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  • Iraqis Continue 'Dominant Contribution' to Operations, General Says

    04/20/2006 3:55:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 289+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 20, 2006 – Iraqi security forces continue to play an increasingly larger role in the fight against terrorism, with many units taking responsibility for their own areas and making connections with citizens, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today. In a marked improvement over last year's three battalions, the Iraqi army now has two divisions, 16 brigades and 58 battalions that have the lead in counterinsurgency operations in their areas, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said at a news conference. Also, at least 25 percent of daily company-level and above operations are independent...
  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Provide Medical Aid

    04/20/2006 6:03:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 420+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. C. Terrell Turner
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, April 20, 2006 – While the fight against enemy insurgents continues, Iraqi and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers provided medical and humanitarian relief to local nationals caught in the middle and those without means to provide care for themselves. Army Sgt. Allen Hill, a civil affairs specialist with Company A, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, hands out humanitarian supplies to local residents. An Iraqi translator and members of the Iraqi army assisted the soldiers during a medical operation at the Taji soccer stadium April 11. Photo by Spc. C. Terrell Turner, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • 48 hours after son dies in Iraq, parents face cameras and praise army's role

    04/18/2006 3:46:37 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 18, 2006 | LAURA ROBERTS
    Parents of soldier killed in Iraq support military involvement Father & mother of Lt Richard Palmer voice fears but stress pride in army 27 year-old was 104th British soldier to die in Iraq Key quote "Life was very difficult for his squadron, for his troop, but he still believed in what they were doing - they were doing it very professionally - and that they were, little by little, making a difference for the majority of the population." - Brigadier John Palmer THE parents of a British soldier killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq have issued a...
  • Why Cash Matters

    04/10/2006 3:22:44 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 11 replies · 474+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | April 10, 2006
    Since September 11, 2001, counter-terror operations have increased enormously. During the rush to shut down Islamic terrorists, wherever they could be found, several non-Islamic terrorist support networks were discovered. These were operating among immigrant populations in Europe and North America. It was known that Islamic terrorists had solicited money from Moslem migrants, living in West Europe and North America, to support terrorist operations. These Moslems provided money, sanctuary and manpower. The money was actually the most dangerous form of support, because all terrorist attacks are powered by cash. No, the terrorists aren't well paid, but they are paid. Expenses have...
  • Surrounded in Saqlawiyah: One Marine tells his story

    03/28/2006 3:50:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 610+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Ruben D. Maestre
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 28, 2006) -- The planned, insurgent attack against a small police station in Saqlawiyah, Iraq, on the afternoon of Oct. 26, 2005, began with a barrage of machine gun fire followed by rocket propelled grenades slamming against the compound. By the time a Marine Quick Reaction Force from a nearby forward operating base arrived, an estimated 6 insurgents were dead and several more were wounded. Still standing, were a small band of Marines, Iraqi soldiers and an interpreter who succeeded in holding off the insurgent onslaught. It was a scene which could have...
  • British hero in Iraq

    03/26/2006 5:39:18 AM PST · by Valin · 21 replies · 835+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 3/25/06 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    Two days ago captain Pete Norton, 43, was awarded the George Cross, Britain’s top award for heroism. On July 24 of last year, Mr. Norton was called to the scene of a roadside bomb ambush which had targeted a US convoy killing four American soldiers. According to the account in the U.K. Sun, on his arrival at the scene Mr. Norton, a bomb disposal expert, ordered his own team and the US troops back to their vehicles while he went forward alone. Within seconds, he had stepped on a pressure pad that detonated another huge blast from two 155mm artillery...
  • U.S., Iraqi Forces Capture 50 Insurgents

    03/22/2006 2:26:40 AM PST · by AZRepublican · 35 replies · 1,169+ views
    via Yahoo ^ | March 22, 2006 | VANESSA ARRINGTON
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces trapped dozens of insurgents Wednesday during a two-hour gunbattle at a police station south of Baghdad, a day after 100 masked gunmen stormed a jail near the Iranian border and freed more than 30 prisoners, most of them fellow insurgents. Sixty gunmen, firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles, attacked the Madain police station before dawn, police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammadawi said. U.S. troops and a special Iraqi police unit responded, catching the insurgents in crossfire and capturing 50 of the group, including a Syrian, al-Mohammadawi said. A special police commander was killed and...
  • Predator Crashes in Iraq; Operation Swarmer Continues

    03/21/2006 3:29:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 744+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 21, 2006 – An unmanned aerial vehicle crashed this morning in Iraq, and combined operations continued in Salah ah Din province as part of Operation Swarmer. A pilot at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., was piloting an Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, based with the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Balad Air Base, Iraq, when the aircraft crashed. Army and Air Force personnel recovered the wreckage and returned it to Balad Air Base. The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV system. Its primary mission is interdiction and armed reconnaissance. Each Predator costs about $5 million....
  • Bush: Technology, better training have reduced lethality of IEDs (excellent news)

    03/15/2006 5:57:27 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 19 replies · 489+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 14, 2006 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — President Bush said Monday that new technology and better training has helped cut the lethality of improvised explosive devices by half in recent months, but that roadside bombs remain a threat to coalition forces and thus Iraq’s stability. In a speech at George Washington University, the first of three planned for this week, Bush said that tips from Iraqis about bombmakers have increased tenfold in the last year, which have led troops to several large weapons caches in recent weeks. But he said that insurgents have been quick to adapt their tactics to U.S. raids and technology, noting...
  • Central Command Chief Says Iraq Not on Verge of Civil War

    03/15/2006 4:47:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 387+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2006 – Iraq is not on the verge of a civil war, and sectarian issues in the country are controllable, the commander of U.S. Central Command told the House Armed Services Committee here today. Army Gen. John Abizaid testified about CENTCOM's posture. He told the representatives he believes a government of national unity will emerge in Iraq and that the Iraqi security forces will continue to improve. Abizaid said he was concerned about sectarian violence in Iraq since the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra on Feb. 22. He said he believes fugitive Jordanian terrorist Abu...
  • Iraqi army soldiers secure Sadr-Yusufiyah

    03/15/2006 7:46:39 AM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies · 367+ views
    MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER BAGHDAD , Iraq 703.270.0320 / 0299 March 09, 2006 Release A060309c Iraqi army soldiers secure Sadr-Yusufiyah BAGHDAD, Iraq – Soldiers from the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions, supported by Multi- National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, conducted one of the largest operations of the past six months to gain control of a terrorist stronghold south of Baghdad. Operation Glory Light was designed to deny terrorists sanctuary and preempt enemy attacks in the Baghdad area. The operation began in the early morning hours of March 2 when the soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade,...
  • Harper home after whirlwind Afghan visit

    03/15/2006 8:11:53 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 215+ views
    OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is back home after his visit to Afghanistan. Harper left Ottawa on Saturday and spent two days with Canadian troops in the southwest Asian country. He had a lunch meeting with Afghani President Hamid Karzai in Kabul and also met Pakistani leaders on his way home. It was Harper's first trip outside the country since taking office. During his visit, Harper expressed strong support for the Canadian military and its mission in Afghanistan. He also rejected again suggestions that the mission be debated in the Commons, despite opposition complaints that Canadians don't understand...
  • Joint team responds to Camp Victory fire

    03/13/2006 4:27:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 660+ views
    SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq (Army News Service, March 13, 2006) – Iraqi and U.S. firefighters battled a five-alarm fire at a weapons training facility on the Victory Base Complex March 11, adjacent to Baghdad International Airport. Iraqi firefighters based at the training site responded to the fire after seeing thick, black smoke billowing into the clear, blue sky. Realizing the fire was too much for their two fire trucks, they called for assistance from American and Iraqi firefighters located throughout the complex. “The Army (trainers) there said they used fire extinguishers initially, but the fire got too big,” said Mario...
  • In Baghdad, Iraqi soldiers are taking charge (CHECK IT OUT --- EXCELLENT NEWS)

    03/12/2006 7:02:39 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 40 replies · 1,181+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 13, 2006 | Andrew Tilghman
    Andrew Tilghman / S&S Iraqi army soldiers prepare for a patrol in the neighborhoods surrounding the capital city’s International Zone. Andrew Tilghman / S&SIraqi soldiers frisk Sahad El Ani, a 30-year-old car salesman, at a temporary checkpoint in Baghdad, one of the few places in Iraq where the army operates with very little oversight from U.S. troops. BAGHDAD — It was midday in the traffic-choked city center when a team of Iraqi soldiers thought Sahad El Ani, a 30-year-old car salesman driving alone in a black Opel sedan, looked suspicious. Iraqi soldiers frisk Sahad El Ani, a 30-year-old car salesman,...
  • Iraqi Soldiers, Police Graduate From Training

    03/07/2006 3:28:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Multinational Force Iraq news
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2006 – More than 150 police recruits and a company's worth of Iraqi soldiers graduated from training in Iraq in recent days. A graduation ceremony was held for Iraqi soldiers of the newly formed Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, at the Al Kindi military compound in Mosul, Iraq, March 5. The company is made up of three specialized platoons. The scout platoon, the medical platoon and the maintenance platoon were individually tasked to complete their specific skills training, U.S. officials in Mosul said. U.S. soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade...
  • Iraqi Air Force Stands Up New Al Muthana Air Base

    03/07/2006 4:13:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 442+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Rick Czepka, USA
    BAGHDAD, March 7, 2006 – The Iraqi air force, along with its coalition partners, officially opened a new air base in Baghdad today. U.S. airmen from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq's Coalition Air Force Transition Team stand in formation during the formal stand up of the new Al Muthana Air Base in Iraq March 7. Photo by Master Sgt. Will Ackerman, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Al Muthana Air Base, near the international airport, provides a foundation on which Iraq's air force can rebuild with help from its allies, U.S. officials said. On display were two...
  • Spanish detachment helps with troop movement from Manas

    03/07/2006 4:32:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Lara Gale
    3/7/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- The Spanish detachment here safely moved about a dozen U.S. Air Force officers to Kabul, Afghanistan, March 3. Manas is known as the “Gateway to Operation Enduring Freedom” because all troops moving in and out of Afghanistan stop here first to transfer to civilian or military aircraft. The Spanish detachment’s support helped expedite the effort to move an unusually large influx of troops to this base, said Lt. Suzan Whiting, personnel terminal chief here. It also saved the officers the risk and time of riding in a convoy from Bagram to Kabul...
  • What Iraq civil war? (update from No Longer Free State deployed in Iraq)

    03/07/2006 1:22:11 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 102 replies · 1,377+ views
    3/7/2006 4:50:47 A.M. | No Longer Free State - Dave
    FYI, all, today I saw a notice in Stars & Stripes about a poll that said 80% of Americans believe a civil war has started in Iraq following the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Samarra. Let me offer another opinion. While some of the hotheads in both of the muslim sects went after each other for a few days, that incident may end up being the catalyst not for civil war, but for civilization in Iraq. I have seen countless reports in the last few days that tell an entirely different picture of what you see in the news....
  • Separate Iraq Operations Net 62 Terrorism Suspects

    03/03/2006 4:32:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 382+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Multinational force Iraq news
    WASHINGTON, March 3, 2006 – Coalition and Iraqi forces operations in Iraq northeast of Fallujah and in Anbar province recently resulted in the detention of 62 suspects, military officials reported. On March 1, Iraqi soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, and U.S. soldiers from 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained a suspected terrorist northwest of Baghdad based on a tip. The detainee is suspected of being a member of a bomb-making cell responsible for a roadside bomb attack that killed a U.S. soldier in February. The incident is under investigation. Northeast...
  • MNF investigates reports on Al-Zarqawi's arrest nearby Fallujah

    03/03/2006 4:50:38 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 94 replies · 3,468+ views
    KUNA ^ | March 3 2006
    The Multi-National Force (MNF) on Friday announced it is investigating reports on Abu Mosab Al-Zarqawi's arrest nearby Fallujah. An MNF officer did not confirm or deny the arrest, noting that the US forces are still investigating the reports. Meanwhile, an MNF major said the force, based upon intelligence reports, executed Monday a number of arrest operations 45 kilometers northeast of Fallujah to capture key Al-Qaeda officials, Al-Zarqawi's assistants, and others involved in providing logistic support for foreign fighters and suicide attackers in Fallujah and Ramadi. The major added that 61 people were arrested in the operation, which was announced before,...
  • Reserve Seabee Regiment Readies to Relieve Active-Duty Counterpart in Iraq

    03/01/2006 4:26:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 1st Class Brian Brannon
    PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- For the first time in the global war on terrorism, a reserve Seabee regiment is scheduled to relieve its active-duty counterpart in Iraq about mid-spring. Following the completion of Seabee readiness training at Naval Base Ventura County, the 9th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) is slated to take the job of providing construction engineering support to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Forward (MEF) from the 30th NCR in Western Iraq. Cmdr. Mark Bellis, operations officer for the 9th NCR, said the reserve regiment is preparing to manage joint coalition construction assets over an area about the...
  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Conduct Health Outreach

    03/01/2006 5:00:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 171+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Maj. David Olson
    Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Conduct Health Outreach In addition to providing medical care to local Iraqis, the program provided an ideal way for Iraqi troops to interact with the locals. By U.S. Army Maj. David Olson 1st Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division TAJI, Iraq, March 1, 2006 — Iraqi soldiers from 1st Mechanized Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, along with U.S. soldiers from elements of 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment and 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a combined operation to provide much needed medical care to a local Iraqi Sunni community north of...
  • Sunni mosque bombed as Iraqi tanks deploy in Baghdad

    02/27/2006 11:36:48 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 12 replies · 548+ views
    AFP ^ | February 27 2006
    Iraqi tanks deployed in Baghdad to pacify the city after an eruption of sectarian violence, but the bombing of a Sunni mosque shattered the relative calm. Four people were killed and 15 wounded in the attack outside a Sunni mosque in eastern Baghdad as the faithful were leaving evening prayers, security officials said. The attack was the latest strike against Iraq's ousted Sunni elite since Shiite mobs unleashed a wave of vengeance against the embittered minority after a revered Shiite shrine was blown up north of Baghdad last Wednesday. Before Monday's mosque bombing, the main Sunni political bloc, the National...
  • U.S., Iraqi Troops Step Up Patrols, Defuse Weapons Caches

    02/25/2006 12:27:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 308+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2006 – U.S. and Iraqi troops have stepped up their patrols in Iraq's Baghdad and Babil provinces, and thanks to assistance from ordinary Iraqis, they've found and defused numerous roadside bombs, mine fields, and weapons caches, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported. The stepped-up patrols are designed to provide a safe environment for ordinary Iraqis, officials said. Iraq has been wracked with demonstrations and violence because of the recent terrorist bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samarra. The Iraqi government responded to this violence by imposing a temporary evening curfew, followed by a daytime curfew, in...
  • New Graduates Ready to Join Afghan Workforce

    02/24/2006 3:53:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 241+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Spc. Jon H. Arguello
    In addition to their graduation certificates, students leave with a starter kit of supplies or tools needed to work in their respective fields. QALAT, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2006 — More than 30 students graduated from a basic computer class at a new vocational school Jan. 18 at the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Zabul Province. "The Qalat [Provincial Reconstruction Team] believes this vocational school is moving the Afghan work force forward. There is a … willingness from the youth of Zabul Province (to take) a substantial interest in the future of themselves as well as Afghanistan." U.S. Army Lt....
  • Iraqis Take Security Lead in Wake of Mosque Bombing

    02/24/2006 3:58:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 345+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2006 – Iraqi security forces are leaning forward to provide security in areas of sectarian strife prompted by this week's terrorist bombing of a prominent Shiite religious shrine, a U.S. military official said here today. "Iraqis are in the lead; coalition forces are prepared to support as required," DoD spokesman Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable said. The world-famed Golden Mosque, a Shiite religious shrine located in Samarra, Iraq, was bombed Feb. 22. The mosque's golden dome was blown off in the explosion, which touched off a round of Sunni-Shiite discord across the country. Some Shiites have accused...
  • Commander Meets With Afghan Army, Police Leaders

    02/22/2006 7:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 22, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates
    Afghan National Police Lt. Gen. Mohammed Haroon Asefi (third from left) meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin (fourth from right) during Durbin’s visit to an Afghan National Police border-control point in Torkham, Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2006. Asefi is chief of the Afghan National Police Border Patrol. Durbin is commander of the Office of Security Cooperation–Afghanistan. Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates Commander Meets With Afghan Army, Police Leaders During a visit with Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police leaders, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin emphasized the importance of...
  • Bulgarian Parliament OKs Iraq Troops

    02/22/2006 6:09:59 AM PST · by xzins · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 22 Feb 06
    Bulgarian Parliament OKs Iraq Troops ASSOCIATED PRESS SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Bulgaria's parliament on Wednesday endorsed a government decision to send a 120-member non-combat unit to Iraq. The resolution opens the way for Bulgaria's return to the multinational forces in Iraq after the withdrawal of its troops in December. Lawmakers voted 151-14 to adopt the decision, under which Bulgaria will send 120 servicemen and a supporting team of 35 people on a one-year assignment in Iraq. The unit will be under U.S. command and will help guard the Ashraf refugee camp, situated some 45 miles north of Baghdad. The unit...
  • U.S., Iraqi Medics Share Experience, Knowledge

    02/21/2006 4:31:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 245+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 21, 2006
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Feb. 21, 2006 — Much has been said about the importance of top-tier military medicine to the survival of soldiers in combat. Regardless of which country a soldier serves, quality medics are valued by the troops. Studies show that if critically wounded soldiers receive quality health care within the first hour after the incident, they will have the best probability of survival. “[The Iraqi medics are] always excited about learning, and they know a lot more than you think.” U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stevens Medics from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and 3rd...
  • U.S. Troops Deliver Wheelchair to Disabled Iraqi Girl

    02/17/2006 3:35:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 485+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 17, 2006
    Armor soldiers assembled and delivered the wheelchair, provided by a California-based non-profit group, to an Iraq girl suffering from cerebral palsy. BAGHDAD, Feb. 17, 2006 — Life in a war-torn country can be hard. The life of a disabled child living in a war-torn country is even harder. Multinational Division–Baghdad soldiers made life a little easier Feb. 8 for a young Iraqi girl who suffers from cerebral palsy when they delivered a free wheelchair in Baladiat, Iraq. “The family expressed gratitude for the new wheelchair and said they look forward to seeing more of Troop B in the future.” U.S....
  • Iraqi Navy Protects Country’s Oil Platforms

    02/13/2006 3:39:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 263+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 13, 2006 | Petty Officer 2nd Class John J. Pistone
    The Al Basrah Oil Terminal as seen from the roof of the platform. The terminal produces approximately two million barrels of oil each day. On Feb. 7, 2006, the Iraqi navy’s marine unit took the lead in platform security. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John J. Pistone Iraqi Navy Protects Country’s Oil Platforms The Iraqi navy consists of two squadrons, a patrol boat squadron and an assault boat squadron, and also includes one marine battalion. By U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John J. Pistone Multinational Security Transition Command—Iraq UM QASR, Iraq, Feb. 13, 2006 —...
  • Iraqi, U.S. Security Forces Capture, Kill Insurgents

    02/13/2006 5:00:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 13, 2006 | Multinational Forces Iraq news releases
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2006 – Iraqi and U.S. soldiers killed two terrorists and captured 16 in the Tikrit area, and Iraqi police and American troops captured eight suspected terrorists and destroyed two weapons caches in the Baghdad area, officials reported today. Stacks totaling 502 82mm mortar rounds lay behind rows of 26 cases of 50 caliber ammunition, just part of a large weapons cache discovered by soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Babil province Feb. 13. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Iraq's National Police working with Multinational...

    02/06/2006 2:20:35 PM PST · by Clive · 3 replies · 148+ views
    Central Command ^ | 2006-02-05 | (press release)
    Title: CHANGE OF COMMAND IN MNDCS Release Date: 2/5/2006 Release Number: A060205d Description: CAMP ECHO, Iraq -- Maj. Gen. Piotr Czerwinski relinquished command of Multinational-Division Central-South to Maj. Gen. Edward Gruszka in a ceremony at Camp Echo in Diwaniah Feb. 4. Commanding General, Multinational Forces – Iraq Gen. George W. Casey attended the transfer of authority along with the Polish Ambassador to Iraq Ryszard Krystosik. Commanding General, Multinational Corps – Iraq Lt. Gen. Peter W. Ciarelli also attended. Distinguished guests included Commanding General of Iraqi Land Forces Lt. Gen. Abdul Qadir, Commander of 8th Iraqi Army Division, Maj Gen Othman...

    02/06/2006 1:51:03 PM PST · by Clive · 11 replies · 320+ views
    Central Command ^ | 2006-02-05 | (press release)
    Title: IRAQI WARRIORS READY TO TRAIN THEIR OWN Release Date: 2/5/2006 Release Number: 06-02-05P Description: AL HILLAH, Iraq -- More than 20 Iraqi Soldiers graduated from the Advanced Warrior Skills Training Program Jan. 30 in al Hillah. Iraqi Army soldiers, under the tutelage of Coalition Forces, are learning advanced warrior skills equivalent to those taught in the U.S. Army’s Primary Leadership Development Course. In the previous Iraqi regime, only army officers received military training while noncommissioned officers and their soldiers received no formal training. The program equips Iraqi NCOs with tools to further train their soldiers, said Sgt. 1st Class...

    02/06/2006 2:25:55 PM PST · by Clive · 6 replies · 184+ views
    Central Command ^ | 2006-02-05 | (press release)
    Title: IRAQI, US TROOPS AID FLOOD VICTIMS Release Date: 2/5/2006 Release Number: A060205b Description: TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers rescued dozens of people southeast of Mosul Feb. 4 after powerful storms swept through northern Iraq, causing flooding along a Tigris River tributary. Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division used small boats and braved strong currents to rescue nearly 100 people stranded on small islands in the rain-swollen Great Zab River. Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the 542nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance) responded to the Ninevah Governor’s request for assistance and transported two men...

    02/06/2006 2:28:44 PM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 300+ views
    Central Command ^ | 2006-02-05 | (press release)
    Title: 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION SOLDIERS DETAIN SUSPECTED TERRORISTS Release Date: 2/5/2006 Release Number: 06-02-05PR Description: BAGHDAD, Iraq – Multi-National Division-Baghdad’s 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, detained a suspected terrorist Feb. 2 south of Baghdad. Acting on a tip from a local national, a patrol searched the suspect’s house and found a mortar sight and possible bomb-making materials. In a separate incident, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers detained two suspects in connection with the detonation of two roadside bombs southeast of Baghdad Feb. 2. The suspects had...
  • Infantry: The Enemy Professionals in Iraq

    01/21/2006 6:22:15 AM PST · by Wiz · 186 replies · 2,590+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2006 Jan 20
    January 20, 2006: American troops in Iraq are seeing increasing evidence of professional training being provided to the terrorists and anti-government forces they face. Some ambushes are carried out with precision and planning that is very uncharacteristic of the Iraqis, even the elite professional troops that used to serve Saddam. Enemy snipers are becoming more effective, by using discipline and professional techniques. For over a year, there have been rumors of secret al Qaeda training camps in Iraq. Some evidence of this was found during the sweeps of western Iraq over the last six months. But interrogations of thousands of...
  • Iraqis Taking Over Anbar Security (Great News)

    01/18/2006 6:44:53 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 54 replies · 655+ views
    Power Line ^ | January 18, 2006
    Haider Ajina sends what sounds like great news from Anbar province in Iraq, a part of the Sunni triangle which has been one of the main centers of the "insurgency." This is a portion of Haider's translation of an article from the Arabic newspaper Dar Alhayat: Dar Alhayat newspaper has learned that Iraqi Prime Minster Aljaafery has agreed to replace U.S. forces spread throughout Anbar province with locally enlisted forces. This agreement was drafted in a meeting between tribal leaders, Aljaafery, the U.S. Ambassador Khalil Zad and commander of the multi national forces General George Casey. The agreement was reached...
  • Iraqi Helicopter Pilots Make Iraqi Air Force History

    01/17/2006 6:45:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 959+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | Senior Airman Mark Woodbury
    Both Iraqi Lt. Col. Salam (left) and Col. Adel (right) get soaked with water by Iraqi Brigadier Sata after their historic solo flight in Bell Jet Ranger helicopter at Taji late December 2005. Photos courtesy of Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq Coalition Air Force Transition Team Iraqi Helicopter Pilots Make Iraqi Air Force History Before making their historic flight, the Iraqi pilots were required to complete classroom hours and instructor-pilot guided flight time. By U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mark Woodbury Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq TAJI, Iraq, Jan. 17, 2006 — Two Iraqi pilots made Iraqi Air Force history when...
  • Iraqi tips lead to terrorists

    01/17/2006 5:11:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 408+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | David Vergun
    ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Jan. 17, 2006) -- Iraqi civilians are tiring of terrorist activity and many are providing useful tips identifying terrorists and their weapons caches, and some are even attacking the terrorists, say leaders of the coalition forces. Mosul tips net shooter Iraqi civilians in Mosul led Iraqi police and a patrol from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team to the house of an anti-Iraqi forces man wanted for a drive-by shooting Jan. 15. Iraqi police reported that a vehicle approached and began to fire at them Sunday with an automatic rifle. The car sped away and...
  • Marines of 3/1 and Iraqi Army soldiers unearth weapons caches

    01/16/2006 10:58:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 758+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | jan 15, 2006 | 1st Lt. Rob Dolan
    BARWANAH, Iraq (Jan. 15, 2006) -- The day is chilly and windy in the middle of a wadi on the outskirts of Barwanah where aside from the view of the city, there is nothing except barren desert. Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, were conducting routine security patrols roughly 500 meters east of southern Barwanah Jan.14 and heading back to their base after a long day’s work. That is when Friday, one of Company L’s interpreters, noticed a discoloration in the dirt. It appears that the bad weather depressed the...
  • Wounded medic rushed to aid fellow soldiers

    01/16/2006 1:05:54 PM PST · by fanfan · 48 replies · 2,358+ views
    The National Post ^ | Monday, January 16, 2006 | Tim Lai, with files from Lora Grindlay
    EDMONTON - With part of his leg blown off, Master Cpl. Paul Franklin wrapped a tourniquet around his thigh, then went to help three other wounded passengers after a suicide bomber destroyed the military vehicle he was driving. "He's a medic, so he had the wherewithal to do that," Audra Franklin said from her home in Edmonton, proudly describing her husband's heroic actions yesterday in Kandahar. From her composure as she sat watching replays of the footage on TV, it was hard to tell her husband had just lost his lower left leg and had his right leg shattered. "I...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Capture Terrorists, Find Weapons Caches

    01/11/2006 5:18:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 375+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers detained four suspected terrorists and discovered two weapons caches today and yesterday, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported. A tip from citizens led soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to four individuals suspected of attacking troops near Hawija, Iraq, today. Four men were picked up along with AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition, various different identification cards, a pair of binoculars and several forms of insurgent propaganda. The men were detained for interviews. Iraqi troops from the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th...
  • Casey Awaits Results of Iraq Information Operations Review

    01/11/2006 5:31:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 234+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 11, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2006 – An investigation of alleged improprieties conducted by U.S. military information operations activities in Iraq is nearly complete for presentation to the Multinational Force Iraq commander, a senior Defense Department spokesman told reporters here today. Navy Rear Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, a member of Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr.'s staff, is in charge of the review that began in early December. Casey, the commanding general of Multinational Force Iraq, is now in Washington along with other military commanders for senior-level meetings with Pentagon officials. "My understanding of it is that Admiral Van Buskirk is...
  • Give and take, teach and learn -- building an Iraqi air force

    01/11/2006 6:03:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 545+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Jan 11, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean
    1/11/2006 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Reality is often at odds with expectations when Airmen deploy. This difference can be extreme when the mission is to provide military training to a recent enemy. But several Airmen near the end of six-month deployments as advisory support team instructors say they would rather stay here than go home after their experiences. During their deployment they have had a chance to directly shape the future of the world, learn about and gain respect for a different culture, meet men they now call brothers and solidify their instinctive belief that the U.S. Air...
  • Soldiers Find Bodies, Kill Insurgents, Discover Weapons

    01/11/2006 5:39:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 746+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2006 – Coalition forces found dead bodies, killed several insurgents and detained one other, and discovered numerous weapons caches throughout Iraq this week, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported today. Coalition forces found seven murdered bodies at the Rustimiyah sewage plant today. All the bodies showed evidence of torture, officials said. The bodies were taken to the local police station. Officials provided no other details. While conducting an air-insertion mission in Baghdad today, Task Force Ironhorse soldiers killed several insurgents, detained one and discovered a significant weapons cache. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, received small-arms...
  • Operation Red Bull disrupts terrorism in “Triad” area

    01/09/2006 3:20:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 638+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    WESTERN AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq(Jan. 9, 2006) -- For more than two weeks, Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, conducted sweeps along the Euphrates River shore to disrupt terrorist operations in the area. The battalion-wide Operation Red Bull consisted of Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines in the “Triad” area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana searching more than 20 kilometers of shoreline. The search revealed 75 weapons caches terrorists planned to use during attacks in the region. Since the battalion came to the area in early September, they have concentrated on securing and maintaining their...
  • Iraqi Army helps make Operation Skinner a success

    01/09/2006 3:51:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 263+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2006) -- Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and soldiers from an Iraqi Army battalion recently concluded the last in a series of battalion-sized operations here when they finished Operation Skinner Dec. 8. The operation, a sweep of one of the most dangerous areas of the city known as the Souq, prominently featured the Iraqi Army and is proof of the increasing abilities and growing confidence of the local soldiers, said 2nd Lt. Chris Hopkins, 4th Platoon Commander, Company I. “We went through a couple of weeks where we conducted our business and really...
  • ‘Ironhorse’ Division assumes responsibility for Baghdad

    01/09/2006 4:24:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 330+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 9, 2005
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Jan. 9, 2006) – As Iraqi Army and coalition partners looked on, the 3rd Infantry Division transferred authority of Multi-National Division-Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony Jan. 7. Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, the commanding general of 4th Inf. Div., along with Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, uncased the “Ironhorse” Division’s colors, signifying the division assuming the mantle of responsibility as Multi-National Division-Baghdad. The division cased its colors before deploying from Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony Oct. 28. Lt. Gen. John Vines, the commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, served as the reviewing officer...
  • Suicide Attack Foiled, Hostage Rescued, Weapons Seized

    01/09/2006 4:45:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 344+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2006 – Iraqi police pre-empted two suicide bombers today, a French hostage was rescued over the weekend, and an Iraqi citizen led soldiers to a weapons cache yesterday, military officials in Baghdad reported. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at noon today when they were denied access at an Iraqi police entry point to the Ministry of Defense compound, where an Iraqi Police Day ceremony was being held in the Rusafa District of eastern Baghdad, officials said. When Iraqi police denied the first suicide bomber entry into the compound, the terrorist detonated himself. A minute later, the...