Archive: September, 2008

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

Odierno takes command in Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates takes the Multi-National Force Iraq flag from Army Gen. Raymond Odierno during the MNF-I change of command on Camp Victory, Iraq, Sept. 16, 2008.CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Sept. 16, 2008) — Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed command of Multi-National Force - Iraq from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during a ceremony

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.

Sept. 14, 2008

Iraqi police now Baghdad's first line of defense

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Police are becoming the primary ISF in Baghdad by providing the first line of security for citizens here.