April 22, 2008

Displaced Iraqis returning home in droves

Soldiers secure the area outside a school, which was used as a makeshift clinic during a medical engagement in Abu Amer, a small village in the Wasit province of Iraq, March 28. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis)BAGHDAD (April 23, 2008) — With security improving, local economies flourishing and community reconstruction underway, Iraqis who once

April 22, 2008

Afghan veterinarians come to ranchers' aid

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (April 23, 2008) — Government veterinary officials in Afghanistan’s Farah province, assisted by coalition forces, treated animals and taught local shepherds how to care for their livestock at an event at Farah Fire Base.The civil affairs team stationed at the Farah Fire Base helped the provincial veterinarian in hosting

April 21, 2008

Officials outline Sadr City security plan

BAGHDAD (April 21, 2008) — Recent operations in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood are part of the overall Baghdad security plan and necessary to rebuilding in the area, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters Sunday.

April 17, 2008

Well pumps clean water for Zambraniya, Bayjia

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq (April 16, 2008) — A new well, located at the al-Hamza School in Bayjia, is capable of producing 6000 gallons of fresh water per day and will service both the Zambraniya and Bayjia communities

April 17, 2008

Women's sewing center opens

AL-KUT, Iraq (April 16, 2008) – A women’s sewing center opened in Muafiqiyah April 10, providing employment and training.

April 17, 2008

Town hall opens in Jurf as Sahkr

Sheikh Sabbah al-Janabi, a sheikh in the Janabi tribe and leader of Jurf as Sahkr, greets Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Infantry Division commander, prior to the grand opening of the Jurf as Sahkr Town Hall, April 15, in Jurf as Sahkr, Iraq. (Photo by Spc. Amanda McBride)FOB KALSU, Iraq (April 17, 2008) — About 500 people gathered to commemorate the

April 17, 2008

ISAF breaks ground on Panjwayi road project

Assadullah Khalid, the governor of Kandahar province, shovels gravel at the groundbreaking ceremony for a road construction project in Panjwayi Monday. The project will employ nearly 500 Afghan workers from Panjwayi District.KABUL, Afghanistan (April 17, 2008) – Gov. Assadullah Khalid, district leader Hajii Baran and Brig. Gen. Guy Laroche,

April 16, 2008

Intercepted al-Qaida letter reveals tactics, strategy

Such tactics were fleshed out in a terrorist letter intended for Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the foreign-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. But the document never reached Masri. Instead, Coalition forces lifted it from the body of a terrorist they killed last month during an operation 30 miles northwest of Baghdad.

April 16, 2008

ISF, Coalition troops conduct joint operation

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq (April 16, 2008) — An Iraqi police-led operation in An Numaniyah sent a message to criminals in the city — Iraqi security forces are in control.More than 300 IP, Iraqi army and coalition forces deployed to An Numaniyah to conduct checkpoint operations in a joint effort April 7. Dubbed Operation Crystal Springs,

April 15, 2008

Microgrants transform lives of Iraqis

FOB KALSU, Iraq (April 15, 2008) – Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, are distributing microgrants to help fledgling businesses west of the Tigris River and south of Baghdad.With the assistance of Soldiers from Company C, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion and members of the Baghdad-7 embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team,