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04/30/2003

State Department: Terrorist Attacks Down 44 Percent in 2002      

WASHINGTON - Terrorist attacks around the globe in 2002 were down 44 percent from the previous year, State Department experts announced here today.

04/30/2003

DoD Health Chief Lauds Wartime Military Medical Support      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's top civilian medical official praised military doctors, nurses, medics and other health care professionals for their "superb job" in Operation Iraqi Freedom during a roundtable with Pentagon reporters April 29.

04/30/2003

Iraqi Lawyer Who Led U.S. Marines Granted Asylum in U.S.      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi lawyer who led American Marines to prisoner of war Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch has been granted asylum and is safe in the United States with his family.

04/30/2003

Kevlar-Clad Crowd Congratulated by Chief  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The crowd wore Kevlar as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors of the coalition land forces during a town hall meeting at the international airport here today.

04/30/2003

Mr. Rumsfeld Goes to Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Perhaps symbolizing the importance of special operations forces to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad on an MC-130 from the Air Force's 919th Special Operations Wing today.

04/29/2003

Powell Encourages Congress to Ratify Entries of Seven Countries into NATO      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell asked Congress today to approve protocols that would welcome seven new members into NATO, which would be the alliance's largest expansion in its 54-year history.

04/29/2003

Saudi Base to Close, Ops Center Moves to Qatar      

PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE, Saudi Arabia - DoD officials said that the combined air operations center at this base will be mothballed and all U.S. aircraft operating from here will be gone by August.

04/29/2003

Iraqis Moving Toward Free, Inclusive Government      

WASHINGTON - More than 300 delegates representing a cross-section of Iraqi society yesterday hashed out plans for the formation of an interim government at an all-day meeting in Baghdad.

04/29/2003

Rumsfeld Praises Airmen for Contributions to Iraqi Freedom      

PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told airmen here that what they accomplished for the Iraqi people, for the region and for the world is truly remarkable.

04/28/2003

Bush Tells Iraqi-Americans They Are Proof Iraq Can Be Free      

WASHINGTON - The days of repression of the Iraqi people are over, President Bush told a crowd of Iraqi expatriates in Dearborn, Mich., today. "Iraq will be democratic," he added.

04/28/2003

Powell, Jordanian Minister Discuss Iraq, Middle East Peace Process      

WASHINGTON - The way forward in Iraq and in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict were the two main topics of discussion today in a meeting between Secretary of State Colin Powell and his Jordanian counterpart.

04/28/2003

Transformation, War on Terror Top Special Ops Command's 2004 Request      

WASHINGTON - Fighting global terrorism and transforming were atop the message list from a top combatant command official to a Senate subcommittee recently.

04/28/2003

Number of U.S. Forces in Gulf Will Decline, Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

DOHA, Qatar - The number of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region will drop as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

04/28/2003

Rumsfeld Thanks CENTCOM Forward for Its Service  This story contains photos.    

DOHA, Qatar - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked the service members and civilians of U.S. Central Command here for the jobs they did as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

04/27/2003

Coalition Forces Detain Self-Proclaimed Mayor of Baghdad      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces detained Mohammed Muslim Al Zubaidi today near the Coalition Civil Military Coordination Center, according to U.S. Central Command officials.

04/27/2003

Study Needed Before Force 'Footprint' Changes in Gulf  This story contains photos.    

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The footprint of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region will change in the coming months, but it is too soon to say how, defense leaders said following meetings with leaders of the United Arab Emirates today.

04/25/2003

Tariq Aziz Brings Total of 'Top 55' in Custody to 12      

WASHINGTON - With Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and sometime-spokesman Tariq Aziz now in American custody, 12 of the 55 most wanted Iraqis are accounted for, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

04/25/2003

Enemy Attack Kills 1, Injures 5 Americans in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - One American service member was killed and five injured in an attack this morning in Afghanistan, defense officials said.

04/25/2003

Saddam Hussein 'May' Be Dead or Severely Injured, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - "Some evidence" suggests Saddam Hussein may have died in air strikes that opened Operation Iraqi Freedom, President Bush said April 24.

04/25/2003

TRICARE Complying With Stricter Rules on Healthcare Information  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - TRICARE, like all other healthcare providers nationwide, is working under stricter rules when it comes to protecting patients' rights and the privacy of their health information.

04/25/2003

Army Col. Steven Bucci: The Secretary's Team Leader  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 20 years ago, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Steven Bucci was a team leader in the mountains of Greece near the Yugoslavian border. Now, the Special Forces colonel is serving a two-year tour behind a desk at the Pentagon, armed only with a computer and a tomahawk he keeps as a memento from his A Team in 5th Special Forces Group.

04/25/2003

DARPA-Developed Device Bridges Language Divides  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Non-linguist U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have been able to communicate with local citizens by using a paperback-book-sized device called the phraselator.

04/24/2003

Bush Praises 'American Spirit of Enterprise' at Tank Plant      

WASHINGTON - The United States' edge in warfighting comes, in part, from the "American spirit of enterprise, from great companies and great workers," President Bush said this afternoon to a group of people who build Abrams tanks for a living.

04/24/2003

U.S., China Say 'No Nukes' to North Koreans      

WASHINGTON - The North Korean government shouldn't feel threatened because the United States, China and other nations want the Korean peninsula to be nuclear- weapon-free, the top U.S. diplomat said here today.

04/24/2003

Cooperation Key for Coalition Success, Hailston Says      

WASHINGTON - The key to the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom was the outstanding cooperation among all of the services and coalition partners, the top Marine in the command said today.

04/24/2003

Iraqis Need Work, Paychecks, U.S. Administrator Says      

WASHINGTON - American officials are working to reconstitute Iraqi government ministries and get employees back to work and receiving paychecks, the man charged with getting Iraq running again said today.

04/24/2003

More Regime Leaders Captured, 3 Marines Die in Accident      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi deck lost three more cards April 23, and coalition special operations forces took into custody another regime member who might be able to name all the Iraqi spies in the United States.

04/23/2003

Murderer Killed in Coalition Raid in Kandahar Province      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan believe they killed the man who murdered a Salvadoran Red Cross worker March 27, officials at Combined Joint Task Force 180 said today.

04/23/2003

Ground Commander Lauds Land Troops' Success in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are nearing the end of combat operations, but the campaign will continue, the chief of coalition land forces said during an interview from Baghdad.

04/22/2003

Coalition Takes "Queen of Spades," Continues Security Operations      

WASHINGTON - The coalition has trumped the Queen of Spades in the Iraqi most-wanted deck.

04/22/2003

JPRA Helps Return Captives to Normal Life      

WASHINGTON - It's going to take more than returning Pfc. Jessica Lynch to the United States for her to get back to a normal life.

04/22/2003

New Act Seeks Flexibility in Military Personnel Decisions      

WASHINGTON - If there's a single word that describes the Defense Transformation for the 21st Century Act, it is "flexibility," said David Chu, defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness.

04/21/2003

U.S. Not Asking for Long-term Iraqi Bases      

WASHINGTON - The United States has neither asked nor considered asking a future Iraqi government for use of four air bases, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

04/21/2003

DoD's Online IT Shopping System Saves Time, Money      

WASHINGTON - Where can DoD information technology procurement specialists quickly get the best deals on computer software?

04/21/2003

Wrestlers Put Smile on Wounded GI's Face  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Army Pvt. Fernando Gonzalez heard that professional wrestlers "Bradshaw" and "Faarooq" were visiting Walter Reed Army Medical Center recently, he got excited and asked for them to visit his hospital room.

04/21/2003

More Regime Captured, Army Takes Control of Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At least one more leader of Saddam Hussein's regime is in custody, and another has allegedly turned himself in to the Iraqi National Congress.

04/21/2003

Military Kids Take Part in American Tradition at White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of military "brats" took part in a 125-year-old American tradition today the White House Easter Egg Roll.

04/18/2003

Special Guards for a Special Family      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Everything he has learned about the military during his quarter-century in the West Virginia Army National Guard has made 1st Sgt. Dan Little a friend in need and a friend indeed for the family of former POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch.

04/18/2003

More Service Members Eligible for Tax Relief, Danger Pay      

WASHINGTON - Tax relief and special pay for service members involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom have expanded.

04/18/2003

Wolfowitz: Newly Freed Iraq Provides 'Greater Security' for U.S., World      

WASHINGTON - An Iraq newly freed from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein provides "a greater security for our country and for the whole world," U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said here April 17.

04/18/2003

Justice Department Helps Coalition Intel Effort      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department worked aggressively to both develop intelligence that the coalition against Saddam Hussein could use and to protect the United States from terrorist attack, said Attorney General John Ashcroft April 17.

04/18/2003

Coalition Releases Iraqi Noncombatants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have released 887 Iraqi prisoners being held in the Theater Internment Facility near Umm Qasr.

04/18/2003

U.S. Airfield Troops Sustain Ops, Assist Iraqi Populace      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army and Air Force troops at an airfield in southern Iraq are providing military air and logistical support -- and much-needed medical and other assistance to local Iraqis.

04/18/2003

Another Regime Leader Captured; Coalition Forces Transition      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Kurds handed over the Ba'ath Party regional command chairman for East Baghdad to coalition special operations forces yesterday, U.S. Central Command officials said this morning.

04/17/2003

Operation Iraqi Freedom Marks New Way of War Fighting      

WASHINGTON - The successful application of teamwork and technology in Operation Iraqi Freedom marks a turning point in American war fighting, the U.S. military's senior officer said here April 16.

04/17/2003

DoD's Leaders Thank Military for Heroism, Courage, Talent  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked the men and women of the department for their service in the campaign in Iraq, but said much still remains to be done.

04/17/2003

Former POW Lynch Asks Public to Redirect Gift Outpouring      

WASHINGTON - Pfc. Jessica Lynch, former Iraqi prisoner of war now receiving treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, has asked the public to send cards and letters in lieu of gifts and flowers.

04/17/2003

Coalition Special Ops Forces Capture Saddam's Half-Brother      

WASHINGTON - Coalition special operations forces captured Saddam Hussein's half-brother during a raid in Baghdad last night, U.S. Central Command officials said during a briefing from Qatar today.

04/16/2003

Still Going After Three Wars, Two Services, Hometown Politics  This story contains photos.    

GULFPORT, Miss. - Henry Q. Pike, 79, has lived a long, charmed life. The son of an Alabama coalminer, he fought in three wars and never got a scratch during a total of five years in combat.

04/16/2003

Bush Signs $79 Billion Wartime Supplemental Budget      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a $79 billion wartime supplemental at the White House this morning "to cover the needs directly arising from Operation Iraqi Freedom and the reconstruction of Iraq," he said in St. Louis this afternoon.

04/16/2003

DoD Getting $62.6 Billion to Help Pay for War      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is receiving $62.6 billion as a result of the emergency supplemental bill President Bush signed today.

04/16/2003

Situation in Iraq Brightening; Troops Still in Danger      

WASHINGTON - The situation on the ground "continues to brighten in Iraq," the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman said in the Pentagon today. "But our troops are still putting their lives on the line, and the work is still dangerous."

04/16/2003

Many Diehard Fighters in Iraq Aren't Iraqis, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - Many snipers, suicide bombers and other diehards attacking U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq are non-Iraqis waging holy war, the U.S. military's senior officer said April 15.

04/16/2003

Coalition Forces Still Conducting Operations      

WASHINGTON - While major combat action is certainly winding down in Iraq, coalition forces are still conducting operations in the country, said U.S. Central Command officials in Qatar today.

04/16/2003

Ridge Lowers Terrorist Threat Level to Yellow      

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has lowered the nationwide threat level to "yellow" from "orange."

04/16/2003

Pentagon Warns of Flea and Tick Collar Dangers      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is, once again, advising service members that flea and tick collars work great on pets, but not on humans.

04/16/2003

Coalition Captures Terrorist, Brooks Describes Mosul Incident      

WASHINGTON - Coalition special operations personnel in Baghdad captured Palestinian terrorist Abu Abbas April 14, U.S. Central Command officials said today.

04/16/2003

A Singer, A Song and America's Armed Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Everyone knows Donald H. Rumsfeld is one tough hombre. Yet today, a country singer made the straight-talking, no-nonsense defense secretary wipe tears from his eyes.

04/15/2003

Iraqis Meet at Historic Site to Discuss Country's Future      

WASHINGTON - Up to 100 Iraqi representatives from throughout the country began discussing Iraq's future today, Secretary of State Colin Powell said.

04/15/2003

U.S. Troops to Be in Iraq 'Not One Day Longer' Than Necessary, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - American troops will be in Iraq "as long as required and not one day longer," the U.S. military's senior officer said here today.

04/15/2003

Bush: Coalition Victory in Iraq Certain But Not Complete      

WASHINGTON - "These are good days for the history of freedom," President Bush said during a Rose Garden ceremony this morning.

04/15/2003

Darryl Worley to Appear in Concert at the Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Country artist Darryl Worley and his band will perform in concert at the Pentagon on Wednesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

04/15/2003

Coalition Focuses on Pockets of Resistance      

WASHINGTON - The focus of coalition operations in Iraq is on eliminating remaining pockets of resistance, said U.S. Central Command officials during a briefing in Qatar today.

04/15/2003

Iraqis Discuss Future Government in 'Big Tent' Meeting      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi representatives and American officials met today in Nasiriyah, Iraq, for the first time to begin the process of forming an interim government for that country.

04/15/2003

The Patriot Game  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It was a memorable, symbolic night at the MCI Center here April 14 as Michael Jordan played the last home game of his legendary and illustrious basketball career. But it would be more than about a game between two NBA teams.

04/14/2003

Shape of Coalition Forces Will Change As War Winds Down      

WASHINGTON - As the war in Iraq winds down, the shape and number of coalition forces in the area will change, DoD officials said during a briefing in the Pentagon.

04/14/2003

Marines in Tikrit, Encounter Sporadic Resistance      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines encountered sporadic resistance as they moved into Tikrit today, U.S. Central Command officials said this morning during a press conference in Qatar.

04/14/2003

Clowns Bring Smile to Faces of Wives, Mothers of Wounded Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Arianna Peel, 23, is grieving over the dire prognosis for her husband's full recovery from severe injuries suffered in a tragic vehicle accident in Saudi Arabia.

04/14/2003

Kuwait Delivering Aid to Iraqis, Hoping to Find POWs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Kuwait is providing "significant humanitarian assistance" to Iraq while still hoping to recover its prisoners of war from Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion.

04/13/2003

Seven American POWs Returned to U.S. Control      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials identified the seven American prisoners of war found in northern Iraq today as five members of the 507th Maintenance Company and two Apache helicopter pilots.

04/13/2003

Rumsfeld Says U.S. Will Find Iraqi WMD Materials      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein's scientific adviser surrendered to U.S. forces Saturday, proclaiming that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction.

04/13/2003

No Part of Iraq Under Regime Control, Franks Says      

WASHINGTON - There are no towns under Iraqi regime control now, Army Gen. Tommy Franks said on Fox News Sunday today.

04/13/2003

Seven Americans Recovered Alive Near Samarra      

WASHINGTON - Seven U.S. service members listed as missing or prisoners have been returned to American control, U.S. Central Command chief Army Gen. Tommy Franks said today.

04/12/2003

Deck of Cards Helps Troops Identify Regime's Most Wanted      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq are using a specially created deck of 55 playing cards to identify the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

04/12/2003

Navy May Reduce Gulf Carrier Presence As Iraqi Freedom Winds Down      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy may reduce the number of aircraft carriers deployed in the Gulf region if Operation Iraqi Freedom air strike requirements draw down, the commander of coalition naval forces said today.

04/12/2003

Bush Relays Stories of Oppression, Compassion and Respect      

WASHINGTON - Two worlds collided in Baghdad this week. Coalition forces and Western journalists were shocked by emerging evidence of Saddam Hussein's tyranny and inhumanity, and the long-oppressed Iraqi people experienced the compassion and respect of coalition troops.

04/12/2003

Combat Ops Continue in Iraq, Humanitarian Aid Pours In      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition troops are searching out and eliminating pockets of Saddam-regime diehards, while providing much needed humanitarian relief to the Iraqi people.

04/11/2003

Seven American POWs Returned to U.S. Control      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials identified the seven American prisoners of war found in northern Iraq today as five members of the 507th Maintenance Company and two Apache helicopter pilots.

04/11/2003

Coalition Envisions 'Iraqi Government of the People'      

WASHINGTON - Iraq is capable of creating a viable government, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz. In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition has a responsibility to ensure food, water, medicine and basic services are provided to the Iraqi people.

04/11/2003

Navy Hospital Ship Provides Comfort to Injured Enemy POWs      

WASHINGTON - Plying the Arabian Sea, she's an oasis of medical care and hope for sick or wounded U.S. and coalition troops, Iraqi civilians and enemy prisoners of war.

04/11/2003

Iraqi Regime Disintegration Continues      

WASHINGTON - Signs of the disintegration of Saddam Hussein's regime abound in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials said in a briefing in Qatar today.

04/11/2003

Tough, Brave Troops Fight for Freedom      

WASHINGTON - America's men and women in uniform are brave, tough and courageous, President Bush said today after visiting more than 70 wounded service members and their families at two military hospitals.

04/11/2003

Seeing Saddam Statues Fall 'Like Seeing Berlin Wall Come Down'      

WASHINGTON - Seeing televised images of larger-than- life statues of Saddam Hussein tumbling all over Iraq is like "seeing the Berlin Wall come down all over again," America's No. 2 defense official told foreign media today.

04/10/2003

Even With War, U.S. Focuses on Central, South America      

WASHINGTON - The war on Iraq hasn't caused the United States to lose its focus on Central and South America, said a DoD official.

04/10/2003

Wolfowitz: NATO Important Anchor; Iraqis Responsible for New Government      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz today told U.S. Senate members that NATO remains a key partner in national security matters, and emphasized the importance for the Iraqis to choose their own leaders in the post-Saddam era.

04/10/2003

Free Iraqi Forces: 'Members of the Team' Liberating Iraq      

WASHINGTON - They're intimately familiar with Iraqi language and culture, they wear distinctive uniforms, they serve with U.S. civil affairs troops in Iraq -- and they don't like Saddam Hussein.

04/10/2003

Coalition Continues Fight in Baghdad, Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The deaths of two American service members since Iraqis toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad yesterday emphasized that combat in Iraq is not over.

04/10/2003

'Your Nation Will be Free,' Bush Tells Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces operating in Iraq will not stop until "Saddam's corrupt gang is gone," President Bush told the Iraqi people this morning.

04/10/2003

VA Reduces SGLI Premiums for Military and Family Coverage      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that premiums for the Service members Group Life Insurance will be reduced, handing military members a few extra dollars in their pockets each month.

04/10/2003

Future of Force Protection Goes on Display May 6      

WASHINGTON - The future of force protection may one day be a roving robot with high-tech sensors that can detect intruders and non-lethally subdue them.

04/10/2003

DoD Advises SARS Precautions      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is advising military and civilian personnel to take precaution against the potentially deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The advisory is especially for those traveling in the Far East, where the flu-like virus is believed to have originated.

04/10/2003

Parts of Baghdad Still Dangerous for Coalition Troops      

WASHINGTON - Following yesterday's scenes of jubilation, there was still fighting overnight in parts of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command officials in Qatar said today.

04/10/2003

Coalition Addressing Iraqi Humanitarian Needs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are addressing concerns about Iraqi humanitarian needs, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said today.

04/10/2003

Circus Clowns Visit Children, Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The circus came to town and the clowns went to see a very special audience at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on April 9.

04/09/2003

Enemy POWs Captured in Iraq Are Getting Good Treatment      

WASHINGTON - Enemy prisoners of war captured in Iraq are being well taken care of.

04/09/2003

Two American Airmen Missing; Two Special Ops Soldiers Rescued      

WASHINGTON - Two American airmen have been missing since their F-15E Strike Eagle went down in Iraq April 6, U.S. military officials in Saudi Arabia said.

04/09/2003

Regime's Collapse Evident, But Hard Fighting Ahead, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - The collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad is evident, yet there may still be hard fighting ahead, Vice President Richard Cheney said this morning.

04/09/2003

Errant Bomb Kills 11 Afghan Civilians      

WASHINGTON - A tragic accident in Afghanistan today killed 11 civilians and wounded one, said Combined Task Force 180 officials.

04/09/2003

Iraqi Regime in 'Disarray,' Officials Concerned About Prisoners      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein's regime is in "disarray, and much of Iraq is free from years of oppression," a U.S. Central Command spokesman said today.

04/09/2003

'A Good Day' Rumsfeld Says, But More to Do in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The television pictures from Baghdad today were unmistakable and compelling: Iraqis and Americans joining to rip down a statue of Saddam Hussein. Other Iraqis burned pictures of the Iraqi dictator. Still others welcomed American soldiers and Marines as liberators.

04/09/2003

VP Cheney Compares Then and Now      

WASHINGTON - A dozen years ago, Defense Secretary Richard Cheney directed Operation Desert Storm. Today Vice President Cheney has the historical perspective to compare the 1991 Gulf War with today's Operation Iraqi Freedom.

04/08/2003

Coalition Medics Provide Care to Iraqi Soldiers, Civilians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American combat medics are treating scores of Iraqi civilians and service members throughout that country, the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman said today.

04/08/2003

B-1B Crew Details Mission Against Leadership Target      

WASHINGTON - It might have been "The Big One."

04/08/2003

Lynch Gets Family Visit in Germany      

WASHINGTON - Former prisoner of war Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch today saw members of her family as she continues to recover from her injuries at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

04/08/2003

After Food and Water, Troops Want Mail      

WASHINGTON - French military commander and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte declared that an army travels on its stomach.

04/08/2003

Coalition Targets Senior Iraqi Leaders; Basra Liberated      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces targeted "senior regime officials" in a strike in the Baghdad suburb of al Mansour April 7, a U.S. Central Command official said during a briefing in Qatar today.

04/08/2003

Bush: Dead or Alive, Saddam Loosening Grip on Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today he doesn't know whether Saddam Hussein survived an April 7 American bombing. But, dead or alive, the Iraqi dictator is loosening his vise-grip on the people of Iraq.

04/07/2003

Modern Law of Warfare Instituted During the Civil War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Abraham Lincoln instituted the modern law of war practiced by U.S. troops and most nations' militaries today.

04/07/2003

Iraqi Regime: 'Systematic Disregard for the Law of War'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime is disobeying long-established rules for military conduct during wartime, senior DoD officials asserted here today.

04/07/2003

Three Europe Recreation Resorts to Close Earlier Than Planned      

WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq, increased force protection and a declining dollar value overseas have forced Army officials to close three of its armed forces recreation centers in Europe a year earlier than planned.

04/07/2003

Enemy Forces Fire Missiles at U.S. Sites in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Unknown enemy forces fired missiles at U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three separate incidents over the weekend, a military spokesman in Bagram said today.

04/07/2003

U.S. Units Take Iraqi Presidential Palace      

WASHINGTON - Units of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division took the Presidential Palace in downtown Baghdad, demonstrating to the world that coalition forces can move at will, U.S. Central Command officials said today.

04/07/2003

Possible Chemical Site Found, Rumsfeld Details Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Embedded media are reporting that U.S. soldiers have found Iraqi chemical agents, but Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he will wait for more information before making a statement.

04/06/2003

Saddam's Regime 'Is on Its Way Out,' Wolfowitz Says      

WASHINGTON - Dictator Saddam Hussein's 20-plus-year hold on the Iraqi people is drawing to a close, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today.

04/06/2003

U.S. Forces Drub Baghdad Defenders, WMD Search Continues      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military combat action in Baghdad yesterday may have inflicted thousands of casualties on the enemy, a senior U.S. Central Command spokesperson said today.

04/05/2003

Coalition Air Forces Make Ground Gains Possible      

WASHINGTON - Americans see the tanks driving through Baghdad, but what they really don't see is the air campaign that helped make it possible.

04/05/2003

Lynch to Rescuers: 'I'm an American Soldier, Too'      

WASHINGTON - The special operations mission to rescue Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch from Iraqi captivity was a triumph of joint planning and execution, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart.

04/05/2003

Infantry Division Takes Drive Through Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Members of the 3rd Infantry Division are moving through downtown Baghdad, U.S. Central Command officials said today.

04/04/2003

Powell Predicts 'A Better Day Ahead' for Iraq      

WASHINGTON - With Iraq's day of liberation drawing near, U.S. officials are hard at work on plans for an interim authority, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said today.

04/04/2003

Pacific Command Limits Asia Trips Due to SARS Outbreak      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department personnel may make only mission-essential trips to China and Hong Kong because of the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome, U.S. Pacific Command officials said today.

04/04/2003

Iraqi Family Risks It All to Save American POW  This story contains photos.    

MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Iraq - New heroes have surfaced in the rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch.

04/04/2003

Iraqi Freedom Largest Special Ops Effort Since Vietnam      

WASHINGTON - Operation Iraqi Freedom is supported by the largest special operations force since the Vietnam War, Defense Department officials said during a press briefing today.

04/04/2003

Lynch Recovering From Captivity at Landstuhl Hospital      

WASHINGTON - Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch is at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, recovering from injuries sustained during nine days as a prisoner of war in Iraq, U.S. military officials said today.

04/04/2003

Pentagon Revises Smallpox Vaccination Policy      

WASHINGTON - DoD is taking a watchful approach to its smallpox vaccination program after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported investigating whether a sequence of cardiac deaths was associated with the vaccine.

04/04/2003

Water Flowing Into Southern Iraq; Food on the Way      

WASHINGTON - With the help of the Kuwaiti government, fresh water is flowing into coalition-held areas of southern Iraq, and food is on the way, the American officer in charge of these efforts said today.

04/04/2003

Renamed Airport Gateway to Iraq's Future      

WASHINGTON - Saddam International Airport is under new management and has been renamed Baghdad International Airport, U.S. Central Command officials said today.

04/03/2003

Precision Munitions Provide 'Great Capability,' Carry 'Great Responsibility'      

WASHINGTON - Precision munitions and careful targeting have enabled Operation Iraqi Freedom planners to maximize the effects of missiles and bombs and minimize unintended Iraqi civilian casualties and collateral damage.

04/03/2003

Coalition Forces in Commuting Distance to Downtown Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have taken outlying areas of Baghdad "and are closer to the center of the Iraqi capital than many American commuters are to their downtown offices," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon today.

04/03/2003

Powell: Post-War Iraq to Transfer Quickly to Iraqi Control      

WASHINGTON - Immediately after the Iraqi regime falls, U.S. and coalition military officials will assume responsibility for stabilizing the country, but soon after will transition to an "interim Iraqi authority," Secretary of State Colin Powell said today.

04/03/2003

President Salutes Marines, Vows 'Destination Baghdad, Nothing Less'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "There's no finer sight than to see 12,000 United States Marines and corpsmen -- unless you happen to be a member of the Iraqi Republican Guard," President Bush said this morning in North Carolina.

04/03/2003

U.S. Pledges Extra $200 Million for Iraqi Food Relief      

WASHINGTON - The United States increased its cash donation to the international community to purchase food for the Iraqi people, a senior U.S. government official said here yesterday.

04/03/2003

Coalition Land Forces Approaching Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - A Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet went missing and an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2, U.S. Central Command officials said this morning.

04/03/2003

Highlighting the Cruel Nature of Iraqi Regime      

WASHINGTON - Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, defense officials have pointed out the Iraqi regime's policy of consistently ignoring the laws of armed conflict and the Geneva Conventions.

04/02/2003

U.S., Turkey Announce Operation Iraqi Freedom Support Agreement      

WASHINGTON - America's and Turkey's top diplomats today agreed on upgrading Turkish military support for U.S. and coalition forces fighting in Iraq.

04/02/2003

Pentagon Spokeswoman: Coalition 'Feeding, Helping Muslims'      

WASHINGTON - Working from the notion that a picture is worth a thousand words, Pentagon officials this afternoon showed reporters and a live television audience around the world photographs of coalition forces providing food aid to Iraqi civilians.

04/02/2003

Wounded Marines Recall Harrowing Iraq Combat Experiences      

WASHINGTON - One recalled experiencing a type of blindness caused by darkness and the "fog of war," while the other noted it was hard to see the enemy because of deception.

04/02/2003

Vice Chairman Calls on Iraqi Commanders To Disobey Illegal and Immoral Orders      

WASHINGTON - While the fate of Saddam Hussein and his regime of thugs is not in doubt, Marine Gen. Peter Pace today said Iraqi military commanders can still determine their own fate and that of their troops.

04/02/2003

Coalition Destroying Iraqi Republican Guard      

WASHINGTON - One Iraqi Republican Guard division is destroyed and others are severely degraded, said Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks during a briefing in Qatar today.

04/02/2003

More Details on Lynch Rescue, 11 Bodies Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition special operations forces rescued Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch from the hands of her Iraqi captors during a mission into the town of Nasiriyah, U.S. Central Command officials said today.

04/02/2003

Lynch Family Overjoyed by Rescue      

WASHINGTON - Joy and relief filled the Gregory and Deadra Lynch household in Palestine, W.V., today after learning overnight that their daughter, 19- year-old Jessica Lynch, an Army private first class, had been rescued from captivity in Iraq.

04/02/2003

ESPN Launches 'Jocks-to-GIs Direct' Pen Pal Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - April 1 marked the start of an e-mail pen pal program between some service members overseas and some of the nation's top pro sports figures.

04/01/2003

American POW Rescued From Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - An American POW taken during fighting around Nasiriyah has been rescued, Central Command officials announced tonight.

04/01/2003

U.S., Britain Announce Joint Anti-Terrorism Working Group      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Britain will partner to establish a joint anti-terrorism working group, the two government's top civil security officials announced at a press briefing here today.

04/01/2003

Saddam a No-Show on Iraqi Television      

WASHINGTON - It's Day 12 of "Where's Saddam?"

04/01/2003

Army Units Confront Iraqi Republican Guard      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army units attacked Iraqi Republican Guard units around Karbala within the past day, a senior Central Command official told media this morning.

04/01/2003

Saddam Has Not Been Seen Since First Strike, Pace Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has not been seen since coalition forces first launched an air strike on a Baghdad compound March 19, according to Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

04/01/2003

Unconditional Surrender Demanded of Iraqi Regime      

WASHINGTON - The only thing the coalition is willing to discuss with the leaders of the Iraqi regime is their unconditional surrender, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

04/01/2003

Myers Slams Monday Morning Armchair Quarterbacks      

WASHINGTON - Reports that American forces went into Iraq undermanned are "bogus" and "not helpful" while the United States has troops in combat, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today.

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