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  • Iraqi personnel graduate basic interrogator, instructor courses

    May 7, 2011

    The Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Detachment - Iraq graduated 22 Iraqi intelligence agency students from the basic interrogation and interrogator instructor, also known as Train-the-Trainer, courses May 1, 2011, at Camp Victory, Iraq.

  • U.S., Iraqi judge advocates partner for legal education

    May 7, 2011

    Legal professionals from the office of the staff judge advocate, United States Forces - Iraq, met with 30 Iraqi military lawyers at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense April 18, 2011, to provide their Iraqi counterparts with legal education in the form of a court martial demonstration.

  • 'Golden hour' initiative pays off in Afghanistan

    May 5, 2011

    Medical and aeromedical evacuation personnel in Afghanistan and at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany say they're seeing the results, in lives saved, of an initiative to get servicemembers to care within an of being wounded. They say casualties are getting medical treatment faster and closer to the point of injury than ever before.

  • Shura gives voice to women's role in Paktika

    May 3, 2011

    An all-female delegation of women from Paktika province convened for the first time April 25, 2011. Influential female Afghan representatives, like the director of women's affairs for Paktika, attended.

  • Forces kill insurgents in Baghlan province

    May 3, 2011

    A combined force killed numerous armed fighters in a gun battle yesterday in the Doshi district of Afghanistan's Baghlan province, military officials reported.

  • Task force assesses likely impact of bin Laden's death

    May 2, 2011

    Within minutes of the president's televised announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, leaders from the 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team met for their daily battle update briefing and began discussing the impact the al-Qaida leader's death would likely have within the unit's area of operation over the coming days and weeks.

  • Wounded warriors return to Iraq

    May 2, 2011

    Denied the opportunity to go home on their own terms, eight servicemembers wounded in Iraq during previous deployments returned to seek closure and see first-hand the results of their sacrifice during Operation Proper Exit April 26.

  • U.S. kills bin Laden in intelligence-driven operation

    May 2, 2011

    An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.

  • Iraq molding new NCO corps after U.S. example

    Apr 29, 2011

    The Iraqi Army is shaping its NCOs in the image set by the U.S. Army NCO Corps.

  • 101st troops help safeguard Paktika province

    Apr 29, 2011

    The U.S. Army brigade responsible for security operations in Paktika province, Afghanistan, was faced on arrival with an enemy that felt at home, the unit's operations officer said.

  • Review of Purple Heart award policy allows Fort Riley officer to receive Purple Heart for TBI

    Apr 29, 2011

    Two years after receiving a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, and just days before heading into harm's way again, a change in policy allowed Lt. Col. Erich Campbell to receive the Purple Heart on Fort Riley, Kan., April 27, 2011.

  • Petraeus to leave battlefield for CIA

    Apr 28, 2011

    President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Gen. David H. Petraeus to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • 'Lifeline' Battalion trains 9th Iraqi Army Division on tank movement operations

    Apr 27, 2011

    Soldiers with the 299th "Lifeline" Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center conducted training on the Heavy Equipment Transport Trailer with members of the 9th Iraqi Army Division at Camp Taji, Iraq, from April 11-20, 2011.

  • Shooting incident in Kabul leaves 9 dead

    Apr 27, 2011

    Eight International Security Assistance Force servicemembers and an ISAF civilian died today following a shooting incident in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, military officials reported.

  • Landstuhl provides advanced care for wounded warriors

    Apr 27, 2011

    The pace never slows at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany, the largest U.S. military medical facility outside the United States and the first stop for wounded troops evacuated from the war zones.

  • Medal of Honor recipient shares story with Fort Benning troops

    Apr 27, 2011

    In Cai Lay, Vietnam, Nov. 18, 1967, a young Soldier helped rescue his injured comrades by swimming across a river on an air mattress despite having a broken back, three broken ribs, shrapnel wounds, a gunshot wound and not being able to swim.

  • Looking ahead with new SMA: Raymond F. Chandler III takes reins as sergeant major of the Army

    Apr 27, 2011

    At a small, rather quiet ceremony that was standing-room-only in the Pentagon Auditorium, March 1, 2011, Raymond F. Chandler III was sworn in as the 14th sergeant major of the Army.

  • Soldiers, ANSF, distribute 6,000 coats to rural Afghans

    Apr 26, 2011

    U.S. and Afghan forces handed out hundreds of coats to people living in the rural village of Charwazi, Afghanistan, April 19.

  • Operation Overlord eliminates enemy stronghold

    Apr 25, 2011

    Nearly 350 members of the Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee air assaulted into Naka district, Afghanistan, to clear and eliminate the insurgent staging area.

  • Afghans lead way at Regional Training Center Mehtar Lam

    Apr 25, 2011

    Regional Training Center Mehtar Lam in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman province has been the home for this country's police trainees, the Afghan National Civil Order Police.

  • Deployed dentists test lightweight mobile X-ray system

    Apr 21, 2011

    It can sometimes be difficult for deployed Soldiers to access conventional dental treatment, but Army dentists at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, are testing a portable X-ray system which could change that.

  • Kiowa pilots stop IED triggerman on Iraqi highway

    Apr 21, 2011

    The actions taken by Kiowa Warrior pilots last month prevented a triggerman for an improvised explosive device from harming Americans and Iraqis.

  • Commander in eastern Afghanistan notes progress

    Apr 21, 2011

    Coalition forces eventually will have to say they've done all they can in Afghanistan, but "we're not there yet," the commander of Regional Command East said here yesterday.

  • 17 killed, 1 detained during security operation in Kunar

    Apr 21, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed seventeen insurgents including foreign fighters and detained one suspected insurgent while searching for an al-Qaida senior leader during a security operation in Dangam district, Kunar province last night.

  • Army chief of staff visits Soldiers in Iraq

    Apr 19, 2011

    Leader development is key to the ongoing success of Army, said the Army's new chief of staff during a visit with troops from United States Division - Center at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

  • Virtual Counter IED system enhancing training in Europe

    Apr 19, 2011

    Soldiers from Baumholder, Germany were attending the Multicultural Mobile Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Interactive Trainer at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, April 12.

  • Secretary of Defense visits U.S. Division-North in Iraq

    Apr 18, 2011

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates finished a three-day visit to Iraq, meeting with troops deployed to U.S. Division-North, April 8.

  • Forces capture insurgents, weapons in Afghanistan

    Apr 18, 2011

    Combined forces yesterday captured a Taliban leader and found a weapons stockpile during operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Iraqi Army prepares for Operation Lion's Leap

    Apr 15, 2011

    Iraqi soldiers are slated to begin Operation Lion's Leap April 18, 2011, and culminate it with a live-fire exercise before graduating at the end of the month.

  • TF Storm locks out insurgents from Charkh bazaar

    Apr 13, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 2-30th Infantry, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division's Task Force Storm, secured villages in Charkh district for five days, which prevented insurgents the freedom of movement, during Operation Charkh Resolution, April 1-5.

  • SARC of Year takes on zero tolerance as life's mission

    Apr 13, 2011

    A noncommissioned officer who worked hard to eliminate sexual assault in Iraq will be recognized at the Pentagon, April 15.

  • Transition teams partner with Basrah authorities

    Apr 13, 2011

    Leaders with the Stability Transition Team, or STT, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, laid the groundwork for growth and strength within the agencies they partner with in southern Iraq using an Army quad chart for guidance.

  • 'Promethium Puma' uncovers weapons caches in Galuch Valley

    Apr 12, 2011

    Soldiers from Company A, Task Force Ironman taking part in Operation Promethium Puma located 20 weapons caches throughout the Galuch Valley, Afghanistan.

  • TF Warrior transitions Combat Outpost Tangi to Afghan security forces

    Apr 11, 2011

    Task Force Warrior Soldiers made final preparations to transition Combat Outpost Tangi to Afghan National Security Forces, April 8.

  • Dogs of war: TF Duke canine unit brings skills to fight

    Apr 11, 2011

    Canine handlers and their military working dogs attached to Task Force Duke conducted training involving detection, obedience and patrol skills at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 5.

  • U.S. forces help Iraqi Army complete training program

    Apr 8, 2011

    United States Division - South witnessed the culmination of a training iteration at Tadreeb al-Shamil during a ceremony near Nasiriyah, Iraq, March 30.

  • Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems bridge gap between Soldiers, locals

    Apr 7, 2011

    The initial solution to overcome some of the language barrier U.S. Soldiers faced in Iraq and Afghanistan was to field a quick reaction capability that could meet the immediate need, while the machine foreign language translation system could be developed.

  • Message to DoD workforce on potential government shutdown

    Apr 7, 2011

    "The department remains hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted," said Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III

  • Soldiers fire first precision-guided mortar in Afghanistan

    Apr 7, 2011

    Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Kushamond March 26 fired a 120mm Precision Guided Mortar Munitions round for the first time in Afghanistan.

  • Mosque opening symbolizes hope, partnership in Kandahar

    Apr 7, 2011

    Residents of Arghandab district, Kandahar province came together in celebration, yesterday, as villagers and International Security Assistance Forces participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new mosque in Tarok Kolache.

  • Gates visits troops, meets officials in Iraq

    Apr 7, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived Iraq this evening to visit U.S. troops and to meet with Iraqi officials.

  • Forces kill several Taliban insurgents

    Apr 6, 2011

    An Afghan and coalition force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents yesterday in the Sayad district of Afghanistan's Sar-e Pul province, military officials reported.

  • Raid nets Taliban leader in Kandahar province

    Apr 5, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a raid yesterday in the Zharay district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, military officials reported.

  • Medics extend life-saving skills to Iraqi partners

    Apr 4, 2011

    The medics of the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, traveled to the 4th Iraqi Federal Police headquarters to provide basic medical classes on administering an IV, injury treatment, first responder, running an aid station, and other basic combat lifesaver skills.

  • Afghan Air Force discusses partnership with Task Force Thunder

    Apr 2, 2011

    Afghan Air Force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, along with members of his staff, met with Task Force Thunder commander Col. Todd Royar and his subordinate leaders to evaluate how the two organizations could best work together.

  • BCTC course plays key role in Iraqi Army's future

    Apr 2, 2011

    As the Iraqi Army continues to increase their defense capabilities, Iraqi soldiers are learning not only how to operate new equipment, but how to properly recover and maintain damaged equipment.

  • Electronic Warfare newest 'hot' Army job

    Apr 1, 2011

    Electronic Warfare career managers are seeking enlisted, officer, warrant officer applicants. This is Military Occupational Specialty for enlisted and warrant officers, and an area of concentration for officers.

  • Forces detain insurgents in Afghanistan

    Mar 31, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents yesterday in the Mohammad Aghah district of Afghanistan's Logar province, military officials reported.

  • Afghan firefighters conduct first live burn at KAF

    Mar 30, 2011

    Afghan firefighters from the Kandahar Air Wing participated in a live-burn exercise, March 29, 2011, which marked the first time the group demonstrated battling an internal structure fire at Kandahar Air Field.

  • Kiowa pilot thwarts rocket attack in Iraq

    Mar 30, 2011

    An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter pilot will be awarded during the first week of April for thwarting a rocket attack on Contingency Operating Base Warhorse in central Iraq.

  • CSA Change of Responsibility Ceremony to be webcast April 11

    Mar 29, 2011

    A Change of Responsibility Ceremony for the United States Army chief of staff is scheduled to take place April 11, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Summerall Field.

  • Forces kill insurgents in Afghanistan airstrike

    Mar 29, 2011

    A coalition airstrike killed more than 10 insurgents in the Bermal district of Afghanistan's Paktika province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Monster of Chowkay: Army lieutenant feared by Taliban

    Mar 28, 2011

    When 1st Lt. Benjamin Amsler, a recent graduate from Ranger school who took over the platoon in August 2010, visits elders and local leaders, he isn't shy about passing out his contact information. He gives Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army troops his personal cell phone number. He let's everybody know that he's not in Afghanistan to hide behind the walls of Combat Outpost Fortress.

  • Combat surgeon leaves big business for Army, front lines of Afghanistan

    Mar 28, 2011

    A former business executive for Burton Snowboards, Capt. Douglas 'Doc' Powell, brigade surgeon, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is currently overseeing a mission quite different than the design team he lead with Burton, as he serves on the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

  • Kunar veterinarians praise Iowa ADT programs

    Mar 28, 2011

    Afghan veterinarians who participate in veterinary programs sponsored by the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team's expressed satisfaction with the ADT's efforts during in-depth interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs, March 10.

  • Young Afghan amputee gets new arms

    Mar 28, 2011

    After being struck by an insurgent' improvised explosive device earlier this year, a 12-year-old Afghan boy lost both of his arms and captured hearts, resulting in a collective effort to get him new limbs.

  • Sept. 11 flags transferred to Reserve unit headed to Iraq

    Mar 26, 2011

    The 462nd Movement Control Battalion transferred U.S. and New York City Fire Department flags to the 77th Sustainment Brigade on March 20, 2011. The ceremony marked the final time this particular set of flags transfers from one New York state/New Jersey Army Reserve unit to another serving in the Middle East.

  • From school to combat outpost, then back again

    Mar 25, 2011

    The Duwaya Primary School in northern Baghdad had no students since 2006, but just reopened after more than a year of planning and construction.

  • Coordination sparks agriculture in Afghan province

    Mar 24, 2011

    Students at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute learned Monday about some the challenges and successes of working within the complex political and cultural landscape of Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi security improving as New Dawn nears end

    Mar 24, 2011

    A top Army leader in Iraq said Thursday all Operation New Dawn troops are expected to withdraw from Iraq by December.

  • 81 Afghan National Army medical students graduate

    Mar 24, 2011

    The Afghan National Army graduated 81 medical students in a ceremony held at the Afghan National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.

  • Afghan forces capture explosives filled trailer on tip from local citizen

    Mar 24, 2011

    Early today, an Afghan citizen informed Afghan National Security Forces that a tractor and trailer passing through Sayad Abad District in Wardak Province was filled with bomb-making materials. Afghan National Police responded to the threat.

  • Karzai announces areas to transition to Afghan control

    Mar 23, 2011

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the first seven areas of his country that will transition to full Afghan security control.

  • Medevac initiatives save lives in Afghanistan

    Mar 22, 2011

    New ambulances designed to negotiate Afghanistan's rough, narrow roads, kits that quickly convert standard combat vehicles for casualty evacuation and state-of-the-art field medical packages are improving battlefield medicine and saving lives, an official involved in developing and fielding the new equipment reported.

  • Forces kill insurgent in Baghlan province

    Mar 22, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces today killed an insurgent and detained several others in the Burkah district of Afghanistan's Baghlan province, military officials reported.

  • One Soldier's epic journey in pursuit of happiness

    Mar 21, 2011

    There was no turning back for the 22-year-old native son of Havana, Cuba, as he and three others paddled across the open sea on their tiny boat. Growing up in a country where military service is mandatory, the black market is a common source for staples, and listening to a radio station from the United States is taboo, this Cuban soldier wanted no more.

  • Nangarhar team reviews province development projects

    Mar 21, 2011

    The Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team completed a two-month assessment March 14, of previously constructed facilities in the province. Overall, the facilities in Nangarhar are being used as intended and maintained to the best of the Afghans' abilities.

  • Female aviators defy reported odds

    Mar 21, 2011

    According to a study released earlier this month by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, women account for only 16 percent of leadership positions in the military - a seemingly staggering statistic to release during National Women's History Month. The numbers aren't so shocking when compared to the overall statistic of women serving in the military, which is 16.4 percent, according to a Sept. 30 report released by the Department of Defense.

  • One step closer to leaving: property transfers to Iraqis continue

    Mar 19, 2011

    As the U.S. and Iraqi forces continue to further strengthen their cohesion, an official building and equipment transfer between the United States Forces - Iraq joint civil-military operations staff and Iraqi Ground Forces Command civil-military operations staff took place, March 12, at Camp Victory, Iraq.

  • TF Thunder provides logistics link between Americans, Afghans

    Mar 19, 2011

    Pathfinders from Troop E, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Task Force Palehorse), along with air crews from Task Force Lift's Black Widows, provided the critical link between humanitarians in the U.S. and Afghans in need March 18, when they joined forces with the Afghan National Police to distribute supplies to the people of Deh Gholaman in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

  • New patrol base plans to bring peace to former Taliban stronghold

    Mar 18, 2011

    A brand new patrol base in eastern Mirabad Valley, Afghanistan, promises to bring peace to an area considered a longstanding Taliban stronghold in Uruzgan province.

  • ISAF troops kill dozens of insurgents in Helmand

    Mar 18, 2011

    International Security Assistance Force troops killed more than 30 insurgents in an ongoing offensive operation in the Reg-e Khan Neshin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, during the past two days, military officials reported.

  • Army tells Congress Iraq on track to transition by year's end

    Mar 17, 2011

    It's up to Iraq now to be successful in their own future, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • Soldier writes children's book about helping restore Baghdad Zoo

    Mar 17, 2011

    Maj. William "Wes" Sumner and a small group of people helped save a large population of animals forgotten at the Baghdad Zoo. He recently published a children's book about it.

  • Petraeus: Afghan transition will have long-term impact

    Mar 17, 2011

    As the transition approaches for Afghan forces to begin taking responsibility for security in their country, actions in the coming months will have consequences for years to come, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said here, today.

  • Combat stress control Soldier, working dog inducted into Order of Spur

    Mar 16, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 85th Medical Combat Stress Control Detachment were recognized for their hard work providing behavioral health services for the deployed troopers of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, during an awards ceremony March 8.

  • Petraeus: Coalition has momentum in Afghanistan

    Mar 15, 2011

    The Taliban's momentum has been reversed in most areas of Afghanistan, but the progress achieved there is fragile and reversible, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces said here today.

  • Army deploying 'Individual Gunshot Detector'

    Mar 15, 2011

    U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan will begin receiving the first of more than 13,000 gunshot detection systems for the individual dismounted Soldier later this month, service officials said.

  • Forces in Afghanistan capture Haqqani terrorist

    Mar 15, 2011

    Acting on intelligence reports, Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and detained two other suspected insurgents in the Khost district of Afghanistan's Khost province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Captain cares for pets left behind in Egypt

    Mar 14, 2011

    On Jan. 25, citizens of Egypt began protesting against the government of then-President Hosni Mubarak. By Feb. 1, the U.S. Department of State had ordered the departure of dependants and all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families from Egypt.

  • Forces kill, capture insurgents in Afghanistan

    Mar 14, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents today in a shootout in the Darah-ye Pech district of Afghanistan's Kunar province.

  • Logistics conference charts path out of Iraq

    Mar 14, 2011

    More than 50 logisticians from throughout Iraq and Kuwait gathered for what will likely be the last time, to share ideas and to plot a course for the final push out of Iraq at the 2011 Responsible Officer/Team Chief Conference here, March 11-12.

  • Airstrike in Afghanistan kills terrorist leaders

    Mar 14, 2011

    International Security Assistance Forces conducted a precision airstrike yesterday targeting two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization leaders in the Dara Soof Payan district of Afghanistan's Samangan provincek, yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Servicemembers swap weapons for a day

    Mar 13, 2011

    AK-47 rifles, Squad Automatic Weapons, Steyr AUG models, M-4 carbines and even the Singaporean SAR 21 were up for test fire during a weapons familiarization range Mar. 11, at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

  • District Governor gives guidance on security to Kandahar villagers

    Mar 11, 2011

    Panjwai district Governor Haji Faizluddin Agha visited a village in his district to speak to local elders Mar. 6, 2011, in Kandahar province's Panjwai district. Agha, a new governor in Panjwai, emphasized the importance of involving village leaders in helping secure the district for a better future.

  • Forces kill insurgents, capture terrorists in Afghanistan

    Mar 11, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed eight enemy fighters and detained several others yesterday in operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Task force targets human network behind IEDs

    Mar 11, 2011

    Task Force ODIN was established in 2006 to help in countering the improvised explosive devices that were taking a huge toll on U.S. forces in Iraq.

  • Coalition, Afghan forces continue to seize insurgent weapons

    Mar 10, 2011

    International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces are finding and removing more insurgent weapons from the battlefield now than ever before, operational reports from front-line units in Afghanistan indicate.

  • Vanguard Soldiers teach CSI to Iraqi Police

    Mar 9, 2011

    Iraqi Police officers received a crash course on crime scene investigation as part of the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division's ongoing mission to enable the Government of Iraq and provide the Iraqi citizens with a safer, more secure, and sovereign country.

  • Army growing contingency contracting ranks

    Mar 8, 2011

    The U.S. Army is continuing to expand its ranks of contingency contracting officers and noncommissioned officers tasked with providing forward contracting support to ongoing war zone and humanitarian missions worldwide.

  • Saber medics broaden skills in Iraq

    Mar 8, 2011

    The medics of 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment took advantage of the fact they are located next to Witmer Troop Medical Clinic, at Camp Liberty, Iraq, a level-two care facility, by setting up a level-two training program with the Soldiers of the 546th Area Support Medical Company who operate the facility.

  • Forces detain terrorist leaders in Afghanistan

    Mar 8, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces captured several suspected insurgents, including two Haqqani terrorist network leaders and a Taliban weapons trafficker, yesterday in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Gates, Karzai discuss civilian casualties, drawdown

    Mar 8, 2011

    Civilian casualties and the impending drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan highlighted a discussion here, today, between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Voices from Panjwai: Villagers hope for stability in rural Kandahar

    Mar 7, 2011

    Abdul and other "white bearded" men are the leaders whose voices speak for their often quite large families, villages and communities. And a growing number of those voices are growing disgusted over the effects of insurgent violence in the lands where they live and try to survive on next to nothing, day in and day out.

  • Reintegration takes teamwork, communication

    Mar 7, 2011

  • Bastogne Soldiers navigate 'most dangerous road in Afghanistan'

    Mar 7, 2011

    Late Feb. 28, Soldiers from Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, escorted a convoy through the shadow of the Hindu Kush Mountains.

  • Forces kill Haqqani terrorist in Afghanistan

    Mar 7, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed four armed insurgents, including a Haqqani terrorist network leader, in Afghanistan's Khost province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Commander: Helmand province makes security gains

    Mar 4, 2011

    The fight against insurgents in Afghanistan's Helmand province may have turned the corner and the trend lines are going up, the commander of Regional Command-Southwest said today.

  • Belgian trucker treks across Afghanistan in US Army

    Mar 2, 2011

    Like the unpredictable and sometimes perilous roads of eastern Afghanistan, Pvt. Peter Beullens, a truck driver assigned to Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, leads a life that sometimes doesn't always take the smoothest route.

  • Security barriers coming down in a revitalized Samarra

    Mar 2, 2011

    Two days before the fifth anniversary of the bombing of Al Askari "Golden" Mosque, the security barriers protecting one of the holiest Shia shrines in Iraq came down.