Archive: July, 2009

July 30, 2009

General: Taliban actions speak louder than words

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2009) – Although the Taliban recently issued a “code of conduct” booklet aimed at projecting a more positive image to the Afghan people, their actions directly contradict this goal, the spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Wednesday.

July 30, 2009

Petraeus: Innovation spurs Marine successes

ARLINGTON, Va., July 31, 2009 – The secret to the U.S. Marine Corps’ success is a blending of bedrock principles with innovation, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here last night.

July 29, 2009

Iraq drawdown may accelerate slightly

INCIRLIK, Turkey (July 29, 2009) – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said conditions in Iraq have improved to the extent that the U.S. combat brigade drawdown from the country may accelerate.

July 28, 2009

Gates visits Iraq to assess advisory brigades

TALIL, Iraq – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Iraq to examine the prototype of the U.S. advisory and assistance brigades.

July 26, 2009

With training, Iraqi Police becoming self-sufficient

FOB DELTA, Iraq (July 24, 2009) – National police in Iraq’s Wasit province now are capable of sustaining their own training needs after coalition forces leave here, military officials said, thanks to the efforts of a Massachusetts National Guard police company. The 772nd Military Police Company, attached to the 41st Fires Brigade, worked with Iraqi police advisor teams to establish a mobile police training team. The team will serve at the police’s provincial headquarters and Iraqi police stations in the province along the Iranian border, as well as train other police trainers to train their own.

July 23, 2009

Pentagon: Afghan citizens drive military success in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Coalition efforts in Afghanistan and the Afghan people’s willingness to turn their backs on the insurgency will be the most decisive measures for success there.

July 22, 2009

Obama: Handover signals commitment to Iraqi government

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2009) – The transfer of Iraq’s towns and cities to Iraqi control last month is emblematic of the U.S. fulfilling its commitment to the country, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

July 21, 2009

Iraqi authority proceeding after initial friction

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2009) – Several weeks after American forces in Baghdad handed over security leadership to their Iraqi counterparts, friction is giving way to a smoother transition of power, a top U.S. commander in the Iraqi capital said.

July 9, 2009

Construction begins at U.S. Central Command, creates jobs for local community

Construction for the U.S. Central Command's new Headquarters facility officially began with a turn of a shovel from Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of USCENTCOM and other members of the command's staff, at MacDill Air Force Base.