Archive: April, 2009

April 30, 2009

Atlantic Council honors Petraeus

WASHINGTON (April 30, 2009) – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Army Gen. David H. Petraeus attended a ceremony here last night honoring several giants of military, government, industry and the arts. Gates introduced former President George H.W. Bush, an honoree at the Atlantic Council's annual gala, while Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, received the council’s Distinguished Military Leadership Award.

April 29, 2009

Top Marine: Afghan gains depend on border control

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – Any gains in Afghanistan will be tied to the coalition’s ability to tighten control of the Pakistan border, the top Marine officer said Wednesday.

April 29, 2009

Iraq assumes control of offshore oil terminal

ABOARD KHAWR AL AMAYA OIL TERMINAL, Iraq - The Iraqi Navy assumed control of the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal (KAAOT) during a ceremony held today aboard the terminal in the North Arabian Gulf.

April 28, 2009

DoD supports Pakistan's anti-Taliban operations

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2009) – Defense leaders are “clearly pleased” to see the Pakistani military take action against increasingly emboldened Taliban forces, and have offered additional support if Pakistan’s government will accept it to promote a sustained effort, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Tuesday.

April 28, 2009

Petraeus applies Iraq lessons to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 – Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the author of the military’s counterinsurgency manual, yesterday explained the principles that led to success in Iraq and how they apply to the fight in Afghanistan.

April 27, 2009

Clinton: U.S. will stand by Iraq during drawdown

that as the United States draws down its troops in Iraq, it won’t draw down its commitment to the Iraqi government or its people.

April 26, 2009

Mullen cautions Iraq on Arab-Kurd confrontations

ERBIL, Iraq, April 25, 2009 – Iraqi Kurds and Arabs must compromise to realize the full potential of the country, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a visit here Saturday.

April 25, 2009

U.S. Forces, Qatar and GCC nations conduct cooperative defense exercise

Exercise Eagle Resolve participants from the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council check to ensure their equipment is working April 23 at the Crisis Management Center in Doha, Qatar.DOHA, Qatar – Senior military and government officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council nations and the United States arrived here to conduct Exercise Eagle

April 23, 2009

Gates visits Afghanistan-bound Marines

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Defense Secretary Robert Gates paid a visit to the first wave of an additional 17,000 troops bound for Afghanistan in the near future.

April 22, 2009

Petraeus discusses differences in Afghanistan, Iraq strategies

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2009) – Predicting some “tough months ahead” as more U.S. troops deploy into Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. central Command said yesterday he believes success there is achievable, but not using the exact strategies that sparked a turnaround in Iraq.