capture of a suspected key leader of the terrorist criminal network of al-Qaeda in Iraq.The targeted suspect is believed to be responsible for a vehicle born improvised explosive device attack in Kirkuk on July 16 that killed more than 85 civilians and injured more than 180.  With U.S. Special Forces as advisors, the Iraqi Security Forces also detained four suspects in addition to the primary target.”This successful mission is another demonstration of the committment and resolve to stopping violent criminal elements and...