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  • 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.

  • Never Leave a Fallen Comrade

    May 21, 2007

    Search efforts continue for three missing U.S. Soldiers who are believed to have been abducted by terrorists on May 12 in Quarghuli Village, Iraq.

  • Stryker Operations in Baqubah

    May 18, 2007

    Strykers arrive in Diyala Province and conduct operations with other units on patrol in Baqubah, Iraq.

  • Reconstructing Ramadi

    May 17, 2007

    The US Army Corps of Engineers helps reconstruct Ramadi's dated electrical and plumbing systems.

  • Military Spouse Day / Couple Re-Enlists

    May 15, 2007

    President Bush meets with numerous Honorees at a White House ceremony honoring Military Spouse Day; A married Army couple re-enlist together on their 6th Anniversary in Afghanistan.

  • Blocking Flow of 'Accelerants' Critical to Baghdad Security

    May 15, 2007

    Restricting the northward passage of weapons and other enablers of violence from southern Iraq into Baghdad is crucial to stabilizing the Iraqi capital, a U.S. general said.

  • Iraqi Army Takes the Lead

    May 14, 2007

    Military Transition Team accompanies Iraqi Army Soldiers as they conduct a large operation in Diyala province. Spc. Samantha Szesciorka reports on how the Iraqi Army is making progress in the towns.

  • Commander Sees Success in Iraqi Security Forces

    May 11, 2007

    U.S. forces are continuing to see improvements in the abilities of the Iraqi security forces they are training, the commander of the Iraqi Assistance Group said.

  • Vice Presidential Press Briefing in Iraq

    May 9, 2007

    Vice President Dick Cheney, Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, speak with reporters in Iraq.

  • Iraq Media Roundtable

    May 9, 2007

    MNF-Iraq spokesman Major General William Caldwell and Major General David Edgington, Director of Air Component Coordination Element, MNF-Iraq, speak with reporters in Baghdad.

  • U.S. Soldiers Continue to Gain Trust of Afghan People

    May 9, 2007

    By living among the people of Afghanistan and gaining their trust and respect, U.S. troops are winning in the eastern part of the country, a U.S. commander there said.

  • Afghanistan Briefing

    May 8, 2007

    Col. John Nicholson, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, provides an update on ongoing security and stability operations in eastern Afghanistan.

  • ARCENT at Land Forces Symposium

    May 8, 2007

    Military leaders from across the globe come together for the Land Forces Symposium. Gail McCabe reports on the gathering in Pakistan.

  • Silver Star to Maj. Gant / Bomb Making Network

    May 7, 2007

    Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant received the Silver Star for Actions last December in Iraq; US and Afghan security forces shut down a bomb making network and seize weapons in Nangarhar Province.

  • Coalition's 'Operation Rat Trap' Targets al Qaeda in Iraq

    May 4, 2007

    Coalition forces have been targeting al Qaeda in Iraq over the last week in a series of raids dubbed "Operation Rat Trap."

  • Soldier in Heroic Battle to Receive Silver Star

    May 4, 2007

    BAGHDAD – "Men, you have one second in your life where you can decide if you are going to be a coward or if you are going to fight. The time to decide is now."

  • Making a Difference in Baghdad

    May 3, 2007

    Clearing operations in Baghdad's Doura Market are helping to revitalize commercial activity.

  • Iraqi Soldiers Hustle Through Basic Training

    May 2, 2007

    "We told the Iraqi Army early on that they had to train like they're going to fight," said 1st Sgt. Jeffrey Morris, Coalition Military Transition Team noncommissioned officer in charge. He and other U.S. Soldiers are ensuring that they do just that.

  • A Day at the Fish Market

    May 1, 2007

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and Iraqi contractors are providing security at the Abu Nuwas fish market area in the Rusafa District in east Baghdad, April 23.

  • 'Arrowhead Division' Commander Reports Operation Arrowhead Strike 9 Successes

    May 1, 2007

    A major clearing operation that wrapped up last week in Baghdad succeeded in preventing 3,200 roadside bombs, jailing 42 terrorists, and seizing enough weapons and explosives to outfit an enemy infantry battalion, the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team reported.

  • Commander Lauds Combat Support His Soldiers Provide

    Apr 30, 2007

    Although he's proud of what his troops do in Kuwait, the commander of the 3rd U.S. Army and U.S. Army Central Command said that what his troops do to contribute to combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is even more important.

  • Progress Continues Despite 'Spectacular' Attacks, General Says

    Apr 30, 2007

    Despite headline-grabbing enemy attacks, progress continues in Iraq, a top U.S. general in Iraq said.

  • Iraqi Police Becoming 'Very Capable' at Law Enforcement

    Apr 27, 2007

    Iraq's growing police force is technically competent and functioning as it should within the country's legal system, a top U.S. police trainer said.

  • Suicide Bombings Backfire on Taliban, U.S. Officer Says

    Apr 26, 2007

    Recent suicide-bombing attacks against innocent Afghans indicate a changed Taliban strategy that is backfiring on the radical Islamic group, said a senior U.S. military officer in Afghanistan.

  • Efforts Against Extremists Continue in Baghdad

    Apr 25, 2007

    Efforts by Iraqi security forces and the coalition to reduce the violence in Baghdad continue as Operation Law and Order enters its ninth week.

  • Fresh Water in Iraq / New Sniper System

    Apr 24, 2007

    Iraqis get fresh water wells; new sniper system hits Afghanistan.

  • Aviation Recovery Team Keeps Valuable Aerial Assets Available

    Apr 23, 2007

    There are several options of recovery available to the DART team when a helicopter goes down in Iraq: make repairs on site to fly the aircraft back to base, do an aerial recovery or perform a ground recovery. There is also a fourth option, the least desirable -- destroy the aircraft at the site.

  • Military Leaders Must Keep Faith With Troops, Says Senior Enlisted Leader

    Apr 23, 2007

    Troops continue to trust senior military leaders, but they will lose that trust if the military does not keep its promises, said Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey.

  • Securing Iraq: A Pivotal Moment in Time

    Apr 20, 2007

    Soldiers Radio and Television takes an in-depth look at the military efforts to secure Iraq.

  • General Details U.S. Military Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Apr 20, 2007

    The recent security crackdown in Baghdad has not pushed violence into other parts of Iraq, despite various "high-profile attacks" that might indicate the opposite, a senior U.S. military officer said.

  • Afghanistan Briefing

    Apr 19, 2007

    Brigadier General Joseph Votel, Deputy Commanding General for Operations for Combined JTF-82, and Deputy Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, discusses ongoing security and stability operations in Afghanistan.

  • Iraq Media Availability

    Apr 19, 2007

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Multi-National Force-Iraq Commanding General David Petraeus speak with reporters in Iraq.

  • Engineers Complete Reconstruction Projects

    Apr 19, 2007

    Because the concept of kindergarten is a new one to Kurdish parents, enrollment in the Batel Kindergarten is just now filling up - a year after it opened its doors.

  • Coalition, Afghan Forces Counter Taliban Offensive

    Apr 19, 2007

    Coalition and Afghan National Army operations have blunted the Taliban spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel said.

  • Iraq Aviation Safety

    Apr 16, 2007

    The role of aviators in the war in Iraq is becoming even more critical, as IEDs and suicide bombers take their toll on civilians and Soldiers.

  • Deployment Plan / Recruitment Bonus

    Apr 13, 2007

    Secretary Gates lays out the new deployment plan, of 15 months deployed and 12 months at home, at a Pentagon press briefing; NG Soldier sets record for highest recruitment bonus received at 94,000 dollars.

  • Iraq Assistance Group

    Apr 12, 2007

    The Iraq Assistance Group is the primary coalition agency tasked with getting transition teams where they are needed. Gail McCabe speaks with the I-A-G Commanding General.

  • Iraq Briefing: Maj. Gen. William Caldwell

    Apr 12, 2007

    Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman Major General William Caldwell speaks with reporters in Iraq.

  • Minnesota National Guard Improves Roadways

    Apr 11, 2007

    Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers and Iraqi citizens of Al Batha recently restored 15 kilometers of Al Batha city streets in southern Iraq.

  • Soldiers, Airmen Mentor Afghan Medical Instructors

    Apr 11, 2007

    A team of five highly-skilled Air Force and Army medics mentor Afghan National Army instructors at the Combat Medic School in Kabul. Their mission is to guide the ANA instructors into leading the Combat Medic Course, which was recently extended to eight weeks. As instructors, they serve as mentors and help promote the growth and professionalism of the ANA's road to self-sufficiency.

  • Tankers Talk Shop, Try Out Weapon Systems

    Apr 10, 2007

    Soldiers from Dagger Troop, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, attached to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, took the time recently to get to know their Iraqi Army counterparts.

  • Team Ensures Communication on Battlefield

    Apr 5, 2007

    In the desert somewhere between the objective and their "home" in Iraq two Soldiers work together silently in the dark. Without a word, and with movements that seem synchronized, they quickly fasten antennas, attach cables and hoist the large receiving and transmitting device.

  • Afghan Government, Coalition Aid Flood Victims

    Apr 5, 2007

    The Laghman provincial government, Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition partners provided vital humanitarian assistance to flood victims in northeastern Afghanistan, March 31-April 1.

  • Sadr City Medical Operation

    Apr 4, 2007

    Free clinic at a school near Sadr City where U.S. Soldiers provide medical care to and build relationships with local Iraqis.

  • Black Jack Performs Medical Mission in Baghdad

    Apr 3, 2007

    As Haifa Street residents begin coming back out into the streets that were once too dangerous to step into, coalition and Iraqi security forces are beginning to lend a much needed hand in many of the basic needs.

  • Lancer Troops Work to Make Streets Safe for Iraqis

    Apr 2, 2007

    Making the streets safer for Iraqi civilians in their area of operations has been one of the main goals for troopers from the 2nd "Lancer" Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment.

  • Prime Power Lights Up Anaconda

    Mar 30, 2007

    Soldiers with the 249th Engineer Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., handle a very dangerous job repairing the electrical configuration at Logistical Support Area, Anaconda, Iraq.

  • Program Sends Soccer Balls to Iraqi Children

    Mar 29, 2007

    A program that will provide hundreds of soccer balls to Iraqi children began with a mother who wanted to send them candy.

  • Army 3rd Armored Cavalry - Valorous Unit Award

    Mar 28, 2007

    The Defense Department highlights military men and women who have gone above and beyond in the Global War on Terror.

  • Wounded Soldier Re-enlists in Hospital Bed 'Down Range'

    Mar 28, 2007

    In his civilian life, Staff Sgt. Andrew S. McMann is a member of the special response team that protects nuclear facilities for the Department of Energy. His Army unit arrived in Iraq in October and he became eligible to re-enlist just two days before he was wounded.

  • Iraqi Women 'Move History Forward'

    Mar 27, 2007

    The 615th "Cold Steel" Aviation Support Battalion hosted a Women's History Month celebration at Camp Taji, Iraq, March 19.

  • Iraqi Engineers Learn New Skills

    Mar 26, 2007

    A class of Iraqi engineers completed a four-day course in construction quality management, enhancing their job skills to achieve a quality product safely, on time and within budget. The instructor of the course, Peggy McBride is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Quality Assurance lead for the Europe District.

  • New Baghdad Area Dining Facility Feeds 9,000 Per Meal

    Mar 22, 2007

    After months of construction and waiting, the largest dining facility on Iraq's Victory Base Complex opened to cheers and a flood of Soldiers and civilians March 20.

  • Support Soldiers Bring Hot Chow to Outpost

    Mar 21, 2007

    As the Mustang Battalion's Legionnaires found their way out of Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah and moved up to Forward Operating Base Hope near Sadr City, they knew that relocating meant no more hot meals.

  • Admiral Fallon and CENTCOM / Outpatient Hotline

    Mar 20, 2007

    Admiral Fallon assumes command of CENTCOM; 1-800 number available for outpatient issues.

  • Alwaiya Children's Hospital

    Mar 20, 2007

    Package of the Alwaiya Childrens Hospital and the reconstruction project managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is one of five hospital renovations in Baghdad. Produced by Troy Rolan.

  • Iraqi Army Seizes 20 Trucks of Black Market Oil

    Mar 20, 2007

    Iraqi army soldiers seized a convoy of 20 illegal fuel trucks carrying crude oil in the Qayarrah region, south of Mosul, Feb. 20.

  • USACE Sewer and Water

    Mar 16, 2007

    The Army Engineer Corps helps to revitalize the sewer and water infrastructure in Doura, Iraq. Julie Cupernall Reports.

  • Petraeus Troops the Lines

    Mar 16, 2007

    Gen. David H. Petraeus began his efforts to troop the lines throughout Iraq over the last month. Here, he is reviewing the conditions at Zafaraniyah Market in northeast Baghdad after increases in security were implemented. In mid-February this same market was devastated by two car bombs that killed more than 50 civilians. Today the market is thriving due to Iraqi and coalition efforts.

  • Sadr City Joint Security Station

    Mar 15, 2007

    Package of Paratroopers working with Iraqi Security Forces to establish the Sadr City Joint Security Station. Produced by Staff Sgt. Randy Randolph.

  • Officer Reflects on Her 30 Years of Service

    Mar 14, 2007

    As March is designated Women's History Month, a deployed female officer with the Army Reserve reflected on 30 years of personal experience regarding women in the Army. Lt. Col. Amy Blumenthal, a support operations plans officer for the 377th Theater Support Command, has experienced and witnessed changes both as an officer and enlisted Soldier. "I've learned and seen a lot," Blumenthal said. "My military experience has made me have more confidence in myself. I was a turtle in a shell, and now I'm out of the shell."

  • Laying Foundations

    Mar 14, 2007

    USACE conducts a civil affairs mission in Baghdad.

  • Reconstruction Conference Offers Hope for Ramadi

    Mar 14, 2007

    A cooperation, a presence and a movement by the people - these are the things that have improved conditions in the Anbar providence so Ramadi could begin rebuilding, said U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. John Allen, deputy commander Multi-National Forces - West following a reconstruction and economic growth conference March 7 in Ramadi.

  • Soldiers Compete for Trimester Title

    Mar 12, 2007

    Soldiers from units under the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division competed Feb. 13 and 14 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, for the title of Soldier of the Trimester.