Archive: 2009

June 7, 2009

Success in Afghanistan, Pakistan requires knowledge of region

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2009) – Success in Afghanistan and Pakistan will require an intimate local knowledge of the tribal culture and a small coalition footprint, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said here Friday.

June 5, 2009

President's June 4 speech in Cairo

The link below leads to a pdf file of a commemorative transcript, with photos, of President Obamas speech June 4 in Cairo, Egypt.

June 3, 2009

Afghan air power growing steadily

KABUL (June 3, 2009) – The Afghan National Army Air Corps is a vital and rapidly growing component of Afghanistan’s security forces and is building air power to deny terrorists a safe haven in Afghanistan, a U.S. Air Force general here said.

June 2, 2009

Taliban increasingly targets civilians in eastern Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2009) – Conditions in eastern Afghanistan have been challenging, but coalition efforts have paid off with improved security and development, the commander of Regional Command – East said Tuesday.

June 1, 2009

U.S. troops preparing to leave Iraqi cities

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2009) – American combat troops are on pace to leave Iraqi cities by the June 30 deadline stipulated by the U.S.-Iraq security agreement, U.S. officials in Baghdad said Sunday.

May 31, 2009

Petraeus: Video shows airstrikes aimed at Taliban targets

WASHINGTON – Footage of a controversial U.S. aerial bombing in Afghanistan this month shows the strike targeted Taliban militants, the commander of U.S. Central Command said Friday.

May 28, 2009

Airmen stress dignity, humane treatment for detainees

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq, May 28, 2009 – Air Force Airman 1st Class Alberto Lopez knew the guy was hiding something.

May 27, 2009

Brigade leaving southern Iraq a 'much better place'

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 – Southern Iraq is “a much better place to live and raise a family than it was a year ago,” thanks to tremendous strides in security, governance, job opportunity and essential services, the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team said Wednesday.

May 21, 2009

Emergency Aid Reaches Pakistan Refugees

CHAKLALA, Pakistan (May 21, 2009) – A third U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft landed here today bringing emergency aid promised by the Department of Defense to the people of Pakistan who have evacuated the war-torn Swat Valley. Over the past 24 hours, three such aircraft delivered relief supplies here, part of $10 million in supplies

May 21, 2009

CENTCOM commanders discuss regional security issues in Bahrain

Gen. David Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with regional U.S. commanders at the U.S. CENTCOM Commander’s Conference. The conference is being held at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain May 20 - 22.MANAMA, Bahrain  - Commanders from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility gathered in Bahrain May 20 - 22, for the