Archive: May, 2009

May 31, 2009

Petraeus: Video shows airstrikes aimed at Taliban targets

WASHINGTON – Footage of a controversial U.S. aerial bombing in Afghanistan this month shows the strike targeted Taliban militants, the commander of U.S. Central Command said Friday.

May 28, 2009

Airmen stress dignity, humane treatment for detainees

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq, May 28, 2009 – Air Force Airman 1st Class Alberto Lopez knew the guy was hiding something.

May 27, 2009

Brigade leaving southern Iraq a 'much better place'

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 – Southern Iraq is “a much better place to live and raise a family than it was a year ago,” thanks to tremendous strides in security, governance, job opportunity and essential services, the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team said Wednesday.

May 21, 2009

CENTCOM commanders discuss regional security issues in Bahrain

Gen. David Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with regional U.S. commanders at the U.S. CENTCOM Commander’s Conference. The conference is being held at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain May 20 - 22.MANAMA, Bahrain  - Commanders from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility gathered in Bahrain May 20 - 22, for the

May 21, 2009

Emergency Aid Reaches Pakistan Refugees

CHAKLALA, Pakistan (May 21, 2009) – A third U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft landed here today bringing emergency aid promised by the Department of Defense to the people of Pakistan who have evacuated the war-torn Swat Valley. Over the past 24 hours, three such aircraft delivered relief supplies here, part of $10 million in supplies

May 19, 2009

America needs service, Petraeus tells VMI grads

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2009) – The commander of U.S. Central Command told graduates of the Virginia Military Institute during their commencement ceremony yesterday that America needs their service.

May 19, 2009

U.S. sends aid to displaced Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (May 20, 2009) — Humanitarian aid provided by United States arrived at Chaklala Air Base near Islamabad this afternoon in response to an appeal for urgently needed basic food, shelter, and supplies for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North West Frontier Province.

May 18, 2009

Afghan commandos meet top ANA leaders

KABUL (May 18, 2009) – The Afghan National Army’s top leaders convened here May 12 and 13 for discussions and teambuilding.

May 17, 2009

Afghan army 2 to 4 years from leading operations

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2009) – The Afghan national army could lead operations in Afghanistan in two to four years, with the U.S. playing a support role, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a May 8 interview, portions of which aired on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday.

May 14, 2009

Gates: Success in Afghanistan depends on Pakistan's efforts against Taliban

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2009) – Without success on the Pakistan side of the border, efforts to rid both it and Afghanistan of the Taliban will be significantly harder, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee today while testifying on the fiscal 2010 defense budget request.