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  • Army chief: More ground troops headed to Iraq

    09/19/2014 12:28:53 PM PDT · by what's up · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Army chief of staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Friday that more U.S. ground troops would likely deploy to Iraq to train local forces fighting Islamic militants. "We are going to increase a little bit," he said. "As we do that, I think we have to do an assessment of how well that's going."
  • CFR & U.S. Army Chief of Staff:Use Army for Domestic Enforcement

    06/04/2012 2:42:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    New American ^ | 6/4/12 | Joe Wolverton II
    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) proposes that the U.S. Army be used to plan, command, and carry out (with the help of civilian law enforcement) domestic police missions. So says a story appearing in the May/June issue of the influential organization’s official journal, Foreign Affairs. The article lacks a single reference to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits such actions. In an article penned by Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, the CFR would see the Army used to address “challenges in the United States itself” in order to keep the homeland safe from
  • U.S. troops in Afghanistan outnumber troops in Iraq

    05/24/2010 10:26:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 336+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jeff Schogol
    The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has surpassed the number in Iraq for the first time since 2003. As of Monday, there were 94,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 92,000 in Iraq, according to the Defense Department. The move occurred slightly ahead of schedule; it had been expected to take place in June. U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is expected to reach 98,000 by August, up from about 30,000 when President Barack Obama took office. Once all the troops are in place, NATO and Afghan security forces are expected to concentrate on 121 key districts in Afghanistan, according to...
  • Odierno Notes Progress of Iraqi Forces

    04/26/2010 6:13:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 219+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 26, 2010 – As the troop drawdown continues in Iraq, the top U.S. commander there said he’s convinced the Iraqi security forces are ready to take over more responsibility, and that the sacrifices the United States has made to get to this point will prove worthwhile.Video “I think we have an opportunity in Iraq we might never get again,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, said during an interview with Soldiers Radio and Television’s Gail McCabe.As Iraq builds on the security, economic and diplomatic progress made to date, Odierno said, it stands to enhance...
  • Odierno: Iraq Can Help Stabilize the Middle East

    02/22/2010 3:04:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 116+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2010 – Iraq presents a solid opportunity to help in stabilizing the Middle East, the commander of forces in that country said here today. “We have an opportunity that we might never have again,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said during a Pentagon news conference. “We have the opportunity – potentially – to have a moderate democratic government in the Middle East.” The general said he’s worried that once U.S. servicemembers leave Iraq at the end of 2011, Americans will forget about Iraq. The United States must remain engaged with the Iraqi government as an equal, the...
  • U.S. Officials Say Iran Continues to Subvert Iraq

    02/18/2010 12:26:50 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 217+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/18/2010 | John J. Kruzel
    As national elections in Iraq loom on the horizon, Iran continues to subvert its western neihbor’s security and political infrastructure, top American military officials said. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the top American commander in Iraq, said Iran aims to foment violence in Iraq and to play diplomatic and other nonmilitary roles that call into question Iran’s respect for Iraqi sovereignty. “Iran clearly has a strategy that goes across lethal aims, diplomatic aims and then soft-power aims -- i.e., influencing people through investment in the economy -- and into some other practices inside of Iraq,” the general said yesterday at...
  • Odierno, Hill discuss elections, Iran relations

    12/20/2009 1:04:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 250+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraq “is not going to be pushed around” by Iran, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, said here yesterday. Hill and Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq, spoke to reporters traveling with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Iranians moved onto a disputed oil well in southern Iraq and placed an Iranian flag on the facility. They have since left the facility, which is clearly in Iraqi territory. “It’s like a game of capture the flag,” said an American spokesman in southern Iraq Friday. “It has been...
  • Odierno cites deliberate, steady progress

    12/09/2009 3:48:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 172+ views
    In this file photo, Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, hands a challenge coin to Crestview, Fla., native, Pfc. William Robson, an artilleryman assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, during Odierno's visit to Joint Security Station Sheik Amir, Nov. 26. Photo by Pfc. Adam Halleck, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. WASHINGTON — On the eve of holding parliamentary elections early next year, Iraq continues to make steady progress as a sovereign country that is a valued U.S. ally in the Middle East, the commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq said in Killeen,...
  • Giving Thanks [Thanksgiving in Iraq]

    11/26/2009 9:42:35 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 2 replies · 256+ views
    FOX ^ | Nov 26, 2009 | Fox News Interview
    Gen. Odierno on what's being done for U.S. troops celebrating Thanksgiving in Iraq.
  • 2009 WORLD SERIES DISCUSSION THREAD

    10/28/2009 4:49:52 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 369 replies · 5,533+ views
    10-28-09 | dfu
    Okay, here we go. Can the Phillies repeat? Now that she is no longer the junior senator, do the Yankees break "The Hillary Curse"? YOUTUBE SING-ALONG --- THE HILLARY CURSE
  • Odierno Says Iraqi Response Paves Way for More Progress

    07/28/2009 4:36:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 194+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, July 28, 2009 – The commander of Multinational Forces Iraq said today he’s extremely pleased with the way Iraqi security forces have stepped to the plate following the June 30 withdrawal of American forces from the cities and towns of the country. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said he is on track to fulfill the mission he and his command of 130,000 Americans in the country have received. “I’ve been given very clear guidance: one is that we will have a change of mission on Aug. 31, 2010, and we will no longer have a combat mission,”...
  • Odierno Visits 3rd Sustainment Command

    07/27/2009 5:30:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 189+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Michael Behlin, USA
    Multi-National Force-Iraq commander, Gen. Ray Odierno, is briefed by 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commanding general, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, during his visit the 3rd ESC headquarters at Joint Base Balad, July 21. Photo by Spc. Michael Behlin, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). JOINT BASE BALAD — Gen. Ray Odierno, Mult-National Force – Iraq commanding general, visited the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) here, July 21. Escorted by Brig. Gen. Michael J. Lally, 3rd ESC commanding general, Odierno received a tour of the 3rd ESC headquarters, where he recognized several Soldiers in the process.During the visit, Odierno was briefed on operations run...
  • Top US commander: Iran still supports Iraq attacks

    06/30/2009 3:05:25 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 317+ views
    ap ^ | 6/30/09 | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD – The top U.S. military commander in Iraq on Tuesday accused Iran of continuing to support and train militants who are carrying out attacks, including most of the ones in Baghdad. Gen. Ray Odierno said the attacks have fallen in number but are still a problem. He made the comments just after the U.S. relinquished security for Baghdad and other urban areas to Iraqi forces, part of a security agreement that will see all American soldiers out of the country by the end of 2011. "Iran is still supporting, funding and training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq. They...
  • Iran Still Interfering in Iraq, Top Army General Says

    06/28/2009 9:06:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 327+ views
    CNN ^ | June 28, 2009
    Iran continues to "interfere" in Iraq, including training insurgents and paying surrogates, the U.S. commander in Iraq told CNN on Sunday. But Army Gen. Ray Odierno said his mission is limited to providing security within Iraq, no matter the provocation from Iran or elsewhere. "I'm not authorized to do anything outside the borders of Iraq," he said on the CNN program "State of the Union." Iran's government has repeatedly denied fomenting violence inside Iraq. Despite some high-profile bombings and attacks in recent days, Iraq's security forces are ready to take over for U.S. forces this week to stabilize the nation's...
  • US says troops leaving Iraq, Qaeda crippled (any MSM-libs showcasing this?)

    06/20/2009 3:57:08 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 2,436+ views
    US commander in Iraq claims the military has largely honored the security agreement with Baghdad amid, what he claimed to be, a relative lull in militant activities. On Monday, General Ray Odierno said the pullout from urban areas was on the go with the troops having left the Iraqi forces in charge of 142 former US bases, Xinhua reported. Briefing a press conference in Baghdad, he suggested a link between the withdrawal and an alleged respite in al-Qaeda-linked attacks -- which the United States projects as an outcome its invasion of Iraq. Odierno claimed the US was 'absolutely committed' to...
  • General Ray Odierno: We May Miss Iraq Deadline To Halt Al-Qaeda Terror

    04/10/2009 9:57:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 779+ views
    London Times ^ | April 10, 2009
    April 9, 2009 General Ray Odierno: we may miss Iraq deadline to halt al-Qaeda terror (Karim Kadim/AP) President Obama has pledged to withdraw all combat forces from Iraq by August 2010 The activities of al-Qaeda in two of Iraq’s most troubled cities could keep US combat troops engaged beyond the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal, the top US commander in the country has warned. US troop numbers in Mosul and Baqubah, in the north of the country, could rise rather than fall over the next year if necessary, General Ray Odierno told The Times in his first interview with...
  • U.S. On Track to Meet Withdrawal Deadlines, Odierno Says

    04/12/2009 12:26:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 354+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2009 – The U.S. is on track to meet the terms of a timeline of withdrawal from Iraq, the top American commander in Iraq said today. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said he believes the U.S. is prepared to fulfill a deal requiring U.S. forces to leave major Iraqi cities by June 30 and all combat troops to depart the country by the end of 2011. “We continue to work with the government of Iraq so they can meet that timeline so that they are able to maintain stability after...
  • The Dissenter Who Changed the War

    02/08/2009 3:53:26 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 10 replies · 1,687+ views
    WaPost ^ | 2/8/09 | Thomas E. Ricks
    Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was an unlikely dissident, with little in his past to suggest that he would buck his superiors and push the U.S. military in radically new directions. A 1976 West Point graduate and veteran of the Persian Gulf War and the Kosovo campaign, Odierno had earned a reputation as the best of the Army's conventional thinkers -- intelligent and ambitious, but focused on using the tools in front of him rather than discovering new and unexpected ones. That image was only reinforced during his first tour in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003. As commander...
  • N.J. native Gen. Ray Odierno takes command of U.S. troops in Iraq

    01/16/2009 6:54:28 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 410+ views
    star ledger ^ | Tuesday September 16, 2008
    <p>Gen. David Petraeus, whose strategy for countering the Iraq insurgency is credited by many with rescuing the country from all-out civil war, stepped aside today as Gen. Ray Odierno took over as the top American commander of the conflict.   At a traditional change-of-command ceremony attended by top Iraqi and American military and civilian officials, Petraeus said the Rockaway native's skills and experience make him "the perfect man for the job."   With Defense Secretary Robert Gates presiding at the ceremony in a cavernous rotunda of a former Saddam Hussein palace outside Baghdad, Petraeus handed over the flag of his command, known as Multi-National Force Iraq, to Odierno and then bade farewell.</p>
  • Gen. Odierno Visits Sab Al Bour Markets, Electrical Substation

    11/09/2008 12:21:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 120+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Al Hing, USA
    CAMP TAJI — The Commanding General of Multi-National Force - Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, visited the neighborhood of Sab al Bour, northwest of Baghdad, Nov. 5. “I’ve been to Sab al Bour before, a couple years ago, and this is my third trip back,” said Odierno. “The first couple times it was deserted (of civilians) and there was fighting on every block for a ghost town.” What the MNF-I commander saw during this visit was vastly different from his previous experience, as his Soldiers showed him the successes made in the area in the economic areas, essential services and quality...
  • Odierno takes over for Petraeus in Iraq

    09/16/2008 11:51:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 379+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 17, 2008 | Joseph Giordono
    BAGHDAD — Gen. Raymond Odierno assumed command of the war effort in Iraq on Tuesday, saying that future troop withdrawals would be heavily influenced by a new U.S. administration and the long-term security pact with Iraq still under negotiation. Odierno, who added his fourth star just hours before the ceremony in Baghdad’s Al Faw Palace, said of the past 18 months’ gains in Iraq, "where chaos reigned, hope prevails." But, he warned, "our work here is far from done." Odierno assumed command of Multi-National Force — Iraq from Gen. David Petraeus in the ceremony attended by Secretary of Defense Robert...
  • Senate Confirms Petraeus, Odierno

    07/10/2008 5:19:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 159+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 10, 2008 – The Senate has confirmed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as commander of U.S. Central Command and Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to receive his fourth star and succeed Petraeus as commander of Multinational Force Iraq. The full Senate confirmed Petraeus by a vote of 95-2 and Odierno by a 96-1 margin. Odierno is the Army’s 3rd Corps commander and served as commander of Multinational Corps Iraq for 14 months. The changes put Petraeus -- who implemented the U.S. surge into Iraq -- in charge of U.S. military forces in a dangerous part of the...
  • Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno embodies 'surge' in Iraq

    04/28/2008 3:00:23 AM PDT · by Aristotelian · 3 replies · 68+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 28, 2008 | Peter Spiegel
    The nominee to take over Gen. David H. Petraeus' command of U.S. forces there, Odierno evolved from a conventional warrior to help shape the strategy. WASHINGTON -- When Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno began his second tour of duty in Iraq late in 2006 as the war's No. 2 commander, he was handed a battle plan that he and his staff quickly determined was out of touch with reality -- a set of precise timetables for handing over whole provinces to Iraqi security forces, regardless of their readiness. "This race to victory based on a timeline did not pass...
  • Petraeus Wins

    04/24/2008 4:52:33 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 108+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/24/08 | Robert D. Kaplan
    Petraeus's appointment as combatant commander of Central Command was set in motion several weeks ago, with the firing of then-combatant commander Adm. William Fallon. The administration let him go not for opposing a possible strike against Iran, as was widely speculated, but for arguing too often with Petraeus over troop levels in Iraq. Petraeus, who may be the most well-read analytical mind in the military, wanted to maintain troop levels, rather than reduce them for use in Afghanistan and for other contingencies -- to say nothing of relieving strains on the army. But Fallon and Pentagon generals wanted troop levels...
  • The Patton of Counterinsurgency (from the archives)

    04/24/2008 5:03:57 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 14 replies · 62+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 10, 2008 | Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan
    Great commanders often come in pairs: Eisenhower and Patton, Grant and Sherman, Napoleon and Davout, Marlborough and Eugene, Caesar and Labienus. Generals David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno can now be added to the list. It's natural to assume that successful pairs of commanders complement each other's personalities (the diplomatic Eisenhower and the hard-charging Patton, for example) or that the junior partner is merely executing the vision of the other (Sherman seen as acting on Grant's orders). In reality, the task of planning and conducting large-scale military operations is too great for any single commander, no matter how talented his staff....
  • Petraeus-Odierno Team Nominated to Lead in CentCom, Iraq

    04/23/2008 4:28:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 46+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2008 – The White House will nominate Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, currently commander of Multinational Force Iraq, to be the next U.S. Central Command commander, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today. “I recommended him to the president because I am absolutely confident he is the best man for the job,” Gates told reporters. He cited Petraeus’ in-depth understanding of the situation in Iraq as well as counterinsurgency operations, and the successes seen in Iraq under his leadership. “The kinds of conflicts we are dealing with not just in Iraq, but in Afghanistan and some of...
  • LESSONS FROM THE GENERAL - BIG RAY ODIERNO RETURNS FROM IRAQ

    03/07/2008 10:28:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 381+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 7, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    LT. Gen. Ray Odierno looks like he could snap an NFL linebacker in half. Yet his voice is so quiet you strain to hear him across the table in an empty pub. And the general's worth listening to. Just back from commanding our day-to-day military operations in Iraq, he's been nominated as the Army's next vice chief of staff. He'll take the battlefield's lessons along to that post. What did Iraq teach Odierno as a soldier? What professional tenets were reinforced by his multiple combat tours? "First, you have to empower your subordinates. That means you have to underwrite the...
  • General Odierno Returns Home

    03/06/2008 9:17:04 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies · 111+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3-7-08 | G. Tracy Mehan, III
    General Odierno Returns Home By G. Tracy Mehan, III Published 3/7/2008 12:07:28 AM
  • Iran may be biggest threat to Iraq: U.S. general-(Iran controls Iraq)

    03/04/2008 5:16:53 PM PST · by Flavius · 24 replies · 294+ views
    ap ^ | 3/4/08 | By Andrew Gray
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran may pose the greatest long-term threat to Iraq's stability, a U.S. general said on Tuesday, the day after Iran's president wrapped up a visit to Baghdad. Army Lt. Gen Ray Odierno, who recently ended a 15-month assignment as the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, said Iran continued to train extremist militia groups in Iraq. Odierno also said he was not surprised Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was able to move around without security problems during his two-day visit to Baghdad as the groups that often target high-profile visitors are Iranian-backed. "Over the last 12 months, every...
  • The Patton of Counterinsurgency

    03/01/2008 12:12:01 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 31 replies · 464+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 10, 2008 issue | Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan
    The Patton of Counterinsurgency With a sequence of brilliant offensives, Raymond Odierno adapted the Petraeus doctrine into a successful operational art. by Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan 03/10/2008, Volume 013, Issue 25 Great commanders often come in pairs: Eisenhower and Patton, Grant and Sherman, Napoleon and Davout, Marlborough and Eugene, Caesar and Labienus. Generals David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno can now be added to the list. It's natural to assume that successful pairs of commanders complement each other's personalities (the diplomatic Eisenhower and the hard-charging Patton, for example) or that the junior partner is merely executing the vision...
  • Odierno’s Departure

    02/07/2008 7:07:00 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 115+ views
    Commentary ^ | Max Boot
    Odierno’s Departure Max Boot Nadia Schadlow has an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal pointing out why it would be folly to move General Petraeus out of Iraq prematurely. This is a point that others, including me, have previously made, but Nadia adds an important historical dimension by noting all of the major generals, from George Washington to Creighton Abrams, who have spent years overseas directing American war efforts. By those standards, Petraeus’s deployment abroad, while lengthy and strenuous (counting a tour in the Balkans, since 2001 he has spent 50 months, or more than four years, overseas), is...
  • Odierno Cites Positive Trends in Iraq

    01/08/2008 4:23:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 22+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2008 – The commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq today cited a series of positive trends that includes more civilian cooperation and declines in attacks and in military and civilian casualties. During a conference call with military analysts from his headquarters in Baghdad, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, said that June through December 2007 saw 28 straight weeks of declines in attacks. The decline brought the levels of violence in Iraq down to levels not seen since 2004, Odierno said. The decline covered all areas of the country and included...
  • Odierno Calls for ‘Full, Complete’ Partnership With Iraqis

    12/19/2007 3:43:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 92+ views
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Dec. 19, 2007 – There must be a “full and complete” partnership between coalition and Iraqi security forces for success in the country, the coalition’s day-to-day commander of ground operations in Iraq said here today. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, spoke as the 1st Cavalry Division – commanded by Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil – transferred authority for Multinational Division Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division – under Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond – during a ceremony here. Odierno said that when the 1st Cavalry took command of the Multinational...
  • U.S. Military in Command Changes in Iraq

    12/11/2007 12:31:22 PM PST · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 526+ views
    AP/Google ^ | 12-11-07 | Robert Burns
    The U.S. military in Iraq is undergoing its biggest changeover in senior commanders since Gen. David Petraeus launched a new counterinsurgency strategy nearly a year ago. The high-level shifts come at a particularly delicate stage in the war as U.S. troop levels begin to decline, Iraqis are handed more security responsibility and Petraeus seeks to ensure that the gains achieved over the past several months continue. The leadership changes are likely to be disruptive, at least for a brief period, as the new set of commanders — even those with Iraq experience — adjust to rapidly changing conditions. Even so,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 December 2007

    12/02/2007 5:06:37 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 560 replies · 2,447+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 2 December 2007 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Karl Rove, former adviser to President Bush; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Fred Smith, chairman and chief executive of FedEx Corp. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; David Axelrod, strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaign; Howard Wolfson, communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. THIS WEEK (ABC): Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; musician Steven Van Zandt, founder of the Rock and...
  • Iraq Progress, By The Numbers (excellent read!!)

    11/04/2007 3:09:54 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 49 replies · 631+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 4, 2007 | Robert J. Caldwell
    To all those who said the “surge” in U.S. forces in Iraq was doomed to fail, a look at the latest results should be instructive, if not humbling. Start with American military casualties. For October (36 Americans killed in action), they were the lowest for any month since February 2004, more than three years ago. U.S. casualties have now declined for five consecutive months even as American forces press the fight against al-Qaeda-in-Iraq terrorists and move out of their mega-bases to operate from security outposts in Iraqi neighborhoods. Steadily fewer American soldiers killed or wounded is a measure of a...
  • Progress in Iraq Real, Momentum Growing, Odierno Says Iraq: Job Won

    11/03/2007 5:22:11 PM PDT · by nmh · 13 replies · 155+ views
    IBD ^ | NOvember 2, 2007 | Staff (editorial)
    Progress in Iraq Real, Momentum Growing, Odierno Says Iraq: Job Won IBD ^ | November 2, 2007 War On Terror: With killings of both U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians down sharply, both al-Qaida and Iran may believe they have lost the Iraq War. Thanks to the surge, our mission just might largely be accomplished. U.S. military deaths were recorded at 36 for October, down from 65 in September, according to an Associated Press count. Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Baghdad, last week said the deaths of coalition forces have declined for five straight months and...
  • Progress in Iraq Real, Momentum Growing, Odierno Says

    11/01/2007 4:23:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 75+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi troops are creating security in Iraq, and life is returning to normal for the vast majority of Iraqi citizens. But the momentum is not irreversible, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said today. Coalition and Iraqi troops have been able to break the cycle of violence in the country, and all trends are positive, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from his headquarters at Camp Victory, Iraq. When the Army’s 3rd Corps arrived in Baghdad a year ago, Iraq was enmeshed in sectarian violence. Al Qaeda in...
  • Bush Speaks With U.S. Leaders in Iraq, Expresses Confidence

    09/17/2007 4:09:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 137+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2007 – After speaking with commanders of U.S. provincial reconstruction teams and brigade combat teams via videoconference from Iraq today, President Bush expressed confidence about the chances for success in that country. In remarks after the videoconference, Bush said that Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told him that for the week of Sept. 8-15, attack levels across Iraq were the lowest they have been since January 2006. “And when you couple that with grassroots efforts that our … provincial reconstruction teams are making, you begin to get a sense of...
  • Katie Couric in Iraq - Part II

    09/05/2007 6:09:22 PM PDT · by AlbertoMG · 13 replies · 1,042+ views
    NRO ^ | September 5, 2007 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    In a world where reporting war and providing frontline analysis is often slanted, skewed, and just plain wrong, Katie is doing it right. Not perfect to be sure: Iraq is simply too difficult, and military operations (both static and rolling) are usually far too complex for observing journalists to fully get their arms around. But either CBS’s producers on this project have real defense-sense, or Katie has made the decision to avoid any preconceptions she may have previously held about the war and instead report life as she sees it in the trenches.
  • Odierno highlights Iraqi operations

    08/19/2007 11:54:26 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 245+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi and Coalition forces are pursuing extremist leaders in Iraq’s remote areas in coordinated “quick strikes” launched this week, the commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq told Pentagon reporters Saturday. Operation Phantom Strike is a series of joint operations that extend from Operation Phantom Thunder, a corps-level offensive that began in June targeting al-Qaeda, Sunni insurgents and Shiia extremists in, near and around Baghdad, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. “With the elimination of safe havens and support zones due to Phantom Thunder, al-Qaeda and Shiite extremists have been forced into ever-shrinking areas. It is my intent to...
  • Odierno Highlights Operations Phantom Strike, Phantom Thunder

    08/17/2007 4:51:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 248+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2007 – Iraqi and coalition forces are pursuing extremist leaders in Iraq’s remote areas in coordinated “quick strikes” that launched this week, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq told Pentagon reporters today. (Video) Operation Phantom Strike is a series of joint operations that extend from Operation Phantom Thunder, a corps-level offensive that began in June targeting al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents and Shiia extremists in, near and around Baghdad, said Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. “With the elimination of safe havens and support zones due to Phantom Thunder, al Qaeda and Shiite extremists have been forced...
  • Odierno: Iran Should Stand by its Word on Iraq

    08/09/2007 4:32:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 186+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – If Iran really wants stability in the Middle East, it must stop exporting weapons used to kill coalition forces and innocent Iraqis, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said yesterday. Iran should stand by its public statements of support for the Iraqi government, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said in a CNN interview. “They've supported the government of Iraq and the way forward,” the general said. “So, we should force them to stand by that. … Let's hold them to their word and what they're saying in public.” Reports out of Iraq indicate that...
  • U.S. Toll in Iraq Lowest in 8 Months

    07/31/2007 10:13:54 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 35 replies · 760+ views
    AP ^ | July 31, 2007 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    The U.S. military said Tuesday that a Marine was killed in fighting west of the capital, pushing the American death toll for July to at least 73, the lowest in eight months. ~snip~ The attack raised to at least 73 the number of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq in July, the lowest number since November 2006, when at least 70 U.S. deaths were reported. The monthly toll topped 100 in April, May and June. In all, at least 3,652 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an...
  • U.S. hopes success in Anbar, Iraq can be repeated

    07/15/2007 7:46:18 AM PDT · by KingSnorky · 7 replies · 754+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | July 8, 2007 | John F. Burns
    RAMADI, Iraq: Sunni merchants watched warily from behind neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno walked with a platoon of bodyguards through the Qatana bazaar here one recent afternoon. At last, one leathery-faced trader glanced furtively up and down the narrow, refuse-strewn street to check who might be listening, then broke the silence. "America good! Al Qaeda bad!" he said in halting English, flashing a thumb's-up in the direction of the second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq.
  • Odierno: Iran has 'surge' in Iraq

    06/22/2007 7:58:06 PM PDT · by Flavius · 30 replies · 800+ views
    upi ^ | 6/22/07 | upi
    BAGHDAD, June 22 (UPI) -- Iran has responded to the U.S. surge in Iraq with its own surge, the commander of the multinational force said Friday. Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno told journalists increased Iranian backing for Iraqi militants apparently started in March, CNN reported.
  • Odierno Describes Operation Phantom Thunder

    06/22/2007 4:42:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 204+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 – The surge of forces into Iraq is over. The surge of operations has begun, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq told Pentagon reporters in a teleconference today. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said the series of operations under the overarching title “Operation Phantom Thunder” is designed to protect the Iraqi people, ease reconciliation among the religious sects, defeat al Qaeda in Iraq and other extremists, and continue developing Iraqi security forces. Phantom Thunder is a corps-level offensive aimed at defeating extremists in Iraq, the general explained. “It is an open-ended operation that will extend...
  • Phantom Thunder

    06/22/2007 2:11:04 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 32 replies · 1,125+ views
    Pentagon Channel ^ | 6/22/07 | Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno,
    Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commanding general of Multi-National Corps - Iraq, discusses Operation Phantom Thunder in today's teleconference from Iraq. Video at link
  • Military Culture Must Change to Fight 'Long War'

    01/23/2006 4:15:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 375+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2006 – As the United States confronts terrorism, military personnel have to make a cultural shift as they fight what officials now call "the Long War," senior DoD officials said. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview that the generation of servicemembers entering the military today must focus on how the United States will deal with extremist networks that threaten America and its allies. Odierno said the situation is analogous to the situation confronting servicemembers who fought the Cold War. The Cold War was...
  • Americans Must Understand U.S. Is at War, General Says

    01/18/2006 5:08:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 35 replies · 778+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2006 – The American people must remind themselves every day that the United States is at war, a top Army general said today. Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute here, said that 21st century warfare is more about "will and perception, than taking territory or enemies killed." The will of the American people and people around the world to confront the terrorists and defeat them is the center of gravity in what Pentagon officials are calling "the long war," Odierno, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. The...