Feb. 2, 2010

Mosque restoration a symbol of change in Iraq

SAMARRA, Iraq – In the four years since the Golden Mosque was bombed by insurgents, residents here have made significant progress toward peace. –

Feb. 1, 2010

Marines help Afghans gather in protest aftermath

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 28, 2010) – Ironically, when protestors in the Garmsir district here set fire to a school Jan. 12 in a fervor over allegations that a Quran had been desecrated, about 300 copies of the Muslim holy book burned with the school. On Jan. 19, the school's white walls were stained black from the fire and smoke that had billowed out of its broken windows just a week before. With Marines from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, providing security, about 800 Garmsir residents sat on the grounds of that school for a community meeting called a “shura.”

Jan. 29, 2010

TF Steel employs successful counter-insurgency strategy

The Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division have been implementing COIN successfully since February 2009. For the past 11 months Soldiers from Task Force Steel have conducted daily joint patrols with the Afghan border police.

Jan. 27, 2010

NATO names new senior civilian in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (January 26, 2010) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced his decision to appoint Ambassador Mark Sedwill as the new Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan.

Jan. 26, 2010

Marines transfer Anbar command, exit Iraq

RAMADI (Jan. 25, 2010) – A major indicator of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq occurred here, Jan. 23, when the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) transferred authority of Iraq's largest province to the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, United States Division - Center.

Jan. 26, 2010

I MEF Marines meet Afghan allies

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2010) — A delegation of Afghan National Army officers visited 1st Marine Expeditionary Force recently to observe Marine training programs and provide valuable insight as the partnering force to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan.

Jan. 26, 2010

US, UK share values, history in Afghanistan

LONDON (Jan. 26, 2010) – “The United States has no closer ally than the United Kingdom,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here Monday.

Jan. 25, 2010

Australian, Afghan soldiers see progress in Uruzgan

URUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 25, 2010) - A major operation being conducted by Australian and Afghan National Army (ANA) Forces is being hailed as the start of a bright future for the people of the Mirabad Valley Region in Uruzgan Province.

Jan. 25, 2010

Afghan commando honored for bravery in Kabul attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 25, 2009) – Less than five days after he helped stop one of the largest insurgent attacks on Kabul since October, a member of the Afghan National Army 6th Kandak commando unit was recognized for his bravery by the ANA Chief of Staff.

Jan. 22, 2010

Pentagon to supply Shadow UAVs to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Jan. 22, 2010) – The United States plans to provide Pakistan RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles to support their fight on extremists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed today during a roundtable session with Pakistani reporters.