Archive: September, 2009

Sept. 30, 2009

Iraqi Air Force assumes independent control of C-130 fleet

NEW AL-MUTHANA AIR BASE, Iraq, Sept. 30, 2009 – The Iraqi air force officially began fully independent C-130 air operations yesterday, marking the end of the U.S. C-130 air advisory mission here.

Sept. 29, 2009

President: Afghanistan is NATO's most important mission

WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2009) – President Barack Obama today called Afghanistan the most important mission to NATO and underscored that the war there is a multinational effort.

Sept. 28, 2009

Engineers replace washed-out bridge in Iraq

COB ADDER, Iraq (Sept. 28, 2009) – Military engineers are nearing the end of a project to build a new bridge near the border of two Iraq provinces.

Sept. 28, 2009

Gates: 'No doubt' Iranian nuke facility illicit

WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2009) – Revelations that Iran has covertly been building an underground nuclear-fuel processing plant belie the Iranian-government’s denials that it is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on the Sunday TV talk show circuit Sunday.

Sept. 27, 2009

McChrystal: Conventional strategy won't win in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2009) – The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan ardently believes that conventional military thinking and actions won’t win the counterinsurgency war there.

Sept. 24, 2009

Resource decision on Afghanistan to follow strategy review

WASHINGTON (Sept. 23, 2009) – A deliberative approach is best for everyone as President Barack Obama and his national security team grapple with the way forward in Afghanistan, the Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Sept. 23, 2009

Petraeus cites need for critical warfighting specialties

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2009 – The U.S. military needs more people trained in specialties critical to the fight against global extremism, the chief of U.S. Central Command said here today.

Sept. 22, 2009

Iraqi forces improve as they train

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2009 – Iraqi security forces continue to make progress in providing security for their own country, the deputy commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said Tuesday.

Sept. 22, 2009

Petraeus draws 'big picture' at infantry conference

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 23, 2009) -- At the Infantry Warfighting Conference Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus walked nearly 2,000 Soldiers through “the big picture,” in respect to counterinsurgency operations in the region that constitutes the United States Central Command, the smallest but most volatile of the six U.S. geographic combatant commands.

Sept. 16, 2009

Biden: Democracy will prevail in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2009) – Iraq is well on its way to stability and self-reliance, Vice President Joe Biden said in Baghdad Wednesday.