Archive: 2008

Oct. 2, 2008

Displaced families return to al Khwalis

AL KHWALIS, Iraq (Oct. 2, 2008) — More than 100 displaced families returned to their homes recently in the town of al Khwalis. The event was celebrated by a welcome ceremony and is a significant mark in the reconciliation process. The families left the area when tensions mounted after the Iraqi Army cleared the area of Al Qaeda last year.

Oct. 1, 2008

U.S. aids Iraqi factory's production

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Oct. 2, 2008) — Diyala Electrical Industries received two machines to help the Iraqi owned company get closer to meeting its production demand. The machines are a benefit of a partnership between Diyala Electrical Industries and the United States government and are in need at the company for production of industrial sized electrical transformers for power lines.

Sept. 30, 2008

Report: Iraq improving, but conflict remains

WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2008) – Trends across the security, political and economic landscape of Iraq continue to improve, but the fundamental character of the conflict remains unchanged, according to a Defense Department report submitted to Congress Monday.

Sept. 28, 2008

Team inspects crops in Wasit

FOB DELTA, Iraq (Sept. 28, 2008) – Members of "Team Borlaug" conducted their last scheduled farm assessment is Wasit province, just outside al Kut Sept. 25.

Sept. 25, 2008

Bush praises Iraqi leadership

WASHINGTON (Sept. 24, 2008) – President Bush Tuesday applauded the leadership of Iraq as he met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and other leaders of the Iraqi coalition at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Sept. 25, 2008

Partnership paves way to productive future in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2008) — The partnership between the Coalition and the Iraqi government has been enormously productive and is continuing to pay dividends, said Brig. Gen. David Perkins, a Coalition spokesman in Baghdad.

Sept. 23, 2008

Gates: Iraq mission in 'endgame'

WASHINGTON (Sept. 23, 2008) – Amid an 80-percent drop in violence and with further withdrawals of U.S. forces in sight, the coalition in Iraq has reached the “endgame,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday.

Sept. 21, 2008

Iraqi soldiers tackle new mission

CAMP TAJI — Iraq has seen remarkable gains in security during the last nine months, due in part to the hard work of the Iraqi Army.

Sept. 18, 2008

Gates visits Afghanistan

{mosimage}BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Sept. 18, 2008) – Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, met with Konar’s Provincial Governor, Sayed Fazullah Wahidi, to discuss ongoing and future plans for the Konar province, during a visit to Afghanistan Wednesday..

Sept. 17, 2008

Bush praises Petraeus, denounces Yemen attack

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2008) – President Bush Wednesday praised Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the outgoing commander in Iraq who oversaw a dramatic reduction in violence there, and thanked him for agreeing to lead U.S. Central Command.