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07/31/2003

Beijing Leaders Believe U.S. "Poses a Challenge," Pentagon Report Says      

WASHINGTON - While China seeks to benefit from trade and technology "interactions" with the United States, Beijing leaders still believe the U.S. poses a "significant," long-term challenge, according to a DoD report released to Congress July 30.

07/31/2003

Defense Department Fully Supporting 9-11 Commission Requests      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials are committed to fulfilling requests from the federal 9-11 Commission, a senior official said in the Pentagon today.

07/31/2003

The Alamo in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - It looks like the Alamo, complete with the Lone Star flag flying over it.

07/31/2003

Chairman's Wife Gets Firsthand Look at Afghan Hospital, Orphanage  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - While her husband addressed military affairs, Mary Jo Myers toured various places around Afghanistan July 30 to get a feel for the shape the country and its people are in.

07/31/2003

Myers visits Bagram Air Base  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM Air Base, Afghanistan - Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Bagram Air Base July 30 as part of his tour of Middle Eastern and Asian coalition military operations.

07/30/2003

'Afghan Hounds' Protect Coalition Forces  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - They travel all over the world, from the United States to Egypt to Kosovo, working side by side with troops, searching trucks, buildings and people for narcotics and explosives. These canines lifelines for military safety are here protecting the coalition forces and the surrounding area from threats of terrorism.

07/30/2003

Bush: A Free Iraq Will Lead to a More Secure United States      

WASHINGTON - A free and democratic Iraq will show other countries in the region that "prosperity and dignity are found in representative government and free institutions," President Bush said at the White House this morning.

07/30/2003

William I. Lowry Expects the Unexpected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After nearly a half century of federal service, William I. Lowry has learned to expect the unexpected.

07/30/2003

Prosecutor, Defense Counsel Prep for Military Commissions      

WASHINGTON - Six enemy combatants now being detained by DoD will be evaluated to determine if any should be charged and tried for war crimes under military commissions, two senior U.S. military lawyers told the American Forces Radio and Television Service recently.

07/29/2003

Ridge: America Better Prepared Than Ever      

WASHINGTON - While there are no guarantees that America can prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said the "American people are more secure and better prepared today than ever before."

07/29/2003

Pentagon Leaders Describe Offensive Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and other coalition forces in Iraq can't defend themselves everywhere all the time, so they've been going on the offensive, a top Defense Department spokesman said today.

07/29/2003

Myers Meets With Pakistani Counterpart      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Joint Chiefs chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers continued consultations in South Asia with meetings with his Pakistani counterparts here today.

07/29/2003

Iraqis Offering More Cooperation, But Still Fear Hussein      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis are providing more tips to U.S. and coalition forces searching for Saddam loyalists in Iraq, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told a U.S. Senate committee here today.

07/29/2003

Myers Speaks on Terror War, U.S.-India Contacts      

NEW DELHI, India - Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers discussed the continuing war on terrorism with his Indian counterpart here today and quashed rumors that his visit was related to U.S. pressure for India to provide troops for operations in Iraq.

07/29/2003

Myers Says Portions of Iraq Still a War Zone, But Progress Being Made      

NEW DELHI, India - The area within Tikrit, Baghdad and Ar Ramadi "is still a war zone," said Joint Chiefs chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers during a press conference here today.

07/29/2003

Nominees for Army Chief, Special Ops Command Face Senate Hearing      

WASHINGTON - Nominees to lead two important leadership positions faced tough questions concerning present troops strength in Iraq, lengths of deployments and the stress those deployments are having on service members and their families today.

07/28/2003

Navy Getting More Involved in Education Programs for Transitioning Children  This story contains photos.    

GROTON, Conn. - Quoting late educator Horace Mann, Adm. Walter F. Doran told the audience July 24 at the 5th annual Military Child Education Coalition conference that "the surest way to scatter a mob is to start a speech on education."

07/28/2003

DoD, Postal Service Honor Korean War Armistice, Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "The Korean War will not really end until every American is brought home or accounted for."

07/28/2003

DoD Salutes Korean War Vets' Wartime Service, Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fifty years ago on July 27, the signing of an armistice ended three years of bloody fighting on the Korean peninsula - a conflict in which almost 37,000 U.S. service members gave their lives.

07/28/2003

Chairman Visits Troops at 'Tip of the Spear' in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BALAD, Iraq - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited the "pointy end of the spear" in Iraq July 27.

07/28/2003

Wolfowitz: Security 'Real Problem,' but Situation Will Improve      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said security continues to be a real problem in Iraq, but that help from other nations and the Iraqi people is on the way.

07/28/2003

CENTCOM Says Iraqi Die-hards Number Around 5,000      

DOHA, Qatar - A U.S. Central Command official estimates the number of anti-coalition forces in Iraq to number between 4,000 and 5,000.

07/28/2003

DoD Cites 'Profound Gratitude' for Hope's Troop Tours      

WASHINGTON - The King (of Comedy) is dead. Long live the King.

07/27/2003

Hussein on Lam, Myers to Check 'Pulse' of Iraq Coalition      

DOHA, Qatar - Saddam Hussein is on the lam and if he is still in Iraq the United States will get him, said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, yesterday.

07/25/2003

U.S., Allies Help Iraqis Repair Their Health Care System      

WASHINGTON - Members of Iraq's medical community - with U.S. and allied help - are determined to restore their nation's health care system after decades of abuse and neglect by Saddam Hussein's regime, DoD's top medical official said here today.

07/25/2003

Admiral: Number of Youth With Poor Reading, Writing Skills 'Scary'  This story contains photos.    

GROTON, Conn. - Many things have changed for the better for military people over the past decade or so, but moving a family is still one of the greatest stresses for service members, spouses and children, the superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy said July 23 at an educators' conference here.

07/25/2003

Franks Adds Humor About His Career to Serious Speech About Global War on Terrorism  This story contains photos.    

GROTON, Conn. - Army Gen. Tommy Franks said he wasn't surprised when Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay were killed in a pitched battle in Iraq. The general who led international coalitions in Afghanistan and Iraq even predicted the demise of the pair's father.

07/25/2003

4th ID Commander Reports Iraqis Providing Information, Attacks Lessening      

WASHINGTON - The July 22 deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay at the hands of U.S. forces who were tipped of by an Iraqi citizen is bringing forth intelligence information that has led to weapons seizures and the arrests of Saddam loyalists.

07/25/2003

Pentagon NBC Exercise Tests First Responders, Evacuation Measures  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "If this was a real event you wouldn't be standing here," the director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency told reporters being given a close-up view of a large-scale chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training exercise in the Pentagon's south parking lot July 24.

07/25/2003

Woven in Time: Sept. 11 Memorial Quilts on Display at Arlington Women's Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Many Americans from around the country have responded to the events of Sept. 11 with support for those who lost loved ones in the attack. For some, this support has come in the form of needle and thread.

07/24/2003

U.S. Troops 'Making A Real Difference' in Iraq, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - American forces in Iraq are making important contributions to ensure that country's successful transition from dictatorship to democracy, the U.S. military's senior officer told a Senate committee here today.

07/24/2003

U.S. Will Continue to 'Root Out' Remnants of Former Regime      

WASHINGTON - The regime of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein is out of power forever in Iraq, but the United States remains engaged in the war against global terrorism, the U.S. military's top civilian said here today.

07/24/2003

Cheney Vows: Terrorism Will be Overcome      

WASHINGTON - For decades, terrorists have waged war against the United States. Now, America is waging war against terrorists, Vice President Richard Cheney said today.

07/24/2003

Arabic-Speaking Soldier Spends Free Time Teaching Fellow Troops  This story contains photos.    

PORT OF SHUAIBA, Kuwait - Soldiers in Kuwait have started studying Arabic twice a week thanks to a fellow American soldier who grew up speaking Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt.

07/24/2003

Military Children Need Teachers, Counselors More Than They Know  This story contains photos.    

GROTON, Conn. - In only five years, the Military Child Education Coalition has grown into an organization of international presence, a former Groton schools superintendent told attendees July 22 at the organization's 5th annual conference here.

07/24/2003

Iraq: Coalition Provisional Authority Head Notes Progress, Future Plans      

WASHINGTON - The head of reconstruction efforts in Iraq said progress continues to be made in the country and the deaths of Hussein brothers Uday and Qusay is a "statement and a restatement of the partnership that has emerged between the Iraqi people and the coalition."

07/24/2003

Officials Announce Plan for Iraq Troop Rotations into 2004      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have come up with a troop-rotation plan for Iraq that will give the commander of U.S. Central Command "the force he needs to decisively defeat those elements that threaten security," the acting Army chief said July 23.

07/24/2003

Photos of Hussein Brothers' Bodies Provide Proof to Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - The deaths of Uday and Qusay Hussein sent "a very clear signal to the Iraqis that the Hussein family is finished and will not be returning to terrorize them again," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

07/23/2003

Wolfowitz Relays Impressions of Soldiers, Civilians in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The killing of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay by U.S. forces July 22 was another indicator that the United States is making progress in Iraq, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told Pentagon reporters today.

07/23/2003

Bush: Regime Holdouts Targeting Successes in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today urged nations around the world to contribute "militarily and financially" toward building a free and secure Iraq.

07/23/2003

Rumsfeld, Keane Discuss Army Transformation, Troop Rotations      

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The defense department's top civilian declared here July 22 that he's not at war with the U.S. Army.

07/23/2003

Military Commander Details Mission That Killed Hussein's Sons  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials in Iraq believe a coalition missile barrage at roughly 1 p.m. local time July 22 struck the fatal blow to Uday and Qusay Hussein.

07/22/2003

Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch: Home to the Mountains  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "It's great to be home," Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch told hundreds of well wishers who lined the streets of Elizabeth, W. Va., today to welcome the former POW home.

07/22/2003

Non-Profit Groups Receive $50,000 Grants at Pentagon Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fourteen non-profit organizations today received a total of $50,000 in grants for programs they created to improve quality of life for military members, their families and communities.

07/22/2003

Lynch Released From Walter Reed, Receives Military Awards      

WASHINGTON - Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the first of the rescued prisoners of war from Operation Iraqi Freedom, was discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center July 22, her 102nd day of care at the largest medical facility in the Department of Defense.

07/22/2003

Operation Iraqi Freedom Up Close: A Marine Returns  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Travel and adventure. For 17-year-old Mike Dougherty of Milwaukee, Wis., this was reason enough to enlist in the armed services.

07/22/2003

Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV: Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At 5:30 a.m. each day, Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell starts off his morning with the daily traffic.

07/22/2003

Coalition Kills Saddam's Sons in 'Fierce Gun Battle'      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein's sons Qusay and Uday were killed today in a "fierce gun battle," U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, announced at a news briefing in Baghdad.

07/21/2003

21 Marines Sent Into Liberia at Ambassador's Request      

WASHINGTON - A team of 21 U.S. Marines arrived in Monrovia today to add a level of security to the U.S. Embassy in Liberia's capital, Defense officials in the Pentagon said.

07/21/2003

Pentagon Kicks Off Memorial Fundraising Campaign  This story contains photos.    

Washington - Family members and defense officials alike intend to ensure that those who died at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001, are remembered.

07/21/2003

Bush Thanks Italian PM for Support in War on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - America and Europe are "both more secure and more effective" when they work together, President George W. Bush said today during a press conference with his Italian counterpart.

07/21/2003

Five Americans Killed, Six Injured in Incidents in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Several attacks and an accident in Iraq over the past three days have left five American soldiers dead and another six hurt.

07/21/2003

Special Ops Troops Kill Two Dozen Enemy Forces in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - American special operations forces killed roughly two dozen enemy forces after being attacked in Afghanistan July 19. While, elsewhere, nine coalition troops have been wounded in recent days.

07/21/2003

Group Provides Clothing, Other Items for Returning Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Susan Brewer made a startling discovery during a "Support Our Troops" rally on the National Mall in April. She found out that wounded service members returning from Iraq only have the clothes on their backs and that's if their garments haven't been cut off for medical procedures.

07/20/2003

Bremer: 'We Will Prevail' Against Pro-Saddam Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Despite repeated hit and run assaults on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq by "bitter- ender" Saddam supporters, security and reconstruction efforts in that country continue forward, the senior U.S. administrator in Iraq said July 20.

07/20/2003

Iraqi Militia Forming to Help Seek, Destroy Saddam Loyalists      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi militia is being formed to assist U.S. and coalition forces in rooting out and destroying Saddam loyalists who've been attacking coalition forces and obstructing reconstruction efforts, the senior U.S. administrator in Iraq said July 20.

07/18/2003

Rumsfeld, Myers Thank Employers of Guard and Reserve Members      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked about 20 of the nation's top business leaders today for their support of employees serving in the National Guard and reserves.

07/18/2003

DoD Officials Reviewing Recommendations in Reconstruction Report  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are looking hard at recommendations regarding rebuilding Iraq that a team of post-war reconstruction experts made in a report released July 17.

07/18/2003

Building a First-rate Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - It's all about building a first-rate personnel system to complement a first-rate military, said David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

07/18/2003

Former POW Receives Much Attention at NAACP Convention  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Possibly the most honored person at the NAACP's 28th Annual Armed Services and Veterans Affairs award dinner July 16 was not a high- ranking dignitary or any of the scheduled awardees.

07/18/2003

NAACP President Tells of His Respect for the Military at Awards Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - NAACP president and chief executive officer Kweisi Mfume told an audience of military and Defense Department personnel that he envies those who wear the military uniform.

07/18/2003

New Personnel System Needed to Meet New Challenges      

WASHINGTON - DoD's military and civilian personnel systems need to be as flexible as the fighting forces they support, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrote in a Washington Post commentary today.

07/17/2003

Bush, Blair Cite Progress Against Terror      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Britain are opposing the ideology of terrorism with a belief in freedom and liberty, President Bush said during a White House press conference today with his British counterpart.

07/17/2003

Defense Department Still Has Room to Grow, Abell Tells NAACP  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - A top DoD official told the NAACP that DoD's "made great strides in the representation of African-Americans in our armed forces, but we recognize we still have room for growth, particularly in general and flag officer ranks."

07/17/2003

Blair Says Freedom, Liberty Best Weapons Against Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - The values of liberty and freedom are America's and Great Britain's best weapons against terrorism, British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a joint meeting of Congress July 17.

07/16/2003

Military Professionals Know Mission Comes First      

WASHINGTON - "We can either fight this battle against terrorism at home, or we can fight it abroad," U.S. Army Gen. John Abizaid said July 16. "Our soldiers have to know in their heart of hearts that they've got to fight it abroad."

07/16/2003

DoD Police Force Motorcycle Unit in Operation at the Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - BMW of North America has donated six BMW R 1100 RT-P ("P" for police) authority motorcycles to the Defense Department's police force, which enables the Pentagon law enforcement agency to create its first motorcycle unit.

07/16/2003

Thunderbolt Over Baghdad, 'Pilot-Dude' Down in the Countryside      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Maj. Jim Ewald had just finished a close-air support mission over Baghdad when his A-10 Thunderbolt II was hit by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile April 8. It physically moved the plane "like the hand of God," Ewald said during a Pentagon interview July 16.

07/16/2003

Air Guardsmen Detail Iraqi Freedom Close-air Support      

WASHINGTON - Three days into Operation Iraqi Freedom, Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Kennedy got a new mission: Go to Tallil air base in Iraq and ready it for A-10 Thunderbolt II missions.

07/16/2003

Baathist Opposition Organized, Coalition Faces 'Guerrilla-type Campaign'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces are facing organized opposition by Baathist remnants throughout Iraq, U.S. Army Gen. John Abizaid told reporters at the Pentagon July 16.

07/16/2003

Guard Chief Committed to State Partnership Program      

MONTEREY, Calif. - States affiliated with foreign countries should strengthen those bonds. States that have not forged similar international alliances might want to think about doing so.

07/16/2003

SnowGoose: UAVs Enter the Airlift Business  This story contains photos.    

ST INIGOES, Md. - The popular idea of unmanned aerial vehicles is that they are like aggrandized radio-controlled planes, good only for reconnaissance and scouting.

07/16/2003

Soldier Killed, Marine Dies, C-130 Receives SAM Fire in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - An American soldier was killed in an attack on a convoy west of Baghdad today. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

07/15/2003

VA Benefits Could Expand for Former POWs      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has proposed legislation to Congress that would improve benefits for former prisoners of war, responding to the needs of Operation Iraqi Freedom POWs.

07/15/2003

From the Inside Out: Sept. 11 Memorialized  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Today, there's no visible reminder of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The destroyed section of the building has been rebuilt. Its gray stone facade has been meticulously restored.

07/15/2003

Marne Soldiers Will Be Home by September, DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division will be home "by September," DoD officials said.

07/15/2003

Army-Navy Game Trip Drawing for Purple Heart Recipients      

WASHINGTON - Purple Heart recipients from previous conflicts get a chance to attend the 2003 Army- Navy football game for free.

07/15/2003

Bremer Outlines 'The Road Ahead' to a New Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The citizens of Iraq moved closer toward establishing a democratic government of their own choosing with the July 13 assembly of the Iraqi governing council, the senior U.S. administrator in Iraq noted recently.

07/15/2003

Shades of Green at Disney World Now to Reopen in March 2004      

ORLANDO, Fla. - The refurbished Armed Forces Recreation Center Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort won't open till March 1, 2004, instead of the originally planned Dec. 15, 2003, date.

07/15/2003

Defense, Labor Partner in Quality of Life Initiatives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Labor departments are combining forces to improve the lives of service members, their families and veterans re- entering the civilian workforce by sharing of information on job training and employment programs.

07/14/2003

Possible American Troops in Liberia Not to Be Under U.N. Control      

WASHINGTON - Any large-scale deployment of American troops to Liberia would not be under U.N. control, President George W. Bush said at the White House today.

07/14/2003

Iraqi Governing Council Holds First Meeting      

WASHINGTON - Iraq has taken a first step toward self-government after decades of tyrannical rule by Saddam Hussein's regime.

07/14/2003

UAVs Demonstrate the Future at Pax River Event  This story contains photos.    

ST INIGOES, Md. - The "Jumbotron" video screen had "Welcome to UAV Town, USA" emblazoned across at site of the unmanned aerial vehicle flight demonstration today.

07/14/2003

VFW, American Legion Volunteers Do Good Deed for Air Guardsman's Family      

WASHINGTON - Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion volunteers stepped up recently to help out the family of an Illinois Air National Guardsman deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

07/14/2003

Next BRAC Will Reflect Changing Times      

WASHINGTON - There were 97 major base closures and 55 major realignments during previous base realignment and closure actions in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995, according to DoD documents.

07/14/2003

Soldier Killed in Iraq; Operation Ivy Serpent Yields Results      

WASHINGTON - A 3rd Infantry Division soldier was killed and six others wounded in Baghdad early July 14 when their convoy was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, U.S. Central Command officials said.

07/13/2003

Rumsfeld: Attacks on Americans in Iraq Likely to Continue, Even Increase      

WASHINGTON - The closer coalition forces get to completely dismantling the remnants of Iraq's ousted Baath government, the "more vicious" attacks on American forces in that country are likely to become, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

07/11/2003

Julie Curtis-Win: A Heart as Big as Texas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It was the first time Julie Curtis-Win and her father had done something together in a long time. Both avid gardeners, they signed up for Texas A&M's Horticulture Master Gardener class.

07/11/2003

Franks: U.S. Forces Committed to Global War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command has been at the "leading edge of the global war on terrorism" for the past two years, according to Tommy Franks, the U.S. Army general who led the U.S. offensive against terrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

07/11/2003

Undersecretary Says 'Sooner Rather Than Later' for Joint National      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is making joint training a priority as it moves ahead with transforming the way U.S. forces prepare for war.

07/11/2003

General Says Family Members Keep Search for Missing Servicemen Alive  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Families of service members still missing from the Vietnam War are "the essence of America's strength," according to the general in charge of finding those missing troops.

07/11/2003

Five 'Everyday Heroes' Receive Recognition for Their Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Stella Garrison was watching the Marine Corps TV channel at Camp Pendleton, Calif., when she saw an advertisement about nominations for the "Marine of the Year" competition. She thought her husband met the prerequisites for the honor, and she was right.

07/10/2003

Bush, Rumsfeld Confident Iraq Had Weapons of Mass Destruction      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stand firm in their conviction that Saddam Hussein's regime posed a threat to world peace.

07/10/2003

Two Soldiers Killed, One Wounded in Separate Attacks in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two American soldiers died in separate attacks in Iraq July 9. A third soldier was wounded.

07/10/2003

U.S. 'Will Stay the Course' in Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States "will stay the course" in Iraq, President Bush said today in Gaberone, Botswana, following a meeting with President Festus Gontebanye Mogae.

07/09/2003

Economic, Political Progress Tied to Iraqi Security      

WASHINGTON - The foundation of American policy in Iraq is that the country belongs to the Iraqis, and the United States will turn over control of the country as soon as possible, Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy, said yesterday.

07/09/2003

RPG Attack in Fallujah; Two More Saddam Supporters In Coalition Custody      

WASHINGTON - A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a coalition forces' perimeter at Fallujah, Iraq, early July 9, and two more former Saddam Hussein-regime officials are in U.S. custody.

07/09/2003

U.S. Committed to Peace in Africa, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said the United States is firmly committed to peace in Africa and said America would support peacekeeping efforts in Liberia.

07/09/2003

Anthrax Vaccine Moves Into Clinical Trials  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - The next-generation anthrax vaccine, based on a decade of work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, is now moving into not one, but four clinical trials.

07/09/2003

Joint Ops Key to Military Lessons Learned from Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The maturation of the joint force concept was at the heart of the successes American arms achieved during Operation Iraqi Freedom, former command leader Army Gen. Tommy Franks said today before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

07/09/2003

Rumsfeld Says Anti-Coalition Attacks not Widespread      

WASHINGTON - Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld worked to dispel the impression that Saddam Hussein loyalists are operating freely throughout Iraq.

07/08/2003

Military Personnel 'Wow' JCOC Participants  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Forty-four civilian community leaders from across the country were "wowed" by their experiences during a weeklong Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, June 7 to 13.

07/08/2003

Iraqi Administrative Councils Taking Hold  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people can now speak their minds openly, according to Emad Dhia, an Iraqi-born American who's just spent eight weeks in Baghdad.

07/08/2003

Iraqi Insurgents Assault U.S. Troops, Supply Depot      

WASHINGTON - Anti-coalition insurgents mounted several attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq July 8, and dropped mortar rounds on an American supply depot north of Baghdad July 7, a Coalition Joint Task Force-7 spokesman said today.

07/08/2003

Bush Says U.S. Will Support Actions in Liberia      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said during a quick media opportunity in Senegal that the United States will participate with the Economic Community of West African States and the United Nations in any humanitarian mission to Liberia. "We're now in the process to determine the extent of our participation," Bush said.

07/07/2003

'Incredible Progress' Made Restoring Iraq's Infrastructure, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's electrical system and other key infrastructure was all but ruined after years of neglect under Saddam Hussein's rule, but reconstruction efforts are improving life for the country's citizens with each passing day, U.S. officials in Baghdad said July 7.

07/07/2003

Iraqis Need Proof Saddam Dead, Captured to Feel Safe      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis need to see Saddam Hussein and his sons dead or in custody before they feel safe, said Emad Dhia, director of the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council, during a Pentagon press conference today.

07/07/2003

3 Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Sidewinder Ends      

WASHINGTON - Two Americans died yesterday following attacks and another died as a result of an explosion early this morning. All three were members of the 1st Armored Division and all the attacks took place in Baghdad.

07/07/2003

Team Ensures Vaccines Keep Their Cool, Arrive on Time      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - When top DoD officials mandate anthrax or smallpox vaccinations for service members, a small group of dedicated logisticians at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency spring into action. Their job? Make sure the vaccine gets where it needs to go and arrives in pristine condition.

07/07/2003

Abizaid Takes U.S. Central Command Reins  This story contains photos.    

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TAMPA, Fla.
- Army Gen. John P. Abizaid assumed command of U.S. Central Command from Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks today during a ceremony at the St. Pete Times Forum.

07/07/2003

Franks says There are Enough Coalition Forces in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who steps down as commander of U.S. Central Command today, said coalition forces will continue to move forward with establishing security in Iraq, by "working with Iraqis" despite an increasing number of U.S. casualties.

07/05/2003

16 Soldiers Wounded in July 3rd Mortar Attack      

WASHINGTON - A total of 16 soldiers were wounded in a mortar attack against a logistics post near Balad, Iraq, July 3, U.S. Central Command officials said, Saturday.

07/05/2003

Bush Honors Military for Sacrifices in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - President Bush honored the U.S. military for its role in safeguarding freedom at home and providing freedom abroad during a speech at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, yesterday.

07/03/2003

One Soldier Dead, Another Wounded in Baghdad Incidents      

WASHINGTON - One soldier died and another was wounded in separate July 3 incidents in Iraq, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

07/03/2003

Hometown Support for Operation Tribute to Freedom is "Extraordinary"      

WASHINGTON - More than 1,000 hometowns across the nation will join the Defense Department this Fourth of July in recognizing hometown heroes and honoring the men and women who have served in the war on terrorism.

07/02/2003

Bush: Harsh Treatment for Attackers, U.S. Not Leaving Till Iraq Is Free      

WASHINGTON - Anyone who attacks U.S. troops "will be found and brought to justice," President Bush said at the White House July 2.

07/02/2003

Operation Sidewinder Raids Grab Saddam-Regime Supporters, Outlawed Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Security operations designed to corral Saddam-regime sycophants remaining in Iraq continue, according to a U.S. Central Command news release July 2.

07/02/2003

Abizaid Set to Supplant Franks As CENTCOM Commander      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. John P. Abizaid is set to receive his fourth star and to take over U.S. Central Command from outgoing commander Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks at ceremonies in Tampa, Fla., July 7.

07/02/2003

Fourth of July Message From the Chairman      

WASHINGTON - By signing the Declaration of Independence 227 years ago, our Founding Fathers embarked on a bold experiment in democracy, and committed our Nation to principles of freedom. These principles define who we are as Americans, and have withstood many challenges in the years since.

07/02/2003

Fourth of July Message From the Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON - The Fourth of July marks the 227th anniversary of the birth of our nation, the day when brave and dedicated patriots made manifest their love of liberty and founded a nation based on freedom. And from that day to this, the world has never been the same. As Lafayette put it, "Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country." Indeed it does. For more than 200 years, America has stood for freedom.

07/02/2003

America's Promise: 'No Return to Tyranny,' Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Saddam-regime die-hards will not deter America's commitment to assist the Iraqi people in establishing a new, prosperous, free Iraq, said President Bush July 1 at a White House ceremony.

07/02/2003

Fallujah Mosque Explosion Tied to Bomb-making Class      

WASHINGTON - A bomb manufacturing class being taught inside the Al Hasan Mosque in Fallujah was apparently the cause of the early July 1 explosion there, according to U.S. Central Command officials.

07/01/2003

New Regulations Bolster U.S. Maritime Security      

WASHINGTON - The anti-terrorism measures contained in new U.S. maritime regulations issued July 1 are designed to improve security at the nation's ports and waterways, America's homeland security chief said.

07/01/2003

White House Ceremony Marks 30 Years of All-Volunteer Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With right hands and voices raised, 30 military personnel from each branch of the armed forces repeated the oath of re-enlistment in the White House East Room today.

07/01/2003

Bremer Says More Iraqis Cooperating With Coalition      

WASHINGTON - The remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime are not only attacking coalition forces, but also the infrastructure all Iraqis rely on, said the presidential envoy to Iraq today.

07/01/2003

Six Soldiers Wounded In, Near Iraqi Capital      

WASHINGTON - Six U.S. soldiers were wounded in two separate attacks in Iraq today, said Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials.

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