Archive: July, 2008

July 31, 2008

South Baghdad ready for transition

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq (July 31, 2008) — U.S. Soldiers are preparing to hand over their area of operations in Southern Baghdad.

July 31, 2008

Iraq improving; conditions 'mixed' in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2008) – While some troops will deploy to Afghanistan, large units must wait until an assessment of Iraq.

July 29, 2008

Iraqi troops show increased self-sufficiency

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (July 30, 2008) — Iraqi troops are showing signs that they can take care of themselves in a growing number of areas.

July 28, 2008

Sheikhs discuss upcoming elections in Samawa

SAMAWA, Iraq (July 28, 2008) – More than 500 tribal leaders gathered in Samawa to discuss upcoming Iraqi elections and issues affecting their tribes, July 16.

July 27, 2008

Konar bridge unites divided districts

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (July 26, 2008) — The Konar Provincial Reconstruction Team has embarked on a bridge-building strategy to connect the Afghan government to the five provincial districts on the east of the Konar River.

July 24, 2008

Pentagon: Surge a success by any measure

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2008) — The surge in Iraq has been a success by any measure, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said during a news conference June 23.

July 23, 2008

Government, security improvements lead to drop in violence

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2008) – As violence levels maintain a steady decrease across Iraq, coalition forces and the Iraqi government are able to focus their efforts on reconstruction and civil issues, a senior Coalition military official in Iraq said Wednesday. Iraqi forces are improved, and the government continues to develop and progress, Army Brig. Gen. David Perkins, a Multi-National Force - Iraq spokesman, said in a news briefing from Baghdad.

July 22, 2008

Airport provides travel, economic boost to Najaf

BAGHDAD (July 22, 2008) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki stepped off the first plane landing in Najaf International Airport July 20.

July 21, 2008

Iraqis gain responsibility for security in Qadasiyah

FOB ECHO, Iraq (July 21, 2008) — The governor of Qadasiyah province assumed security responsibility from Multi-National Force - Iraq during a ceremony in the provincial capital of ad-Diwaniyah, July 16.

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.