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06/30/2004

Terrorists Will Not Be Released, DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - No dangerous terrorists are going to get out of detention because of Supreme Court decisions handed down June 28, a senior DoD official said here today.

06/30/2004

Policymakers 'Plan to be Surprised' in New Global Posture      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department policymakers understand they may not know where the next threat may come from. The way they deal with this challenge is to "plan to be surprised," DoD's top policy official said today.

06/30/2004

NATO Expands Outreach to Mediterranean, Middle East      

WASHINGTON - NATO leaders agreed this week to form closer ties with seven Mediterranean nations to promote regional stability with a focus on counterterrorism, border security and counterproliferation.

06/30/2004

Army to Call up 5,600 Individual Ready Reservists      

WASHINGTON - The Army will call up 5,600 soldiers in the Individual Ready Reserve beginning July 6, Army officials here said today.

06/30/2004

NATO Leaders Agree to Beef Up Terrorism Defenses      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - NATO leaders agreed this week to improve intelligence cooperation and to develop new, high-tech defenses against terrorism.

06/30/2004

Coalition Transfers Legal Custody of Saddam Hussein      

WASHINGTON - The coalition officially transferred legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 other high-profile detainees to Iraq today.

06/30/2004

'Military One Source' Solves Service Member, Family Member Problems      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has established a "one stop" place to go whenever service members or family members need assistance with any kind of problem.

06/30/2004

Afghan Girls on Sports Trip to U.S. Visit Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nine young Afghan girls visiting the United States to attend a sports camp stopped by the Pentagon today and were greeted by senior DoD leaders' wives and a high-ranking State Department official.

06/30/2004

Mapping Agency Correcting Afghanistan Charts      

WASHINGTON - Mapmakers at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have detected errors in topographic line maps of Afghanistan and are working to correct these mistakes, agency officials said today.

06/30/2004

No Near-Term Change Seen in U.S. Troop Numbers in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's interim government may have taken control of the country, but U.S. forces will remain for some time, a senior coalition military official said in Baghdad today.

06/30/2004

DoD Expands Troop Anthrax, Smallpox Vaccinations      

WASHINGTON - More U.S. service members - including those serving in South Korea -- will be vaccinated against smallpox and anthrax, the Defense Department's senior medical adviser said today.

06/29/2004

Supreme Court Affirms Right to Detain Enemy Combatants      

WASHINGTON - In decisions handed down June 28, the Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed the president's ability to detain enemy combatants, including U.S. citizens, in the war on terror.

06/29/2004

Thousands Of Troops Qualify for R&R Air Travel Rebates      

WASHINGTON - The Army announced today that more than 30,000 troops are eligible for retroactive reimbursement of out-of-pocket air travel costs paid in conjunction with rest and recuperation leave taken last year.

06/29/2004

Reservists, Guard May Be Eligible for Cash Back From FICA      

WASHINGTON - An interpretation of a government rule may mean that mobilized National Guard and Reserve members and their employers may be in for a refund on some taxes the employers paid the federal government.

06/29/2004

New U.S. Ambassador Meets With Senior Iraqi Officials      

WASHINGTON - America's new ambassador to Iraq, John D. Negroponte, today presented his credentials to senior Iraqi government officials.

06/29/2004

Bush Applauds NATO's Changing Focus to Confront Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today applauded NATO's decision to restructure "to oppose threats that arise beyond the borders of Europe."

06/29/2004

Bush: People of Islamic World Must Choose Democracy      

WASHINGTON - The "struggle between extremism and civilized values" is unfolding around the world, President Bush said today in Istanbul, Turkey.

06/29/2004

Karzai Says Terrorism Shouldn't Delay Afghan Elections      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - It's critical that Afghanistan stick to its September timetable for national elections despite security concerns, President Hamid Karzai told reporters here today at the NATO Istanbul Summit.

06/29/2004

Sand Sculptures Move Normandy Beach Visitors to Tears  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the director of the White House Commission on Remembrance, some of the most enduring images of this month's 60th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landing at Normandy, France, will be the sand on the beach a 30-by-30-foot sand sculpture.

06/28/2004

Reorganization Improves Iraqi Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Recent adjustments made to improve Iraqi security forces are working, a senior U.S. officer in Baghdad said June 27.

06/28/2004

Transfer Won't Immediately Stop Violence, Rumsfeld Says      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Today's transfer of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government probably won't bring an immediate stop to terrorism plaguing the country, but it's likely to succeed over time as the Iraqi people support their new government, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

06/28/2004

Poll Shows Iraqis Optimistic About Institutions, Elections      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people expressed confidence in their country's future as it moves from occupation to the newly sovereign interim government toward free elections, according to a recent Coalition Provisional Authority poll.

06/28/2004

Return of Sovereignty Means 'Hopeful Day' for Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The dedication and sacrifice of the U.S. military "has brought us to this hopeful day" of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq becoming a sovereign nation, President Bush said today during a short speech in Istanbul, Turkey, where he is attending the NATO Summit.

06/28/2004

Special Ops Soldiers Capture Enemy Leaders in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition special operations forces raided two anti-coalition compounds and captured two top regional enemy leaders in pre- dawn missions June 26 in southern Afghanistan, a news release from the coalition military command reported today.

06/28/2004

NATO Makes Key Decisions on Iraq, Afghanistan      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - "It's been a very good day" was Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's response today as NATO leaders here agreed to support the Iraqi government's request for help in training its security and police forces.

06/28/2004

Istanbul Summit Marks Milestones for NATO      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - The NATO Istanbul Summit that opened here today is expected to be significant in terms of the alliance's unprecedented outreach beyond its traditional North Atlantic focus and its aggressive emphasis on force planning to tackle new, demanding challenges worldwide, a senior defense official told reporters here today.

06/28/2004

NATO Expected to Widen Role in Afghanistan      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - NATO nations agreed today at the NATO Istanbul Summit here to expand the alliance's responsibility in Afghanistan to include more provincial reconstruction teams north and west of the capital city of Kabul, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here June 27.

06/28/2004

Inspectors General Up and Running in Iraqi Ministries      

WASHINGTON - Inspectors general for the Iraqi ministries are up and running, but that they will have challenges, the Defense Department IG said here today.

06/28/2004

Occupation Ends; Iraqis Take Charge of Country's Fate      

WASHINGTON - Sovereignty in Iraq passed from the Coalition Provisional Authority to the interim Iraqi government this morning, two days ahead of schedule.

06/27/2004

Marine Missing, But Coalition Can't Confirm Hostage Reports      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq officials in Baghdad today confirmed a U.S. Marine has been missing from his unit for a week, but said they can't confirm he's been taken hostage.

06/27/2004

Rice Expects Europe, NATO to Support Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Europe and NATO are ready to help the new Iraqi government, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said today in Ankara, Turkey.

06/27/2004

Soldier Aboard C-130 Killed, Another Dies in Rocket Attack      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed today in Iraq, coalition military officials in Baghdad announced.

06/27/2004

U.S. To Urge NATO Allies to Drop Use-of-Force Restrictions      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Nations' restrictions on what their forces can and can't do while conducting coalition or alliance missions reduces the commander's military effectiveness and may put some troops at unnecessary risk, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters here today.

06/27/2004

NATO Expected to Support Call to Help in Iraq      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - The United States "is cautiously optimistic" that NATO will agree tomorrow to support Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's request for assistance, a senior defense official said here today.

06/27/2004

NATO Response Force Ready for Duty, Rumsfeld Says      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - NATO's rapid response force is up and ready for its first mission possibly to support the upcoming Olympics in Athens or the national elections in Afghanistan, if requested, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here today.

06/27/2004

Rumsfeld: Turkish Abductions Won't Deter Coalition      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld condemned tactics used by the militants holding three Turkish civilians in Iraq hostage as "bullying," and said they're failing to sidetrack Turkey and other coalition partners from their stand against terrorism.

06/26/2004

Officials Hope $10 Million Bounty Will Help Capture Zarqawi      

WASHINGTON - When the United States put $15 million each on the heads of Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay Hussein, it took only about week for someone to turn them in.

06/26/2004

Coalition Continues to Prepare Iraq for Sovereignty      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition security forces continue joint operations to establish a stable Iraq, repair infrastructure, stimulate the economy and pass sovereignty to the people of Iraq, said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt during a news conference in Baghdad today.

06/26/2004

Gloria Estefan Salutes Troops With Naval Base Concert  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - The Defense Department can add Latin music star Gloria Estefan to the growing list of celebrities who have come out to support service members fighting the war on terror.

06/26/2004

European Union Pledges Support to New Iraqi Government      

WASHINGTON - The 25-nation European Union today pledged its support for Iraq's new interim government, President Bush said in his weekly radio address.

06/26/2004

Rumsfeld Thanks Moldova For Support in Terror War      

CHISINAU, Moldova - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today became the highest-level U.S. official to visit Moldova, thanking members of this former Soviet state for their support for Operation Iraqi Freedom and encouraging continued participation in the Partnership for Peace program.

06/26/2004

Wolfowitz, Public Discuss Iraq in Online White House Forum      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz answered questions on Iraq from the public June 25 through the "Ask the White House" feature on the White House's Web site.

06/26/2004

NATO Summit to Focus on Outreach, Transformation      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today to attend the NATO Istanbul Summit, the 17th in NATO's history.

06/25/2004

Home Depot Donates Tools, Supplies to Iraq Rebuilding Effort      

WASHINGTON - A company the Defense Department has cited for supporting its National Guard and Reserve employees has donated $1 million in tools and supplies to the Iraq rebuilding effort.

06/25/2004

Troop Morale High as Iraq Sovereignty Transfer Nears      

WASHINGTON - Morale is high among U.S. service members in Iraq as the June 30 transfer of sovereignty approaches, the coalition's deputy operations director said June 23.

06/25/2004

DoD Values Red Cross Scrutiny, Ideas for Improvement      

WASHINGTON - The United States welcomes the International Committee of the Red Cross's scrutiny of detainee operations and listens closely to their suggestions, said defense officials during a background briefing at the Pentagon, June 24.

06/25/2004

U.S. Destroys Another Terrorist Safe House in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - U.S. planes today obliterated a building in southeastern Fallujah that was known to be a gathering place for terrorists in Iraq.

06/25/2004

U.S. Wary Of Iran's Nuclear Program, House Panel Told      

WASHINGTON - Iran, one of three "Axis of Evil" nations identified by President Bush in 2002, "is still pursuing a strategic decision to have a nuclear weapons capability," a senior U.S. official told a House panel June 24.

06/25/2004

U.N. Force Assumes Haiti Peacekeeping Duties      

WASHINGTON - The United Nations assumed command of peacekeeping activities in Haiti during a ceremony in Port-au-Prince today.

06/25/2004

Iraqi Government Making Right Moves for Road Ahead      

WASHINGTON - U.S. government leaders discussed the way ahead in Iraq before the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

06/24/2004

As Iraqi Transition Approaches, Attacks Increasing      

WASHINGTON - As the transition of Iraqi sovereignty to the interim government approaches, the number and severity of attacks are increasing, Defense Department officials said today at a Pentagon press conference.

06/24/2004

Combatant Commanders Need Adaptive, Agile Forces      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Today's military has to be "more adaptive, more rapidly than ever before," the deputy commander of the Army Futures Center told military and civilian officials attending the Joint Warfare: Transformation and New Requirements conference here June 22.

06/24/2004

Senate Committee Grills Nominee for Top Iraq Military Post      

WASHINGTON - The man nominated to command Multinational Force Iraq told senators today that if he decides the coalition needs more troops in Iraq, he will not hesitate to ask for them.

06/24/2004

Marine Corps Commandant Tells Stories of Respect, Heroism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There was such a hush in the hotel ballroom that one could hear a pin drop in a haystack as Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael W. Hagee told short stories of how Marines are respected around the world and of three heroes from the battlefields of Iraq.

06/23/2004

Regis Philbin Inspired by Wounded Service Members' Spirit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It seemed like old home week when television star Regis Philbin walked into the Walter Reed Army Medical Center hospital room of Army Spc. Danielle Green. They'd shot a few hoops together four years ago when Green was a basketball star at Philbin's alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

06/23/2004

How People Think Fuels Transformation      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Changing how people think is paramount to the success of military transformation, said the director of requirements and integration for U.S. Joint Forces Command June 22.

06/23/2004

Iraqis Can Hasten Zarqawi's Death or Capture, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Ordinary Iraqis hold the key to how soon coalition or Iraqi forces will find fugitive terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a senior military official told reporters in Baghdad today.

06/23/2004

Gitmo Detainee Review Process to Start Next Week      

WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Gordon England detailed today the process he has devised to review the cases of each enemy combatant now held at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

06/23/2004

Defense Details Global Posture Realignment Process      

WASHINGTON - The realignment of U.S. forces in the world will mirror the changing threats and be a result of a fundamental shift in national security, the defense undersecretary for policy told the House Armed Services Committee today.

06/23/2004

White House, DoD Discuss Interrogation Process      

WASHINGTON - Even facing a different kind of enemy, the United States will continue to adhere to its values, international law and treaty obligations, White House and DoD officials said June 22.

06/23/2004

Battlefield Metrics Key in Transformation Effort      

ARLINGTON, Va. - DoD needs to be organized according to the metrics used on the battlefield, said the director of the Defense Department's Office of Force Transformation here June 22.

06/22/2004

DoD Studies Foreign Language Needs of Future      

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Four years ago, would the National Language Conference have examined its role in fighting terrorism?

06/22/2004

South Asia Remains Important to Terror War      

WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks put South Asia "on the front lines of the global war on terror," a senior U.S. State Department official told a House panel today. Now the region "stands at the verge of a number of potential breakthroughs."

06/22/2004

Iraq Success Depends Upon Iraqi-Provided Security, Wolfowitz Says      

WASHINGTON - Success in Iraq is predicated on Iraqis eventually assuming responsibility for their own security, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told a House panel today.

06/22/2004

GI Bill Still Important 60 Years Later  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Times were tough. The nation was slowly emerging from the Great Depression when World War II flared up in 1941.

06/22/2004

Bush Condemns 'Brutal' South Korean's Murder in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said he believes South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun understands the Free World can't "be intimidated by the brutal action of these barbaric people" who murdered a South Korean contractor in Iraq today.

06/21/2004

Bremer Details Top Accomplishments of Post-War Iraq      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - As he prepares to leave Iraq after the handover of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government, the American who has led the country since the end of major offensive operations looked back and detailed what he believes are the three greatest accomplishment there to date.

06/21/2004

Iraqi Instructors to Conduct Most Military Training      

WASHINGTON - From now on Iraqis will be conducting most of the training for Iraq's new armed forces, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

06/21/2004

Iraqis to Manage All Ministries Before June 30      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis will assume management of all national government ministries before the June 30 transfer of sovereignty, the Coalition Provisional Authority's chief spokesman said today.

06/21/2004

Iraqi Government Reshapes Forces for National Security      

WASHINGTON - The prime minister of Iraq's interim government announced organizational changes for the country's security forces, along with a plan for taking on Iraq's enemies, at a June 20 Baghdad news conference.

06/21/2004

TF Danger Troops, Locals Work to Rebuild Tikrit      

TIKRIT, Iraq - First Infantry Division officials in Saddam Hussein's hometown are working through a program management office to maximize reconstruction funds within the area.

06/20/2004

Soccer Team Shows Military Appreciation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As military jets flew overhead and a D.C. National Guard helicopter circled above RFK stadium here June 19, spectator Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Briscoe said it for everyone present: "There's definitely no place like America."

06/20/2004

New Iraqi President Calls Saddam 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The new Iraqi president said he feels there must have been elements of weapons of mass destruction inside Iraq.

06/20/2004

Wolfowitz Lauds U.S. Troops Throughout Iraqi Tour      

WASHINGTON - After touring Iraq June 16-19, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said he was more impressed than ever with the caliber of American troops defending freedom's front lines.

06/20/2004

Iraqi Official to American Press: Report More Good      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's deputy prime minister implored the American press to provide more balanced coverage of operations in Iraq.

06/19/2004

'Five for Fighting' Entertains Walter Reed Patients  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Cmdr. Tom Johnson was listening to a song on his car radio by the one-man band known as Five for Fighting as he drove from work in early April. The disc jockey said, "It's great to have John Ondrasik on."

06/18/2004

President Calls Contractor Murder Enemy's 'Evil Nature'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today called the reported murder of a U.S. civilian contractor working in Saudi Arabia "the evil nature of the enemy we face."

06/18/2004

Joint Chiefs Chairman Named "Father of the Year"  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - America's No. 1 military officer recently became America's No. 1 Dad.

06/18/2004

Iraqi Counterinsurgency Troops to Target Urban Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Specially trained Iraqi troops will soon deploy into Baghdad to go after city-dwelling terrorists, a senior U.S. military officer told a House panel June 17.

06/18/2004

America Will 'Finish the Job' in Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. commander in chief today thanked service members and families for their sacrifice and support in the war against terrorism during a troop visit to Fort Lewis, Wash.

06/17/2004

Despite Terror, Iraqis Continue to Move Forward      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people are not being deterred from investing in their country's future, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

06/17/2004

Task Force 1st Armored Division Officer Faces Murder Charge      

WASHINGTON - An officer assigned to Task Force 1st Armored Division in Iraq was formally charged June 12 with the murder of an Iraqi man, a U.S. Central Command news release announced today.

06/17/2004

Iraqi People Must Take Responsibility, Kurdish Leader Says      

LAKE DOKAN, Iraq - The Iraqi people must be responsible for their own security and not depend on American troops to defeat terrorism in Iraq, the leader of the People's Union of Kurdistan said today.

06/17/2004

DoD Wasn't Geared to Internal Threats on 9/11, Panel Told      

WASHINGTON - National policy that geared the Defense Department toward external threats was part of the reason DoD couldn't do more to prevent some of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the 9/11 commission here today.

06/17/2004

Afghanistan Coalition Continues Progress as Elections Near      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan "is no longer a sanctuary for terrorists, a place where they can train in safety and comfort," and coalition forces are working to increase security in the region and pave the way for the upcoming national elections, the commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said today.

06/17/2004

Wolfowitz Reassures Iraqi Kurds of U.S. Commitment      

LAKE DOKAN, Iraq - The United States stands firmly behind its Kurdish allies and feels the best bet for their future is in a united, democratic Iraq, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told Iraqi Kurd leaders in northern Iraq today.

06/17/2004

Wolfowitz Visits Officials in Northern Iraq      

LAKE DOKAN, Iraq - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz visited several areas of northern Iraq today, spending time with U.S. military commanders and local leaders.

06/17/2004

Division Uses 'Command Post of Future'      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Soldiers of the Army's 1st Cavalry Division are putting transformational technology to work in their day-to-day operations in Baghdad.

06/16/2004

Sovereignty Transfer Won't End Mission, House Panel Told      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military responsibilities will not end with the June 30 transfer of power in Iraq, Defense Department officials told members of the House Armed Service Committee here today.

06/16/2004

Free Iraq's Future Coming Into View, Bush Says at MacDill      

WASHINGTON - With the transfer of sovereignty two weeks away, the future of a free Iraq is coming into view, President Bush told a worldwide military audience and service members assembled at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., today.

06/16/2004

Country Singer Helps Celebrate Army Birthday  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Country music star John Michael Montgomery helped celebrate the Army's 229th birthday by singing four of his hits at the Pentagon today.

06/16/2004

Future Medical Shelter Prototype Set Up at Fort Detrick  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - A telemedicine test bed here welcomed a new, green neighbor May 25 when a boxy prototype of the Army's Future Medical Shelter System arrived from Tennessee.

06/16/2004

Some 1st AD Families Get Higher Space-A Travel Priority      

WASHINGTON - U.S. European Command has implemented a program that allows some family members to get a higher seating priority when they travel space- available on military planes from Ramstein and Rhein Main air bases in Germany to the United States.

06/16/2004

U.S. Must Confront Terrorism in Africa, General Says      

WASHINGTON - While most Americans focus on the Middle East as the bull's-eye of terrorist activity in the world, Africa continues to fester as a breeding ground for al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, the deputy commander of U.S. European Command told civilians attending the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference last week.

06/16/2004

Camp Brings Together Children of Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - There's a sadness in Army Lt. Col. Kevin Cannard's voice as he talks about his return from Iraq.

06/16/2004

Rocket Attack Kills Two Soldiers in Balad      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers were killed today and 21 others were injured in a rocket attack at Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials announced in a news release.

06/16/2004

Wolfowitz Arrives in Baghdad for Meetings, Troop Visits      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz arrived here in the Iraqi capital before dawn this morning to visit with troops and with Iraqi and coalition leaders.

06/16/2004

'Operation Purple' Sends Deployed Members' Children to Camp  This story contains photos.    

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - Campers and counselors didn't seem to mind the scorching midday sun here June 15 as they joined hands and swayed to the patriotic tunes on the athletic field of the South Mountain YMCA.

06/16/2004

Coalition, Iraqi Leaders Agree on Two Critical Areas      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - American and Iraqi leaders meeting here today came up with at least two major areas in which they agree completely the nature of the threat in Iraq and the political track to a representative, elected government.

06/15/2004

New Joint Commanders Named      

WASHINGTON - Three Army, Navy and Marine Corps senior officers were nominated today to command joint-service organizations.

06/15/2004

Enemies of Democracy Responsible for Changing Iraqi Attitude      

WASHINGTON - Though communications with the Iraqi people should have been better once major combat ended, enemies of democracy have worked to demoralize the country's population, leading to continued attacks, a senior Defense Department official told House members today.

06/15/2004

GAO: DoD Excels at War, But Needs Better Contract Oversight      

WASHINGTON - Inadequate oversight for U.S. forces logistics contracts in Kuwait and Iraq "is a serious problem," the chief of the U.S. General Accounting Office told House members here today.

06/15/2004

Bush Reaffirms 'Ironclad Commitment' to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Following meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Bush reaffirmed the United States' "ironclad commitment" to aid Afghanistan.

06/15/2004

Iraqi Military Buys First Pair of Recon Aircraft      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi military soon will be cleared for flight after the purchase this week of two aircraft in Jordan, coalition officials in Baghdad said today.

06/15/2004

Coalition Officials Expect Violence to Continue in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials expect more violence leading up to and after the June 30 handover of authority in Iraq, officials in Baghdad said today.

06/15/2004

Iraqis Now Control 15 of 26 Government Ministries      

WASHINGTON - With just over two weeks remaining before the formal handover of sovereignty on June 30, the transition of authority to Iraq's new government is more than half complete, Coalitional Provisional Authority officials said in Baghdad today.

06/15/2004

Stay the Course, Afghan President Urges U.S. Lawmakers      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai thanked America today for its resources, leadership and especially "the precious lives of your soldiers" in the effort to free his country.

06/14/2004

Karzai Thanks Americans for Support to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai stood before the stained plaque marking the impact site of the jetliner that hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and thanked the American people for their support of his country.

06/14/2004

Cheney Cites Progress in Afghanistan, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Citing recent and upcoming events, Vice President Dick Cheney told a group in Florida today that the United States has made tremendous progress in Afghanistan and Iraq.

06/14/2004

Somali Man Indicted for Ohio Mall Bombing Plot      

WASHINGTON - A Somali immigrant was indicted today by an Ohio federal court for suspicion of planning to blow up a Columbus shopping center, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced.

06/14/2004

New Web Site Explains National Security Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a new Web site to educate civilian employees about the new National Security Personnel System that will introduce sweeping changes in the way the department hires, pays, promotes, disciplines and fires civilian employees.

06/14/2004

Nine Medal of Honor Recipients Attend Gala  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Ten Medal of Honor recipients from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars were expected here at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation's 10th Annual Invitational Gala June 12, but only nine showed up the 10th died five days before the event.

06/14/2004

Flag Has Been Powerful Symbol, Rallying Point      

WASHINGTON - It wasn't all that long ago that everyone seemed to be flying an American flag.

06/14/2004

Iraqi Prime Minister Vows to Catch Baghdad Car Bombers      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's prime minister pledged to apprehend those responsible for today's deadly Baghdad car bombing, the latest in a recent spike of terrorist violence against the interim government slated to take power June 30.

06/13/2004

Afghan, Iraq Presidents Call for Coalition to Remain      

WASHINGTON - The presidents of Afghanistan and Iraq both called for coalition forces to stay in their countries during separate interviews on NBC's "Meet the Press" today.

06/13/2004

Powell Speaks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia      

WASHINGTON - Security problems continue to be the main problem confronting the Iraqi people, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press" today.

06/13/2004

Non-Lethal Weapon Demo Wraps Up Civilian Leaders' Trip  This story contains photos.    

ROTA, Spain - Civilian leaders visiting here from throughout the United States looked on June 12 as Marines charged with providing anti- terrorism and force protection throughout Europe demonstrated how they use non- lethal weapons in their mission.

06/13/2004

Cincinnati Reds CEO Gives Military Members 'Two Thumbs Up'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When the Cincinnati Reds' chief executive officer returned earlier this week to Forward Operating Base Eagle in Tuzla, Bosnia- Herzegovina, following a foot patrol through a local town, he presented the Indiana National Guard troops there with an unusual gift: the promise of tickets to a Reds game when they return home from their deployments.

06/13/2004

Wolfowitz Accepts Award on Behalf of Those Serving  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation bestowed its highest award, the "Most Distinguished American Award," on Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz here June 12, but Wolfowitz said he was accepting the award on behalf of the "truly most distinguished Americans the men and women serving America today."

06/12/2004

'Conditions, Not Calendar' to Determine Coalition Exit      

WASHINGTON - The coalition presence in Iraq will be determined "by conditions, not by the calendar," said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt during a press conference in Baghdad today.

06/12/2004

NAACP Honors Six Military Members, Two Civilians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six military personnel and two Defense Department civilian employees were honored here June 10 with the NAACP's Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award in recognition of their contributions to military equal opportunity policies and programs.

06/11/2004

Air Force Makes Clean Sweep of Top NAACP Awards  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force made a clean sweep of the top two NAACP awards, plus a special award, for outstanding and noteworthy efforts in implementing policies and programs which promote equal opportunity in the military.

06/11/2004

Civilian Leaders See Simulated Anti-Terrorism Operations  This story contains photos.    

ROTA, Spain - Civilian leaders from throughout the United States watched U.S. Navy fighter jets launch a simulated strike against a suspected terrorist training camp in Tunisia, then looked on as a SEAL team boarded and took control of a vessel posing as a ship transporting components for weapons of mass destruction.

06/11/2004

Coalition in Afghanistan Denies Border Violation Reports      

WASHINGTON - Media reports that a U.S. military helicopter violated Pakistani airspace June 9 in a northwestern tribal area near the Afghanistan border are unfounded, the senior spokesman for Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said today in a written statement.

06/11/2004

Coalition Launches Investigation Into Death During Raid      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials are investigating a May 17 incident in which a U.S. soldier shot and killed an Iraqi man during a raid in Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today in a news release.

06/11/2004

Dam in Iraq at Full Operation for First Time Since 1990      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - With the completion of new transmission projects and the rehabilitation of a turbine unit at Haditha Dam in Haditha, Iraq last week, for the first time since 1990 all six turbines were in full operation and the clean hydropower plant operated at full capacity, generating 660 megawatts.

06/11/2004

Hope Was Ronald Reagan's Secret Weapon      

WASHINGTON - Even in the post-Sept. 11 era, in which the possibility of a spontaneous act of terrorism is never far from our thoughts, it is hard for anyone who had not lived through the height of the Cold War to imagine what a strain communism and the specter of mutually assured destruction added to daily life.

06/11/2004

Coalition Protects Babylon Archaeological Site      

WASHINGTON - The coalition in Iraq has taken steps to protect an ancient Babylon archaeological site.

06/11/2004

America Says Farewell to Reagan During D.C. Rites      

WASHINGTON - President Bush spoke for the nation when he said former President Ronald Reagan, "believed that America was not just a place in the world, but the hope of the world."

06/11/2004

Citizens Honor Reagan Outside Cathedral  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As public figures arrived in black limousines and SUVs to attend today's funeral service for President Ronald Reagan, ordinary people waited outside Washington National Cathedral to pay their final respects to the former chief executive.

06/10/2004

Customs of Military Funerals Reflect History, Tradition      

WASHINGTON - The images are imprinted already, with more to come.

06/10/2004

Thousands Gather to Pay Final Respects to President Reagan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people waited patiently in line today on the U.S. Capitol grounds to pay their final respects to Ronald Wilson Reagan.

06/10/2004

Navy Special Ops Demos Training in Azerbaijan  This story contains photos.    

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Spinning "donuts" in the Caspian Sea aboard special warfare rigid inflatable boats provided a thrilling introduction to Navy special operations for a group of U.S. civilian leaders here June 9..

06/10/2004

Reagan Makes First, Last Flight in Jet He Ordered  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The blue-and-white presidential jet that brought the flag-draped coffin of former President Ronald Reagan to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on June 9 is an aircraft he ordered before he left office but this was his first ride in it.

06/10/2004

Iraqi Prime Minister Calls Saboteurs Traitors      

WASHINGTON - Those seeking to damage or destroy the country's petroleum, water and electrical infrastructure are betraying Iraq, the country's prime minister declared today.

06/10/2004

Soldiers Reflect on Carrying Reagan's Casket  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Justin Rogers and Travis Sullivan were born, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States.

06/09/2004

U.S. Visitors Observe Guardsmen in Peacekeeping Ops  This story contains photos.    

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Civilian leaders from business, academia and local politics got a firsthand introduction to peacekeeping operations here today as they patrolled the streets of Banovici, Bosnia, alongside soldiers from Forward Operating Base Eagle.

06/09/2004

Myers Discuses Terror War, Leadership at NDU Graduation  This story contains photos.    

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - More attention needs to be paid to the nonmilitary portion of the war on terrorism, and the military must do a better job in cultivating relationships among agencies and countries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

06/09/2004

Satellite Industry Honors U.S. Strategic Command      

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - The International Satellite and Communications exchange presented its leadership award to U.S. Strategic Command at the satellite industry's annual exposition in Long Beach, Calif., June 2.

06/09/2004

Guardsman Helps Keep G8 Secure  This story contains photos.    

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - There is something different about this security detail for most National Guard soldiers and airmen taking part in annual Group of Eight Summit June 8-10.

06/09/2004

Reagan's National Security Policy Targeted Soviet Threat      

WASHINGTON - The Cold War was heating up when Ronald Wilson Reagan became the 40th U.S. president in early 1981.

06/09/2004

Bush: Resolution Passage Marks 'Important Day' for Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The passage of a new U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq marks "an important day for the Iraqi people," President Bush noted today at the G8 summit at Sea Island, Ga.

06/09/2004

Officials Discuss Global Posture Process      

WASHINGTON - Capabilities, not numbers, are the focus of discussions between the United States and its allies worldwide as part of the global posture review, U.S. government officials said at the Pentagon today.

06/09/2004

Plans to Open U.S. Embassy in Baghdad 'Well on Track'      

WASHINGTON - After June 30 the American and Iraqi governments will conduct diplomatic business "as equals," the U.S. State Department's coordinator for Iraq transition said here today.

06/08/2004

U.N. OKs New Iraq Resolution      

WASHINGTON - As President Bush predicted earlier today, the United Nations has passed a new resolution on Iraq.

06/08/2004

Marines, Afghan Soldiers Foil Ambush, Kill Taliban Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) continued their assault into the Taliban heartland, where they killed Taliban fighters poised to ambush them in central Afghanistan today.

06/08/2004

Civil Affairs Operations Continue in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, assigned in support of the 1st Marine Division in Iraq1 visited the Ali Jassim tribal area clinic to inspect improvement work there.

06/08/2004

Coalition Forces Rescue Italian, Polish Hostages      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces rescued four civilian hostages today south of Baghdad, military officials reported.

06/08/2004

Civilian Leaders Begin European Phase of DoD Orientation      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Nearly 50 civilian leaders arrived here today for the first European stop during their week-long introduction to military operations supporting the global war on terror.

06/08/2004

Ammunition Facility Accident Claims Soldiers' Lives      

WASHINGTON - Several coalition soldiers were killed today in an accident during engineering work at an ammunition and explosive storage facility near Suwayrah, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

06/08/2004

Civilian Leaders See U.S. Air Forces in Europe Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Civilian leaders participating in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference got a firsthand and sometimes hands-on look here today at how U.S. Air Forces in Europe supports the war on terror.

06/08/2004

Reagan's First Inauguration Set Tone for Change  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It really was like "Morning in America," as some of Ronald Reagan's campaign commercials suggested.

06/08/2004

G8 Summit Creates Double Duty for Georgia Guard General  This story contains photos.    

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - If Terry Nesbitt were in Major League Baseball, he would be the manager of the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at the same time and for the first time during the World Series.

06/07/2004

Military to Support Reagan Funeral      

WASHINGTON - Military members around the country are working to honor a former commander in chief this week.

06/07/2004

CENTCOM Reports Mosque Explosion      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command reported a large explosion and fire at the Kufa Mosque today.

06/07/2004

Myers Visits 1st Armored Division Families in Germany  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN, Germany - "The first casualties after the extension were the hardest to bear," a 1st Armored Division spouse said. "But we all pulled together."

06/07/2004

Helmets-to-Hardhats Program Links Troops With Civilian Careers      

WASHINGTON - A federally funded program, Helmets to Hardhats, is making good on the military recruiters "selling" point that service members gain valuable skills they can apply in the private sector following their service.

06/07/2004

Most Iraqi Militias Set for Disbandment, Reintegration      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi today announced an agreement that calls for most of Iraq's independent militias to reintegrate or disband.

06/07/2004

Attacks Kill Three U.S. Soldiers, Others Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Attacks by insurgents killed three U.S. soldiers and a civilian contractor, and injured several others and Iraqi civilians in incidents June 5-6, according U.S. Central Command officials. Another soldier died from noncombat related causes.

06/07/2004

Deputy Welcomes Civilian Leaders to "DoD 101" Introduction  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz welcomed civilian business, academic and local government leaders from throughout the nation to the Pentagon today to kick off a weeklong schedule that will offer a firsthand look at the military at work in the war on terror.

06/07/2004

Myers: No Final Decision Yet on U.S. Posture in Germany  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN, Germany - No final decisions have been made about the posture of American forces in Europe, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a press conference here today.

06/07/2004

Bush Issues Executive Order, Proclamation on Reagan's Death      

WASHINGTON - President Bush issued an executive order closing federal offices June 11 in observance of Reagan's passing.

06/07/2004

Bush to Welcome New Iraqi President at G-8 Summit      

WASHINGTON - President Bush will greet Iraq's new interim government leader, President Ghazi al-Yawar, at the G-8 Summit starting June 8 at Sea Island, Ga.

06/07/2004

Navy Engineer 'People Person' Heads Civilian Personnel System Overhaul      

WASHINGTON - Mary E. Lacey, a self-described "people person," is the lead official supervising the overhaul of the personnel system for the Defense Department's 700,000 civilian employees.

06/06/2004

President Honors Fallen at Normandy      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today honored the thousands of soldiers who died during the invasion of Normandy 60 years ago.

06/06/2004

Bush, Rumsfeld, Powell Offer Condolences on Reagan's Death      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called the news of former President Ronald Reagan's death "a sad hour in the life of America."

06/06/2004

Bush Discusses War on Terror, Iraqi Sovereignty With Italian, French Leaders      

WASHINGTON - President Bush used his visits with Italian and French leaders June 5 to talk about the war on terrorism and plans for Iraqi sovereignty.

06/06/2004

New Resolution on Iraq Close to Agreement      

WASHINGTION - The United States is close to reaching agreement with U.N. members on a new resolution supporting Iraq, two of President Bush's top advisers said today.

06/05/2004

Story of 2 Jumps, 60 Years Apart  This story contains photos.    

SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France - The combat controllers, aircrews and paratroopers made the drop of almost 700 paratroopers into the historic drop zone outside this French town look easy today. But don't use that to measure the accomplishment of 60 years ago this day in 1944.

06/05/2004

America, France Pay Tribute to WWII Airborne Heroes  This story contains photos.    

SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France - As the United States and France paid tribute to those killed during the airborne operations during the Normandy invasion, everyone was brought close to tears and every person's chest swelled with pride here today.

06/05/2004

Cambodian Official Urges Rumsfeld to See Iraq Through      

SINGAPORE - Long before the world heard of the mass graves Saddam Hussein filled in Iraq, the Khmer Rouge slaughtered millions of Cambodians in the mid-1970s after the United States stopped bombing their sanctuaries in Indochina.

06/05/2004

D-Day Invasion Showed Value of Perseverance, Rumsfeld Says      

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The bloody, daring landing that turned the tide of World War II in Europe serves as a lesson in the value of persevering in a worthwhile cause, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy.

06/05/2004

Honored Vets Reflect on D-Day Experiences  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - D-Day veteran Charles W. Hostler is poised to represent the United States in receiving the French Legion of Honor from President Jacques Chirac June 6 at the Normandy site of the invasion.

06/05/2004

Secretary Commends Bangladesh's Peacekeeping Record, Role      

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met here today with leaders of one of the world's most active countries in providing peacekeeping forces.

06/05/2004

Australian Defense Minister, Rumsfeld Meet in Singapore      

SINGAPORE - The United States will maintain its capability in the Pacific region, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today, and Australia's defense minister said his country is satisfied with letting the United States decide how to do that.

06/05/2004

Myers: Today's Terror Threat as Dangerous as World War II's  This story contains photos.    

SAINTE MERE EGLISE, France - The world is facing as much of a threat today from terrorists and extremists as it did during World War II, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today at a memorial tribute to airborne veterans of the Normandy invasion.

06/05/2004

Extremism Threatens Civil Society's Future, Rumsfeld Says      

SINGAPORE - Ideological extremism that uses terror as a weapon stands in the way of global political progress and economic prosperity, threatens international order and clouds civil society's future, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

06/05/2004

Terror War Being Fought on Many Fronts, President Says      

WASHINGTON - The challenges of the United States and coalition nations in the war on terrorism extend beyond Iraq, President Bush said today in his national weekly radio address.

06/04/2004

Rumsfeld Cites 'Gap' in Media Reports on Iraq      

SINGAPORE - The real situation in Iraq and its depiction in the media are two different things, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

06/04/2004

Rumsfeld Likens Terror War Sacrifices to Normandy Invasion      

SINGAPORE - The sacrifices of D-Day's Allied forces invading Normandy 60 years ago resemble those facing the armed forces in today's world, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today.

06/04/2004

Rumsfeld Foresees Increasing Capability, Lethality for Navy  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Though the Navy may ultimately be smaller in terms of numbers of people, it is on the path toward being a more capable and more lethal force, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

06/04/2004

Terrorist Acts Uncover More About Terrorists  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Noting various recent terrorist attacks around the world, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that while each is a tragedy, each also uncovers more about the terrorists.

06/04/2004

Sailors, Marines Take Re-enlistment Oath From Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Within sight of Indonesia, Malaysia and downtown Singapore, 30 sailors and two Marines took the re-enlistment oath here today from Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex.

06/04/2004

Military, Civilian Medical Communities Join Forces      

WASHINGTON - The poplar trees were barely beginning to bud in mid-May in the high ground of the Colorado Rockies, the 9,300-feet-above-sea- level setting for a high-level medical conference put on by the Air National Guard.

06/04/2004

France Bestows Highest Honor on U.S. World War II Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - France will bestow the Legion of Honor, that nation's highest award, upon 100 World War II American veterans this weekend.

06/04/2004

Sweeping Changes Ahead in Military Doctrine to Meet Current Threat      

WASHINGTON - Military doctrine needs to be less detailed, more adaptable and less rooted in Cold War mindsets to guide U.S. military forces confronting new challenges, particularly global terrorism.

06/04/2004

Sand Sculptures on Omaha Beach Honor Defenders of Freedom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sand from the five landing beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944, has been turned into "Sands of Remembrance" sculptures on France's Normandy Beach to pay homage to those who shed their blood for freedom 60 years ago, said Carmella LaSpada, director of the White House Commission on Remembrance.

06/04/2004

Normandy Sacrifices Place Debt on All      

WASHINGTON - No matter how many military operations have been, or will be, launched: To Americans, D-Day will always be June 6, 1944.

06/04/2004

Rumsfeld Says Tenet's Work Helped Save Lives on Battlefield      

SINGAPORE - The work of George Tenet and the CIA "helped to save lives on the battlefield," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today in a written statement here.

06/04/2004

Military Needs 'Full-Time' Victim Care, Advocacy      

WASHINGTON - Military law is up to the task of prosecuting service members accused of sexual assault, but DoD needs to take steps to better assist victims, DoD's top personnel official noted June 3 on Capitol Hill.

06/04/2004

Officials Clarify Maritime Initiative Amid Controversy  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The U.S. initiative concerning Pacific waterway security does not call for new U.S. bases and military organizations to be part of the equation, defense officials asserted here.

06/03/2004

Wartime Footing Shapes Army Training      

WASHINGTON - The nature of today's military where war has become the expected rather than simply the anticipated is ushering in sweeping changes in the way the Army trains its soldiers.

06/03/2004

President Praises Tenet's Tenure      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised CIA Director George Tenet for doing what he said was a "superb job on behalf of the American people," after accepting Tenet's letter of resignation June 2.

06/03/2004

Iraq's Sovereignty Deserves "Full Support," Says President      

WASHINGTON - President Bush, with close ally Australian Prime Minister John Howard by his side, told reporters today that Iraq's sovereignty deserves the "full support" of the international community as that country works toward a freely elected government in the months ahead.

06/03/2004

Fewer Numbers Don't Mean Less Capability, Rumsfeld Says      

SINGAPORE - As changes in the U.S. military's global posture take place, no one should confuse fewer numbers of troops or hardware in any given place with a lessening of capability, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters en route here overnight.

06/03/2004

Rumsfeld Arrives in Singapore for Meetings With Allies      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today for a series of meetings with Singapore officials and with representatives of other U.S. Pacific-region allies.

06/03/2004

Muqtada Militia Attacks U.S. Soldiers, More Weapons Found      

WASHINGTON - --Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers were attacked today during a search of a school near Kufa, suspected site of several recent mortar attacks, according to a Central Commands news release.

06/03/2004

Nurse Recalls D-Day-Plus Experiences  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - World War II nurse Marian R. Elcano didn't know what lay ahead when she signed up for a one-year stint in the Army Nurse Corps on June 26, 1943, at the age of 22.

06/03/2004

GITMO Yielding Valuable Intelligence in a Safe, Disciplined Environment      

WASHINGTON - Interrogations procedures being used at the detention facility at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are safe, humane and disciplined and approved personally by the secretary of defense with input from the DoD general counsel and U.S. Justice Department, the head of U.S. Southern Command told Pentagon reporters today.

06/02/2004

Bush: 'We Will Take the Fight to the Enemy'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today refused to back down to terrorists, despite continued violence in Iraq just 28 days before the handover of power to an interim government.

06/02/2004

Operation Purple Offers Free Summer Camps to Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - A major American corporation and a military-related nonprofit organization are partnering to send military kids to camp this summer.

06/02/2004

New Procedures to Speed Overseas Absentee Balloting      

WASHINGTON - Absentee ballots from service members overseas will move faster and with greater control for the 2004 elections, DoD and U.S. Postal Service officials said today.

06/02/2004

Iraq's Interim President 'A Terrific Leader,' Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice today praised Iraq's interim President Ghazi Ajil al-Yawer.

06/02/2004

Victim of Despot's Cruelty 'Recalls the Horrors'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If the rooms within Abu Ghraib could talk, they'd likely recount tales of the unspeakable.

06/02/2004

Officials Testify on Funding Request for Iraq, Afghanistan Ops      

WASHINGTON - White House and Defense Department officials testified on Capitol Hill today on the president's request for $25 billion in contingency funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/01/2004

Myers Joins 400,000 Riders in Rolling Thunder Tribute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Like thousands of other Vietnam veterans, Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers donned his leather vest and added the rumble of his Harley-Davidson to the Rolling Thunder tribute in Washington May 30.

06/01/2004

General Praises Coalition, Afghan Forces' Efforts      

WASHINGTON - -- The U.S. top general in Afghanistan today praised coalition nation, U.S. and Afghan forces operating in the country.

06/01/2004

Leaders Named for Interim Iraqi Government      

WASHINGTON - The interim government that will run Iraq after the June 30 transfer of sovereignty took shape today, as U.N. officials in Baghdad announced the members of the government's presidential council and recommended the composition of a new cabinet to the country's prime minister-designate.

06/01/2004

Marine Corporal Receives Bronze Star Medal from Wolfowitz  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The bronze image of World War II heroes raising the American flag at Iwo Jima provided the backdrop for a ceremony here today honoring a modern-day hero.

06/01/2004

Bush Praises Iraqi Government, Says U.S. Troops Will Stay      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised the new Iraqi interim government, saying it possesses "the talent, commitment and the resolve to guide Iraq through the challenges that lie ahead."

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