Oct. 22, 2008

Security improvements spur resettlement, reconstruction

WASHINGTON (Oct. 22, 2008) – Security improvements throughout northwestern Baghdad have prompted reconstruction and residents’ returns to their homes, but the successes remain fragile in light of insurgent cells intent on disrupting progress, a commander in Multinational Division Baghdad told Pentagon reporters.

Oct. 21, 2008

I-BIZ program bolsters Iraqi economy

Iraqi businessmen in Dhi Qar met with Soldiers from Contingency Operating Base Adder and the provincial reconstruction team at an Iraqi-based Industrial Zone program meeting, designed to promote small business development within the security of the base, Oct. 13, 2008.

Oct. 19, 2008

U.S., Iraqi leaders discuss Sadr City rehab

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2008 – Noting that increasing employment, rebuilding infrastructure and providing basic services are tactics in the war on terror, Coalition and Iraqi officials discussed the pace of civil-military rebuilding in Baghdad’s Sadr City district Sunday.

Oct. 16, 2008

U.S., Iraq nearing troop status agreement

WASHINGTON (Oct. 16, 2008) – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is consulting with congressional leaders on the U.S.-Iraq status of forces agreement that will allow American troops to remain in Iraq after Dec. 31.

Oct. 15, 2008

U.S. will continue to aid improving Iraqi security

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2008) — The United States will help the Iraqi government sustain the country’s security gains, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Monday. “We have to continue to help build Iraqi security force capability,” said Army Gen. Ray Odierno, commander, Multi-National Force - Iraq, in an interview on Fox News Channel.

Oct. 14, 2008

Iraqi government invests in education

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Oct. 14, 2008) – Education is a key investment for any country. To help make that investment a reality, the government of Iraq has taken the lead to ensure many battle damaged schools get the face lift they desperately need.

Oct. 13, 2008

Soldiers celebrate Ramadan's end with Iraqi friends

COB ADDER, Iraq (Oct. 14, 2008) – As steaks and sausages sizzled on a steamy grill, American Soldiers working at the Contingency Operating Base Adder Visitor Control Center sat with Iraqi translators and workers celebrating the end of Ramadan Oct. 4.

Oct. 9, 2008

Gates to NATO: Hinder Afghan drug trade

BUDAPEST, Hungary (Oct. 9, 2008) – NATO should go after the drug trade in Afghanistan to take away funding for the Taliban and al-Qaida, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here Thursday.

Oct. 8, 2008

Gates discusses Afghanistan with ISAF nations

BUDAPEST, Hungary (Oct. 9, 2008) – Meetings with NATO and troop-contributing nations making up the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will help chart the way ahead in the troubled nation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday.

Oct. 7, 2008

Yarmouk Sons of Iraq under Iraqi government control

}BAGHDAD (Oct. 7, 2008) – Sons of Iraq from the Yarmouk neighborhood in central Baghdad were given their final payday from U.S. forces at Joint Security Station Yarmouk Oct. 2. On Oct. 1, the SoI transitioned to the Government of Iraq control. Paying the 35 members of the Yarmouk SoI was the last task to accomplish for Coalition forces in the area to finalize the transition.