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  • Iraq militants attack Tikrit prison, freeing 90 inmates

    09/28/2012 5:19:46 AM PDT · by Lacey · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/28/2012
    Armed militants have attacked a prison in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing at least 12 guards and freeing about 90 inmates, officials have told the BBC. They say a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the gates of Tasfirat prison and clashes between militants and security guards followed. Some of the escaped inmates were reportedly al-Qaeda members. The prison was later retaken from the gunmen by security forces, reports say. A curfew is now in place in the area.
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • 18 Females from Suicide Vest Cell turn themselves in

    11/26/2008 6:16:55 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies · 1,634+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | Nov. 27, 2008 | Multi-National Division – North PAO
    TIKRIT, Iraq – Eighteen females in northern Iraq who were associated with Al-Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombing cells turned themselves into Coalition forces on Nov. 26.      The females were persuaded by their mullahs and fathers to cease their training in suicide operations and reconcile.      Today, these women took the first step in reconciliation by turning themselves in and signing a reconciliation pledge.      Individuals who turn themselves into CF and want to demonstrate their willingness to cease attacks against the Government of Iraq, Iraqi civilians, Iraqi Security Forces and CF can enter the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process. Eligible petitioners...
  • Engineers detain criminals (Tikrit)

    06/21/2008 11:26:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 151+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq – Soldiers with the 18th Engineer Brigade captured four criminals during a route clearance mission south of Tikrit, Iraq June 20. Helicopter reconnaissance observed several suspects digging on the shoulder of the highway and directed the nearby engineers to inspect the site. As they drove to the location, the criminals split up and fled on foot. But, the menwere intercepted by the Soldiers. Four men were detained at nearby farm buildings who tested positive for explosive residue. The Soldiers also found a vehicle belonging to the men that contained a large amount of cash and a small circuit...
  • Local citizens fend off AQI attack (Diyala)

    04/28/2008 1:28:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 2 replies · 94+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | April 28, 2008 | Multi-National Division – North PAO
    TIKRIT, Iraq – Local citizens in the Diyala Province fended off an attack from al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists April 28.Coalition forces received information from local leaders that citizens and local Sons of Iraq fought against an enemy attack and killed 12 AQI terrorists.One Sons of Iraq member was also killed and three were wounded.There were also several local citizens wounded.“Iraqi citizens are tired of the insurgent’s violence and are stepping up to help keep their fellow citizens safe,” said Maj. Peggy Kageleiry, spokesperson for Multi-National Division-North.-30-
  • 34 al Qaeda killed in day's fighting during Phantom Phoenix

    01/13/2008 10:02:50 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 28 replies · 229+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 1/12/2008 | Bill Roggio
    General Mustaffa in his office in Arab Jabour. Photo by Bill Roggio. Click to view. Coalition and Iraqi security forces were active on Thursday and Friday in fighting as part of Operation Phantom Phoenix. Two senior al Qaeda in Iraq operatives were killed along with 32 foot soldiers during fighting in Arab Jabour, Miqdadiyah, and the Samarra region. Another 34 al Qaeda fighters were reported captured. Operation Marne Thunderbolt and Arab Jabour The most high-profile fighting occurred in the Arab Jabour region, which sits just southeast of Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces are conducting Operation Marne Thunderbolt, a subordinate...
  • Few Gather To Remember At Saddam's Tomb (On 1st Anniversary Of Execution, Iraqis...Yawn)

    12/30/2007 9:18:00 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 274+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 30/12/2007 | Akeel Hussein in Tikrit and Colin Freeman
    Few gather to remember at Saddam's tomb By Akeel Hussein in Tikrit and Colin Freeman Last Updated: 2:21am GMT 30/12/2007 Tucked away amid lush orange farms outside the city of Tikrit, there is a small corner of Iraq where Saddam Hussein is still thought of as the president. The former Iraqi leader might have been hanged a year ago today, but in his ancestral village of al-Owja, where pilgrims now come to his grave, Tikrit's most famous son is still spoken of in the same awed tones as when he was alive. "Many people have visited the president in the...
  • Saddam VP's hideout found

    12/07/2007 12:44:32 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 86 replies · 114+ views
    Saddam VP's hideout found 07/12/2007 16:07 - (SA) Baghdad - Security forces stormed a hideout belonging to Izzet al-Douri, the former Iraqi vice president under Saddam Hussein, in a village near Tikrit, 170km north of Baghdad, an Iraqi official said on Friday. They broke into the hideout based on confirmed intelligence that al-Douri was using it to hold meetings with his aides, said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The forces did not find al-Douri, but seized documents with information on the al-Qaeda terrorist network and other militias, their activities and the techniques used to conduct their...
  • Operation Lightning Hammer pursues al-Qaeda

    08/13/2007 9:04:34 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 13 replies · 1,021+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq – TIKRIT, Iraq – Operation Lightning Hammer, involving approximately 16,000 Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces, began Aug. 13 with a large-scale offensive to defeat al-Qaeda and other terrorist cells seeking safe haven throughout the Diyala River Valley. This operation is a key part of Multinational Corps-Iraq’s overall operation, Phantom Strike. Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, partnered with members of the 5th Iraqi Army Division, initiated the operation with a late-night air assault into targeted locations to capture or kill al-Qaeda responsible for the violence against Iraqi civilians. “Al-Qaeda cells were disrupted and forced...
  • Iraq's Sunni mufti dies of heart attack

    06/17/2007 3:40:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 697+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Iraq: Iraq's top Sunni religious leader died Sunday after suffering heart attack in his hometown of Tikrit, a local official said. Sheik Jamal al-Din Abdul Karim al-Dabban, 68, was the mufti, or religious authority, for Iraq's Sunni Arab minority. He died around 6 a.m. in his home, said Ahmed Khalifa, the spokesman for Tirkit's governor. ~ snip ~
  • Diyala sheiks meet to address concerns

    05/26/2007 9:29:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 230+ views
    TIKRIT — About 45 local sheiks met with Diyala provincial leadership in Baqubah, Iraq, to discuss their tribe’s concerns, reconcile grievances and discover solutions to rid terrorism from the province, May 23. Diyala governor, Gov. Ra’ad Hameed Al-Mula Jowad Al-Tamimi, addressed services the government could help provide; while Staff Maj. Gen. Ghanem Abass Ibraham al-Qureshy, the provincial director of police, and Staff Brig. Gen. Adul Hussein al-Tamimi, the new 5th Iraqi Army Division commander, discussed security plans for the province. Also in attendance was Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, Multi-National Division-North operations officer; and Col. David W. Sutherland, senior coalition forces...
  • UPDATED: Iraqi paper reports discovery of nuclear warheads

    07/20/2004 11:14:11 PM PDT · by propertius · 552 replies · 31,801+ views
    Al Sabah (Iraqi paper) / Wash Times ^ | 21 July, 2004 | Al Sabah
    <p>A U.S. military spokesman in Tikrit told United Press International that the report was untrue. "Nothing's been found. The report is not factual," said Master Sgt. Robert Cowens, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division...</p> <p>A spokesman with Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's office told UPI that the report concerning the alleged missiles and warheads emerged "while gathering information for Saddam Hussein's tribunal" during the interrogation of a captured former official of Saddam's regime.</p>
  • Nuclear arms reportedly found in Iraq

    07/21/2004 5:52:33 AM PDT · by NY Catholic · 227 replies · 11,817+ views
    UP | july 21 2004 | UPI
    BAGHDAD, July 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said. They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in...
  • Iraq - Head of Saddam's tribe killed by gunmen

    07/25/2006 5:35:47 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 485+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Iraq - The head of Saddam Hussein's tribe was killed when gunmen attacked a meeting in the office of a prominent sheik in Tikrit, police said Tuesday. Mahmoud Ali Hussein al-Nida, head of the Baijat tribe, died following the attack around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The gunmen also killed a lawyer and wounded sheik Mizahim al-Mustafa, police Lt. Ahmed Asaad said. Two other civilians caught in the crossfire also were killed, Asaad said. The Baijat tribe includes several clans, including Saddam's Albu-Nassir clan. Al-Nida was not directly related to Saddam. ~ snip ~
  • Sunnis complain religious leader detained (3 of Muqtada's Mahdi Army bite it as well)

    06/24/2006 9:27:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 554+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sunni groups complained Saturday that one of their top religious leaders was detained by American troops in Tikrit for several hours, while the U.S. military said three soldiers from the same division were killed in separate incidents. The deaths of the three soldiers from the Multi-National Division in Baghdad raised to 15 the number of U.S. servicemembers who were killed or were found dead this past week. One soldier was killed Saturday and the other two Friday. A soldier was killed Saturday by a bomb during a foot patrol south of Baghdad. On Friday, one soldier was...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-War for End.Freedom 3/17/06- Baquba, Remagen, Op.Swarmer, Hibhib, Victory base

    03/16/2006 3:15:05 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 179 replies · 10,451+ views
    NASA, DOD, Company, varous TV, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, AFP, the usual suspects, and many brave photograp | 3/17/06 | President Bush and the Valiant US Military, the Coalition and the liberated Iraqi people
    <p>BREAKING: Hibhib village, Iraqi soldiers arrested 20 terrorists.</p> <p>BREAKING: Forward Operating Base Remagen, with Operation Swarmer, American heroes in helicopters.</p> <p>BREAKING: Basra- Market of military equipment, helping terrorist murders Al Anbar province, weapons found Baquba - Iraqi soldiers take terrorists Basra - Brave Brits in security operation Beiji - Operation 'Cordon and Knock' Najaf - Mehdi Army protects terrorist Moqtada Sadr Ramadi - Operation 'Band of Brothers', American and Iraqi heroes after bombings killed 64 people Tikrit - U.S. Army and Iraqi heroes on a 'knock and search' mission Victory base complex - Iraqis at their "hand over ceremony"</p>
  • U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club

    03/02/2006 3:39:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 616+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. William Jones
    Dozens of donated plastic models are available for deployed service members to assemble in their free time. U.S. Army photo U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club The Tikrit chapter of the International Plastic Models Society has fifty members and that number is growing. By U.S. Army Spc. William Jones 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, March 2, 2006 — Some U.S. soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division are passing the time during their deployment by doing something they enjoyed doing as kids – building plastic models. “It is something that totally immerses you in to...
  • Tikrit, Iraq - Bomb damages shrine over grave of Saddam's father

    02/27/2006 11:52:19 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 425+ views
    Reuters | February 27, 2006
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Feb 28 (Reuters) - A bomb attack on Tuesday badly damaged a small mosque shrine Saddam Hussein had built over his father's grave, police and local officials said. The officials, confirming earlier reports of blasts at the site by residents, said bombs were planted at the shrine at dawn.
  • Airmen to Supplement MP Unit at Tikrit Base

    02/08/2006 3:26:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 305+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Pfc. Cassandra Groce
    U.S. Army Col. Diana Bodner (left), deputy commander of the 49th Military Police Brigade, prepares to hand the banner to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Sullivan (right), commander of Detachment 1, 732nd Expeditionary Force and Mission Support Group. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Jones Airmen to Supplement MP Unit at Tikrit Base An Air Force law and order detachment moves to Forward Operating Base Speicher to supplement the U.S. Army’s military police. By U.S. Army Pfc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, Feb. 8, 2006 — A U.S. Air Force law and order detachment...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue Operation Koa Canyon (22nd MEU)

    01/23/2006 4:47:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 335+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2006 – Eight days of back-breaking searches through villages and fields along the western Euphrates River Valley have yielded thousands of pieces of ordnance as Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines continue Operation Koa Canyon in Iraq's Anbar province. Aimed at isolating insurgents and their weapons, the combined Iraqi and U.S. force began the latest sweep Jan. 15 and have uncovered a staggering amount of weaponry. The soldiers and Marines are making their way inch by inch through caves, fields, wadis and islands in an attempt to disrupt the insurgents. So far, the combined...
  • Troops capture terrorists, gunman in Tikrit

    01/23/2006 3:01:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 328+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 23, 2006
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2006) – Five suspected terrorists were detained, four suspected bombers and a gunman were captured in northern Iraq Jan. 19-22. Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division were recovering a vehicle damaged by an improvised explosive device near Hawijah Thursday morning when they began taking small arms fire. The Soldiers returned fire, forcing the gunman to flee. A patrol that was en route to the site chased and stopped the suspect’s vehicle and a search revealed a sniper rifle and a rocket propelled grenade launcher with a warhead. Four terrorists...
  • Rakkasans take control in Tikrit

    01/09/2006 4:40:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 555+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Pfc. Cassandra Groce
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 9, 2005) -- The 101st Airborne Division’s “Rakkasan” brigade assumed control of operations in the Salah Ad Din Province in a ceremony Jan. 5 at Forwarding Operating Base Speicher as Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division prepared to head home. Various Iraqi officials attended the ceremony, including Lt. Gen Abdel Aziz, Iraqi Army 4th division commander, and Humad Mumood Shugti governor of Salah Ad Din. The ceremony opened with the Iraqi national anthem and the United States national anthem played by the 101st Army Band. The ceremony passed authority at FOB Speicher to the...
  • Iraqi government takes control of base in Tikrit

    11/23/2005 3:23:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 596+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 23, 2005
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 23, 2005) -- The Iraqi government took control of Saddam Hussein’s palace complex in Tikrit from U.S. coalition forces during a ceremony Nov. 22 which continued despite a dud round fired by terrorists. Terrorists fired what officials called "unidentified explosive ordnance" that impacted about 300 yards from the ceremony. The projectile failed to explode, and no one was injured in the incident, officials said. The ceremony halted only briefly, they said, and was completed without further disruption. This was the 25th coalition operating base turned over to the people of Iraq so far, officials...
  • Tikrit, Iraq - Mortar blast at ceremony attended by US ambassador in Iraq

    11/22/2005 1:20:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 365+ views
    A mortar round exploded on Tuesday during a ceremony outside the town of Tikrit attended by US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and other top officials, wounding one person, an AFP correspondent reported. The shell exploded in a former Saddam Hussein palace complex as US forces officially handed over control of the area to Iraqi officials, sending participants scrambling for safety. One person was slightly hurt and the ceremony interrupted. The Tikrit complex had been used as headquarters by the US military.
  • Saddam second in charge dead

    11/11/2005 6:19:14 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies · 1,270+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 12th November 2005
    IZZAT Ibrahim al-Duri, one of Saddam Hussein's top deputies and a man who eluded US capture despite a hefty bounty on his head, reportedly died quietly overnight at the age of 63. The notice of his death came not from the US military, but from a statement signed by the dissolved Baath Party command. "The leader of the resistance died on Friday November 11 at 2:20 am," according to the statement signed by the Baath command. There was no immediate confirmation of his death. Duri was one of Saddam's most feared right-hand men and was said to be suffering from...
  • Colonel's Toughest Duty

    10/20/2005 3:22:11 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 8 replies · 644+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 14 October 2005 | Anna Badkhen
    Tikrit, Iraq -- Nebras Khalid Nasser understood this much: Insurgents often killed people in Beiji, a northern Iraqi town where he lived with his pregnant wife and their year-old son. He needed to move his family to Tikrit, a safer city about 40 miles to the south. He helped his wife, Zahoya, into his brother-in-law's beat-up Toyota sedan. They started driving south. They saw a U.S. military convoy. A shot rang out. Blood poured from Zahoya's head. Then she died. Standing on the blue concrete floor of his brother's compound Thursday, Nasser wiped his tears with the collar of his...
  • Brining Economic Stability to Iraq

    10/13/2005 12:13:23 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 271+ views
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | 12 October 2005 | Chuck Holton
    CBN.com – TIKRIT, Iraq - Let's begin in Tikrit, the city best known as the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. We spent some time here on Forward Operating Base Danger, a sprawling compound of 68 palaces that Hussein built for his family. This island used to belong to Saddam's sons. But today, this area is a training center for new Iraqi security forces, which has graduated more than 1,500 new Iraqi soldiers and policemen. The palace is now the headquarters for the 42nd Infantry Brigade, which is comprised of 23,000 active duty, guard, and reserve soldiers from 29 states. Its commander,...
  • Iraqis Prepare for Referendum

    10/04/2005 6:55:39 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 146+ views
    1BCT PAO ^ | 10.04.2005 | Maj. Richard Bartoszuk
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, IRAQ – Officials in Salah Ad Din Province prepared for the October 15 Iraqi national referendum with a large scale rehearsal September 26 thru 28. The mission readiness exercise was held at the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Tikrit, Iraq. The MRX included representatives from provincial Iraqi government, Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, emergency services, and Coalition Forces. The MRX rehearsed responses to various emergencies that could arise during the referendum. This scenario-driven exercise included responses to insurgent activity such as IEDs, VBIEDs, fires, traffic accidents, demonstrations among other emergency situations. A large part of the...
  • Wounded Army Reservist Receives Purple Heart

    07/22/2005 5:55:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 374+ views
    Defend America ^ | July 22, 2005 | Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Hudson
    PENSACOLA, Fla., July 22, 2005 — Surrounded by doctors, hospital officials, and friends, an Army Reservist recovering from wounds sustained in Iraq, received the Purple Heart during a ceremony at the Pensacola Naval Hospital July 14. Sgt. James Terrell of Pensacola, 33, a reservist with the Mobile, Ala.-based 498th Transportation Company was awarded the Purple Heart by Florida Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephen Villacorta who was in Pensacola leading the National Guard's recovery efforts after Hurricane Dennis struck the state July 9. Terrell was injured during an ambush on his convoy July 1, 2004, while driving in a convoy...
  • Iraqi troops close to exercise full control over Tikrit

    06/19/2005 1:43:35 PM PDT · by Wiz · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Azzaman ^ | 2005 Jun 18 | Mazzen Abdulhameed
    An Iraqi brigade is exercising almost full control over several towns north of Baghdad, seen as among the most dangerous spots in the country. The brigade’s commander Abduljabbar Saleh said his troops were in charge of security over an area extending from Dujail to Beiji, about 170 kilometers north of Baghdad. “My brigade is capable of providing 80 per cent of security needs across this large area and in the light of the kind of weapons at its disposal,” Saleh said. Most of the area under Saleh’s jurisdiction is situated in the Province of Salahideen of which Tikreet, the hometown...
  • Guardsman faces murder charges in deaths of two officers at FOB Danger- SSGT. Alberto B. Martinez

    06/17/2005 12:48:29 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 33 replies · 3,285+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 18, 2005 | Joseph Giordono
    A 37-year-old supply sergeant has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the June 7 deaths of his company commander and operations officer at a U.S. military camp near Tikrit, Iraq, officials said Friday. Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division, is being held at a detention facility in Kuwait, according to the U.S. command in Baghdad. The incident, which claimed the lives of Capt. Phillip T. Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, was originally described by the military as an indirect fire attack on Forward Operating Base Danger, headquarters of...
  • For gunners, only a split second to make life-or-death choice

    06/17/2005 10:25:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 986+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/17/5 | Anna Badkhen
    THE WAR ON THE GROUND, THE DEBATE AT HOME - THE STREETS OF TIKRIT - For gunners, only a split second to make life-or-death choice. Tikrit, Iraq -- It was a life-or-death decision, and it was over in a flash. An orange Toyota pickup truck speeding down Saddam Boulevard suddenly swung over to the frontage road where an American military convoy was approaching the Iraqi army's local headquarters. The gunner in the convoy's lead humvee pointed his M240 machine gun at the Toyota and motioned for the driver to stop. The driver kept going. Was he just not paying attention?...
  • Two G.I. deaths probed as crime Guardsmen from N.Y. slain while they slept in Iraqi palace

    06/11/2005 12:24:03 PM PDT · by parcel_of_rogues · 10 replies · 701+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | June 11, 2005 | By JOSE MARTINEZ
    The U.S. Army launched a criminal investigation yesterday into the deaths of two New York National Guard officers who were killed while they were sleeping in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces. The military initially reported that Capt. Phillip Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis Allen, both assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division, died late Tuesday as the result of an "indirect fire" attack on the palace in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit. Col. Bill Buckner, spokesman for the Multi-National Corps in Iraq, revised the record. "The evidence indicates that this was not indeed caused by a mortar attack," he said. A...
  • Task Force Danger Welcomed Back to Germany (1stID)

    05/17/2005 5:18:40 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 1 replies · 240+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | May 16, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2005 – Army leaders recognized the Iraq service and sacrifice of members of Task Force Danger at a ceremony in Kitzingen, Germany, today. Army Secretary Francis Harvey told the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division that their service in Iraq was crucial to the success of the Iraqi elections held Jan. 30. The "Big Red One" was the center of the 22,000-member Task Force Danger, headquartered in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit -- the heart of the Sunni Triangle. The soldiers operated against "a ruthless and immoral enemy willing to employ any means necessary to achieve their...
  • 67 killed as suicide bombers strike in Iraq

    05/07/2005 2:05:30 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 9 replies · 536+ views
    International ^ | May 7th, 2005 | Margaret Neighbour
    SUICIDE bombers killed nearly 70 people in Iraq yesterday (Friday, May 6th, 2005) as police discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of at least a dozen people apparently executed by militants. A car bomb ripped through a crowded market in Suwayra, a town just south of Baghdad, killing at least 58 people and wounding dozens more. Another suicide car bomber killed nine police officers in a minibus in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. killed about 300 people - many of them Iraqi soldiers and police - since Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the prime minister, announced his new government on 28 April....
  • Stories from the Front - Convoy Survives Ambush in Iraq - 18 Purple Hearts awarded **MUST READ**

    04/18/2005 11:34:12 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 29 replies · 801+ views
    ©2005 Military Advantage ^ | April 18, 2005 | Master Sgt. Chuck Roberts
    As the convoy approached Mosul, an Iraqi man looked toward Tech. Sgt. Bob Busse and slid his hand across his throat. A short while later, the assemblage of about 70 gun trucks, armored Stryker vehicles, tractor trailers and heavy equipment transporters entered a section of Mosul that only a few days prior was the scene of a bustling outdoor market. On this day, however, “it was eerily quiet,” said Tech. Sgt. Robert Weis, who viewed the abandoned setting from the driver's seat of a 5-ton Air Force gun truck. “We looked at each other and said, ‘this is not good.'”...
  • Iraq Forces Capture Two Saddam Relatives

    03/14/2005 9:09:55 AM PST · by Wiz · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2005 mar 14 | Unknown
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Security forces in Saddam Hussein's hometown captured two of the ousted dictator's relatives, who allegedly were helping insurgents launch attacks in Iraq, the government said Monday. The two were identified as one-time Saddam bodyguard Marwan Taher Abdul Rashid and his cousin, Abdullah Maher Abdul Rashid — who also was the brother-in-law of Saddam's son, Qusai, state-run Iraqiya television reported. The two were captured March 8 in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown north of Baghdad, the government said in a statement. Abdullah Maher Abdul Rashid was strongly believed to have "used big amounts of money that he received from Qusai...
  • Blast North of Iraqi Capital Kills 10 (Tikrit police headquarters)

    02/23/2005 11:26:38 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 904+ views
    Associated Press | February 24, 2005 | `
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- A car bomb exploded near the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, witnesses said. Twenty cars were set ablaze after the massive blast, and at least 10 charred bodies could be scene in the street. Police Lt. Sha'alan Allawi said the bomber drove a vehicle into a parking lot park inside the police building and detonated it. Tikrit, located 80 miles north of the Iraqi capital, is former dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown.
  • A band of brothers plays Tikrit

    02/12/2005 6:00:03 AM PST · by paltz · 2 replies · 395+ views
    nydailynews.com ^ | 2/12/05 | nydailynews.com
    Reservists bow out of St. Patrick's day parade to rally troops TIKRIT, Iraq - For the first time in decades, the St. Patrick's Day parade won't be led by the 42nd Infantry Division Band. Instead of practicing for the parade, they're here rehearsing the Iraqi national anthem. The 41-member band of reservists was still settling into their digs yesterday in a remote corner of a palace complex that, they are told, once housed Saddam Hussein's harem. The private lagoon off the back steps is stocked with giant carp that weigh up to 40 pounds and put up a decent fight...
  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE DANGER, TIKRIT

    12/21/2004 9:48:05 AM PST · by postitnews.com · 473+ views
    postitnews.com ^ | December 05, 2004 | 1st Infantry Division
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DANGER, TIKRIT, Iraq. Task Force Danger Soldiers continue to make significant contributions to securing a better future for the good people of Iraq. Progress is being made everyday across the entire spectrum of operations. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are improving as a result of their relationships and training with Task Force Danger partnership units. More and more, ISF are standing their ground and fighting the insurgency, emboldened with good leadership, training, and better equipment. Reconstruction projects that improve infrastructure and quality of life, employ large numbers of Iraqis, and fuel the economy continue throughout Task Force...
  • Seventeen Killed, 13 Injured in Iraq

    12/05/2004 11:35:07 AM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 464+ views
    Fox 23 ^ | Dec. 5 2004 | UPI
    Seventeen Iraqis were killed and 13 injured Sunday when they were attacked while en route to work at a U.S. base in Tikrit. "Two vehicles opened fire on civilian buses that had stopped to let the workers off, who were employed by coalition forces", said Capt Bill Coppernoll, a spokesman for the U.S. 1st Infantry Division. The BBC reported that in a separate attack, a suicide car bomber drove into an Iraqi National Guard checkpoint in Beiji, killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding 18, according to Coppernoll. Insurgents killed 14 Iraqis in bomb attacks in Baghdad and Mosul, while six...
  • Fresh U.S. troops arrive in Iraq on eve of expected showdown with guerrillas

    10/31/2004 11:37:32 AM PST · by TexKat · 15 replies · 834+ views
    Newsobserver.com ^ | 10/31/04 | JIM KRANE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A brigade of fresh U.S. troops arriving in Baghdad will push the total U.S. troop presence in the Iraqi capital to around 40,000 by Monday, as planners prepare for the coming assault on insurgent hotspots to the west and the Iraqi elections in January. Army units that were slated to depart are being held back until after the elections, causing the overall number of U.S. troops in Iraq to swell to around 142,000, the highest level since the summer of 2003. At Camp Victory North, the sprawling headquarters of the Army's 1st Cavalry Division, the mess hall...
  • Iraq Hotel Explosion Kills at Least 15

    10/31/2004 11:22:00 AM PST · by TexKat · 12 replies · 503+ views
    AP ^ | 10/31/04
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An explosion hit a hotel Sunday in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit killed 15 Iraqis, police and hospital officials said. Dr. Hassan al-Juburi, director of the Tikrit Teaching Hospital, said the blast happened at 8:00 p.m. at the Sunubar Hotel, he said. Eight others were seriously wounded in the explosion, including two policemen. All the victims were Iraqi, he said. Al-Juburi said he did not know what had caused the blast. A police official confirmed the incident and said the explosion might have been caused by a projectile. He had no further details. Tikrit, about 80...
  • SECURITY TEAM FINDS IED ALONG MAJOR OIL PIPELINE

    09/25/2004 1:50:40 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 586+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | September 25, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 September 25, 2004Release Number: 04-09-76 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SECURITY TEAM FINDS IED ALONG MAJOR OIL PIPELINE TIKRIT, Iraq — A private security company responsible for pipeline security discovered an improvised explosive device along a major oil pipeline west of Balad Sept. 24. The security patrol contacted the 1st Infantry Division, and an explosive ordnance disposal team was sent to the site. The EOD team was able to remove the device and destroy it without harming the oil pipeline. The flow...
  • US soldier killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq

    09/22/2004 5:40:09 AM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 257+ views
    AFP ^ | 9/22/04
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - A US soldier was killed when a roadside bomb hit a patrol near the town of Tikrit. "One Task Force Danger Soldier was killed when anti-Iraqi forces (US military terminology for insurgents) attacked a combat patrol using an improvised explosive device near Tikrit at about 9:15 am (0515 GMT)," a US military statement said Wednesday. "No other Soldiers were wounded in the attack," it added. Iraqi police reported earlier that an Iraqi civilian was killed and two wounded in a similar attack near Tikrit Wednesday, but it was not immediately possible to verify whether it was in...
  • Saddam's Hometown Falls Under Peaceful Spell

    09/13/2004 2:05:38 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 590+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2004 | Jim Krane
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - A billboard bearing Saddam Hussein's blasted-away face still welcomes motorists to the city once honored - now stigmatized - as his hometown. But these days Tikritis show little of the ex-dictator's storied defiance of the U.S. military. Tikrit was the epicenter of Iraq's Baath Party hierarchy and the al-Nassiri tribe that filled the party's upper ranks, making this city an important U.S. invasion target and a rebellious occupation conquest. But in the past few months, Tikrit has quietly slipped off the map of Iraq's trouble spots. "Tikrit is what we'd call permissive. It's not wholly antagonistic...
  • Official denies nuclear arms found in Iraq

    07/21/2004 11:04:20 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,438+ views
    UPI ^ | July 21, 2004
    Baghdad, Iraq, Jul. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. military official Wednesday denied a report of Iraqi missiles carrying nuclear warheads being found in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad. The daily al-Sabah newspaper Wednesday had quoted sources as saying three missiles armed with nuclear warheads were discovered in a trench near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. A U.S. military spokesman in Tikrit told United Press International that the report was untrue. "Nothing's been found. The report is not factual," said Master Sgt. Robert Cowens, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, based...
  • Ex-Tucsonan is Army officer striving to aid children in Iraq

    05/21/2004 5:15:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 936+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 5/21/04 | Bonnie Henry
    This is only a report of some good things going on for comment and discussion. Few of us mouth the words these days without a mix of irony and disillusionment. But a former Tucsonan now stationed in Iraq is still firmly committed to winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqis - especially the children. In country only since early March, 1st Lt. Alex Diefenbach, 25, has set up a Web site and plan aimed at getting supplies to Iraqi schoolchildren. Dubbed Operation I CAN, the project began as a way for soldiers and their families to help the schoolchildren...
  • Thoughts from Iraq Made By Lt. Colonel Steve Russell (4th ID)

    04/26/2004 8:43:21 PM PDT · by ChinaThreat · 7 replies · 228+ views
    The Hunt For Saddam | Copyright 2004 | Robin Moore
    On the 8th of Novermber, we planned to level several areas where the insurgents had found safe harbor. One was at the very site of the crash (an Army helicopter was shot down by insurgents). A partially built house sat on the bluffs north of where the helicopter had been attacked. Locals reported that spotters had used a cell phone to signal the attackers from there. At curfew we rolled a tank platoon from "Cougars" to Cadaseeah. "Cobras" (another C company) maneuvered infantry and Bradleys to a building where we had taken fire from on occasion. The "Gators" deployed south...
  • Twelve Detained in Raid

    04/06/2004 6:54:04 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 387+ views
    CJTF-7 ^ | April 6, 2004
      Twelve Detained in Raid TIKRIT, Iraq - 1st Infantry Division soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery conducted a raid near Baqubah April 6 at about 4:45 a.m. to capture the leader and members of a insurgent cell. The soldiers detained 12 individuals, including the leader of the insurgents, suspected of conducting attacks against Coalition forces using improvised explosive devices. The individuals were transported to a Coalition detention facility. Release #040406d