Archive: February, 2009

Feb. 26, 2009

Iraqis assume authority over FOB Iskan

FOB ISKAN, Iraq – Soldiers, Iraqi Police and power plant workers gathered to transfer authority of Forward Operating Base Iskan from Coalition forces to the Ministry of Electricity during a ceremony here Feb. 22.

Feb. 26, 2009

Pirate attack thwarted in Gulf of Aden

USS MONTEREY, At Sea – The Danish flexible support ship HDMS Absalon (L 16) successfully deterred an attempted pirate attack on the Chinese M/V Yandanghai at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 25, 2009

Kuwait Logistics Center improves Afghanistan supply lines

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 24, 2009) – As 17,000 soldiers and Marines ordered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama prepare to deploy this spring and summer, logisticians already are orchestrating the shipment of critical supplies such as food and lumber.

Feb. 24, 2009

Violence in Iraq at lowest level in six years

WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2009) – Violent attacks in Iraq are at their lowest levels since August 2003, a U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday. Army Maj. Gen. David Perkins, director for strategic effects with Multi-National Force - Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad the downtick in violence marks a 90-percent decrease since the surge of U.S. troops began in 2007.

Feb. 23, 2009

New clinic provides care for six villages

KURDISTAN — Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Kenneth Tovo’s service in Iraq, the Tovo Medical Clinic opened its doors in the Kani Karweshkan foothills here, Feb. 12.

Feb. 19, 2009

Afghanistan commander welcomes additional troops

WASHINGTON (Feb. 19, 2009) – The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday that while he’s pleased with President Barack Obama’s authorization to send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, tough times are ahead. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan

Feb. 13, 2009

Baghdad fish market reopens, reviving ancient industry

Today, the Saydiyah Fish Market stands as a classic example of where Iraqi fishermen sell their wares to their neighbors from across Iraq. Senior Multi-National Division - Baghdad leaders from the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 9 with their Iraqi security forces partners to mark the re-opening of the market, which fell to disrepair during the war.

Feb. 10, 2009

Mullen: Afghanistan surge unlikely to top 30,000

FORT DRUM, N.Y. – The top U.S. military officer said he doesn't expect the United States to deploy more than about 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

Feb. 3, 2009

CENTCOM welcomes new enlisted leader

MAC DILL AFB, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2009) – Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, passed on the saber to Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill in an assumption of responsibility ceremony Friday.

Feb. 1, 2009

Leaders congratulate Iraqi people after safe elections

WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2009 – Senior military officials congratulated the Iraqi people for holding provincial elections yesterday, praising the Iraqi and U.S. forces that helped make the elections safe.