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  • 10,000 Feet High

    Aug 17, 2007

    Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and Afghan soldiers participated in an air assault mission 10,000 feet above sea level to search for extremists who fired rockets at Forward Operating Base Naray, injuring seven Soldiers.

  • Security Efforts, Iraqi Government Improvements Spur Economic Growth

    Aug 16, 2007

    Recent surge operations and a continued commitment to ownership by the Iraqi government are contributing to increased economic progress in Iraq.

  • Operations in Iraq Build on Security Progress, Intelligence

    Aug 16, 2007

    Operations Phantom Strike, Lightning Hammer and Marne Husky, combined operations launched this week by coalition and Iraqi forces, are using the information and intelligence gained through operations over the summer to more effectively target insurgents throughout Iraq.

  • Army Assists in Reinvigorating Iraq's Economy

    Aug 15, 2007

    In addition to security operations in Iraq, the U.S. Army is supporting the economic development of Iraq. Security and prosperity go hand-in-hand, according to Gen. David Petraeus' counterinsurgency strategy.

  • Army Preparing for Future of Conflict, Gen. Casey Says

    Aug 15, 2007

    The Army is growing its ranks and transforming into an agile force ready to face a future that could be rife with conflicts around the world, the Army chief of staff said.

  • Clearing Khan Bani Sa'ad

    Aug 14, 2007

    Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers clear Khan Bani Sa'ad of insurgents and weapons caches. The Soldiers are from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

  • A Civil Affairs Mission

    Aug 14, 2007

    U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi police meet with local villagers in Al Wahida to address security, health and infrastructure concerns, while others hunt for insurgents suspected in the area. The Soldiers are from the 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade and Company C, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • General Assesses Quality of Iraqi Army, Police

    Aug 14, 2007

    IraqAca,!a,,cs security forces are making great strides, but the army is enduring a shortage of experienced military leaders, while law enforcement is troubled by sectarian divisiveness.

  • Trends Encouraging in Baghdad Hotspots, Commander Says

    Aug 13, 2007

    The security situation in eastern Baghdad is improving, the coalition commander for that region said.

  • Veterans Service Group Leaders Visit Iraq, Gain Understanding

    Aug 13, 2007

    After a whirlwind trip to Iraq, the heads of three major veterans service organizations came home with a new understanding of the situation and of the morale of those serving there.

  • Coalition Successes Mount Against al Qaeda in Iraq

    Aug 9, 2007

    There has been some tactical momentum achieved in July and into the first week now of August, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner.

  • Gen. Petraeus Promises Frank Assessment in Iraq Benchmark Report

    Aug 9, 2007

    The commander of coalition forces in Iraq said he wonAca,!a,,ct Aca,!A"pull any punchesAca,!A? in the Iraqi benchmark report due to Congress by Sept. 15.

  • Chinooks: 'Working Horse' of Aviation

    Aug 8, 2007

    Chinook helicopters, also referred to as the "working horse" of rotary wing helicopters in theater, work around the clock as an aviation benefit to ground elements throughout Afghanistan.

  • Soldiers Help Iraqi Boy Get Surgery

    Aug 8, 2007

    Soldiers have answered the prayers of an Iraqi boy and his parents in Hollandia.

  • 'Artificial Spike' Leads to Highest Troop Level in Iraq

    Aug 8, 2007

    An Aca,!A"artificial spikeAca,!A? in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has led to the largest number of American servicemembers in the country ever.

  • Thinking of Home, Cavalry Unit Maintains Focus in Iraq

    Aug 7, 2007

    Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, have found themselves in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital. After more than a year patrolling and surviving the streets of Baghdad, the squadron finds itself on the downhill slope toward home at Fort Lewis, Wash. Although many Soldiers are counting down the remaining days, they are still patrolling the streets of Karkh district.

  • Tribal Leaders Join Forces to Fight Terrorists in Diyala Province

    Aug 7, 2007

    In what appears to be a repeat of nearby Anbar province, tribal leaders in Diyala province, Iraq, have joined forces and are working together to fight terrorists in their homeland.

  • Afghanistan by Foot

    Aug 6, 2007

    Soldiers from the 158th Aviation and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiments search for the Taliban and their weapons caches in Andar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Enemy Contact in Al Haymer

    Aug 6, 2007

    Soldiers from Troop B, 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, patrol Al Haymer, Iraq, July 12.

  • Progress Continues on Many Fronts in Iraq's Anbar Province

    Aug 6, 2007

    Stabilizing Iraqi communities is the way forward in combating the insurgency in Iraq, the commander of coalition efforts in Ramadi said.

  • Iraq Briefing: Col. John Charlton

    Aug 3, 2007

    Col. John Charlton, Commander of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks via satellite with reporters at the Pentagon, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq.

  • Soldiers Rally to Save Iraqi Child

    Aug 3, 2007

    Soldiers help to save an Iraqi girl's life.

  • Iraq Makes Security, Economic, Political Gains, Officials Say

    Aug 3, 2007

    Ongoing, tangible progress is being made in Iraq across security, economic and political fronts, say U.S. officials.

  • When Ordered, Iraq Withdrawal Should be 'Methodical,' General Says

    Aug 2, 2007

    The way the United States ultimately leaves Iraq will send a strong message to America's friends and enemies alike, the general who would oversee the logistical exodus said.

  • Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq

    Aug 2, 2007

    An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper was awarded the nation's fourth highest decoration, the Silver Star, July 31, 2007, at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq, for valorous actions during a near ambush February 2, 2007, in Samarra.

  • Sappers Rule the Road

    Aug 1, 2007

    Sappers (a type of engineer) from Sapper Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, build a dirt road and bridges July 18 near Al Awad, so Iraqi and coalition forces can conduct an important operation.

  • Shootout in Dora

    Aug 1, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, conduct a presence patrol in the Dora area of south Baghdad, July 24.

  • Gen. Petraeus Says U.S. Will Retain Presence in Iraq for Foreseeable Future

    Aug 1, 2007

    Gen. David H. Petraeus said the American people understand that the United States cannot completely Aca,!A"unhookAca,!A? from Iraq.

  • Civilian Job Skills Help Guard Soldiers Address Afghanistan's Poppy Problem

    Jul 31, 2007

    Afghan and international forces are trying to solve Afghanistan's poppy problem and to maximize agricultural output.

  • Iraqi Police Undergo Specialized Training

    Jul 31, 2007

    Iraq's national police are becoming a proficient, loyal law enforcement organization that serves all of Iraq's citizens.

  • Gen. Petraeus Working to Keep Iraq Assessment Apolitical

    Jul 31, 2007

    The top U.S. commander in Iraq yesterday acknowledged high expectations for a September assessment of the situation in Iraq and said he would work to keep politics out of the process.

  • Coalition Reclaims al-Jamea'a

    Jul 30, 2007

    As Operation Arrowhead Ripper moves along in Diyala, ever so quietly, Operation Rogue Thunder swept through a section of the capital in hopes of ridding the area of anti-Iraqi forces for good. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army, their Military Transition Team and Soldiers from the U.S. 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, cleared al-Jamea'a of caches, bombs and insurgents while helping to ramp up security efforts to reclaim the area terrorized and bullied by al-Qaeda.

  • Trekking Up and Down Nuristan

    Jul 30, 2007

    Soldiers from the Arizona National Guard and the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team patrol the rugged mountains and valleys of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, in search of weapons and extremists and ready to lend a helping hand to the vast majority of law-abiding citizens.

  • Air Ambulance

    Jul 30, 2007

    Soldiers from the 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) prepare for a medical mission aboard their UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

  • Working Diligently in Adhamiya

    Jul 30, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, conduct a dismounted patrol and set up a traffic control point in the Adhamiya section of Baghdad.

  • Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams Help Rebuild Iraq

    Jul 30, 2007

    Embedded provincial reconstruction teams are helping teach Iraqi businessmen and local officials how to better function as part of a democratic government.

  • Improved Ninewah Security May Mean Fewer U.S. Troops in Future

    Jul 30, 2007

    Insurgent attacks in Iraq's Ninewah province have dropped significantly, and if the trend continues, fewer U.S. troops will be needed in the region, an Army commander in the area said.

  • U.S., Iraqi Generals Chart Security Progress in Baghdad

    Jul 27, 2007

    Security progress in Iraq is undeniable, Iraqi and American leaders in Baghdad said.

  • Maj. Gen. Rodriguez Afghanistan Briefing

    Jul 26, 2007

    Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander of Combined Joint Task Force-82, and Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Afghanistan.

  • New Surveillance Camera Minimizes Danger in Iraq

    Jul 26, 2007

    A new surveillance system that minimizes Soldiers' exposure to harm while providing continual observation in operating areas has been fielded in Iraq after just three weeks of design and manufacturing.

  • U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Continue Operations in Iraq

    Jul 25, 2007

    Combined Iraqi and U.S. forces captured 48 suspected terrorists, killed one insurgent and seized weapons and bombs in Iraq over the past several days.

  • U.S., Afghan Soldiers Fight Their Way Out of an Ambush

    Jul 25, 2007

    U.S. and Afghan Soldiers are working together to suppress the Taliban and other extremists. Here is a small glimpse of that epic struggle.

  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Defeat Insurgent Ambush

    Jul 24, 2007

    Afghan and coalition Soldiers successfully repelled enemy fighters during a patrol on the western side of the Helmand River in the Musa Qalah district of Afghanistan's Helmand province.

  • Provincial Initiatives Outpace National Government in Iraq

    Jul 24, 2007

    The slow pace of legislation and political compromise at Iraq's national level should not belie the potential for economic and political progress in the country's provinces, a coalition commander said.

  • Land of Enchantment

    Jul 23, 2007

    Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Arizona National Guard, and Afghan security forces, patrol the rugged and beautiful Titin River valley of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, June 26. But beauty can be deceiving, as extremists are lurking in these parts.

  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain, Kill Numerous Terrorists; Find Weapons

    Jul 23, 2007

    Iraqi and coalition forces killed and captured multiple suspected terrorists over the past several days.

  • Al Qaeda Has No Sanctuary in Iraq, General Says

    Jul 20, 2007

    Al Qaeda no longer has sanctuary in any major region of Iraq, only a month after the surge of operations began there, a top commander in the region said.

  • Grounded in a Sandstorm

    Jul 19, 2007

    A sandstorm grounded Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace and his senior enlisted advisor, Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey's helicopter during a visit to Ramadi, Iraq, July 17. The two made productive use of their time on the ground visiting Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division.

  • NATO Fails to Deliver Promised Troops, Capabilities, says Gen. McNeill

    Jul 19, 2007

    NATO countries have still not manned the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to promised levels, the commander of the force said.

  • Al Qaeda in Iraq Duped Into Following Foreigners, Captured Operative Says

    Jul 19, 2007

    Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist leaders cloak themselves in Iraqi nationalism, but in fact, their purpose is to subjugate the Iraqi people under a foreign-led terrorist organization that wants to impose a Taliban-like ideology on them, said a military spokesman in Baghdad.

  • Army Engineers' Efforts Will Have Lasting Impact in Iraq, General Says

    Jul 18, 2007

    It will take time and considerable resources to rebuild Iraq following more than 25 years of neglect under Saddam Hussein's rule, said Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division commander.

  • 'Operation Ithaca' Surprises, Pummels, al Qaeda Forces

    Jul 18, 2007

    U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers broke up al Qaeda operations in the Diyala River valley during "Operation Ithaca."

  • Flying Doggies

    Jul 17, 2007

    Soldiers from the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions participate in a medical evacuation and canine-hoist training mission, July 15, near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Troops' Focus, Motivation Remains Rock-Solid, Says Senior Enlisted Advisor

    Jul 17, 2007

    While the buzz at home centers on benchmarks measuring progress in Iraq, troops on the ground are focusing on their mission and what they're accomplishing, a senior enlisted advisor said.

  • Corps Commander Sees No Need for More U.S. Troops in Iraq

    Jul 17, 2007

    The Multinational Corps Iraq commander said he does not envision a scenario that would require more U.S. troops in Iraq.

  • School Back in Session

    Jul 16, 2007

    Children living in Afghanistan's Andar Province returned to school June 19, after Afghan Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 203rd Infantry, reopened schools closed by the Taliban for two months.

  • Commander Says Iraq Plus-Up Operations Have 'Significant' Impact

    Jul 16, 2007

    Ongoing anti-insurgent operations conducted in and around Baghdad and to the south of Iraq's capital city are achieving continued success, a senior U.S. military officer said.

  • Many Iraqis Vie for Security Jobs

    Jul 12, 2007

    Despite Iraqi security forces being a primary target for anti-Iraqi terrorists, people continue to volunteer to become members of the Iraqi police.

  • Gen. Petraeus: More Time Needed to Assess Effectiveness of Iraq Plus-Up

    Jul 11, 2007

    More time is needed to gauge the effectiveness of the ongoing military offensive against insurgents in and around Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, the top U.S. general there said.

  • Army Healers

    Jul 10, 2007

    All Soldiers know the basics of first aid. Together with Army medical personnel, they treat ill and injured Soldiers, civilians and even captured enemy fighters.

  • Early Troop Withdrawal Would Leave Iraq More Violent, General Says

    Jul 10, 2007

    Iraqi security forces are not yet ready to secure their country, and if U.S. troops were withdrawn too soon, violence would escalate, a top U.S. commander in the region said Sunday.

  • Austin, Texas, Becomes a Model for Local Iraqi Governments

    Jul 9, 2007

    To help Iraqi local governments move to self-sufficiency, the U.S. Army is using expertise from the Austin, Texas, city manager's office to examine concepts of governance.

  • Smiles Patrol

    Jul 6, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company A (Engineers), 325th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and Iraqi security forces were treated to plenty of smiles as they patrolled Baghdad, June 24.

  • Iraq Rebuilding Shifts from Western Contracts to Iraqis

    Jul 6, 2007

    Construction in the region has shifted from largely Western-based contracts to more contracts awarded to Iraqi contractors, said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division. About 60 percent of the contractors are now Iraq-based, and that number is expected to grow.

  • Soldiering in Nuristan Province

    Jul 5, 2007

    Soldiers from various units at Forward Operating Base Kalagush patrol Afghanistan's Nuristan Province and train the local police force last month.

  • Soccer Ball Diplomacy

    Jul 5, 2007

    U.S. and coalition Soldiers get a lot of goodwill mileage from handing out soccer balls and playing sandlot soccer with children in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Soccer worldwide also is known as football.

  • Operation Phantom Thunder Proceeds in Iraq; Afghan Progress Continues

    Jul 5, 2007

    The Iraqi people know who the enemy is, they know where caches are, and they are turning enemy fighters into Iraqi security forces, said Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins.

  • Iran Arming, Training, Directing Terror Groups in Iraq, U.S. Official Says

    Jul 3, 2007

    Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner said Iran is funding Hezbollah and other extremist operatives in Iraq.

  • Iraq Training Team Commander Expresses Confidence Iraqis Will Succeed

    Jul 2, 2007

    With each passing day, the Iraqi forces take shape and evolve as they gain confidence in their decision making, said the commander of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team.

  • Children of the War Zone

    Jun 29, 2007

    Soldiers and civilians on the frontlines of the war on terror are viewed close up.

  • Ready to Help or Fight

    Jun 28, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, deliver humanitarian relief supplies and clear houses in and around the village of Albu Said, Iraq, June 16.

  • Coalition Troops Put Pressure on Insurgents During Operation Phantom Thunder

    Jun 28, 2007

    The troop plus-up has become Aca,!A"a surge of operations,Aca,!A? and coalition forces are in the early stages of a difficult fight, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said.

  • Charlie Company Makes Contact

    Jun 27, 2007

    Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, kill one insurgent and captured three during an intense, 20-minute gun battle on the streets of Baghdad's Adhamiyah neighborhood, June 16.

  • NATO Forces Winning Battle Against Taliban in Afghanistan

    Jun 27, 2007

    Though the number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan has increased as officials predicted it would with better weather, coalition forces are winning the battle against al Qaeda and the Taliban in NATO's Regional Command East.

  • Rugged Mountains, Raging Rivers, Extremists

    Jun 26, 2007

    Afghanistan police and Soldiers from the Kalagush Provincial Reconstruction Team from Forward Operating Base Kalagush, Afghanistan, patrol the wilds of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, June 14. The province is adjacent to Pakistan in the north of the country.

  • A Day with Paratroopers in Pana

    Jun 26, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conduct a cordon and search of Pana, Afghanistan, June 9.

  • Time Needed to Build Iraqi Forces, Training Chief Says

    Jun 26, 2007

    While Iraqi forces are progressing, it will take time before they are fully ready to shoulder the security burden, the Soldier in charge of training Iraqi Army and police said.

  • Coalition Trains Afghan Police in Special Weapons, Tactics

    Jun 26, 2007

    The battle against the Taliban is an ongoing fight throughout Afghanistan. One of the groups leading the charge against the terrorists and insurgents is the Afghan National Police.

  • Operation Arrowhead Ripper

    Jun 25, 2007

    In this slideshow - Soldiers clear Baqubah, a city in Iraq's volatile Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, June 19. The Soldiers are from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

  • Seeking a Way Forward Through Inter-Faith Reconciliation in Iraq

    Jun 25, 2007

    A meeting of Iraqi religious leaders from various sects and faiths has opened a door for further progress on reining in factional violence in Iraq, said the top U.S. chaplain in the country.

  • Police Academy

    Jun 20, 2007

    Recruits from the Iraqi Police Academy in Mahmudiyah are rigorously trained by U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi instructors.

  • Sectarian Murders Down in Baghdad, Gen. Petraeus Says

    Jun 19, 2007

    Gen. David H. Petraeus said the U.S. troop plus-up has helped reduce sectarian murders and executions in Baghdad by one-third between January and April.

  • Local Security Engagements Squeezing Insurgents, General Says

    Jun 15, 2007

    The quickened tempo and increasingly localized nature of joint U.S.-Iraqi security operations are gradually pushing al Qaeda and related insurgent groups out of Iraq's neighborhoods, a coalition spokesman said.

  • Growth in Iraqi Forces Will Ensure Training Depth, Unity, General Says

    Jun 14, 2007

    Given the levels of violence in Iraq and anticipation of a declining U.S. presence in the future, the Iraqi security forces need to grow in 2008 at about the same rate theyAca,!a,,cre growing this year, the U.S. general who was in charge of training Iraqi forces until this week said.

  • Leadership Crucial to Developing Iraqi Security Forces

    Jun 13, 2007

    Iraqi security units have developed to the point where they can assume a greater share of the security burden, the U.S. general in charge of training those forces until earlier this week told Congress.

  • Kirkuk Example Provides Hope Despite Terrorist Attacks, Commander Says

    Jun 11, 2007

    Kirkuk, Iraq's northern oil center, is an example of people of all sects, tribes and religions being able to live and work together in the Middle East. That's why it is a terrorist target, said a brigade commander.

  • Al Qaeda Support Waning in Iraq's Diyala Province, General Says

    Jun 7, 2007

    Circumstantial evidence indicates al Qaeda in Iraq is weakening and popular support is swinging toward the coalition in Iraq's Diyala province, the commander of U.S. military forces there said.

  • Commander Says Forces Have Upper Hand Against Taliban

    Jun 6, 2007

    Coalition forces have gained the upper hand against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, said the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

  • Lt. Gen. Dempsey: Problems, Solutions Mark Iraq Training Landscape

    Jun 6, 2007

    As he finishes his tour in Iraq this week, the senior U.S. military official in charge of training the Iraqi police and army offered a candid assessment of the coalition-led training regimen.

  • Field Medicine

    Jun 5, 2007

    While doctors and medics provide high-quality treatment for the sick and injured, Soldiers of all ranks and all specialties know and practice the basics of field medicine.

  • Plus-Up Improving Security, Quality of Life in Baghdad

    Jun 5, 2007

    The plus-up of coalition and Iraqi security forces into Baghdad neighborhoods is aimed at improving the security situation in the Iraqi capital. Yet, there are other programs benefiting by having more boots on the ground.

  • Fit for Duty

    Jun 4, 2007

    Combat operations can at times result in great physical exertion. But sometimes, Soldiers need to supplement their day-to-day activities with some physical training of their own.

  • Soldiers in Afghanistan Become U.S. Citizens

    May 30, 2007

    It was a proud day for 19 active-duty servicemen and women who took the Oath of Allegiance making them among the newest U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Afghanistan on Memorial Day.

  • Fields of Fire

    May 29, 2007

    Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan often patrol urban areas or places with thick vegetation. But sometimes they encounter open terrain reminiscent of the American Midwest or desert Southwest. These scenic vistas could inspire peace and tranquility except for the fact that extremists might be nearby, watching and waiting.

  • 82nd CAB Mechanics Install Frag-5 Armor Field Kits

    May 29, 2007

    The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (Task Force Pegasus) recently responded to a request for mechanical support during the ongoing installation of nearly 1,800 Frag-5 Armor Field kits, which replace key elements on all up-armored vehicles in Afghanistan. Four Soldiers, two from 122nd Aviation Support Battalion (TF Atlas) and two from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion (TF Talon) have been providing assistance to the Army Material Command for the past two months.

  • Route Clearing in Afghanistan

    May 29, 2007

    Soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force-82 perform a route-clearing mission in Afghanistan. Roads are sometimes mined with IEDs and extremists also set up ambushes on occasion.

  • Looking for Insurgents in Taji

    May 29, 2007

    Soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, search for suspected insurgents after encountering a roadside bomb during a patrol in Taji, Iraq, May 15.

  • Col. Bryan Owens Interview

    May 25, 2007

    Col. Bryan Owens talks to a reporter in Raleigh, N.C., about how he will spend Memorial Day, the progress he has seen in Tikrit, Iraq, and the stepping up of Iraqi security forces.

  • More Troops Mean More Contacts With Enemy, General Says

    May 25, 2007

    The increase in troops in Iraq means more contact with terrorists and extremists in the country, a U.S. general there said.

  • Musicians in Iraq

    May 24, 2007

    Toby Keith in Iraq, Lt. Dan Band entertains troops.

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