Archive: 2008

Dec. 10, 2008

General cites 'monumental' changes during time in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2008) – Citing “monumental” improvements since his soldiers arrived in Iraq last year, the outgoing commander of Multin-Ntional Division - North Monday credited his troops, Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people with creating a historic turnaround.

Dec. 9, 2008

Iraqi pilots fly night missions

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Air Force conducted its first rotary-wing night mission since 2003 in the skies over Baghdad, Dec. 3.

Dec. 8, 2008

New plant means fresh water for Sadr City

BAGHDAD (Dec. 5, 2008) – For about 2 million Sadr City residents, clean drinking water running through their home faucets was a luxury few had. But now the water is flowing freely thanks to a new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water treatment plant that was three years in the making.

Dec. 5, 2008

Azerbaijani troops end five years in Iraq

CAMP RIPPER, Iraq — An end-of-mission ceremony for Azerbaijani peacekeepers was held in Camp Ripper near Al Asad, Iraq Thursday.

Dec. 5, 2008

Presidency Council ratifies U.S.-Iraq security pact

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2008) – The new U.S.-Iraq security pact that was approved by Iraqi lawmakers Nov. 27 was ratified by Iraq’s Presidency Council today, senior U.S. officials said.

Dec. 4, 2008

General: Take advantage of security gains

WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2008) – Violence in Iraq is at an all-time low since the beginning of the war, but challenges remain as a result of the improved security situation, the commander of coalition ground forces said today during a Baghdad news conference.

Dec. 3, 2008

Canal project to 'change the face of Baghdad'

BAGHDAD (Dec. 2, 2008) – Iraqi civilian and military dignitaries broke ground on the Army Canal Rehabilitation Project in Baghdad’s Sadr City district Monday. The ceremonial groundbreaking marked the beginning of a commitment by the Iraqi government to spend $50 million during the next three years in reconstruction efforts along the al-Kanat Road and surrounding areas.

Dec. 2, 2008

Colonel notes absence of tensions as elections near

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2008) – Coalition forces officials in Iraq’s Babil and Karbala provinces have not seen tensions rise among political groups vying for power as elections approach next month, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said Monday.

Dec. 1, 2008

Doctors, midwives learn maternity tips

FOB DELTA, Iraq (Nov. 30, 2008) – Obstetricians and midwives at al Zahara Hospital in al Kut received maternal and child care training provided through a partnership between the hospital staff and coalition forces on Nov. 26.

Nov. 25, 2008

Gates: Afghan support makes economic sense

WASHINGTON (Nov. 24, 2008) – Tough economic times are no excuse for the international community to withhold support for Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters returning with him Nov. 21 from a two-day defense ministerial in Nova Scotia, Canada.