Aug. 7, 2008

Sheik addresses state of Fallujah

Sheik Hamid Ahmed Al-Hashim, city council chairman, delivered his speech to the people of Fallujah through the local media. He addressed the progress the city has made in the past year, and focused on various quality of life projects and security improvements.

Aug. 6, 2008

Marines target oil smugglers, protect citizens

UM AL WAZZ, Iraq (Aug. 6, 2008) – Western al-Anbar province was one of the most dangerous areas in Iraq in recent years, and Marine units operating there have encountered threats ranging from improvised explosive devices to small-arms firefights. Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance, 2nd LAR Bn., Regimental Combat Team 5 has come across a different threat, however: oil smuggling.

Aug. 4, 2008

Brigade commander: Rashid progress 'phenomenal'

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops have improved so much that Coalition forces in Baghdad’s Rashid district are able to turn their attention to rebuilding the area.

Aug. 3, 2008

General: Several factors contribute to Iraq improvement

WASHINGTON (Aug. 3, 2008) — A combination of factors is responsible for the improved conditions in Iraq, the commander of coalition forces in the northern part of the country said Aug. 3. Army Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, commander of Multi-National Division - North, appeared on CNN’s “Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer.”

July 31, 2008

South Baghdad ready for transition

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq (July 31, 2008) — U.S. Soldiers are preparing to hand over their area of operations in Southern Baghdad.

July 31, 2008

Iraq improving; conditions 'mixed' in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2008) – While some troops will deploy to Afghanistan, large units must wait until an assessment of Iraq.

July 29, 2008

Iraqi troops show increased self-sufficiency

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (July 30, 2008) — Iraqi troops are showing signs that they can take care of themselves in a growing number of areas.

July 28, 2008

Sheikhs discuss upcoming elections in Samawa

SAMAWA, Iraq (July 28, 2008) – More than 500 tribal leaders gathered in Samawa to discuss upcoming Iraqi elections and issues affecting their tribes, July 16.

July 27, 2008

Konar bridge unites divided districts

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (July 26, 2008) — The Konar Provincial Reconstruction Team has embarked on a bridge-building strategy to connect the Afghan government to the five provincial districts on the east of the Konar River.

July 24, 2008

Pentagon: Surge a success by any measure

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2008) — The surge in Iraq has been a success by any measure, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said during a news conference June 23.