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  • Petraeus calls Afghanistan a test of wills

    Jun 30, 2010

    Afghanistan is a test of wills, and the enemy has to know the United States and its allies have the will to prevail, Gen. David H. Petraeus said before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

  • Afghanistan still crucial to U.S. interests, Obama says

    Jun 29, 2010

    Afghanistan remains crucial to American national interests, and the United States will need to provide assistance to that nation for years.

  • Officials testify to Congress on convoys in Afghanistan

    Jun 23, 2010

    Army and DoD officials told a Congressional committee Tuesday about what they are doing in Afghanistan to keep contracting funds out of the hands of the Taliban and other criminals.

  • Army, Air Force, Iraqis team to conduct fires exercise

    Jun 23, 2010

    Soldiers from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and Air Force F-16 fighters teamed for four days with the 17th Iraqi Army Division conducting a full-scale defensive fires exercise at the Besmaya Range Complex outside Baghdad.

  • Corps of Engineers builds Afghanistan National Police Training Center

    Jun 21, 2010

    It's been a long time coming, but Afghanistan's National Police Training Center is progressing according to plan.

  • Gates sees progress in Afghanistan, despite challenges

    Jun 21, 2010

    Though U.S. operations in Afghanistan are proving to be a "tough pull," as was predicted, progress is being made nonetheless, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

  • Brigade transfer of authority marks reduction in forces

    Jun 19, 2010

    A transfer-of-authority ceremony marked a significant reduction of forces in southern Iraq as the 17th Fires Brigade relinquished control over operations in Basra Province to the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Iraqi troops train on M-16 rifle, continue transition from AK-47

    Jun 18, 2010

    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle.

  • Five Soldiers charged in murders of Afghans

    Jun 17, 2010

    Five Soldiers have been charged with the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians.

  • First sergeant course helps prepare senior NCOs for future duties

    Jun 17, 2010

    First sergeants were given the opportunity to talk with other Soldiers in different operational sections in the brigade and take a more in-depth look at the responsibilities they will have once becoming first sergeants.

  • Third Army conducts drawdown conference

    Jun 16, 2010

    Third Army hosted key leaders from throughout United States Central Command's Area of Responsibility June 8-9 at their forward headquarters in Kuwait for a conference on the drawdown in Iraq and buildup of forces in Afghanistan and reset the U.S. Army.

  • Defense officials cite progress, challenges in Afghanistan

    Jun 16, 2010

    U.S. and international forces are making progress in southern Afghanistan despite a tough and resourceful insurgency, defense officials told Congress Tuesday.

  • Wounded warriors return to Iraq, find closure

    Jun 15, 2010

    A recent trip to Iraq with a program called Operation Proper Exit brought retired Staff Sgt. Christopher Bain back to the place where six years earlier the blast of a mortar tossed him like a rag doll yards away from his buddies.

  • U.K. effort critical in Afghanistan, Petraeus tells Britons

    Jun 11, 2010

    WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, emphasized yesterday in London the critical role the United Kingdom has played in Iraq - and the importance of its continued support for the coalition to succeed in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal assesses past year, looks ahead

    Jun 10, 2010

    A year to the day after he met here with NATO officials on his way to take command of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal today reviewed the progress achieved there over the last 12 months and provided his perspective for the year to come.

  • Car bomb exercise completes Iraqi medic trauma training

    Jun 9, 2010

    Iraqi army medics participated in a mass-casualty training exercise near Al Asad June 3 as a final test following months of training by U.S. Army medics.

  • 100 Iraqi commandos complete live-fire verification

    Jun 9, 2010

    Throughout the 30-day course the commandos learned leadership, basic rifle marksmanship, combat lifesaving, house clearing procedures, and moving as a squad and as a team, according to Maj. Brian Schoellhorn, 15th Brigade IA, security transition team, operations officer-in-charge, and a native of Columbia, Ill. Although Maj. Schoellhorn is assigned to the 'Blackhawks', he assisted Apache Troop with training the IA leadership.

  • Soldiers, Iraqis provide healthcare to out-of-the-way Anbar town

    Jun 9, 2010

    Army medics from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82 Airborne Division along with Iraqi doctors held a one-day medical clinic June 3 assessing and treating nearly 400 of the 20,000 citizens of Kubaysah, Iraq.

  • Tennessee Guardsmen patrol Q-West perimeter

    Jun 8, 2010

    Conducting daily perimeter patrol missions, the Soldiers of Crusader Troop, 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment headquartered in Milan, Tenn., can be seen leaving a trail of dust across the desert surrounding Q-West, Iraq, on a regular basis.

  • NATO plan ties Afghan economy to growth of forces

    Jun 8, 2010

    The economic power of military-fueled industry has been illustrated throughout history, and it looks like the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces will be a boon to developing industries in Afghanistan.

  • Paratroopers teach Iraqis to call fire from sky

    Jun 3, 2010

    American paratroopers taught Iraqi soldiers how to call in fire from armed helicopters to neutralize targets in a live-fire exercise here, May 21.

  • Army testing green laser kits in Afghanistan

    Jun 2, 2010

    The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier is fielding several Green Laser Escalation of Force kits to units in Afghanistan for operational assessment.

  • World Trade Center I-beam unveiled at Bagram

    Jun 1, 2010

    More than 200 multinational troops converged in front of the Regional Command East command building to see an I-beam segment from the World Trade Center unveiled during a Memorial Day ceremony.

  • Trade show touts Iraq's business potential

    May 31, 2010

    Just like the promise tied to the sea of oil that resides below Iraq's surface, the potential for building new industries in the country is great, yet remains untapped. That potential is not lost on the vendors from 73 companies that attended the Basra Iraq Trade Expo, a four-day international trade exhibition held at the Basra International Airport May 24-27, 2010. And while oil didn't overshadow conversations, there is no question that petroleum-related industries will drive Iraq's economy going forward.

  • Human Terrain Team mapping course for a transitioning Iraq

    May 30, 2010

    The role of U.S. Forces in Iraq continues to evolve with the launch of Operation New Dawn later this year, and the majority of efforts will be re-focused on the responsible transfer of authority to Iraqi Security Forces.

  • Beginning of end: Joint security stations change hands in Iraq

    May 27, 2010

    Joint Security Stations Ashura and Tal Abtha, located in northern Iraq, were signed over to the Iraqi military and local government May 15. Within an hour of the short handover ceremony, U.S. forces had successfully withdrawn from the bases.

  • U.S., NATO forces set sights on Kandahar

    May 27, 2010

    With U.S. and NATO forces on the verge of major operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a top commander there underscored the complexity of their charge, citing "political problems and impunities" as the main challenge to overcome.

  • Refining Iraq's green thumb: Ninewa province gets agricultural overhaul

    May 26, 2010

    Iraq currently imports 72 percent of its agricultural goods from foreign nations, including Syria and Iran, driving market prices ever higher in a fledgling economy.

  • NCO recognized for efforts to stop sexual assault in Iraq

    May 24, 2010

    "Sexual assault devastates the mission," said the NCO who set up the "I. A.M. Strong" campaign at Joint Base Balad in Iraq, and received the Federal Service Award last month for efforts aimed toward stopping the crime.

  • MPs train Iraqi police to save lives

    May 20, 2010

    Ohio-based military police are training Iraqi policemen here how to save the lives of their peers in medical emergencies.

  • Army medics assess needs of Anbar community

    May 20, 2010

    A team of Army medical personnel set up a temporary clinic with a local Iraqi doctor to assess the healthcare needs of a poor farming community along the Euphrates River.

  • Mayor invites U.S. forces to tour model town

    May 19, 2010

    The mayor of an Iraqi town once completely controlled by the insurgency invited a platoon of paratroopers to tour his peaceful city with him May 13.

  • NATO allies increase contributions in Afghanistan

    May 18, 2010

    The NATO allies are in Afghanistan for the long haul and have made both significant progress and significant commitments to the effort there.

  • Third Army delivers aid to flood-stricken Tajikistan

    May 18, 2010

    Third Army Soldiers responded over the weekend to a request for assistance from the government of Tajikistan, due to flooding there which has killed at least 22 people, left 50 missing, injured 200 and displaced more than 2,000 from their homes.

  • Afghan president touts improvements, thanks Soldiers at Fort Campbell

    May 17, 2010

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought a message of thanks to Soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 14, as the 101st Airborne Division continues to deploy to his country.

  • Obama, Karzai reaffirm goals, U.S.-Afghan partnership

    May 13, 2010

    President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai reaffirmed the shared U.S. and Afghan goals to defeat al-Qaida and to establish good governance and a growing economy in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal, Eikenberry express confidence in Afghanistan strategy

    May 11, 2010

    Here for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit this week with President Barack Obama and other high-level administration officials, the top military commander and senior U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan both expressed confidence today that the U.S. strategy being employed there will succeed.

  • Bucca water treatment project starts flowing

    May 10, 2010

    A network of pipe linking the water and wastewater treatment facilities on Camp Bucca, Iraq, provide the groundwork for operation of a new multimillion-dollar water treatment plant that will increase or introduce water to several nearby municipalities.

  • Logisticians face challenges in Afghanistan surge

    May 6, 2010

    The top Army logistician discussed leading concerns with Soldiers and Army civilians at the Pentagon Tuesday as part of the Army Senior Leaders Forum.

  • Policy chief 'cautiously optimistic' about Afghanistan

    May 6, 2010

    The Pentagon's top policy official told Congress today she's "cautiously optimistic" about progress in Afghanistan as the new strategy there begins to show signs of success.

  • Army Sustainment Command - Forward steps up production for Afghanistan surge

    May 4, 2010

    The Army Sustainment Command - Forward has stepped up its operations to install armor and accessory kits for more than 1,300 vehicles headed to Afghanistan.

  • CSA visits deployed Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan

    May 1, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited southern Afghanistan to get a first-hand look at the situation on the ground and to visit with Soldiers and Marines serving in the region.

  • Agriculture conference looks to Iraq's future

    May 1, 2010

    A meeting of agricultural minds took place on Contingency Operating Base Basra, April 27, 2010, focusing on reforming Iraq's agricultural businesses.

  • 'Hodge Hall' closes its doors

    Apr 30, 2010

    For several years, Soldiers at Camp Liberty have been learning how to respond to IEDs at "Hodge Hall," named in honor of a sergeant killed on a route-clearance mission.

  • 101st Soldier gets Silver Star for saving life in Afghanistan

    Apr 29, 2010

    A 101st Airborne Division Soldier received the Army's third-highest award for valor April 11 for running through enemy fire in Afghanistan, eliminating two anti-coalition militants, refusing treatment for his own wounds and saving the life of a teammate.

  • CSA discusses progress, future of Iraq

    Apr 29, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, April 28, as part of a visit to Iraq to discuss the progress and future of the country with units key to its future in the upcoming months.

  • Casey gets first-hand look at Iraq transition efforts

    Apr 28, 2010

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, met with leaders of United States Division-South April 28, to discuss operations within the division and the work being done as U.S. forces transition out of Iraq.

  • Boston Marathon comes to Iraq

    Apr 27, 2010

    Besting roughly 400 other civilian and military runners from all over Iraq, Sgt. Derek Miller won the sixth annual Boston Marathon at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, April 18.

  • Odierno notes progress of Iraqi forces

    Apr 27, 2010

    As the troop drawdown continues in Iraq, the top U.S. commander there said he's convinced the Iraqi security forces are ready to take over more responsibility, and that the sacrifices the United States has made to get to this point will prove worthwhile.

  • Chief of Staff visits Jordanian defense officials

    Apr 26, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. met with Jordanian defense officials April 25, 2010 in Jordan. While meeting, Casey spoke about topics that ranged from security in the Middle East to transforming the U.S. Army.

  • Anbar Police stand up K-9 unit

    Apr 23, 2010

    One of Iraq's newest K-9 units stood up last month in Anbar with help from a U.S. Army Military Police K-9 outfit attached to 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Fuller tours expanding Stryker repair facility in Qatar

    Apr 22, 2010

    Col. Lawrence Fuller was in Qatar, April 14, touring the only Stryker battle damage repair facility in the Middle East. Fuller completed a two-day tour of Army Materiel Command warehouses at Camp As Sayliyah, a week ahead of taking command of 402nd Army Field Support Brigade at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Volcanic ash reroutes transport of Afghan war wounded

    Apr 21, 2010

    Ash from an Icelandic volcano limiting European air traffic has forced the U.S. military to reroute some American troops wounded in Afghanistan through Iraq instead of Germany.

  • Stryker Brigade helps with footbridge for Iraqi children

    Apr 20, 2010

    In the neighborhood of Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, the journey to school for children means crossing a treacherous road, but the U.S. Army may help change that.

  • Army working to institutionalize contracting reforms

    Apr 20, 2010

    Army leaders told members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan during an April 19 hearing that the service is beginning to institutionalize contracting reforms made during the last seven years of war.

  • Iraqi security forces keep U.S. drawdown on track

    Apr 20, 2010

    Iraqi forces are doing a good job in maintaining security in the country, and the American withdrawal can proceed as planned, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Sunday.

  • Biden calls leaders' deaths 'devastating' to al-Qaida

    Apr 20, 2010

    Vice President Joe Biden Monday praised Iraqi and U.S. security forces for killing two top leaders of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror organization.

  • Army Sustainment Command unit has key role in retrograde

    Apr 16, 2010

    Members of the 2nd Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, and its service provider, ITT, are diligently preparing for the unprecedented Responsible Drawdown from Iraq.

  • M-ATVs to replace Humvees in Afghanistan, vice says

    Apr 14, 2010

    The mine resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicle, or M-ATV, is on its way to Afghanistan to replace the up-armored Humvee. "It will not be too long before we will be able to get everybody who can be out of the up-armored Humvee into the MRAP ATV," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. General Peter W. Chiarelli.

  • Combat hospital staff welcomes Iraqi doctors during medical information exchange program

    Apr 14, 2010

    Iraqi medical professionals at Yarmouk Hospital had to cut short a tour for U.S. doctors and Soldiers when an Iraqi Army soldier suffering from a gunshot wound was suddenly brought into their ward. As doctors from the hospital rushed to save the soldier's life, the Americans witnessed firsthand how the Iraqi medical system operates.

  • Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan keeps up with troop surge demands

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Corps of Engineers Bagram Area Office has stepped up military construction projects in support of the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan. Projects include barracks and hangars for large aircraft.

  • Vietnam vet, decorated pilot prepares to wrap up Iraq deployment

    Apr 14, 2010

    It's a heady rAfAsumAfA: war hero, veteran pilot, commercial pilot, safety officer, father, grandfather, husband and - most recently - projects officer: with such an extensive list of credentials to his name, one would expect this Soldier to be incredibly busy.

  • 7th Cavalry troops bring books to Baghdad schools

    Apr 13, 2010

    While Soldiers from the 7th Cavalry Regiment were assisting Iraqi Security Forces with security they each took time out to present three schools with new books April 11.

  • Responsible drawdown: Soldiers tackle logistical challenge of equipment turn-in

    Apr 8, 2010

    U.S. forces have already begun redeploying to their home bases in accordance with the Security of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, which states that by September 1, 2010, U.S. forces will drawdown to 50,000 troops in the country.

  • Troops in Afghanistan to say goodbye to leisure concessions

    Apr 7, 2010

    Beginning in May, troops stationed in Afghanistan will have a harder time finding a Pizza Hut or a pair of Oakley's as 50 Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracted concessions are slated for closure in anticipation of an additional 30,000 inbound troops.

  • World Trade Center I-beam finds home in Afghanistan

    Apr 7, 2010

    An I-beam that was once a part of the World Trade Center now has a home in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were first planned.

  • U.S. transfers facilities to Iraqi control as drawdown continues

    Apr 7, 2010

    With the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and the movement of Iraqi forces into the role of providing all security for the country, bases that have housed U.S. troops over the past several years - in many cases alongside Iraqi troops - are being returned to full Iraqi control.

  • Task Force Diamond Head thwarts indirect attacks in Iraq

    Apr 5, 2010

    "Indirect fire" refers to the firing of a weapon without a direct line-of-sight between the weapon and its target; it's indiscriminate and it's deadly.

  • More than third of equipment now out of Iraq

    Apr 5, 2010

    The Army is now 35 percent complete in its effort to move equipment and materiel out of Iraq as part of the withdrawal from that country.

  • Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South furls flag

    Apr 3, 2010

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division completed the transition from three engineer districts in Iraq to one as the Gulf Region South's colors were cased March 29.

  • Joint Readiness Training Center to Iraq: 82nd advises, assists

    Apr 2, 2010

    The training for 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, at the Joint Readiness Training Center has become the first "production model" for the advise-and-assist brigade concept, and the practical application of that training in a deployed environment partnered with Iraqi security forces.

  • Soldiers work multi-billion-dollar mission in support of Iraq drawdown

    Apr 1, 2010

    Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, someone is washing vehicles and equipment at the wash rack on Camp Arifjan.

  • Commentary: Soldiers see subtle shift in Iraqi culture

    Mar 31, 2010

    Recasting the peace among Anbaris during the recent national election, we might recall how, only two years ago, a U.S. military official declared Al Anbar province lost.

  • Army married couple reenlists together

    Mar 29, 2010

    Married-couple Spc. Samuel Baker, a communications system support specialist and Sgt. Raquel Baker, an automated logistics specialist, both with Headquarters Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), reenlisted together March 17.

  • Iraqi, U.S. veterinarians partner to help Baghdad zoo animals

    Mar 29, 2010

    After receiving the call for help March 24, Degeyter, a doctor of veterinary medicine assigned to 1st Armored Division, U.S. Division-Center, quickly made his own calls to other U.S. Army veterinarians to visit the Baghdad zoo.

  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

    Mar 29, 2010

    President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan, delivering a message of praise to American servicemembers on behalf of the United States.

  • U.S. preps facility for transfer to Iraqi Army as part of drawdown

    Mar 26, 2010

    Preparing for any redeployment often involves extensive inventories and equipment reallocations, but the process for one U.S. base in southern Maysan Province has the added challenge of transferring the entire base, equipment and crucial infrastructure.

  • Afghanistan troop level to eclipse Iraq by midyear

    Mar 25, 2010

    This summer will mark the first time since 2003 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will overshadow the American presence in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer told Congress Wednesday.

  • Soldiers build checkpoint in Afghanistan

    Mar 24, 2010

    Soldiers install HESCO barriers at an Afghan police checkpoint in Robat, Afghanistan, March 19, 2010. The Soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

  • Convoy escorts benefit from donated off-road lights

    Mar 23, 2010

    Soldiers recently installed newly-donated off-road lights on their convoy escort vehicles. Paratroopers from Company A, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist), installed the lights, donated by Off-Road Adventures Magazine, on 15 of their mine resistant ambush protected vehicles.

  • General offers insight into progress, challenges in Iraq

    Mar 23, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. returned from Iraq March 14 with I Corps headquarters and said the successful election there was the culmination of his command's year-long mission.

  • Databases help move equipment out of Iraq

    Mar 22, 2010

    Units preparing to redeploy to their home stations at the end of a Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment and the managers charged with the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment have one thing in common: a lot of paperwork before people and equipment can move.

  • Turkey joins Multi-National Battle Group-East

    Mar 19, 2010

    The nation of Turkey officially has joined Multi-National Battle Group-East in the overall mission to provide safety and security and freedom of movement anytime and anywhere in Kosovo.

  • Maj. Gen. Cucolo discusses drawdown, election

    Mar 18, 2010

    In a conference call from his headquarters in Northern Iraq March 11, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Task Force Marne and U.S. Division-North, as well as the 3rd Infantry Division, told reporters that the number of troops in his area of responsibility will decrease from 22,000 to 8,600 by Sept. 1.

  • New language-training detachments preparing Soldiers for Afghanistan

    Mar 18, 2010

    Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Carson, Colo., are now taking language courses that will better prepare them to meet the demands of operations in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal reports on progress in Afghanistan

    Mar 18, 2010

    The commander of NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan said he is pleased with the progress in the country so far while acknowledging that much more needs to be done.

  • Third Army conducting 'Responsible Drawdown' from Iraq

    Mar 17, 2010

    Third Army and other commands are in the process of conducting a 'Responsible Drawdown' from Iraq that is unprecedented in recent military history.

  • Success in Afghanistan achievable, Petraeus says

    Mar 17, 2010

    Though considerable challenges remain in Afghanistan, success there is achievable and important, said the commander of U.S. Central Command.

  • Holbrooke hails Marja operation, relationship with Pakistan

    Mar 16, 2010

    The ongoing U.S.-Afghan operation in Marja, Afghanistan, probably is the greatest in the history of counterinsurgency, the United States special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan said in a weekend television interview.

  • Top Afghan army NCO, police officer visit Camp Atterbury

    Mar 15, 2010

    The top noncommissioned officers of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police visited Camp Atterbury March 9 and 10, to learn about the training facilities that produce thousands of troops and civilians deploying to Afghanistan, and to brief Army officials on the situation in theatre.

  • Soldiers move excess munitions out of Iraq as part of drawdown

    Mar 13, 2010

    As the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment escalates following the Iraqi Parliamentary elections in March, Soldiers are working to reduce the amount of ammunition in Iraq as corresponding troop levels fall.

  • Civilians in surge to Afghanistan get training at Atterbury

    Mar 12, 2010

    In addition to the troop surge in Afghanistan, there's a civilian surge to supplement the military with teams of subject-matter experts in a variety of fields such as security, agribusiness and logistics.

  • 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade pilots earn Silver Star

    Mar 12, 2010

    Two pilots serving with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, earned the Silver Star, the nation's third highest war-time medal for valor.

  • Iraqi security forces ensure safe national elections

    Mar 11, 2010

    In 2005, faced with staunch resistance from extremists, coalition forces provided security for Iraqis as they voted. Five years later, the role of U.S. forces has changed dramatically.

  • U.S. troops in Iraq adopt new role

    Mar 11, 2010

    Some of the 98,000 U.S. military forces in Iraq already have made the transition from security to stability operations ahead of the September deadline.

  • Afghan visit reinforces Gates' faith in new strategy

    Mar 10, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' visits with Marines and with Soldiers in Afghanistan's Kandahar province have reinforced his belief that the current strategy is working in Afghanistan.

  • Stability operations in Iraq making headway

    Mar 10, 2010

    Though the U.S. has been building up the civilian infrastructure of Iraq since 2003, the sense of ownership and level interest of the people has never been as great as it is now, and that makes all the difference.

  • Troopers have towering presence on border

    Mar 9, 2010

    The Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement, the Government of Iraq's primary force for border security and the interdiction of smuggling, continues to keep an eye on the border with Iran.

  • Gates seeks 'ground truth' in Afghanistan

    Mar 9, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get what he called the "ground truth" from servicemembers.

  • Cargo transfer company plays important role in Iraq drawdown

    Mar 8, 2010

    The 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, has taken over the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq, to assist with the upcoming drawdown of troops and equipment from theater.