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  • Diffused War’ Model For Afghanistan?

    11/16/2009 2:24:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 566+ views
    Dod Buzz ^ | 11/12/2009 | Greg Grant
    What did the U.S. military offensive against Shiite militias in Sadr City in April 2008 and the Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza last December have in common? A lot, apparently, and both operations are being held up by their respective militaries as models for a new way of battling irregular fighters in urban strongholds. Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus likes to put up a PowerPoint slide in public briefings detailing the forces, intelligence and surveillance assets involved in the Sadr city battles as representative of a new way of fighting. “This is the answer,” Petraeus said at a...
  • Sadr City water plant operating as planned

    11/09/2009 3:57:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 393+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pvt. Karin Leach, USA
    BAGHDAD — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commander visited the Sadr City R3 Water Treatment Plant and its workers recently to check up on how the plant is operating. The USACE’s Gulf Region District (GRD) collaborates with Multi-National Corps – Iraq to provide engineering and construction management expertise to assist the government here with its infrastructure. "The Sadr City Water Treatment Plant is a vital community asset that supplies quality drinking water to over 500,000 citizens," said Col. Dan Anninos, GRD commander. "The plant takes existing raw water from the Tigris and properly treats it in order to eliminate...
  • Iraqi forces search for Qods Force agents

    11/07/2009 12:31:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 561+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | November 7, 2009 2:28 AM | By BILL ROGGIO
    SNIPPET: "Iraqi officials in Al Kut are seeking four suspected Iranian Qods Force operatives behind attacks on security forces. Members of the Iraqi security forces put up wanted posters with photos of the Iranian operates on the streets in an effort to detain the men. The Qods Force agents are wanted for "armed operations against Iraqi security personnel and civilians," an Iraqi security official told Voices of Iraq. "The security authorities in Kut appealed to local residents to report these dangerous persons who are wanted on charges of involvement in terrorist operations in Iraq." The campaign was announced the same...
  • Water Taps Open in Baghdad’s Sadr City District

    10/26/2009 5:11:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 708+ views
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 26, 2009 – Baghdad’s Sadr City district, home to more than 2 million Iraqis, was built by Saddam Hussein as a massive urban community to house the thousands of rural Iraqis migrating to the capital in search of jobs. But after decades of neglect, Sadr City’s residents lacked even the most basic needs, such as adequate potable water. A $65 million water treatment plant is designed to treat and purify water from the nearby Tigris River and provide more than 500,000 residents of Baghdad’s Sadr City district with potable water. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Dozens Killed In Iraqi Bombings [Obama Retreats, Iraq Explodes!]

    07/09/2009 1:27:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 711+ views
    BBCNews ^ | July 09, 2009
    Dozens killed in Iraqi bombings Aftermath of the bomb attacks in Sadr City, Baghdad More than 50 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in Iraq in the worst day of violence since US forces withdrew from urban areas on 30 June. The most lethal attack was in Talafar, near Mosul, where at least 34 people were killed and more than 60 injured in a double suicide bombing. In Baghdad, two attacks at markets left at least 16 dead. Several other people were killed in smaller attacks in the capital and in southern Kirkuk. The BBC's Gabriel...
  • Joint Security Station Sadr City Transferred to Iraqi Army

    06/24/2009 4:01:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti, USA
    Lt. Col. Timothy Karcher, commander, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, presents Sameer al Haddad, a representative from the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, a symbolic key signifying the transfer of responsibility of Joint Security Station Sadr City in northeast Baghdad during the official ceremony, June 20. Photo by Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti, 1st Cavalry Division. BAGHDAD — A common sense of triumph and accomplishment drifted in the air during a ceremony in northeast Baghdad’s Sadr City district June 20, as U.S. Soldiers returned Joint Security Station (JSS) Sadr City to the Iraqi Army (IA), in accordance with the U.S.-Iraq...
  • U.S. Projects Pay Sadr City Residents to Promote Peace

    06/01/2009 5:21:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 176+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, USA
    BAGHDAD, June 1, 2009 – At an Iraqi army base in the Sadr City district here, 302 civil project workers put on fresh clothes for their monthly payday May 28. Army Pvt. Zachary Goff jokes around with Iraqi civil project workers as they line up during a payday event at an Iraqi army base in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, May 28, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Their project, funded by the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, paid out about $100,000 to...
  • Soldiers Help to Keep Sadr City Safe

    04/23/2009 4:20:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 165+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA
    BAGHDAD, April 23, 2009 – As sunlight faded in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood, 1st Cavalry Division soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, along with soldiers of the 42nd Iraqi Army Division, moved down streets lined with houses in an effort to keep the city safer. “We’re essentially trying to hit target houses and known bed-down locations of bad guys,” said Greensboro, Ga., native Army 1st Lt. Mark Reinke, a platoon leader with Charlie Company. The soldiers knocked on doors and entered with the permission of the inhabitants to look for contraband, intelligence...
  • BBC NEWS: Iraqi gays face 'lives of hell'

    04/18/2009 1:18:35 AM PDT · by jeffryweinstock · 30 replies · 1,260+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/18/2009 | Jim Muir
    Grainy footage taken on a mobile phone and widely distributed around Baghdad shows a terrified young Iraqi boy cowering and whimpering as men with a stick force him to strip, revealing women's underwear beneath his dishdasha (Arab robe). "Why are you dressed as a girl?" roars one of the men, brandishing his stick as the youth removes his brassiere. The sobbing boy, who appears to be about 12, tries to explain that his family made him do it to earn money, as they have no other source of income. The scene, apparently filmed in a police post, reinforced reports of...
  • Shadowy group threatens to kill gays in Iraq

    04/17/2009 3:34:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 462+ views
    AFP ^ | April 17, 2009
    A shadowy group has posted signs around the Iraqi capital's main Shiite working-class district of Sadr City naming alleged homosexuals on a list and threatening to kill them. "We will punish you, perverts," the posters say. They are signed by the "Brigades of the Righteous," a previously unknown outfit with the same name as an armed group responsible for kidnapping five Britons in 2007. Residents said that those named on the list have gone into hiding. Elsewhere in the neighbourhood, someone has written: "We will get you, puppies," in red graffiti, using the Iraqi slang for homosexuals. Police earlier this...
  • Michael J. Totten: Sadr City After the Fall (Some obscenities, but it's a very good read!)

    04/08/2009 5:59:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 508+ views
    michaeltotten.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Michael J. Totten
    One year ago, Moqtada al Sadr’s radical Mahdi Army militia strongholds in Basra and Sadr City were two of the biggest threats remaining to the Iraqi republic. Al Qaeda in Iraq had been reduced to a remnant, but the country still was a violent mirror of Lebanon. Hezbollah threatens the Lebanese capital and can start unilateral wars on a whim, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki had to ask himself if that was the kind of country he hoped to be left with as Americans talked of a combat force draw down. Lebanon has neither a capable national army...
  • Iraqi police: 2 gay men killed in Baghdad slum

    04/05/2009 11:28:55 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 16 replies · 601+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 4, 2009 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    BAGHDAD – The bodies of two gay men have been found in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City after a leading cleric repeatedly condemned homosexuality, an Iraqi police official said Saturday. The killings come after Shiite cleric Sattar al-Battat repeatedly condemned homosexuality during recent Friday prayers, saying Islam prohibits homosexuality. Homosexual acts are punishable by up to seven years in prison in Iraq. The two men were believed killed Thursday by relatives who were shamed by their behavior, said the official. Police said they suspected the killings were at the hands of family members because no one has claimed the...
  • Commanders Visit Reconstruction Projects in Rusafa, Sadr City (ESSAYONS)

    02/07/2009 9:31:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jennifer Keefer, USA
    Iraqi workers clean the streets of Jamilla Market, the economic hub of Sadr City, Jan. 28, 2009. Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jennifer Keefer, 926th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — Under the direction of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander, 926th Engineer Brigade, the last ten months brought significant engineering progress to Baghdad, specifically in Sadr City. The creation of Task Force Gold and Gold Spike provided reconstruction projects aimed at employing the people of Baghdad and improving essential services.“We bring employment back into the community,” said Master Sgt. Tracy Jackson, TF Gold Spike’s operations non-commissioned officer in charge. “And keep...
  • Soldiers, Charity Group Distribute Wheelchairs in Sadr City

    02/05/2009 3:24:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 186+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 5, 2009 – Some entered Sadr City District Advisory Council compound here in small groups Feb. 4, and others came alone. They were a diverse group -- former military men injured while fighting insurgents, victims of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the very old and the very young. Jawad Kadam tries out his first wheelchair as Brad Blauser, founder of WheelchairsforIraqikids.com, stands ready to help at the Sadr City District Advisory Council compound in Baghdad's Sadr City district, Feb. 4, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Their disabilities linked them to...
  • Sadr City Water Treatment Facility Flows (ESSAYONS)

    01/22/2009 5:00:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Mike Humphreys, USA
    BAGHDAD — Tribal leaders, Sadr City council members, Iraqi workers and engineers, and members of the Baghdad Water Authority gathered at the Sadr City Rusafa Water Treatment Facility in the Hay Ur neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district to witness the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Baghdad’s mayor officially open this modern facility, Jan. 21. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker thanked the crowd of approximately 200 guests for the opportunity to open the facility he said would help shape the future of Baghdad and Iraq. “This is truly a strategic project,” Crocker said. “It provides 96,000 cubic meters of water...
  • Sadr City Opens Parks, Sports Complex

    01/18/2009 1:20:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    SADR CITY — As rockets crashed down in central Baghdad nine months ago, Special Groups criminals controlled the areas here intended for play and athletics. But today, the children were back at play in northeast Baghdad as local government leaders opened the Faoo Family Park and the Regular 6 Sports Complex. The facilities, which were once used by Special Groups to launch deadly attacks against the fortified Green Zone, were celebrated, Jan. 17, for being returned to the citizens as well as the military accomplishment of seizing the land back from the criminals. “This park is for all the people...
  • IA Soldiers Seize Munitions Cache in Sadr City District of Baghdad

    01/06/2009 3:38:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 276+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Army Soldiers seized a weapons cache in the Sadr City district of Baghdad Dec. 29. Acting on a tip, Iraqi Army Soldiers with 5th Battalion, 44th Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, discovered the cache. The cache consisted of two 81 mm mortars, one block of C4 explosives, four 82 mm mortars, one 127 mm rocket, one 107 mm high-explosive rocket, one 85 mm rocket, one 70 mm rocket, one 68 mm rocket, three 107mm rocket motors, six grenades, 23 mortar fuses, one rocket fuse, and five pounds of high explosives. “Iraqi Security Forces continue to deny criminals...
  • Sadr City Residents, Businesses Show Recovery from Violent Past

    12/21/2008 3:08:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 387+ views
    Lt. Col. Michael Pemrick greets two Iraqi men warming themselves with a hot drink in front of a busy sandwich shop in the Thawra 1 neighborhood of the Sadr City District of Bagdad, Dec. 18, 2008. Photo by Maj. Michael Humphreys, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Along a road a man sells hot, fresh rotisserie chicken under a string of lights. Nearby, two men stand in warm coats and knitted caps casually sipping a hot drink at a store front where another man in a blue “USA” sweatshirt moves quickly back and forth behind a glass counter tossing...
  • Sadr City Newspaper Aims to be Voice of Residents

    12/21/2008 2:19:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 19, 2008 – A monumental achievement has been accomplished in the highly populated Baghdad district of Sadr City. This time, it isn't a record number of barriers put in place or another insurgent captured, it is the publication of the first local Sadr City newspaper, the Al Medina. Muhammad Al-Tamimi, general manager of Sadr City's Al Medina newspaper, enjoys reading his weekly newspaper in Iraq on Dec. 17, 2008. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Al Medina is a locally produced and locally owned newspaper that focuses on news affecting the people...
  • Sadr City residents welcome IA, MND-B Soldiers into homes (How things have changed)

    12/13/2008 8:19:30 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 531+ views
    BAGHDAD – The residents of Tharwa 1 shook hands with Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Battalion, 42nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, in the streets as they conducted house-to-house searches for unauthorized weapons and the residents gladly opened their doors and welcomed the Soldiers inside. Most residents offered tea and breakfast and they took handbills and tip cards with great interest as they hoped to show the Soldiers they were willing to help out in order to keep the area safe for their children. “The people here in Sadr City really appreciate our efforts, and...
  • IA, MND-B Soldiers deliver meals to Sadr City

    12/13/2008 8:16:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 298+ views
    BAGHDAD –Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, with help from Iraqi Army counterparts from the 11th Division, had the opportunity to distribute Halal humanitarian meals to Sadr City residents Dec 7. Capt. Mohammed, 4th Company 3rd Battalion, 42nd Brigade, 11th Division commander made it his show, coordinating his soldiers and setting everything up. Once everything was ready, the Soldiers with Task Force 1-6, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, attached to 3rd BCT, 4th Infantry Division, started inviting the growing crowd of children in to receive their meal. The crowd grew steadily while the operation was ongoing. Capt. Mohammed handed...
  • Army Corps of Engineers Plant Sends Clean Water Into Baghdad Homes

    12/05/2008 3:41:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 531+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 5, 2008 – For about 2 million Sadr City residents, clean drinking water running through their home faucets was a luxury few had. But now the water is flowing freely thanks to a new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water treatment plant that was three years in the making. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project engineer Simeon Francis examines filter actuators as they are being cleaned at the R-3 water treatment plant in Baghdad. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I am very happy for the 2 million people of Sadr...
  • Clean Water Flows for Millions in Sadr City

    12/04/2008 3:26:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 520+ views
    BAGHDAD — “I am very happy for the 2 million people of Sadr City,” said Iraqi Engineer Aqeel Lami of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “I have been working here at the R-3 Water Treatment Plant for more than three years, since the start of the project. It’s the first in Iraq, fully automatic and with American standards of best quality,” Lami continued. “We meet the people in the streets of Sadr City and they are very happy. They feel that we are interested in them and their health. We are very proud of the success of this project.”...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Distribute Meals to Sadr City Families

    12/03/2008 9:53:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Iraqi Army Soldiers from 4th Company, 3rd Battalion, 42nd Brigade, 11th Division distributed meals to more than 1,000 residents in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Nov. 28, 2008. Photo by 1st Lt. Chris Young, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Smiling faces stretched as far as you could see in the Sadr City district of Baghdad as Coalition forces, Iraqi Army, community project workers and two prominent Shaykhs helped distribute meals to more than 1,000 people, Nov. 28. The Soldiers of Task Force 1-6 Infantry, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, currently...
  • Sadr City Residents Take Pride in Their Neighborhood

    12/03/2008 9:26:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 306+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Clayton Merkly, USA
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 3, 2008 – In the not-too-distant past, Baghdad’s Sadr City district was considered by many to be one of the worst places to live in Iraq. Violence riddled the district, sewage-filled gutters overflowed onto the roads, and children played on trash piles containing concertina wire and rubble from houses -- the remnants of the violent fighting that drove Iranian-backed criminal elements out of the area. An Iraqi man digs a hole while repairing the sewer system in Baghdad’s Sadr City district. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Clayton Merkly  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Now, when...
  • Renovations, Improvements in Sadr City Brighten Hopes

    11/28/2008 6:32:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    Iraqi men play a game of soccer on a renovated field in front of a renovated school in Baghdad’s Sadr City District, Oct. 30, 2008. Photo by Maj. Michael Humphreys, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — More than $55 million in both U.S. and Iraqi funds have been pumped into Sadr City to improve the quality of life for residents there since the end of major combat operations this past spring. In a combined effort between both Iraqi and American forces, the people of Sadr City have benefited from renovated and re-opened schools, new parks, improved medical facilities, more...
  • Sadr City Students Receive Backpacks, School Supplies

    11/09/2008 12:17:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Gordon Bostick, USA
    Students look up from their lessons, Nov 3, 2008, at the Nujdom Alba School in the Sadr City District of Baghdad. Photo by Gordon Bostick, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Youngsters cry out with their hands in the air trying to get the teacher’s attention. One is selected and he marches up to the blackboard to recite the day’s lesson written there. When he finishes, the teacher praises him and he returns to his desk, a grin on his face. School is back in session here in Sadr City, and the students couldn’t be...
  • Rainy Day Doesn’t Stop Sadr City Business, Employment Fair

    10/27/2008 4:40:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 255+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Mike Humphreys, USA
    Women show off an information booth for Iraqi business women at the Sadr City Road Show, a business and employment fair, in the Sadr City District of Baghdad, Oct. 25, 2008. Photo by Maj. Michael Humphreys, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Heavy rains flooded the streets in front of the Sadr City District council building, but that didn’t stop a deluge of more than 150 Iraqi business owners and hundreds more Iraqi residents from the first business and employment fair in the popular Baghdad district, Oct. 25. A colorful tent longer than a football...
  • U.S., Iraqi Officials Address Sadr City Reconstruction

    10/19/2008 4:57:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2008 – Noting that increasing employment, rebuilding infrastructure and providing basic services are tactics in the war on terror, coalition and Iraqi officials today discussed the pace of civil-military rebuilding in Baghdad’s Sadr City district today. Iraqi spokesman Tahseen al-Sheikhly said the government has been putting billions of dinars into reconstructing the Shiite section of the Iraqi capital. Sadr City – once named Saddam City – holds about 3 million of Baghdad’s citizens. Virtually ignored under the former regime, the area has severe infrastructure problems and a very high unemployment rate. The city was the scene of...
  • School Starts for Children in Sadr City

    10/10/2008 5:58:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 296+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 10, 2008 – Schools are now in session in the Sadr City district here, an area that six months ago was the scene of some of the war’s fiercest fighting. Students from the Jawalala School in the Jamilla neighborhood of Baghdad’s Sadr City district show off their newly issued backpacks Oct. 9, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Mott  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The rooms that children now fill at this school in northeastern Baghdad once were home to militia fighters who launched attacks against the Iraqi government and Iraqi and coalition forces. “I...
  • Refurbished Schools Prepare to Open in Sadr City

    10/06/2008 4:43:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 240+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Gordon Bostick, USA
    JAMILLA, Iraq, Oct. 6, 2008 – Iraqi children in Baghdad’s Sadr City district are preparing to start the school year in safer, refurbished facilities, thanks to the work of U.S. soldiers here. Workers rebuild a wall at Al-Wadi School in Sadr City's Jamilla neighborhood, Oct. 1, 2008. Schools in Sadr City are being rebuilt by the Iraqi government and U.S. soldiers assigned to the 1st Armored Division, which is currently attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Gordon Bostick, Multinational Division Baghdad  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Before Company A,...
  • Schools ready to open in Sadr City

    10/05/2008 12:49:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 306+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | Oct. 5, 2008 | Multi-National Division – Baghdad
    JAMILLA, Iraq –This year the children of Iraq will have safer, refurbished schools thanks to the work of Renegade Soldiers.Before Company A, Task Force 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, arrived in Sadr City’s Jamilla neighborhood, the schools here were not even used for classes; militants were using the grounds as makeshift hiding places and torture cells. At the few schools that remained open, militants would kidnap children as they went to or from school and hold them for ransom.“The schools in Jamilla were places of terror, not places of learning,” said 2nd Lt. Nicholas Boykin, Co. A, TF 1-6, 2nd...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Notes Change in Sadr City

    09/18/2008 5:15:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 114+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2008 – A Spring, Texas, native who’s serving his second tour in Iraq has seen Baghdad’s Sadr City district as the scene of heavy fighting and as a community with a promising future. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Radcliffe, a Spring, Texas, native, provides security for a member of the Striker Brigade command team during a patrol through northern Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district, Aug. 14, 2008. Radcliffe is a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multinational Division Baghdad. U.S. Army photo...
  • Engineers Help to Rebuild Sadr City (ESSAYONS)

    09/12/2008 5:10:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 152+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq, Sept. 12, 2008 – The soldiers of Earth Movers Platoon, Company B, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion, gathered for their mission briefing. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy Atkinson briefs his platoon before the soldiers head to Baghdad’s Sadr City district Sept. 9, 2008. Atkinson serves as a platoon leader with Company B, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, Multinational Division Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav, Multinational Division Baghdad  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. They would pick up a quality assurance/quality control team and then head into Baghdad’s Sadr City district....
  • Sadr City Students Return to Schools with New Look, Feel

    09/06/2008 3:13:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 230+ views
    BAGHDAD — When bells ring for a return to schools throughout the Sadr City district of Baghdad later this month, students at 38 schools throughout the area are in for a big surprise. Following the end of hostilities in Baghdad’s most densely populated district, nearly all the 38 schools located in Task Force Gold’s operational environment were selected for repair and refurbishment by the Soldiers of the 926th Engineer Brigade. “The youth of Sadr City represent the future,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander of the 926th Eng. Bde., in speaking about the importance of the project. “They are the...
  • Renovated Schools to Greet Sadr City Children

    09/05/2008 6:22:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 293+ views
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Sept. 5, 2008 – When bells ring for a return to schools throughout Baghdad’s Sadr City district later this month, students at schools renovated by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers are in for a big surprise. Local contractors in Baghdad’s Sadr City district work on refurbishing the Thatt Al Salasel School, Sept. 3, 2008. Multinational Division Baghdad spearheaded the renovation of 38 schools throughout the area. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Following the end of hostilities in Baghdad’s most densely populated district, nearly all of the 38 schools in Task Force Gold’s...
  • New Assistance Center Opens in Sadr City Location

    09/04/2008 4:26:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 69+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    BAGHDAD — It was a grand opening without any grandeur. No ribbons were cut, and no speeches were given. But an Iraqi Assistance Center (IAC) opened Sept. 1 in Baghdad’s Sadr City district nonetheless. The center, housed in a trailer near the Sadr City District Advisory Council building, is where Iraqi citizens go to file damage and condolence claims for losses suffered due to combat between Coalition forces and enemy elements in this northeastern Baghdad district. The second client for the IAC at its new location was a father seeking help for his son. The father was going over documents...
  • Iraqi Army Takes Lead, Supports Sadr City Medical Clinic

    08/21/2008 4:32:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 130+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Philip Klein, USA
    Patients walk past Iraqi Soldiers providing security from the 11th Iraqi Army Division, Aug. 20, 2008, during the combined medical engagement conducted in Sadr City. Photo by Sgt. Philip Klein, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — When much needed health care is provided to citizens, it’s a welcome gift. The gift is even more welcome when Iraqi citizens see their own Soldiers taking the lead to help them. The 11th Iraqi Army (IA) Division delivered medical supplies and provided treatment to the citizens of the Thawra 1 neighborhood of the Sadr City District of Baghdad,...
  • Violence Down, Stability Up Across Iraq, U.S. General Says

    08/18/2008 4:58:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 157+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 – From Mosul in the north to Basra in the south, insurgent-committed violence in Iraq continues to decrease as stability visibly increases, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today. Video “For 10 of the last 11 weeks, we’ve sustained less than 200 attacks per week nationwide,” Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference from his Baghdad headquarters. Attacks in Iraq had once reached more than 1,500 a week a few years ago during the zenith of insurgent-committed violence. “It...
  • IA Fosters Relationship with Community

    08/15/2008 5:15:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 70+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    Iraqi Army Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 42nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, sort through a large cache discovered in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Aug. 14, 2008, after a resident informed the unit of its location. Photo by Sgt. Zachary Mott. PATROL BASE COMANCHE — In the three months since the Iraqi Army began patrolling inside the Sadr City district of Baghdad, the Soldiers conducting these patrols have worked hard to cultivate a relationship with the people there. Constant patrols, handing out food and water as well as providing medical services have helped advance this new relationship. In...
  • Coalition Forces Kill One, Detain 10 Suspected Terrorists in Baghdad

    08/14/2008 4:42:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed an enemy fighter, detained 10 suspected terrorists and found weapons during recent operations throughout Baghdad, military officials said. Coalition troops killed one man and detained five others allegedly connected to al-Qaida. The individuals are believed to be involved in assassinations, bombings and financial conspiracies for the group against coalition and Iraqi forces. Various weapons were confiscated during the operation, officials said. In operations yesterday: -- Iraqi soldiers captured four suspected terrorists who allegedly attacked coalition forces in the city’s Rashid district. The individuals ambushed the U.S. police training team with...
  • Hedge Fund Trader Now Calls Sadr City Home (GREAT NEWS -MUST SEE VIDEO)

    07/19/2008 12:22:55 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 234+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7-18-08 | Clarissa Ward
    Sgt. Frank Lugo leads a double life. In the United States, he was a successful hedge fund trader with condos in New York and South Beach, Fla. Now he is in an unlikely spot -- Iraq, where he lives in the sprawling slum of Sadr City. "My lifestyle's obviously drastically different back home than it is here," Lugo said. "But there are things that can't be replicated back home that are here. This belief that we're trying to accomplish something that's greater than oneself." Lugo is an Army reservist. At 36, he has re-enlisted four times, swapping fast cars and...
  • Mullen Gets First-Hand Look at Sadr City Improvements

    07/07/2008 5:04:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 108+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 7, 2008 – The U.S. military’s top-ranking officer encountered one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas today and saw first-hand the improvements Iraqi and U.S. forces have made during recent months. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a glimpse of the success that has seen attack levels in Iraq fall to their lowest in four years -- a 90 percent decline in attacks during the past year alone. The progress in security has allowed coalition forces to focus more on other issues, military officials in Baghdad said. Less than 60 days ago, the...
  • Trust - (Sadr City - US GI and child)

    07/01/2008 5:58:24 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 168+ views
    TRUST "U.S. Army Task Force Regulators 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Fred Hampton, of Lexington, Ky., kneels on a knee to talk with a young Iraqi boy at the future site of Regular 6 Park in the Thawra 1 section of the Sadr City District of Baghdad on June 20." Photo: Tech Sgt. Cohen Young, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq. "In Sadr City. There are no words to express everything conveyed by this photo. To me, it represents the highest ideals of our country and our guys, and the hopes and aspirations of the Iraqi people. This is...
  • Picture worth a thousand words [must see - tissue alert]

    07/01/2008 1:40:25 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 26 replies · 114+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | July 1, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Picture worth a thousand words By Michelle Malkin  •  July 1, 2008 04:02 PM Here.
  • Forces in Iraq Kill Enemies, Capture Suspects, Find Weapons

    06/26/2008 4:35:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 127+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three militants, detained 20 suspects and found weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. During operations today: -- Coalition forces killed two enemy fighters, including an al-Qaida in Iraq cell leader, near Sharqat, about 55 miles south of Mosul. Military officials said forces engaged the men after perceiving them as a “hostile threat.” The slain enemies later were found to have been armed with guns and grenades. Troops detained three suspects in the operation. -- Coalition troops followed an alleged associate of al-Qaida in Iraq senior...
  • Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches in Iraq

    06/22/2008 12:41:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2008 – U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered and confiscated weapons caches and captured insurgents during ongoing operations over the past several days in Iraq. In Baghdad today, Iraqi police seized an explosively formed projectile and several machine-gun rounds during operations in the New Baghdad district. In another operation, police uncovered a weapons cache in New Baghdad consisting of mortar rounds, a rocket, an artillery round, a number of machine-gun rounds, a mortar base plate, a telescopic sight, explosives, a night vision device and a rocket sled. Iraqi soldiers later confiscated several AK-47 rifles, two magazines and a...
  • ISF, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons throughout Baghdad

    06/10/2008 5:21:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 50+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized multiple weapons caches throughout Baghdad June 9-10. At approximately midnight June 9, Iraqi Army soldiers with the 22nd Brigade, 6th IA Division, discovered a cache in the Kadamiya district of Baghdad based off the tip of an area citizen. The cache consisted of a light anti-armor weapon rocket, communication devices, two sets of body armor, four PKC barrels, communication wire, a rocket propelled grenade anti-personnel warhead, small-arms ammunition, five boxes of 5.56 mm rounds and various grenades. They also confiscated three vehicles and one moped. Extra fuel tanks...
  • IA soldiers continue seizing caches in Sadr City

    06/07/2008 12:25:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 77+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi Army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, uncovered several weapons caches in Sadr City, Baghdad, June 7. The soldiers seized a weapons cache at approximately 5:30 a.m. consisting of an explosively formed projectile, a 155 mm artillery round, an improvised-explosive device, explosive wire, two anti-tank rockets and an anti-aircraft rocket. At approximately 5:45 a.m., soldiers in the same unit discovered two more caches, the first of which consisted of two 60 mm mortar rounds, three machine guns, four Russian sniper rifles, five AK-47 magazines and 200 AK-47 rounds. The second cache consisted of a rocket...
  • Iraqi Army Soldiers seize more weapons in Sadr City

    06/07/2008 11:58:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 136+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi Army soldiers seized multiple weapons caches in Sadr City June 6. The IA soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st IA Division discovered 15 AK-47s, 200 AK-47 rounds, two Berno rifles, a damaged rocket launcher, 14 fake identification cards, three license plates and an 8 mm video tape at approximately 6 a.m. At approximately 8:15 a.m., the soldiers seized a sniper rifle, an AK-47, 100 PKC rounds, five rocket-propelled grenade propellants and a Baghdad protection badge. Iraqi soldiers from the 68th Brigade, 11th IA Division seized 25 82 mm mortar rounds, 19 artillery rounds, six 60 mm mortar...