April, 2008

April 15, 2008

Microgrants transform lives of Iraqis

FOB KALSU, Iraq (April 15, 2008) – Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, are distributing microgrants to help fledgling businesses west of the Tigris River and south of Baghdad.With the assistance of Soldiers from Company C, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion and members of the Baghdad-7 embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team,

April 14, 2008

School receives soccer uniforms

Soccer players at the Jurf Secondary School in Jurf as Sahkr, Iraq, pose for a photo in their new uniforms, which were donated by Coalition troops.FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN (April 14, 2008) — One of the first things Soldiers noticed on the ground in Jurf as Sahkr, Iraq, was how much local residents loved soccer.In area businesses, soccer posters

April 14, 2008

Afghan, Coalition troops continue to neutralize Taliban

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (April 15, 2008) – Several insurgents were killed by Afghan National Army and Coalition forces during a reconnaissance patrol, April 10, near Aminah Kalay, Zabul province. A group of insurgents attempted to ambush the patrol using small arms. The ANA returned small-arms and heavy machine-gun fire. During the attack,

April 13, 2008

Petraeus: Iraqis want to establish sovereignty

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2008) — The Iraqi government wants to establish itself as an independent entity that one day can stand on its own feet without U.S. assistance, the top U.S. military officer in Iraq said

April 13, 2008

Sunni and Shia sheiks unite in Balad

BALAD, Iraq (April 12, 2008) — Sunni and Shia sheiks and local community leaders gathered to promote unity amongst the myriad of tribes

April 13, 2008

New SoIs to help bring security to Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq (April 14, 2008) — A Sons of Iraq contract signing ceremony was held, representing over 500 citizens in the Kirkuk province

April 10, 2008

MNC-I surgeons lay foundation for Iraqi healthcare

BAGHDAD (April 11, 2008) — The Multi-National Corps-Iraq surgeon's office held a conference March 26-28 at Al Faw Palace with the theme "Laying the foundation for the Iraqi health care system," as the center of discussion.

April 10, 2008

Gates: Reduced violence in Iraq enables exit of surge forces

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2008 — Sharply decreased violence in Iraq has set the stage for the departure of the remaining surge forces by the end of July, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.

April 10, 2008

Al-Qa'im court now in session

AL-QA’IM, Iraq (April 10, 2008) – Having a fully functional legal system is essential in maintaining stability and justice. With the gradual return of stability to al-Qa’im, Iraq, justice now has the opportunity to take a seat at the forefront of society.

April 10, 2008

Baby left at doorstep finds new home

BAGHDAD, Iraq (April 09, 2008) — A baby, left in front of a base was found and taken care of by Iraqi and U.S. troops