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04/30/2004

AAFES Supports Deployed Troops With Public Phone Card Sales      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has granted approval for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to sell prepaid phone cards to the general public for donation to Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom service members.

04/30/2004

Abizaid Warns Fallujah Brigade Results Won't Be Instant      

WASHINGTON - The new Iraqi brigade being formed to restore peace to Fallujah won't instantly solve the problems in the city, the commander of U.S. Central Command said today from his forward headquarters in Qatar.

04/30/2004

New Program Cuts Red Tape for Severely Disabled Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - A new Army program will help severely disabled soldiers and their families cut through red tape so they can more easily tap into services available to them through the military and Department of Veterans Affairs.

04/30/2004

Operations Bringing Security to Afghanistan, Abizaid Says      

WASHINGTON - Military operations won't bring stability to Afghanistan, the U.S. general in charge of operations in that region said today. But such operations set the stage for ensuring the success of the Afghan national government, which, in turn, will speed reconstruction and a return to normalcy.

04/30/2004

Congress, Nation Designate Military Appreciation Month      

WASHINGTON - Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have adopted a resolution calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members during May's National Military Appreciation Month.

04/30/2004

Rumsfeld Cites Progress, Opportunity for Iraqi People      

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging that the road to a free and sovereign Iraq is "bumpy," Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld pointed to a year of progress and said the Iraqi people have a "wonderful opportunity."

04/30/2004

Bush Shows 'Deep Disgust' for Apparent Treatment of Iraqi Prisoners      

WASHINGTON - American officials are "appalled" by photos of U.S. soldiers allegedly mistreating Iraqi prisoners, and are urging the Iraqi people to not let the images taint their view of coalition forces.

04/30/2004

Stars and Stripes Offers Free Electronic Newspaper      

WASHINGTON - Service members who don't have access to the Stars and Stripes newspaper but do have access to a computer can now go online to read or download an exact replica of the paper at no charge.

04/30/2004

Iraq Commanders Getting All Armor Needed to Do the Job      

WASHINGTON - Commanders on the ground in Iraq are getting all the armored protection they determine necessary to do the job, the operations chief for U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.

04/30/2004

Officials Seeking New, 'Reliable' Leaders for Iraqi Units      

WASHINGTON - Stronger leaders are being sought for Iraqi law enforcement and military units that haven't performed up to expectations, the top U.S. general in the Middle East said today.

04/30/2004

1st Marine Expeditionary Force Creating 'Fallujah Brigade'      

WASHINGTON - The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force is putting together the first battalion of a new Iraqi brigade being formed to restore and maintain order in the western city of Fallujah, a coalition military spokesman announced at a Baghdad news conference today.

04/29/2004

27 Years After Retirement, Doctor to Serve in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some might say he's got it all: a military retirement, a happy marriage spanning almost 50 years and a successful medical practice in Fayetteville, N.C.

04/29/2004

Afghanistan Efforts Paying Off, DoD Official Tells House Committee      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition efforts in Afghanistan are paying off in that formerly Taliban-controlled country, a senior U.S. official told House Armed Services Committee members today.

04/29/2004

TV Documentary Tells Story of Honoring WWII Dead  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - They never met him. But, for more than five decades, a sister and brother in Meersen, Holland, have painstakingly tended the grave of a young American who died defending democracy in Nazi Germany.

04/29/2004

10 Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Fallujah Talks Continue      

WASHINGTON - A total of 10 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq April 28 and today, Pentagon officials said.

04/29/2004

Comptroller Nominee Says She'd Target Troop Pay Problems      

WASHINGTON - The presidential nominee tabbed to replace former DoD Comptroller Dov. S. Zakheim told a Senate committee April 27 that she'd look into pay problems that have plagued some National Guard members deployed overseas in the war against terrorism.

04/29/2004

Extremists Desperate to Derail Iraqi Sovereignty, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - As the June 30 handoff of sovereignty to an Iraqi government approaches, extremist elements within Iraq are becoming more desperate to derail the process, President Bush said April 28.

04/29/2004

Government Leaders Detail Biodefense Plan, Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - The government's new plan to counter a bioterrorism attack on the United States was announced at an April 28 news conference here.

04/29/2004

Wolfowitz Seeks Flexibility in Security Assistance Spending      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz asked a House appropriations subcommittee here today for more flexibility in how funding for security assistance programs in Iraq is spent.

04/29/2004

Civil Affairs Mission Continues to Grow in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi and Afghan people is much more than just a slogan for the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne).

04/28/2004

Fisher House Opens 3rd Home at Walter Reed Hospital  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There is no better example for the need for Fisher Houses than Hilario Bermanis.

04/28/2004

Resolution in Fallujah 'Will Resonate Throughout Iraq'      

WASHINGTON - The way the stalemate in Fallujah, Iraq, is ultimately resolved either through a negotiated agreement or through military force "will resonate throughout Iraq" and "deal a blow to all the insurgents across the country," the operations chief for U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.

04/28/2004

Coalition Condemns Prisoner Abuse      

WASHINGTON - Six soldiers to be tried for abusing detainees at a Baghdad prison fall far short of representing their military comrades who are serving honorably at the facility, a coalition spokesman told reporters in Baghdad today.

04/28/2004

Fallujah Cease-Fire Honored, But Coalition Responds to Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces continue to "rigidly adhere" to the cease-fire that took effect in Fallujah, Iraq, April 9, despite graphic televised images that coalition officials called "a series of defensive responses" to attacks by insurgents within the city.

04/27/2004

Coalition Responds to Enemy Attack in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military AC-130 Spectre gunship fired on suspected insurgent positions in Fallujah today, attacking weapons storage sites used by anti-coalition forces.

04/27/2004

Surviving Sisters to Complete Army Duty Outside of Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The surviving Witmer sisters, Charity and Rachel, today decided to complete their active military duty elsewhere than Iraq.

04/27/2004

Negotiating in Fallujah 'Worth a Try,' Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - Negotiating with Fallujans to try to defuse the situation in the Iraqi city is "worth a try," defense leaders said during a press conference today.

04/27/2004

Stability Returns to Haiti, Force Plans for Successors      

WASHINGTON - The Multinational Interim Force in Haiti has begun planning for a follow-on force June 1 no matter what form it takes, officials in Haiti said.

04/27/2004

Commission to Help Compensate Iraqis Persecuted by Saddam      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials announced today the formation of a commission to compensate Iraqis who were fired, wrongfully imprisoned or otherwise persecuted by deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

04/27/2004

Coalition Officials Defend Attack on Iraqi Minaret      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials in Baghdad today defended the U.S. Marines' decision to call in a strike on a minaret in Fallujah April 26 after determining that insurgents were using it to launch attacks with small- arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

04/27/2004

Iraq Ambassador Nominee Meets Senate Committee      

WASHINGTON - The nominee for U.S. ambassador to Iraq today singled out the challenge facing the United States in Iraq: Establish the conditions by which the Iraqi people can pursue their interests and celebrate their differences through legitimate political channels, rather than through violence and retribution.

04/26/2004

Saddam Regime Toppled Because of Its Threat to America, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - In the changed world after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Saddam Hussein's threat to the United States and the world couldn't be ignored any longer, President Bush said today in Minneapolis.

04/26/2004

Coalition Chronicles Recent Operations      

WASHINGTON - A series of Combined Joint Task Force 7 news releases provided details of various recent operations in Iraq.

04/26/2004

Fallujah Reconstruction Funds Await Restored Security      

WASHINGTON - Millions of dollars in reconstruction projects are available for Fallujah once security is re-established in the troubled Iraqi city, a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today.

04/26/2004

Pope C-130s Supply Beans and Bullets to Terror War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - They like to think of themselves as the "18- wheeler trucks" that supply the front lines in the war on terror.

04/26/2004

Coalition, Iraqi Forces To Conduct Joint Patrols in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces soon will conduct joint security patrols in the troubled town of Fallujah, senior officials said today in Baghdad.

04/26/2004

Roadside Bomb Injures Marines in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials in Kabul, Afghanistan, provided details today on some weekend operations and upcoming community events.

04/26/2004

DoD Working to Speed Up Military Mail System      

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging that problems persist in the military mail system, Defense Department officials said they are taking steps to improve the process.

04/25/2004

Patrols to Begin in Fallujah; Weapon Stockpiles Endanger Najaf      

WASHINGTON - City representatives in Fallujah have agreed to allow joint patrols by Iraqi and U.S. forces to begin in the city April 28, senior coalition officials said during a news conference in Baghdad today.

04/25/2004

Officials Tour Iraqi Cities to Begin Work on Reconstruction Projects      

WASHINGTON - Officials from the Coalition Provisional Authority's Program Management Office have embarked on a seven-city tour of central and northern Iraq to meet with local leaders and to discuss and begin work on the reconstruction projects slated for their areas.

04/24/2004

Coalition Following Fallujah Agreement, Enemy Not Complying      

WASHINGTON - The coalition has fulfilled almost all aspects of the agreement in Fallujah while anti-coalition forces there have fulfilled almost none, coalition officials in Baghdad said today.

04/24/2004

Pfc. Hammer Finds a Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A tiger-striped Iraqi kitten that wiggled its way into the hearts of a U.S. Army unit has made its way to the United States, thanks to a host of volunteers and two animal welfare groups.

04/24/2004

Former Football Star Killed in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - He was so moved by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that he turned down a $3.6 million professional football contract to become an Army Ranger.

04/23/2004

Pentagon Memorial Fund Seeks Nearly $30 Million in Donations      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Memorial Fund campaign was officially launched here April 22 during a Capitol Hill ceremony.

04/23/2004

Bremer Speaks to Iraqis About Security, New Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The vast majority of Iraqis want to live as a free, democratic and peaceful country, said the top coalition official in Baghdad today, but they must work with the coalition to make this a reality.

04/23/2004

Army Guard Division Commander Looks to Past, Future  This story contains photos.    

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. - Maj. Gen. Daniel Long Jr. sounds like a man with two sets of eyes when he talks about the Virginia Army National Guard outfit he has commanded since August 2002.

04/23/2004

Combat Controllers Play Key Role in Terror War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The largest-ever class of future Air Force combat controllers is training at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., to provide critical skills required in the war on terror.

04/23/2004

4th Infantry Division Commander Recounts War Moments      

FORT HOOD, Texas - A war against terrorists, the capture of a fallen dictator, the introduction of e-mail to a battle zone and the first war of the century have earned the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom a unique place in history, the commander of the Army's 4th Infantry Division said here April 22.

04/23/2004

De-Baathification Policy 'Remains Intact,' Coalition Says      

WASHINGTON - The policy prohibiting hardcore Baathists from gaining government, military and teaching positions in the new Iraq is a good one and hasn't changed, the Coalition Provisional Authority's chief spokesman said in Baghdad today.

04/23/2004

Fort Hood Hosts Texas-Size Homecoming Celebration  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - The flag of the Army's 4th Infantry Division was uncased here April 22 in ceremonies marking the official return of Task Force Ironhorse to the nation's largest military base.

04/23/2004

Thrift Savings Plan: Good Way to Increase Wealth, Executive Director Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials want thousands more service members to invest in their future through the Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP.

04/22/2004

Rear Detachments Serve Vital Wartime Role  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Col. Ed Dorman, deputy commander for the 507th Corps Support Group, admits he "broke the heart" of one of his best young officers when he told him he would be staying behind at Fort Bragg, N.C., when the unit deployed to Southwest Asia.

04/22/2004

Rumsfeld Asks Editors to Tell Whole Story of War      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld appealed to American newspaper editors here today to tell the whole story about the global war on terrorism.

04/22/2004

Leaders in Fallujah Have 'Days, Not Weeks' to Comply      

WASHINGTON - It's a matter of "days not weeks" for Fallujans to demonstrate they are serious about honoring the agreement they made earlier this week, Coalition Provisional Authority spokesmen in Iraq said today.

04/21/2004

Lawlessness Part of Life in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - A certain amount of lawlessness has always been a part of life in Fallujah, Defense Department officials said recently.

04/21/2004

Singapore Reaffirms Commitment to War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - Singapore's deputy prime minister reaffirmed his county's commitment to the war on terror and vowed to continue working closely with the United States "to uproot this menace to modern society" after a meeting today at the Pentagon.

04/21/2004

U.S. Won't 'Cut and Run' From Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is not going to "cut and run" from Iraq, President Bush told newspaper editors here today.

04/21/2004

Basra Car Bombings Kill 38 Civilians, Injure 98      

WASHINGTON - A series of terror bombings in the southern Iraqi city of Basra today killed 38 civilians while wounding 98, according to a senior U.S. military officer.

04/21/2004

Terrorists Can't Compete With Provincial Reconstruction Teams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The scope and scale of projects being undertaken by provincial reconstruction teams throughout Afghanistan are among the best defenses against terrorism in the region, according to the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps.

04/21/2004

NEA Project Helps Troops Write About Wartime Experiences  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Endowment for the Arts is offering a series of writer's workshops led by accomplished authors to help troops and family members in telling their wartime experiences.

04/21/2004

DoD Leader Notes Department's Environmental Record      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is a good steward of America's environmental heritage, a top DoD official said.

04/20/2004

Insurgents Attack From Mosque as Fallujah Peace Talks Continue      

WASHINGTON - Even as coalition and Iraqi officials are trying to move forward with peace talks in Fallujah, U.S. Central Command reported today that insurgents attacked coalition forces from a mosque in the city April 18.

04/20/2004

Patriot Act Vital to Protect Americans, Says President      

WASHINGTON - Ensuring the safety of the public is a government's top responsibility, President Bush said April 19. And the USA Patriot Act allows governments at all levels to protect their citizens.

04/20/2004

Terror War Demonstrates Need to Update Doctrine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Current military doctrine needs an overhaul to better address the challenges confronting U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps told the American Forces Press Service last week at the corps headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C.

04/20/2004

War on Terror Exhibit Attracts Thousands in North Carolina  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new exhibit at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, N.C., features hundreds of vivid photos and artifacts that show the contributions of airborne and special operations soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/20/2004

Rumsfeld Discusses Troop Levels, Fallujah at News Conference      

WASHINGTON - There is "no intention" to keep the 20,000 American soldiers extended in Iraq any longer than 90 days in the country and 120 days in the theater, Defense Department officials said today.

04/20/2004

Fear Still Biggest Problem in Iraq, Wolfowitz Says      

WASHINGTON - The biggest problem facing Iraq is that fear of the former regime still pervades the country, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.

04/19/2004

Commander Calls War on Terror 'National War for Our Survival'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The war on terror isn't a conflict limited to Afghanistan and Iraq, but rather, "a national war for our survival as a nation," according to the commander of the Defense Department's largest warfighting organization, the Army's 18th Airborne Corps.

04/19/2004

Cease-Fire Agreement Reached In Fallujah; 13 U.S. troops Killed In Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S., coalition and Iraqi officials have agreed "to implement a full and unbroken cease-fire" in the city of Fallujah, chief Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor said today in Baghdad.

04/19/2004

Insurgents Won't Shoot Their Way to Power, Bremer Tells Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's Transitional Administrative Law offers hope for the country's future, and outlaws who oppose it will not be allowed to "shoot their way to power," the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator told the Iraqi people in an April 18 nationally broadcast address.

04/19/2004

Former DoD Comptroller Cites Transformational Accomplishments      

WASHINGTON - Before his resignation took effect last week, the Defense Department's former comptroller cited transformation as the main focus during his three-year tour.

04/18/2004

Insurgents Going 'to Any Lengths' to Stop Iraq's Progress, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - Former regime elements and radical elements in Iraq will "clearly go to any lengths" to halt progress toward democracy, said Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers on CNN's "Late Edition" today.

04/18/2004

Violence Won't Stop Iraqi Power Turnover      

WASHINGTON - It was probably predictable that insurgents would try to prevent the transfer of power to Iraqis on June 30, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said on ABC's "This Week" today.

04/17/2004

Situation in Fallujah Unchanged; Delegation Seeks Resolution      

WASHINGTON - A week after coalition forces unilaterally suspended offensive military operations in Fallujah, the overall situation in and around the city remains unchanged, a coalition spokesman said today at a Baghdad news conference.

04/16/2004

DoD Policy Official Explains Terror War Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. strategy in the global war on terror boils down to changing the way terrorists live, rather than changing the way U.S. citizens live, the undersecretary of defense for policy said in an April 14 speech in Chicago.

04/16/2004

Coalition Achieving Success in Horn of Africa      

WASHINGTON - Intelligence successes in U.S. Central Command have led to the capture of suspected terrorists and interdictions of drug shipments off the Horn of Africa, a senior CENTCOM official said today.

04/16/2004

U.S., British Leaders Say They Won't Abandon Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. and British leaders today pledged their nations' continued support for a free and democratic Iraq despite all obstacles.

04/16/2004

Terrorists Between Rock, Hard Place in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Pakistani offensive on their side of the Afghan border is having a "disruptive effect" on terrorist operations in Afghanistan, said the commander of the Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan, today.

04/16/2004

Mosul Security Forces Show Way Ahead for Iraq      

MOSUL, Iraq - The threat facing members of the coalition's Task Force Olympia here remains the same, but the people responding to it are Iraqis, not Americans.

04/16/2004

General: Marines Not Hampered by Rules of Engagement      

WASHINGTON - Marines surrounding the volatile Iraqi town of Fallujah may be in an offensive operational pause, but that doesn't affect their ability to defend themselves, a top U.S. Central Command officer said today in Doha, Qatar.

04/16/2004

Tiger Woods Trains, Hosts Golf Clinic at Fort Bragg  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Golf superstar Tiger Woods traded in his green jacket for an Army battle dress uniform and his golf spikes for combat boots this week to follow in his father's footsteps and train with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

04/16/2004

Fallujah Standoff Can't Continue, CPA Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The standoff between U.S. and coalition forces and insurgents at the Iraqi city of Fallujah can't continue much longer, the Coalition Provisional Authority's chief spokesman said today in Baghdad.

04/16/2004

Military Force May Be Next Option In Fallujah, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - Further military action may be necessary in the city of Fallujah, where despite a cease-fire and strained negotiations, insurgents still are shooting at Marines, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an April 15 news conference in Baghdad.

04/16/2004

Poignant Reminder at the American Embassy in Kabul      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) has left a reminder to the Americans working here why what they do is so important.

04/15/2004

DoD Health Officials Concerned Over Military Suicides      

WASHINGTON - The number of suicides in Iraq has the full attention of Defense Department health officials, who are asking soldiers suffering from combat related stress to seek medical assistance.

04/15/2004

National Guard Video Honors Sacrifices in War on Terror      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Jeffrey Wershow died in Iraq in July. A year after the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wershow became a National Guard icon.

04/15/2004

New Commands in Iraq to Replace Combined Joint Task Force      

WASHINGTON - Two new military commands will stand up in Iraq May 15, replacing the current coalition military organization.

04/15/2004

Abu Ghraib Soldier Faces Court-Martial on Seven Charges      

WASHINGTON - Another U.S. soldier faces a general court-martial in connection with abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, military officials announced today at a Baghdad news conference.

04/15/2004

World War II Memorial to Open Last Week of April  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It's been a long time coming - some 59 years after the war - but soon visitors wandering about the National Mall here will see the new memorial dedicated to the nation's World War II veterans.

04/15/2004

Pope Families Welcome Loved Ones Home From Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Balloons, hand-painted "welcome home" signs, ear-to-ear smiles and a few tears greeted airmen and a small group of soldiers who returned here April 14 following deployments in Southwest Asia.

04/15/2004

Wolfowitz: U.S. at Crossroads, But Signs Say 'We Will Win'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America is at a crossroads that is no less dangerous than the threat of the Cold War, but will emerge victorious, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.

04/15/2004

Pentagon Extends Iraq-Kuwait Duty for 20,000 Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - About 20,000 soldiers now in Iraq and Kuwait will serve at least 90 days past their originally scheduled tours of duty, senior DoD leaders said here today.

04/15/2004

1st Cavalry Division Takes on Baghdad Responsibility      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Task Force Baghdad, made up mostly of the 1st Cavalry Division, has assumed responsibility for Baghdad and its environs from the 1st Armored Division.

04/15/2004

Senior Leadership Approves New Civilian Personnel System Plan      

WASHINGTON - Senior leadership in the Defense Department approved the plans for the new National Security Personnel System, Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, who is heading the project, announced here April 14.

04/15/2004

Voter Education Key For Iraqi Elections, U.N. Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens who will vote in January's elections will need to be educated about the new system, a senior United Nations official said in Baghdad today.

04/14/2004

Myers Visits Italian Coalition Members in Iraq      

TALLIL, Iraq - A visit with foreign members of the coalition force in Iraq was the first stop for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here today.

04/14/2004

U.N. Official Sketches Out Iraq Government After June 30      

WASHINGTON - U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi emphasized today that Iraqi elections scheduled for January 2005 are "the most important milestone" for the country in its progress toward sovereignty.

04/14/2004

Iraqi Court Convicts Three for Planting Roadside Bomb      

WASHINGTON - A three-judge panel of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq tried and convicted three Iraqi men today for actions against coalition forces, Combined Joint Task Force 7 announced in a news release.

04/14/2004

Anbar Fighting, Roadside Bomb Near Baghdad Claim American Lives      

WASHINGTON - Four Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died in recent fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, and a roadside bomb south of Baghdad claimed the life of a 1st Infantry Division soldier.

04/14/2004

More Weapons Found, Seized in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan have found and seized more weapons, officials said at a news conference today in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

04/14/2004

Despite 'Tough' Period, U.S. Won't Waver in Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue in its commitment to an independent, free and secure Iraq, and the United States "must not waver" despite "a tough, tough period," President Bush said at an April 13 news conference.

04/14/2004

Myers Meets with Kuwaiti Leaders, Thanks Them for Support      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today for talks with Kuwaiti leaders.

04/14/2004

Officer's Retirement to be Coast Guard Milestone  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Lt. Cmdr. Rhonda Fleming-Makell, 41, ends her terminal leave June 30, she will step into American history books as the first African-American woman to retire as a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard's 214-year history.

04/14/2004

Myers, Abizaid Hold Strategy Session in Baghdad      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of U.S. Central Command held discussions about the situation in Iraq here today.

04/13/2004

Agencies Work Together to Find Hostages in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials said today the whereabouts of as many as 40 hostages in Iraq from 12 countries are unknown.

04/13/2004

Fallujah Stable, 'Robust' Manhunt for Zarqawi Under Way      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in Fallujah, Iraq, remains stable, and coalition forces there are engaged in a "robust hunt" for al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, believed to be in or near the city, coalition officials said today.

04/13/2004

Effort in Iraq 'Going to Take Time,' Myers Says      

MANAMA, Bahrain - People around the world are going to have to realize the coalition effort in Iraq is a long-term project, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

04/13/2004

Myers Meets with Bahraini Leaders During Middle East Trip      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today on a long-planned trip to consult with allies in the region.

04/13/2004

Colorado Guard Forms Alliance With Kingdom of Jordan  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A new, landmark alliance between the Kingdom of Jordan and the Colorado National Guard may be one more step toward bringing peace and stability to the Middle East.

04/13/2004

Myers Explains U.S. Position in Iraq to Arab Audience      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Events in Iraq dominated the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's news conference following meetings with Bahraini leaders here.

04/12/2004

Egypt's Leader Urges Iraq Power Transfer 'As Soon As Possible'      

WASHINGTON - Egypt's senior leader today told President Bush it's paramount to transfer sovereignty to an Iraqi government "as soon as possible."

04/12/2004

DoD Seeks Technology For Anti-Terrorism Fight      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is seeking out technology suitable for use in combating terrorism, a senior DoD official said here April 8.

04/12/2004

DoD Ready to Assist in Event of Homeland Attack      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department stands ready to assist authorities at the federal, state and local levels in the event of another terrorist attack on the homeland, a senior DoD official said here April 8.

04/12/2004

Magazine Names DoD As Employer of Year      

WASHINGTON - Readers of Careers and the Disabled magazine have chosen the Defense Department as public-sector employer of the year.

04/12/2004

U.S. Task Force Reports Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Combined Joint Task Force 7 today reported coalition forces casualties sustained April 10 and 11 in Iraq.

04/12/2004

Negotiations Continue As Marines Take Fire Around Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Coalition Provisional Authority and Iraqi officials are continuing negotiations with insurgents in Fallujah and southern Iraq, CPA officials said in Baghdad today.

04/12/2004

2 Soldiers, 7 Contractors Missing in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two American soldiers and seven U.S. contractors are missing following an attack on a convoy in Iraq, the top two U.S. generals in the region said today from Baghdad.

04/12/2004

Iraqis Hold Key to Legitimizing Their Own Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis, not the U.S. military, will ultimately solve security problems within their country, the top American general in the region said today.

04/11/2004

Bremer Blames Violence on 'Poison' in Iraqi Society      

WASHINGTON - A "poison" that built up through Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq is responsible for the recent wave of violence in the country, the coalition's civilian administrator said today.

04/11/2004

Building Iraqi Security Forces Must Continue, Sanchez Says      

WASHINGTON - The commander of coalition forces in Iraq said today that continuing to build Iraqi security forces is key to a successful transfer of sovereignty.

04/11/2004

President Celebrates Easter With Families at Fort Hood      

WASHINGTON - President and Mrs. Bush visited Fort Hood, Texas, today to observe Easter with the families of deployed soldiers.

04/11/2004

Helicopter Crew Killed When Shot Down Near Baghdad Airport      

WASHINGTON - Both crewmembers of an Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter died today when insurgents shot down their helicopter near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

04/10/2004

Fallujah 'Under Control' as Gunfire Punctuates Cease-Fire      

WASHINGTON - Sporadic gunfire continues in Iraq despite the coalition's offer of a cease-fire in Fallujah, coalition officials said today at a Baghdad news conference.

04/10/2004

Coalition in Afghanistan Seizes Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials in Afghanistan today provided details on recent weapons seizures and other activities at a press briefing in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

04/10/2004

Delaying Sovereignty Transfer is Enemies' Wish, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Delaying the scheduled June 30 transfer of sovereignty in Iraq because of recent violence would play into the enemy's hands, President Bush said today in his weekly national radio address.

04/09/2004

Committee Hears DoD's Plans for Intelligence Transformation      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Strategic Subcommittee April 7 on plans to transform intelligence programs within the department.

04/09/2004

Coalition Overpowering Pockets of Resistance in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces today unilaterally suspended offensive operations in Fallujah, Iraq, at the request of the Iraqi Governing Council, officials in Baghdad reported.

04/08/2004

Marines Prepared, Trained for Iraq Mission, Says Commander      

WASHINGTON - Although the rules of engagement specifically identify mosques as protected structures, Iraqi insurgents forfeited that protection when they used a mosque in central Fallujah, Iraq, April 7 to launch attacks on U.S. forces, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade told reporters at Camp Pendleton, Calif., today.

04/08/2004

Deployed Troops Step Up Anti-Malarial Protections      

WASHINGTON - It's peak mosquito season in Iraq, and U.S troops deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom are taking steps to protect themselves against malaria.

04/08/2004

Afghanistan Was First Priority After 9/11, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials decided to focus on the al Qaeda-Taliban connection in Afghanistan rather than on Iraq shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told the 9/11 panel here today.

04/08/2004

Bremer Urges Arbaeen Pilgrims in Iraq to Be Vigilant      

WASHINGTON - Security conditions in southern Iraq prompted the coalition's civilian administrator to issue a statement today promising the best possible effort to protect Arbaeen pilgrims while urging them to be vigilant and careful.

04/08/2004

Rice: No Warning of Al Qaeda Using Planes As Bombs      

WASHINGTON - Although the U.S. government was aware of the al Qaeda threat, senior policy makers had received no warning that the terrorists would use planes as bombs to attack the homeland, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told the 9-11 panel here today.

04/08/2004

Coalition Working to Pacify Fallujah, Destroy Sadr Militia      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are working to pacify Fallujah and other parts the Sunni Triangle area, and they are destroying the militia led by Muqtada al-Sadr in the central and southern areas of Iraq, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq said today.

04/08/2004

Guard, Reserve Leaders Address Appropriations Subcommittee      

WASHINGTON - National Guard and Reserve leaders met before a Senate subcommittee reviewing the fiscal 2005 military budget here April 7.

04/07/2004

'Run for Freedom' at Old Dominion University Honors War Dead      

WASHINGTON - Navy and Army ROTC members, as well as students, faculty and staff at Old Dominion University and the local community are lapping the school's perimeter in Norfolk, Va., during a six-day "Run for Freedom" to honor every U.S. service member killed during the war on terror.

04/07/2004

Marines Breach Wall to Reach Insurgents Using Mosque as Cover      

WASHINGTON - Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, used air support today to break through the wall of a mosque complex that insurgents were using to fire on them, a U.S. Central Command news release reported.

04/07/2004

DoD Discusses New Supply Tracking System With Vendors      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials met this week with hundreds of vendors to discuss plans for implementing technology common among today's retailers to revolutionize the supply chain to the battlefield.

04/07/2004

Sadr Group Losing Influence Among Iraq's Shiia, DoD Says      

WASHINGTON - The Mahdi Army, a militia group led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, is losing influence among Shiia in Iraq, a Defense Department official said here today.

04/07/2004

Coalition Vows To Destroy Sadr's 'Mahdi Army' Militia      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials in Baghdad today vowed to defeat insurgents and restore order in Iraq after a third day of countrywide attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.

04/07/2004

Rumsfeld: Coalition Will Win 'Test of Will' in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The coalition is facing a "test of will" in Iraq, and it will meet that test, Defense Department leaders said at a press briefing today.

04/06/2004

U.S. Ambassador: Afghan Success Requires 'Sustained Commitment'      

WASHINGTON - Life in Afghanistan, "the first theater in the war against terror," is looking up, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad noted here April 5.

04/06/2004

U.S. Forces Conducting Raids in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces have been conducting raids in Fallujah and have captured a number of high-value targets, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in Norfolk, Va., today.

04/06/2004

Foundation Awards Scholarships to Children of Fallen Marines      

WASHINGTON - With increased U.S. Marine deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is stepping up fund- raising so it can honor its pledge to award scholarships to all children of Marines killed in combat during the war on terror.

04/06/2004

NASCAR Salutes Army Guard, Reserve Troops and Employers  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Richard Childress Racing and Bobby Labonte, the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion, joined forces with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the Texas Motor Speedway April 3 in the first of a NASCAR "Dream Team" lineup of drivers.

04/06/2004

Four Marines, Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Four Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed April 5 as a result of enemy action while conducting security and stabilization operations in Iraq's Anbar province, a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today.

04/06/2004

DoD Assists Anti-Drug Efforts in Colombia, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Mindful that terrorist groups use the drug trade to fund operations, the Defense Department is helping local governments fight narco-trafficking in Colombia and Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials noted on Capitol Hill April 2.

04/06/2004

Powell Visit Haiti, Says U.N. Action Averted 'Bloodbath'      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Haitian leaders and received briefings on the U.S. efforts in the country during an April 5 visit to the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

04/06/2004

DoD Submits Environmental Training Changes to Congress      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will try for a third time to get three provisions of the DoD Readiness and Range Preservation Initiative passed by Congress.

04/05/2004

No 'Plus-Up' Planned for Troop Levels in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command officials are studying all aspects of the recent surge of violence in Iraq, and believe they are prepared to counter it. The command has not requested any additional forces for operations in Iraq.

04/05/2004

Warrant Issued for Anti-Coalition Cleric's Arrest      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of anti-coalition Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in connection with the death of Ayatollah Sayed al Khoei last year, coalition authorities revealed today.

04/05/2004

Kabul Compound Medics Train Combat Lifesavers  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Twelve people gasped for breath and sucked down water as Staff Sgt. Thomas Leonard paced back and forth in front of them.

04/05/2004

Coalition Engineers Work to Build Up Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The collaboration of the United States military and three coalition partners is increasing engineering productivity at the air base here with every passing month.

04/05/2004

Bush Says Enemies Testing Coalition Resolution      

WASHINGTON - The closer the return of sovereignty comes in Iraq, the more enemies of democracy will challenge the coalition, President Bush said today in Charlotte, N.C.

04/04/2004

Gunmen Attack Spanish, Salvadoran Troops in Najaf      

WASHINGTON - Spanish and Salvadoran troops in Najaf came under attack from gunmen hiding in a crowd of protesters, coalition officials said in Baghdad today.

04/04/2004

Bremer Announces Iraqi National Security Structure      

WASHINGTON - Coalition Administrator Paul Bremer announced the men who will head Iraq's national defense structure and announced the formation of a new Iraqi intelligence agency during a Baghdad press conference today.

04/02/2004

Navy Embraces Transformation Journey      

WASHINGTON - The Navy is "moving out smartly" on its transformation journey, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command said at the Annapolis Naval History Symposium April 1.

04/02/2004

U.S. Destroys More of Its Chemical Agent Stockpile      

WASHINGTON - The United States continues to whittle down its stockpile of chemical weapons as part of fulfillment of an international treaty, U.S. officials told the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities April 1.

04/02/2004

Korea to Deploy 3,000 More Soldiers to Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - More than 3,700 Korean soldiers will deploy to either Irbil or As Sulimaniyah provinces this summer, Korean officials announced April 1.

04/02/2004

Navy Shows Off Next-Generation Vessel  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The huge vessel looks quite out of place among the small yachts and sailboats at a shallow pier. Neighborhood people on their morning jogs and dog walks looked amazingly at the HSV 2 Swift on its four-day port call here March 30.

04/02/2004

U.S. Firm Mourns Slain Employees      

WASHINGTON - The four civilian security specialists killed in a March 31 insurgent attack in Fallujah, Iraq, are being mourned by their company.

04/02/2004

Infantry 'Spartans' Deliver Supplies to Girls' School  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Students of the city's 14th of July Girls' School received an unexpected gift when soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, handed out 500 backpacks loaded with school supplies, candy and other items.

04/02/2004

Bestial Acts in Fallujah Shouldn't Obscure Iraq Gains      

WASHINGTON - The "horrible, bestial" acts of a few people in Fallujah shouldn't obscure the significant gains the coalition has made in Iraq, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt during a phone interview from Baghdad today.

04/02/2004

Chu, England Discuss New Civilian System in Open Letter      

WASHINGTON - A letter signed by Defense Department leaders asks DoD civilian employees to be patient as teams work to make the new National Security Personnel System a reality.

04/02/2004

NATO Welcomes Seven Nations, Ministers Discuss Terror      

WASHINGTON - The world's most successful defense alliance welcomed seven new countries into the organization today.

04/01/2004

U.S. Plan to Shift Korea Forces Still a 'Go'      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's top officer in South Korea says plans are in motion to move 2nd Infantry Division troops away from the north- south border region and most other forces out of the capital city of Seoul.

04/01/2004

United States, Colombia Seek to Reinforce Success      

WASHINGTON - An axiom in war, business and politics is that you reinforce success. That's what officials in Colombia and the United States want to do as part of the effort to defeat the threat posed by narcoterrorists.

04/01/2004

DoD Progresses in Transforming Business Practices, Standards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is making steady progress in establishing a common set of business standards and practices that eliminates duplication and promotes information sharing, Pentagon financial and information officials told members of Congress March 31.

04/01/2004

North Korea Threatens Northeast Asian, World Security      

WASHINGTON - Mercurial North Korean leader Kim Jong-il heads the world's fifth-largest military and continues to act as if he might use it to subjugate his southern neighbor, the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea told the House Armed Services Committee here March 31.

04/01/2004

Roadside Bomb Injures 3, Disables Humvee in Anbar Region      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. military personnel were injured today when a roadside bomb disabled their humvee in Iraq's Anbar region, the coalition's military spokesman said at a Baghdad news conference today.

04/01/2004

Coalition Vows 'Deliberate' Response to Attacks      

WASHINGTON - A "deliberate, precise, overwhelming" response awaits the insurgents who killed four American contractors and five U.S. soldiers March 31, the coalition's military spokesman said at a Baghdad news conference today.

04/01/2004

Sea Basing Key Element of Navy 2020      

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy of 2020 will have unmanned underwater reconnaissance vehicles, the service's deputy chief of naval operations for resources, requirements and assessments, said here March 31.

04/01/2004

NORTHCOM Unit Recognized for Homeland Security Efforts  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - For its accomplishments and contributions to Operation Noble Eagle and the overall security of the United States, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, a component command of U.S. Northern Command, received the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Global War on Terrorism Medal in a March 26 ceremony here.

04/01/2004

PACOM Commander Outlines Concerns, Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling transformation his primary concern, Navy Adm. Thomas B. Fargo told the House Armed Services Committee March 31 that sustaining and supporting the war on terrorism is the U.S. Pacific Command's highest priority.

04/01/2004

Navy May Play Lead Transformation Role, DoD Official Says      

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Naval services have the opportunity to play leading roles in the transformation of the U.S. military, the Defense Department's director of force transformation said here March 31.

04/01/2004

Pentagon Ceremony Marks Kuwait as Major Non-NATO Ally      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Kuwait pledged today to stand by each other, marking the pledge with a Pentagon ceremony in honor of Kuwait being designated a major non-NATO ally of America.

04/01/2004

Federal, State Officials Condemn Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Universal outrage and a commitment to staying the course in Iraq followed the brutal murders of four U.S. civilian contractors and five soldiers in Iraq March 31.

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