July 20, 2008

Mullen: Timeline for drawdown would be dangerous

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2008) – Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advised against a timeline for troop reductions in Iraq.

July 18, 2008

General says Iran launch justifies missile defense

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2008) – Iran’s launch of a missile with a 2,000-kilometer range last week is a concrete example of the threat the world faces from missile proliferation, the chief of the Missile Defense Agency said Tuesday.

July 18, 2008

Gates: Pakistan must do better job near border

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2008) – Pakistan must do more on its side of the border with Afghanistan to combat terrorist extremists, U.S. defense leaders said Wednesday. “We're seeing a greater number of insurgents and foreign fighters flowing across the border with Pakistan, unmolested and unhindered,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a news conference. “This movement needs to stop.”

July 17, 2008

Marines strengthen relationships through medical care

MUDIQ, Iraq (July 17, 2008) – To strengthen their relationship with local Iraqis, Marines of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, conducted a combined medical engagement earlier this month.

July 16, 2008

Coalition ships intercept drug vessels

BAHRAIN (July 15, 2008) — Coalition warships operating in the Gulf region have seized 23 tons of narcotics, which could have been used to fund the insurgency in Afghanistan.

July 16, 2008

Reconstruction programs spur Iraqi job growth

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2008) – U.S. military-sponsored economic reconstruction programs are helping give jobs to thousands of Iraqis.

July 14, 2008

British General hails normalization in Basra

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2008) — Security progress in Basra is “overwhelming” and Iraq’s second-largest city could be “another Dubai in the coming decade,” the commander of Multi-National Division - Southeast said July 14, referring to the bustling international business hub.

July 13, 2008

Generals discuss Iraqi stability, growth

BAGHDAD (July 11, 2008) — After a month in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Michael Oates sees a country heading in the right direction.

July 10, 2008

Attacks in Iraq drop to four-year low

BAGHDAD (July 10, 2008) — Iraq experienced the lowest number of acts of violence in more than four years last week.

July 9, 2008

Czech soldiers train Afghan police

FOB SHANK, Afghanistan (July 10, 2008) — Czech soldiers mentored and trained cadets at an Afghan national police compound recently.