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

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. 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. 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.