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  • Jewish Symbols and Garments to be Banned in Quebec Province

    09/04/2013 6:07:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    TLV Faces ^ | 9/2/2013
    The Quebec province in Canada has adopted a new Charter of Quebec Values, prohibiting skullcaps and other religious garments to be worn during public service. According to the charter, employees in the public service system -including doctors, nurses, teachers, and government officials – will not be allowed to wear any religious symbols or garments while working, including a Star of David, cross, kippot, burqa or turban. According to Ynet, leaders in the Jewish community, including Lawyer and Political advisor Eric Maldoff who lead the delegation and Jewish Federation president David Cape, met with Bernard Dranville, the Canadian minister responsible for...
  • Mother of Arizona escapee arrested

    08/08/2010 7:51:39 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | 8 Aug 2010 | unattributed
    One of the three convicted murderers who escaped from an Arizona prison has been linked to the deaths of a couple found in a burned-out camper, police said. Forensic evidence links John McCluskey to the crime scene where two bodies were found in a camper near Santa Rosa, N.M., Arizona State Police Maj. Robert Shilling said, KOB-TV, Albuquerque, N.M., reported. McCluskey escaped July 30 from the Arizona State Prison near Kingman with fellow inmates Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick, who was caught in Colorado after a police chase and shootout. McCluskey's mother, Claudia Washburn, 68, was arrested Saturday at the...
  • My week embedded with US Forces in Afghanistan (photos from Australian photojournalist)

    06/11/2010 5:51:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 525+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12th June 2010 | Gary Ramage
    HIS has been one of the deadliest weeks on record for coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan. Two Australian soldiers were killed in Tarin Kowt on Monday; seven US soldiers and one contractor were also killed. Two more US Marines died the following day in Southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province, when seven Marines were brought down by an IED blast. Two of those casualties were later confirmed to be the result of ''angels'' - the call sign for friendly KIA (Killed In Action) incidents. The remains of one of the dead Marines were unable to be located. It is assumed that he...
  • Security folders of Babel, Wassit to be received within two weeks – MOD

    09/16/2008 6:04:26 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 2 replies · 97+ views
    Aswat Aliraq ^ | 16 September 2008 | unk
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (VOI) – The official spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MOD) on Monday said that Iraq's security forces will receive the two security folders of Babel and Wassit provinces from the Multi National Forces (MNF) during the coming two weeks. "Preparations are underway to receive the security folders of Babel (100 km south of Baghdad) and Wassit (180 km southeast of Baghdad) during the coming two weeks or on early October," Staff General Mohammed al-Askari told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI). "Receiving the security folders of those two provinces will be through official...
  • Bolivia's Richest Province Votes For Autonomy

    05/05/2008 3:03:47 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 144+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-5-2008 | Jeremy McDermott
    Bolivia's richest province votes for autonomy By Jeremy McDermott, Latin America Correspondent Last Updated: 4:55PM BST 05/05/2008 South America's poorest nation is threatened with partition after the country's richest province voted for autonomy, threatening the rule of President Evo Morales, the first indigenous Indian president and close ally of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Residents of Santa Cruz province celebrate the referendum result In the rich eastern province Santa Cruz, 86 per cent of voters opted for greater autonomy, with another three provinces preparing their own votes next month. Between them the four provinces account for 80 per cent of Bolivia's...
  • Kosovo "will boost Karabakh recognition drive"

    02/18/2008 3:05:49 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 182+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 16, 2008 | Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan
    YEREVAN (Reuters) - Kosovo's independence will strengthen a bid by the Armenian-backed breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh to be recognized as a state, Armenia's prime minister Serzh Sarksyan told Reuters in an interview. Sarksyan drew a link between the Serbian province which will declare independence on Sunday and Nagorno-Karabakh, where ethnic Armenian separatists broke away from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s but have failed to win international recognition. "We are getting a rather favorable position," said Sarksyan, front-runner in the February 19 Armenian presidential election. "Recognition of Kosovo's independence can be welcomed by us. "If countries recognize the independence...
  • Violence down in northern Iraqi province (Ninevah)

    09/22/2007 9:20:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 165+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/07 | Lauren Frayer - ap
    MOSUL, Iraq - Competent Iraqi security forces and a deluge of tips from residents have helped U.S. troops tamp down violence in northern Iraq despite an influx of al-Qaida fighters responsible for occasional spectacular attacks, U.S. officials say. But American commanders believe the key to lasting peace is to resolve the region's most vexing political problem — Kurds hold too much power in the local government at the expense of Sunni Arabs. The situation here is somewhat similar to that in Baghdad, where U.S. troops have managed to reduce violence but politicians have failed to reach agreements for long-term stability....
  • Top Marine ‘Heartily Encouraged’ by Progress in Anbar Province

    07/21/2007 1:19:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 522+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2007 – The Marine Corps’ top officer said yesterday he is “heartily encouraged” by the progress Iraqi and coalition forces are making in Iraq’s Anbar province. “We have seen large numbers of Sunni tribesmen, at the encouragement of their sheikhs and their imams, come forward to join the Iraqi security forces,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway told an audience at the National Press Club here. “We see that as a very positive thing.” The general said the past six months have seen a 60 percent decline in attacks, a 400 percent increase in enemy weapons...
  • Anbar Situation Has ‘Turned the Corner,’ U.S. General Says

    07/20/2007 5:05:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 292+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2007 – The security situation in Anbar province has greatly improved in recent months, thanks to additional U.S. troops provided by the surge and the growing presence of trained and vetted Iraqi soldiers and police, a senior U.S. military officer said today. (Video) Statistics show that daily insurgent-generated violence, as measured by small-arms, mortar and improvised-explosive-device attacks, has decreased in Anbar since this time last year, Marine Maj. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin, commanding general of Multinational Force West, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference. “I can report that the future of the province looks...
  • Changes in Anbar, Afghanistan Good Signs, Chairman Says

    04/22/2007 8:16:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 503+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 22, 2007 – Changes in Iraq’s Anbar province and the failure of the Taliban spring offensive in Afghanistan are good signs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an interview today on his way home from Iraq and Afghanistan. During his flight home, Marine Gen. Peter Pace spoke about his trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq he took part in a series of meetings with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, the commander of U.S. Central Command; Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq; and Army...
  • Coalition Recommends Ninewah Province for Provincial Control

    03/30/2007 5:50:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 152+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 30, 2007 – Notwithstanding a March 27 terrorist attack that killed and injured scores of Iraqis in Tal Afar, Iraq, coalition officials have recommended that Ninewah province be transferred to Iraqi control next month, a top coalition officer in the province said today. Army Brig. Gen. John Bednarak, deputy commander of Multinational Division North, told reporters via satellite that the Tal Afar tragedy must be balanced with the progress that has taken place in the province as a whole. Tal Afar is due west of the provincial capital of Mosul on one of the main roads into...
  • U.S. General Sees Cause for Optimism in Anbar Province

    03/30/2007 5:46:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 226+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 30, 2007 – Over the last year, coalition forces have laid the foundation for stability and provincial Iraqi control in Anbar province, the commander of Multinational Force West said today. “Our strategy of clear, hold and build, combined with an energized governmental and tribal engagement, is beginning to bear fruit,” Marine Maj. Gen. Walt Gaskin told reporters at the Pentagon via satellite. Progress is evident in the region’s increased Iraqi security forces recruiting figures, decreased number of attacks, and in the upswing in economic commerce, he said. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s benchmark visit to the region, Gaskin...
  • Coalition Defends Attack in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province

    08/18/2006 4:45:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 289+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2006 – A joint Afghan National Army and coalition patrol struck an improvised explosive device and was subsequently engaged by extremists with small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire in the Waza Khwa district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province yesterday, military officials reported. One Afghan soldier was killed, and one coalition vehicle was damaged in the attack. The extremists fled the area in two trucks identified by coalition ground forces, and this information was relayed to coalition aircraft overhead. The fleeing trucks were traveling off-road in an attempt to avoid detection. Overhead aircraft observed 10 to 15 people and heavy weapons...
  • Navy Individual Augmentees Help Rebuild Al Anbar Province

    08/17/2006 5:50:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 195+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Daniel Sanford
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (NNS) -- The Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) has been augmented this summer by some senior enlisted Navy leaders who volunteered as individual augmentees to help rebuild cities within the Al-Anbar Province in western Iraq. Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) (AW/SW) Michael Yule, who three months ago was teaching at the Center for Navy Leadership in Little Creek, Va., has now found himself playing a vital role in the rebuilding of the provincial cities of Al-Asaad, Ramadi and Fallujah. "Right now, we're rebuilding more than 50 houses in Fallujah," said Yule, a native of Pittsburgh. "We're also...
  • Iraqis Must Step Forward in Anbar Province, General Says

    08/13/2006 8:54:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 268+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2006 – The Iraqi people must step forward and accept their freely elected government if there is to be peace in the country’s troubled Anbar province, the coalition’s commander in the region said here today. Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer met with reporters traveling with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace. Zilmer said relations between the coalition and the province’s population, as well as the security climate in former hot spots such as Fallujah and Qaim, have improved. But though these “atmospherics” have changed for the better, big problems do remain,...
  • Sectarian Strife Skips Nineveh Province, Stryker Team Commander Says

    07/21/2006 4:46:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 285+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – Large-scale sectarian violence as displayed by Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad has seemingly bypassed Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a U.S. military commander told Pentagon reporters today. "We have been fortunate in that we've not seen that level of sectarian violence in Nineveh province," said Col. Michael Shields, commander of the U.S. Army's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Shields gives credit for this positive state of affairs to the efforts of Gov. Duraid Mohammed Daud Abbodi Kashmoula and the senior Iraqi military and police officials serving in the province. "They have great outreach to...
  • First province under total Iraqi control

    07/14/2006 3:19:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 402+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Rick Rzepka
    Iraqi security forces celebrate at a ceremony in Samawah, in southern Iraq, on July 13. Full responsibility for the province was handed over to the al-Muthanna provincial government by Coaltion forces. It is the first of Iraq's 18 provinces to have total responsibility for security. SAMAWAH - Hundreds gathered in Samawah, the capital of al-Muthanna province in southern Iraq, to witness the formal passing of responsibility for security and governance from Coalition forces to Iraqi control today.  Al-Muthanna is the first of Iraq’s 18 provinces to have complete responsibility for its own security. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attended...
  • Iraqis to Assume Security Duties in Muthanna Province

    07/12/2006 5:24:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 131+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 12, 2006 – The Iraqi government will announce tomorrow that for the first time, Iraqi police forces will take over security control of a province, the U.S. general in charge of coalition troops here said today. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, greets Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld upon Rumsfeld's arrival in Balad, Iraq, July 12. Photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Oquendo, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The transfer of responsibility will take place in Muthanna province, which borders Saudi Arabia, U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of...
  • Reconstruction Team Developing Ties With Afghan Province

    07/11/2006 6:34:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 175+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    QALAT, Afghanistan, July 11, 2006 – U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today called the provincial reconstruction team here a shining example of how the teams develop relationships with the local Afghan government. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) meets with Del Bar Jan Arman (left), governor of Afghanisan's Zabul province, during a visit to the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team July 11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary Hilliard, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When the coalition began using provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan, officials were constantly evaluating their work to see if they were worth the time...
  • Iraqis to Take Over Police Duties in Muthanna Province

    07/07/2006 5:01:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 175+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 7, 2006 – Coalition troops operating in Iraq's Muthanna province will soon transfer security responsibilities to Iraqi police, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today in Baghdad. When coalition forces leave Muthanna sometime next week, the province will become the first of Iraq's 18 provinces to be responsible for its own security, Air Force Brig. Gen. Kurt A. Cichowski told Pentagon reporters during a video teleconference. Yet, the transfer of security doesn't have any bearing on the numbers of U.S. and coalition troops, Cichowski said. About 127,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq. "It's important to understand that...
  • Zabul Province Children Return to Classroom

    06/09/2006 7:57:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 268+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Capt. Lawrence Sekajipo
    Afghan children learn the alphabet in one of five classrooms donated by Bazaar Mayor Bang, a local businessman. U.S. Army photo by 1st. Lt. Matthew A. Psilos Zabul Province Children Return to Classroom Three volunteer teachers and 60 students traveled as far as nine miles to attend the first day of school. By U.S. Army Capt. Lawrence Sekajipo Task Force Warrior QALAT, Afghanistan, June 9, 2006 — More than 75 children in Khakeran and Anwari valleys, Deh Chopan district, celebrated the first day of school May 27 despite enemy insurgents’ intimidation throughout Zabul Province. Three volunteer teachers and 60...
  • Iraq-deployed Marines prepare for emergency rescues in Al Anbar province

    06/06/2006 5:54:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 268+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    AL ASAD, Iraq (June 6, 2006) -- Sipping on bottled water, rifle in hand and wearing a good 60 pounds of body armor on this sprawling U.S. military airbase, Lance Cpl. Emanuel Cantu says he doesn’t mind training for combat in Iraq’s blistering 110-plus degree temperature. In fact, he says he loves it. After all, four months of serving in Iraq as part of a quick reaction force has helped the 31-year-old Marine lose more than 20 pounds, but more importantly, he says he’s found his niche in the Marine Corps – training to save lives. “I feel like I’m...
  • Additional U.S. Troops Moving Into Iraq's Anbar Province

    05/30/2006 4:38:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 203+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, May 30, 2006 – About 1,500 U.S. soldiers are moving into Iraq's western Anbar province to support security operations there, U.S. military officials said today. Two battalion task forces of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, began moving into Iraq over the weekend to provide the local and provincial government officials with added security, Lt. Col. Carl Ey, an Army spokesman, said. The 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, is normally based in Baumholder, Germany, but has been in Kuwait for several months. "These soldiers have already been in Kuwait for a few months," Ey said. "They are trained and...
  • Iraqi soldiers graduate medical course, return to units in Al Anbar Province

    05/19/2006 5:47:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 355+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    AL ASAD, Iraq (May 19, 2006) -- Since Cpl. Haider Mohammed Jender joined the Iraqi Army a year ago, he has learned how to combat insurgents and provide security to his people. Now, the 34-year-old Iraqi soldier has completed what he says is the most important training he’ll ever receive – how to save lives. Jender was one of 20 Iraqi soldiers who recently graduated from an Iraqi Army’s Basic Medical Course here – the first in western Al Anbar Province – five weeks of lectures, written examinations and practical application on what U.S. medical personnel deem as crucial life-saving...
  • Al-Amarah Province Fire Station Renovated

    05/15/2006 4:30:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 190+ views
    Embedded water storage tank is now a viable water source for fire trucks at the recently renovated Al-Musharra Fire Station in the Al-Amarah Province. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo Al-Amarah Province Fire Station Renovated After decades of neglect and disrepair, the renovated fire station will now serve 750,000 Al-Amarah residents. By Lisa J. Anderson Gulf Region Southern District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ALI AIR BASE, Iraq, May 15, 2006 — After more than 50 years of neglect and disrepair, the Al-Musharra Fire Station in the Al-Amarah Province is now a fully-functioning, integral part of the community. Located...
  • Iraqi Army Unit in Diyala Province Taking Control

    05/12/2006 5:53:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 187+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
    BAQUBAH, Iraq, May 12, 2006 – Sending the Iraqi army forth to take care of security operations is the key to the safety of the Iraqi people and the groundwork for the establishment of a free government, many senior military officials have said. Iraqi army soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, are independently conducting operations in their area of Diyala province. They are performing gathering their own intelligence, patrolling their streets and hunting for insurgents and terrorists. A brigade-sized operation conducted recently throughout the village of Tahrir yielded a handful of suspected insurgents who were...
  • ENEMY FIGHTERS KILLED IN HELMAND PROVINCE

    05/04/2006 4:21:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 183+ views
    CENTCOMNEWS ^ | May 3, 2006
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed 15 to 20 enemy fighters in Helmand Province Saturday during operations to rid the area of enemy influence. A Coalition patrol in the Sangin District observed several men carrying AK-47 rifles and RPG-7 grenade launchers moving with the intent to set up an ambush. After positively determining the activity as enemy operations and confirming no civilians were in the vicinity, Coalition forces effectively attacked the men. No Coalition casualties or damage were reported. “Afghan armed forces and their Coalition partners stand ready to defeat these terrorists at every turn,” said Army Lt. Col....
  • Along Iraqi-Syrian border towns in Al Anbar Province, communication key to Iraqi progress

    05/03/2006 4:04:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 233+ views
    HUSAYBAH, Iraq (May 3, 2006) -- Security, safety, and quality of life – three key elements to the continuing progress in this region of Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, according to local Iraqi leadership. Once a week, local sheiks and city officials meet with Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces officials in this small town near the Iraqi-Jordanian border, to discuss these topics and overall progress in this region along the Euphrates River. It’s also an opportunity for the city and tribal leaders to address any potential problems which might hinder that progress. At the latest of these town-hall-style meetings held April...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Graduate from Boot Camp in Anbar Province

    05/01/2006 4:04:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 277+ views
    CAMP HABBANYAH, Iraq, May 1, 2006 – Nearly 1,000 Iraqi army soldiers graduated from boot camp yesterday, beginning the first step toward an integrated army in Iraq's Anbar province. "The movement of an integrated army in al Anbar is the only future," said Col. Larry D. Nicholson, commander of Regimental Combat Team 5, based in Fallujah. "When people look out their window and see the army, they need to be able to say, 'It's my army.' Today, we took a very positive step in that direction." A total of 978 Iraqi soldiers, who were recruited from across Anbar province, graduated...
  • Iraqi Army Gets Barracks in Thi Qar Province

    04/20/2006 4:15:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 165+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Lisa J. Anderson
    BASE CAMP ADDER (ALI BASE), Iraq, April 20, 2006 — The Iraqi Army 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 10th Infantry Division conducted an official ribbon cutting ceremony March 26 at their new Army barracks in Thi Qar Province. The Iraqi Army move into their new quarters represents another major milestone in standing up Iraq’s independent self-defense force. The construction project was completed on March 20, at a cost of $9.9 million. The modern, self-contained complex for 800 Iraqi soldiers features perimeter security protection, sanitation, water, air conditioning and an electric generator system. Special facilities include weapons storage and a two-pump fuel...
  • Coalition Forces Destroy Rocket in Ghazni Province

    04/06/2006 5:20:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 169+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, April 6, 2006 – Coalition forces destroyed a rocket pointed at a forward operating base in Ghazni province today. Residents advised Afghan National Army soldiers of the rocket, in the province's Ghazni district. The ANA forces informed their coalition counterparts, who dispatched an explosive ordnance disposal team to the scene and destroyed the munition in place. In a separate incident, also in Ghazni district, a village elder reported the location of a mortar round to Afghan National Police officers who recovered the round and delivered it to coalition forces. An EOD team will destroy it at a...
  • Iraqi Unit Assumes Security Responsibilities in Salah Ad Din Province

    04/05/2006 4:18:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 229+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq, April 5, 2006 – An Iraqi army brigade has begun the first phase of assuming responsibility for security operations in Iraq's Salah Ad Din province. The Salah Ad Din province is a key area in the security of Iraq, U.S. officials said. It is in the heart of the country and contains many of Iraq's natural resources and industries that could bring much needed revenue to the country. The 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, has been partnered with the "Rakkasans" of the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, since December. During that time, 1st...
  • High School Reopens in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province

    03/29/2006 3:40:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 180+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Dan Huvane, USMC
    JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 29, 2006 – Hundreds of people gathered March 25 to celebrate the renovation of Agam High School in the Pachir wa Agam district in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. Sayeed Rahman, sub-governor of Pachir wa Agam district in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, cuts the ribbon at the reopening ceremony of Agam High School on March 25. At left is Marine Capt. Bart Battista, commander of B Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Behind him is Army Maj. Dennis C. Edwards, the battalion civil affairs officer. At right is Nu Salaam, the president of Agam High School. Photo by...
  • IEDs no deterrent for Hawaii-based Marines in Al Anbar Province

    03/28/2006 3:08:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 320+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Roe F. Seigle
    BARWANAH, Iraq (March 28, 2006) -- Hawaii-based Marines searching a known hotspot for insurgent-placed “improvised explosive devices” say the danger posed by these deadly devices do not deter them from providing security to the local populace here. The Marines operating in this western Al Anbar Province town had one detonate only a few feet from them during a recent patrol and search operation in this town along the Euphrates River. When the explosion occurred, the Marines, from Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, were teaching Iraqi Soldiers the tactics and procedures used by insurgents who place IEDs. Since January...
  • Coalition Forces Dispose of IED in Paktia Province

    03/24/2006 9:43:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 227+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 24, 2006 – Coalition forces identified and disposed of an improvised explosive device near Forward Operating Base Zormat in Paktia province today after three people were seen emplacing it. A combat patrol responded immediately to the scene, but the suspects fled before they could be captured. "This is one more IED that will not harm Afghan civilians or coalition forces," said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 76. Afghan and coalition forces have increased their ability to find and defeat IEDs, and Afghans report many to Afghan or coalition forces, he noted....
  • Iraqi soldiers hone lifesaving medical skills in Al Anbar Province

    03/22/2006 10:09:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (March 21, 2006) -- Tucked neatly inside the Marines’ base here is an Iraqi Army camp, where Iraqi soldiers are training day and night to learn the skills they’ll need to eventually relieve Coalition Forces of security operations in Iraq. The Iraqi soldiers here – part of the 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division – have spent months learning everything from basic marksmanship to administration and now, medical evacuation and treatment. Most recently, the soldiers here received arguably some of the most crucial training they’ll need to survive in western Al Anbar Province – how to...
  • Iraqi soldiers making progress, on track for independent operations in Al Anbar Province

    03/15/2006 3:39:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (March 15, 2006) -- Iraqi soldiers are right on schedule with training requirements that will allow them to eventually relieve U.S. military forces in western Al Anbar Province, according to Marine officials here. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division - one of two Iraqi Army brigades in western Al Anbar Province - have spent months now learning the administrative and decision-making processes they’ll need to function as a military headquarters element to the three Iraqi infantry battalions which will eventually be under their charge. Partnered with a Military Transition Team - groups of...
  • Medical Assistance Visit Aids Bamian Province Residents

    03/08/2006 6:52:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 162+ views
    Medical Civil Assistance Program visits to Bamian Province provided basic medical care to residents and their livestock. BAMIAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, March 8, 2006 — Officials in Bamian Province tended to health of fellow Afghans – and their livestock – during Medical Civil Assistance Program visits in early March. The government officials put together five visits from March 1 through March 8 in coordination with coalition forces and the Bamian Provincial Reconstruction Team. The purpose of the visits was to improve health conditions in the province by vaccinating, deworming and providing basic medical care to people and livestock. Over the five-day...
  • Security and safety for the people of Maysan Province increases with completed border forts

    02/28/2006 3:42:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Two newly trained Iraqi border police pose with their British trainer in front of their newly constructed border fort. (USACE Photo) Base Camp Adder (Ali Base) Iraq – Protecting the border between rivaling countries of Iraq and Iran in rural Maysan Province is a daunting mission assignment. The US Army Corps of Engineers soon realized that endeavoring to build border forts to shelter and safe guard border police patrolling these remote borders presented extraordinary construction challenges as well.The challenge was met in Maysan Province. Maysan is now more fortified than ever before, thanks to 22 new border forts constructed...
  • Iraq's Diyala Province Schools Get a Makeover

    02/27/2006 4:32:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 409+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Pfc. Cassandra Groce
    U.S. Army Maj. Rhonda A. Keisman (second from right) checks the progress of Iraq's Muqdadiyah Technical School. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Cassandra Groce Iraq's Diyala Province Schools Get a Makeover A U.S. Army civil affairs team and Iraqi engineers monitor reconstruction work on three schools, ensuring the contractors meet the necessary requirements. By U.S. Army Pfc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUQDADIYAH, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2006 — Through the efforts of Iraqi locals and coalition forces, the schools in Iraq's Diyala Province are getting a makeover. "The goal is to turn the projects over to the...
  • Thirty-two police stations in Diwaniyah Province are finished

    02/27/2006 3:24:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 147+ views
    Base Camp Adder (Ali Base) Iraq – The Police Chief of Diwaniyah Province, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office Representative Hakim Kawy and Col. Larry McCallister, commander of Gulf Region South District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and cut the ribbon to officially open the 32nd police facility within Diwaniyah Province. Hay Ramadan Police Station is a newly constructed station in a congested, busy residential and market area of city of Diwaniyah. Approximately one-hundred police officers and guests attended the ceremony. The Police Chief talked about the symbolism of this building for all people in this area because like this construction, Iraq...
  • 10th Mountain Troops Arrive in Paktika Province

    02/16/2006 5:16:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 333+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    U.S. Army soldiers with Task Force Catamount arrive for duty at Forward Operating Base Sharona, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2006, to replace Task Force Fury. The Catamounts are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro 10th Mountain Troops Arrive in Paktika Province Task Force Catamount arrives at Forward Operating Base Aned, ready to replace Task Force Fury and for their induction into “Team Paktika.” By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro 3rd Brigade Combat Team FORWARD OPERATING BASE ANED, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2006...
  • General Cites Significant Strides in Iraq's Anbar Province

    01/06/2006 4:52:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 245+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 – The past year has yielded major growth in Iraqi security forces and significant political progress in Iraq's Anbar province, and 2006 will give the people there a chance to enjoy the benefits of that progress, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said today. In April, only two Iraqi army brigades were operating in Anbar, and now there are two divisions that comprise almost 20,000 soldiers, Marine Maj. Gen. Stephen Johnson, commander of Multinational Force West and 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), said while briefing Pentagon reporters via satellite. Iraqi army battalions are bearing an increasingly...
  • Securing Gains, Training Police Priorities for 2006 in Anbar Province

    01/02/2006 9:41:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 259+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 1, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq, Jan. 1, 2006 – Securing gains made and training local police are keys to victory over terrorists here in Anbar province, the commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Forward said today. In the past few months, U.S. Marines and soldiers have aggressively attacked insurgents throughout the province, Marine Maj. Gen. Stephen Johnson, who is also commander of Multinational Force West, said. Coalition forces went into known insurgent areas and remained in those areas to ensure insurgents did not come back, Johnson said. "We are able to do this now because we have trained Iraqi...
  • Iraqis assume more control of Syrian border, Babil Province

    12/01/2005 3:08:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 369+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 1, 2005 | Spc. Rick Rzepka
    AL HILLAH, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 1, 2005) – Coalition instructors tested and certified the combat readiness of the 2nd Iraqi Army Brigade this week, and announced that the troops are ready to plan and conduct military operations independently in Babil Province, in south-central Iraq. Meanwhile along the Syrian border, Iraqi forces also assumed greater control of the area. A ceremony Nov. 30 in western Iraq symbolized the securing of the borders through cooperation of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of the Interior and Multi-National Force Iraq. Defense minister lauds `historic day’ “I won¹t forget this day,” said...
  • Operation Pil Aids Security in Kunar Province

    11/09/2005 3:52:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 293+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 9, 2005 | Marine Corps Sgt. Robert M. Storm
    Operation Pil Aids Security in Kunar Province U.S. Marines and sailors embark on a mission to improve security in an Afghan province, an endeavor requiring a hike to an elevation over 5,000 feet to reach the mountaintop. By U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert M. Storm JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2005 — U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Corps Division, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, conducted Operation Pil in the Watapor Valley of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 16 through 23 in order to improve security and assist in stabilizing the government in the...
  • ISF making strides in Al Anbar

    11/02/2005 4:57:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool
    Camp Blue Diamond, Ar Ramadi, Iraq (Nov. 2, 2005) -- The 2nd Marine Division is progressively receiving the additional combat power that its commanders have requested to conduct the counter-insurgency operations in the Al Anbar province. The new battalion-sized units flowing into the Western Euphrates River Valley are from the newly trained Iraqi Army. This is a significant change compared to the number of available Iraqi Army units when the 2nd Marine Division took over from 1st Marine Division in March of this year. At that time, only Fallujah and Ramadi had any Iraqi Army or Public Order Brigade presence....
  • Beirut remembered in Al Anbar Province (Marines Remember)

    11/02/2005 4:53:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 269+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Cpl. Evan M. Eagan
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 2, 2005) -- More than 22 years ago the United States government agreed to establish a peacekeeping presence in Beirut, Lebanon to help quell a conflict between Muslim and Christian factions in the country. In early 1983 Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, deployed to Beirut to support the mission. During the early morning hours of Oct., 23, 1983, having spent nearly six months in country, disaster struck. At approximately 6:22 a.m., 241 service members [220 Marines, 18 Sailors and three Soldiers] lost their lives in a matter of seconds when a suicide...
  • Economic Hopes Soar in Ninawa Province

    09/13/2005 6:16:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 248+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 13, 2005 | Polli Keller
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers build a new air traffic control tower, and plans other improvements to help economic recovery, and increase employment . MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 13, 2005 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is working hard to assist Ninawa Province in becoming a major commercial center in northern Iraq. The USACE is providing quality assurance oversight as a Turkish contractor, EMTA Construction Co., builds a new air traffic control tower at Mosul Airport, on Forward Operating Base Diamondback, Iraq. "With an improvement in commerce, there will be significant alternatives to joining the insurgency, which should lead...
  • Afghan Army, U.S. Marine Operation Helps Secure Konar Province

    08/22/2005 8:01:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 22, 2005 | unattributed
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2005 – Afghan National Army forces and U.S. Marines killed more than 40 enemy combatants during an offensive operation over the last few weeks in the districts of Chawkay, Asadabad, Pech and Narang, in Afghanistan's Konar province. The ANA and Marines fought side by side in 29 separate engagements against the enemy, disrupting hostile activity during Operation Whalers. The operation's purpose was to disrupt enemy forces in the area and to clear the way for successful elections, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said. "The ANA have demonstrated their abilities with great success," said Marine...