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  • Blackwater Jury's Lengthy Talks Bode Well For Defense

    09/28/2014 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Law 360 ^ | September 25, 2014, 7:11 PM ET | Erica Teichert
    Washington -- Jurors in the murder and manslaughter trial of four Blackwater Worldwide security guards concluded their 15th day of deliberations on Thursday with no verdict in sight, showing that the group of 12 is painstakingly considering the issues of the complex case, which may work in the defense's favor, experts say. For 10 weeks, the Blackwater jury heard testimony alleging that Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and some other members of Blackwater's Raven 23 convoy fired shots in Baghdad's Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, killing 14 Iraqis and injuring 18 others. But the 12-person jury...
  • Iraqi forces arrest leader of Ansar al Islam

    05/04/2010 7:44:31 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 3 replies · 172+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5-4-10 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi security forces backed by US advisers have captured the head of the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Islam. Abu Abdullah al Shafi, the leader of Ansar al Islam, or Partisans of Islam, was detained along with seven "criminal associates" during raids in the Baghdad neighborhoods of Mansour and Adhamiyah on May 3, US Forces Iraq reported in a press release.
  • Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    08/11/2014 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 6:10 PM EDT | Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraq’s president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west. The showdown came as the United States increased its role in fighting back Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group that is threatening the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. Senior American officials said U.S. intelligence agencies are directly arming the Kurds who are battling the militants in what would be a shift in Washington’s policy of only working through the central government in...
  • Obama: Hey, it wasn’t my idea to leave Iraq (Of course not, insert sarcasm)

    08/10/2014 4:12:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Hot ^ | August 10, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    We may as well finish up the weekend on yet another inexplicable appearance by the Commander in Chief. And this one is a doozy, picked up by Joel Gehrke at The Corner. The President, during his brief, pre-tee off time availability this weekend, chose to address what a mess Iraq currently is and whether or not our lack of presence there had anything to do with it. Well, it did, but it obviously wasn’t his fault. He never really wanted to leave in the first place. President Obama refused to take responsibility for the lack of U.S. troops in Iraq,...
  • Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in US

    06/29/2014 2:10:43 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 29, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, turned himself in and was being flown Sunday from an undisclosed location in the Middle East to Norfolk, Va. He is to be moved Monday to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to a spokesman, Capt. Eric Flanagan. Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Lejeune, will determine whether...
  • U.S. Helps Remove Uranium From Iraq [Article from 2008]

    06/20/2014 8:45:04 AM PDT · by caligatrux · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Alissa J. Rubin, Campbell Robertson
    BAGHDAD — American and Iraqi officials have completed nearly the last chapter in dismantling Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program with the removal of hundreds of tons of natural uranium from the country’s main nuclear site. The uranium, which was removed several weeks ago, arrived in Canada over the weekend, according to officials. The removal was first reported by The Associated Press. [snip] American military personnel helped move about 600 tons of uranium in the form called yellowcake. It had been stored at Tuwaitha, an installation 12 miles south of Baghdad, which had been the site of Iraq’s nuclear program. [snip] This...
  • Congress's Iraq Vets Helplessly Watch Their Gains Lost

    06/13/2014 4:11:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    Americans are tired of war. For the 17 members of Congress who served in Iraq, that means watching helplessly as the cities they fought for fall once more to extremists. Militants believed to be associated with al-Qaida overtook Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, on Tuesday. The group then seized Tikrit, hometown of former President Saddam Hussein, on Wednesday.
  • Hillary Clinton: I ‘Could Not Have Predicted’ That Al Qaida Would Take Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 6:22:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 Jun 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that she “could not have predicted” the effectiveness of the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group that seized control this week of two major Iraqi cities. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaida since 2004, captured the western Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul, expanding its influence across the entire Sunni-dominated western region of Iraq in addition to Syria — where it remains one of the strongest rebel factions fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad. The group, led by enigmatic terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, evolved out of al-Qaida’s Bush-era...
  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 3:38:07 PM PDT · by kristinn · 155 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Sara Carter
    The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is preparing contingency plans to evacuate its employees if necessary now that one of the deadliest Islamic militant groups in the region has taken control of large swaths of Iraq, a U.S. official told TheBlaze. The State Department also warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Iraq, following several days of bloody clashes between insurgents with the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Iraqi military forces. ISIL has taken control of Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah and aims to create an Islamic state across the Iraq-Syria border. The U.S. official told TheBlaze that...
  • Mosul falls to al-Qaeda as US-trained security forces flee

    06/10/2014 7:47:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    And not just Mosul, according to some reports, but the entire northern province of Nineveh has now fallen into al-Qaeda’s control. Parliamentarians from the region want a declaration of emergency and immediate government intervention, but the forces that had been in Mosul have fled — some of which abandoned their uniforms as well as their posts as the ISIS forces swarmed into the city:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists...
  • Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There

    01/10/2014 12:14:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    Adam Banotai was a 21-year-old sergeant and squad leader in the Marine Corps during the 2004 invasion of Falluja, a restive insurgent-held city in Iraq. His unit — which had seven of 17 men wounded by shrapnel or bullets in the first days of the invasion — seized control of the government center early in the campaign. So when Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda, retook the city this month and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings where he and his men fought, he was transfixed, disbelieving and appalled.

    01/07/2014 6:14:28 AM PST · by shortstop · 80 replies ^ | 01/07/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    I have a friend who fought in Fallujah. He is boisterous and confident and full of life. He has the can-do spirit that defines himself and all who have worn the blue cord of the Army Infantry. But yesterday he was broken. As he talked about the Iraq war, and specifically the fight for Fallujah, there was a sadness that doesn’t come out in the speeches and books. There wasn’t the never-say-die confidence of a veteran non-commissioned officer, there was instead the dazed uncertainty of a man who looks back and wonders what the hell it was all about. Why...
  • In reversal, Obama says he will boost US military support in Iraq

    11/02/2013 1:39:51 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 60 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | By Paul Richter
    <p>Facing a deadly resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq, President Barack Obama signaled Friday that he will begin increasing U.S. military support for Baghdad after five years of reducing it.</p> <p>The new U.S. plan represents a remarkable shift for Obama, whose administration trumpeted the 2011 withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq as a major achievement and has since shifted its attention to other regional challenges, such as Syria, Egypt and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.</p>
  • Post–Iraq War Lessons for the GOP

    03/29/2013 1:53:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    The unpopular war hurt Republicans, but Obama’s failures could help. Is the Iraq War to blame for the mess we are in?Now, I should qualify that question by explaining “mess” and “we.” By “mess,” I mean the dawn of Barack Obama’s second term, the predictably catastrophic rollout of Obamacare, the exploding debt and deficit, the stimulus boondoggles, etc. By “we,” I mean conservatives (particularly those, like me, who supported the war), but also anyone else who doesn’t think Obama has done a bang-up job.There seems to be a growing consensus that the answer to that question is “yes.” In a...
  • US Invasion of Iraq, Ten Years On: No Shame

    03/24/2013 12:31:28 PM PDT · by IChing · 6 replies ^ | 3/23/2013 | Steve Pauwels
    I’d like to think the ranks of constitutional conservatism were immune to the scourge of “trendiness” — but, embracing the biblical concept of man’s fallen nature, I know better. Even “right-wingers” like myself can be susceptible to societal fads. For a few years, for instance, it’s been au courant in some precincts to claim political conservative bona-fides while trashing the incomparable Rush Limbaugh or Fox News. More common is the growing, “edgy” tendency to own “fiscal restraint” and “small government” convictions while junking traditional “social issues”. This past week, marking the tenth anniversary of America’s Iraq invasion, another example of...
  • Slain soldier remembered near anniversary of death .

    03/23/2013 8:06:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Army Capt. Christopher Seifert was in his mid-20s and the father of a son, who was born about four months before a fellow soldier killed Seifart and Air Force Maj. Gregory L. Stone on March 23, 2003, at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. Friday, a day before the 10-year anniversary of Seifert’s death, he was remembered on this southern Arizona Army post — the home of the Intelligence Center — in front of a building named after him on the fort where he received his intelligence training. Although he never had the opportunity to cross the berm into...
  • North: Was It Worth It? (Part 2 of 2)

    03/21/2013 9:01:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 22, 2013 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — It's the question asked by Gold Star families — the loved ones of our fallen — when I meet them at funerals or public events. It is spoken quietly by the spouses of grievously wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines when I visit military and veterans hospitals. And it's in the correspondence I receive from parents and friends of those who have left something on the battlefield: "Was it worth it?" A decade ago this week, when Operation Iraqi Freedom began, this wasn't a question posed to our Fox News team. While cameras in Baghdad captured the...
  • On 10th Anniversary, 53% in U.S. See Iraq War as Mistake

    03/18/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/18/2013 | Andrew Dugan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ten years have passed since the United States and its allies invaded Iraq, and it appears the majority of Americans consider this a regrettable anniversary. Fifty-three percent of Americans believe their country "made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq" and 42% say it was not a mistake. The March 7-10 results mark the first time Gallup has asked this question since the full withdrawal of American troops in December 2011. Although majorities or near-majorities have viewed the conflict as a mistake continuously since August 2005, the current 53% is down from the high point of...
  • Inspector General: Much of Money for Iraq Reconstruction Wasted

    03/07/2013 6:46:57 AM PST · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 March 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    In his final report, released this month, on how $63 billion of American taxpayers’ money was spent in reconstructing Iraq after the end of the Iraq war, Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen asked two questions: “What happened to the money?” and “What effect did it have?” The next 185 pages of his report reviews where it went, how much was wasted, and what effect it had in restoring Iraq’s infrastructure so that life there could return to some sort of normal. The answer to the first question, “what happened to the money?” is that much of it was wasted. He...
  • Blackwater suit ends 7 years after Fallujah deaths

    01/06/2012 1:12:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/6/12 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Days after the last U.S. troops left Iraq, a federal appeals court ended a lawsuit over an episode that produced one of the more disturbing images of the war: the grisly killings of four Blackwater security contractors and the hanging of a pair of their bodies from a bridge in Fallujah. Families of the victims reached a confidential settlement with the company's corporate successor, Arlington, Va.-based Academi, and the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the suit last week. The settlement was first reported Friday by The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. The deal ends the...
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

    07/07/2011 9:49:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published July 07, 2011 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The attack follows the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Fifteen U.S. soldiers died in June, nearly all in attacks by Shiite militias. ----- Thursday's bomb, which was detonated near a checkpoint outside Victory Base Camp, was a powerful armor-piercing explosive known as an EFP, according to two military officials with knowledge of the attack. EFPs typically...
  • Rest, Recuperate, but above all, REMEMBER

    05/30/2011 7:12:02 AM PDT · by cll · 5 replies
    5/30/2011 | cll
    List – Killed in Action, Global War on Terror, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, Puerto Rico born or Puerto Rico HOR SGT Louie Ramos-Velázquez, USA, KIA May 26, 2011, Kandahar, Afghanistan SGT José M. Caraballo-Pietri, USA, KIA April 10, 2011, Badghis, Afghanistan SGT José M. Cintrón-Rosado, USA, KIA January 2, 2011, Taji, Iraq SPC José A. Delgado-Arroyo, USA, KIA January 2, 2011, Taji, Iraq PVT Francheska Velez, USA, KIA, November 5, 2009, Fort Hood, Texas SPC Israel Candelaria Mejías, USA, KIA April 5, 2009, Near Baghdad, Iraq SrA Jonathan Vega Yelner, USAF, KIA...
  • DA seeks death penalty in officer's slaying [Riverside, CA]

    12/02/2010 3:07:15 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | Dec. 2, 2010 | Richard DeAtley
    The death penalty will be sought against Earl Ellis Green, the 44-year-old Rubidoux parolee charged with slaying Riverside Police officer Ryan Bonaminio, Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco announced today. "It was not a close call for us," Pacheco said. Police believe Bonaminio, 27, was slain with his own gun the night of Nov. 7 in Riverside's Fairmount Park. He was attacked while running after a man who had fled from a semi-truck suspected in a hit-and-run accident. Bonaminio slipped while running after a suspect, who then hit him on the head with a metal bar several times, shot him...
  • Obama cites progress in Iraq

    08/29/2010 10:11:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | 8/29/10 | Caren Bohan
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Sunday hailed reductions in violence in Iraq and said he believed Iraqis would resolve the impasse in their attempts to form a coalition government. "The trend lines have been steadily declining violence. Even after we left the cities, what you've seen is lower and lower levels of violence," Obama said in an interview with NBC News. "The Iraqi security forces are functioning, at least as well, if not better, than any of us had anticipated." Obama will deliver a nationally televised speech on Tuesday that will highlight what administration officials say is his fulfillment...
  • Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept

    08/28/2010 3:36:25 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept Photo 6:07am EDT By Jeff Mason VINEYARD HAVEN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday Iraq could "chart its own course" and told Americans the drawdown of U.S. troops helped fulfill a promise he made during the 2008 presidential campaign. Obama, who is vacationing on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, declared in his weekly radio and Internet address that "the war is ending" and pledged to take care of troops who are returning home. The U.S. military recently cut its strength to under 50,000 troops in Iraq,...
  • So, Mr. President, when is the victory parade for Operation Iraqi Freedom? [vanity]

    08/19/2010 12:44:59 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 26 replies
    me ^ | Aug. 19, 2010 | me
    Today’s headlines announce the final withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq. So, I’m wondering: when will we see a victory parade? The US has a tradition of celebrating victories in war by parading troops in major US cities. Certainly, US service members deserve to be recognized and thanked for their sacrifice and victory. Will the President organize such a parade? Will he be on the reviewing stand to receive the salute? If this parade never happens, what does this say about our President? If this parade does happen, how will the anti-war left and MSM react? I think the...
  • 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...
  • New Mexico Primary results: TRAITOR Adam Kokesh LOSES BIG TIME TODAY

    03/13/2010 1:31:32 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 157 replies · 9,756+ views ^ | 3/13/10, 12:49 pm | By Heath Haussamen
    Results from the GOP state preprimary convention By Heath Haussamen • 3/13/10, 12:49 pm KOKESH GETS SMOKED BY MULLINS! TREASON LOSES FIRST ROUND IN NEW MEXICO!!
  • Our Mission is Finally Accomplished… Anyone Care? (beautiful!)

    02/22/2010 2:12:22 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 8 replies · 526+ views
    David Bellavia ^ | 2/19/10 | David Bellavia
    I am not naive. I understand that there are individuals who opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning and I believe their passion, although misguided at times, is rooted in a deep desire for peace. What always baffled me was the reaction they had to pro-victory veterans when we came home. As if we were some robotic arm of the Bush White House. It was foreign for them to understand why winning in Iraq was so important. Our friends died in this cause. There is no honor in their death unless we complete the mission they died fighting.
  • Breaking--Obama Ends 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'

    02/19/2010 1:58:14 PM PST · by Welshman007 · 21 replies · 527+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/19/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    According to the report, Secretary Gates sent a memo to General David Patraeus on February 17 informing the commander of the name change. In reporting this news, however, the Washington Examiner wondered if there would be some sort of official proclamation by the Obama Administration that we had won.
  • 2 Navy SEALs' detainee abuse trials moved to Iraq

    01/11/2010 2:22:47 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 38 replies · 1,680+ views ^ | 1-11-10 | Larry O'Dell
    RICHMOND, Va. - Two Navy SEALs accused in the mistreatment of an Iraqi detainee will be tried in a U.S. military court in Iraq. A military judge at Naval Station Norfolk on Monday moved the courts-martial of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe and Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas to Camp Victory, site of the alleged abuse. The trials are set for April. Keefe and Huertas are accused of trying to cover up after a third SEAL allegedly punched an Iraqi suspected in a 2004 ambush that killed four U.S. security contractors. Prosecutors said they would not bring the...
  • December was first month in Iraq war without U.S. combat deaths

    01/02/2010 3:45:46 PM PST · by Dubya · 23 replies · 897+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — December was the first month since the Iraq war began in which there were no American combat deaths, a milestone hailed by military officials Friday as they inaugurated a new name for the U.S. force at the start of the year that will see the war wind down in earnest. Henceforth, the Multinational Force-Iraq will officially be called the United States Force-Iraq, in belated recognition of the fact that for some time there have been no other nations serving alongside U.S. troops in the nearly 7-year-old conflict. British, Australian and Romanian soldiers pulled out in July,...
  • United States Forces - Iraq Completes Month without Combat Action Death

    01/01/2010 2:40:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 413+ views
    Press Release 20100101-01 January 1, 2010 BAGHDAD – December passed without any servicemembers being killed in action. This was the first month in the history of Operation Iraqi Freedom without any U.S. military being killed in combat. Three USF-I troops did die from non-combat related incidents. “We enter the new year with mixed emotions. While we are thankful that no troops were killed in action in December, we are equally mindful of those who have lost their lives while serving our nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, and all that have lost a loved one in...
  • Commentary: A General’s View From Iraq

    12/11/2009 3:29:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 424+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Brig. Gen. Stephen Lanza,USA
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 11, 2009 – I'm frequently asked for my assessment of the situation in Iraq, especially after an incident like the heinous terrorist attacks that killed innocent civilians Dec. 8. Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the people killed or injured. The attacks against the people of Iraq are clear indications of an enemy threatened by Iraq's progress in representative government and strengthening national unity. They stand in stark contrast to the compromise and consensus reached on the election law less than a week ago. Iraqis' choice to move forward to a bright future created...
  • A brief update on Nubs the wild Iraqi war dog

    12/11/2009 10:57:51 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 4 replies · 694+ views
    Fifteen-month-old Briana N. Porter, daughter of Maj. Dustin M. Porter stares in awe at five-year-old Nubs during his visit to Camp Pendleton’s Country Store, Dec. 5. The wild Iraqi dog is famous for making a 70-mile journey through the Iraqi desert to reunite with Maj. Brian P. Dennis, aircraft maintenance officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, 3rd Marine Air Wing, after the two bonded during Dennis’s 2007 deployment. The recently published story, “Nubs: The True Story of a Marine, a Mutt and a Miracle,” has already made the New York Times’ children’s best seller list and is expected hit...
  • DoD Announces Replacement Unit for Iraq Rotation

    12/09/2009 1:11:07 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 3 replies · 471+ views
    DefenseLink ^ | 8 December 2009 | UNK
    The Department of Defense announced today the alert for mobilization of a replacement unit scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Approximately 2,600 soldiers from the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered at Edgewood, Md., will begin deploying in the summer of 2011.
  • Millions' worth of gear left in Iraq

    12/07/2009 1:33:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies · 1,319+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/7/2009 | Ernesto Londońo
    Even as the U.S. military scrambles to support a troop surge in Afghanistan, it is donating passenger vehicles, generators and other equipment worth tens of millions of dollars to the Iraqi government. Under new authority granted by the Pentagon, U.S. commanders in Iraq may now donate to the Iraqis up to $30 million worth of equipment from each facility they leave, up from the $2 million cap established when the guidelines were first set in 2005. The new cap applies at scores of posts that the U.S. military is expected to leave in coming months as it scales back its...
  • PIGS FLY !! Obama Admits Iraq Surge Worked

    12/06/2009 8:08:24 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 535+ views
    Newsmax/The Lid ^ | 12/6/09 | The Lid
    Poor President Obama, he just can't bring himself to acknowledge the surge worked better than he and other skeptics, thought it would? I just don't understand why Senator Obama is being such a baby about the surge. Why can't he admit the obvious? It worked. Even as recently his Afghanistan speech last week: Today, after extraordinary costs, we are bringing the Iraq war to a responsible end. We will remove our combat brigades from Iraq by the end of next summer, and all of our troops by the end of 2011. That we are doing so is a testament to...
  • Iraq Lesson Still Unlearned: We Won

    11/11/2009 5:29:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 757+ views ^ | November 11, 2009
    Strategy: Democracy is finally taking hold in the wake of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. That, not American withdrawal, should be the big story. It's time to acknowledge success and to learn from it. You wouldn't know it from most news coverage, but the Iraq story continues and — get this — it's a story of emerging victory. What else can you call it when a stable democracy, the ultimate goal in America's military intervention, is in sight? With last Sunday's passage of a law that paves the way for the first national elections since 2005, the Iraqi people will soon be...
  • Happy Veterans Day! (Repost, lot's of photos)

    11/10/2009 5:32:27 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 16 replies · 1,523+ views
    My Daughter's photos | 6-10-05 | My Daughter
    I've been asked by many to repost this for Veteran's Day. This is what I have so far. Happy Veterans day to vets and active duty military. We love you and are praying for you every day! God Bless You! Photos of my soldier in Iraq, enjoy...... 6-10-05 As many of you know, my daughter is in Iraq. Here's a photo essay detailing some of her activities there. I hope you all enjoy...... My daughter, left, and her Iraqi roommate before they left for Iraq. They are in the same platoon. A convoy... A baby goat... Nora, her 10 year...
  • Pentagon Cancels Plans To Send 4,000 Troops To Iraq

    10/18/2009 5:55:17 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 577+ views
    All Headline News ^ | October 18, 2009 | David Goodhue
    Washington, DC (AHN) - The Pentagon has decided not to send about 4,000 troops to Iraq to replace a unit scheduled to leave the country in January. The Defense Department announced that it would not be sending the 3,500-member brigade from Fort Drum, New York because the security situation continues to improve, despite some recently-reported violence. The brigade was from the 10th Mountain Division, which was going to replace a unit from the North Carolina National Guard. The Guard unit is still coming home in January, Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh told CNN. Almost 120,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, while...
  • Pentagon Cancels Iraq Troop Deployment

    10/17/2009 4:54:10 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies · 565+ views
    CNN via AOLNews ^ | October 17, 2009
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 17) -- More than 3,000 U.S. troops scheduled to deploy to Iraq won't go after all, as the military tries to draw down troop levels in the war-torn country, a Pentagon spokesman said Saturday. The 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division will not replace a North Carolina National Guard unit already in Iraq, Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh told CNN. The 3,500-troop combat team, based in Fort Drum, New York, was to leave in January, he said. "[The cancellation] reflects a thorough assessment of the security environment in Iraq and continued improvement in the ability of the...
  • Al Qaeda and the Taliban: together again (Taliban begs Obama not to send more troops, fear defeat)

    10/10/2009 3:37:30 PM PDT · by Wiz · 13 replies · 1,049+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 2009 Oct 7 | Bill Roggio
    The Taliban have released a clever piece of disinformation today, which clearly is aimed at US policymakers as well as the American public as the Obama administration decides on a new path forward in Afghanistan. In this latest statement, the Taliban are claiming they have no aspirations to be involved in the global jihad. From the Voice of Jihad, the Taliban's official propaganda arm online: We announce to all the world, our aim is obtainment of independence and establishment of an Islamic system. We did not have any agenda to harm other countries including Europe nor we have such agenda...
  • 419th CSSB ‘Wolfpack’ heading home

    10/09/2009 4:10:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 678+ views
    Lt. Col. Kristan L.K. Hericks (center), CO of the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion "Wolfpack," and her 419th Soldiers successfully completed a 12-month tour at Camp Taji and will be redeploying home to Irvine, Calif, soon. Photo courtesy of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). CAMP TAJI — After a long and often-times grueling year here, the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) "Wolfpack" is on its way home. Over the next few days, the Wolfpack Soldiers will see a Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony where they officially pass the torch to the 541st CSSB, as well as an awards...
  • Pentagon Announces Iraq Troop Rotations, Extensions

    10/08/2009 4:43:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 435+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2009 – An Army armored cavalry unit and three brigade combat teams will deploy to Iraq next summer as part of annual troop rotations there, according to a Defense Department news release issued today. Also, an Army headquarters unit and elements of a Marine expeditionary force now in Iraq have been issued deployment extensions, the release said. The number of troops involved in the movement will total about 15,000 servicemembers. The units will replace redeploying units, with no increase in overall force levels. Units identified for deployment are: -- 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team,...
  • Little Soldier Girl "Didn't Want to Let Go"

    10/07/2009 1:31:31 PM PDT · by FortWorthPatriot · 45 replies · 3,221+ views
    NBC Philadelphia ( ^ | October 7, 2009 | VINCE LATTANZIO
    Four-year old Paige didn't want to say goodbye to her daddy before he was shipped off to Iraq. A family photo that shows a little girl beside her father and his fellow soldiers in uniform as they prepare to go to war has resonated well beyond the tight knit Bennethum clan. Four-year-old Paige Bennethum really, really didn't want her daddy to go to Iraq. So much so, that when Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum lined up in formation at his deployment this July, she couldn't let go. No one had the heart to pull her away. The commanding officer...
  • Blackhawk crash kills US service member in Iraq

    09/20/2009 5:24:15 AM PDT · by SLB · 10 replies · 1,322+ views
    AP ^ | 20 Sep 09 | AP
    <p>Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 | 3:15 a.m.</p> <p>The U.S. military says a Blackhawk helicopter has crashed inn an American base in Iraq, killing 1 service member and wounding 12 others.</p> <p>The military says the helicopter went down Saturday night at the Balad Air Base, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad. It says the cause of the crash is unknown and under investigation.</p>
  • Sunday Night War P@rn....

    08/30/2009 5:19:52 PM PDT · by Liam2007 · 11 replies · 1,346+ views
    Apache's 30mm turns four jihadis into a fine red Allah-mist. Note: Sound on for added effect.
  • Petraeus: it's the human terrain that wins the war

    08/23/2009 5:48:21 AM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 24 replies · 2,204+ views
    Scotlandon Sunday, Scotsman ^ | 23 Aug 2009 | Eddie Barnes
    ON A blustery August afternoon in Edinburgh last week, the most celebrated military commander of his age was quietly doing the rounds with a group of injured British soldiers in the south of the capital. The commander of US Central Command, General David Petraeus, was talking about his legendary running exploits. Ten years ago, he fractured his pelvis after falling 60ft to the ground when, at the end of a skydiving jump, his parachute collapsed. At the newly opened Army Recovery Centre in Edinburgh, funded partly by the Homes for Heroes campaign, Petraeus was attempting to encourage a soldier who,...
  • Air Cavalry continues training Iraqi Army

    08/19/2009 4:29:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 670+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Travis Zielinski, USA
    Rushing out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Iraqi Soldiers hit the ground and take up security positions during a training exercise in Baghdad, Aug. 18. Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski, 1st Cavalry Division. BAGHDAD — American servicemembers here continue to train the Iraqi Army (IA) using the same methods available to U.S. military forces. Starting off with the basic steps and procedures, a crawl, walk then run approach helps the Iraqis attain professional military standards. The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, teamed up with 150th Armed Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team,...