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71 have been screened and remain in custody
(11 in CF custody, 60 in ISF custody)
83 are currently being screened
1 Iraqi brigade headquarters
1 Coalition brigade headquarters
4 Iraqi Army combat battalions
4 Coalition combat battalions
1 Iraqi Army headquarters support company
1 Coalition support battalion
16 AH-64D Apache helicopters
18 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters
9 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters
2 UH-60 command and control helicopters
8 CH-47 Chinook helicopters
358 AK-47 rifl es
6 automatic rifl es
5 miscellaneous rifl es
300 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition
41 rocket-propelled grenades
3 rocket-propelled grenade launchers
2 artillery rounds
7 vehicles prepped for use as a vehicle-borne IEDs
400 feet of electrical wire
Miscellaneous other IED making materials
Coalition forces successfully target terrorist
BAGHDAD — Coalition forces successfully targeted and
killed a wanted terrorist during a raid in Baghdad July 26.
The raid targeted an al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist leader who
was known for vehicle-borne improvised explosive device
attacks against Iraqi civilians, Security Forces and Coalition
troops. This individual was a known bomb maker and weapons
dealer and had signifi cant links to several high-level al–Qaida
in Iraq leaders.
Reliable and credible intelligence led the assault force to
the exact location of the targeted terrorist. The individual was
armed and fi red at the assault force. The troops returned fi re
and killed the suspect.
Upon securing the site, the troops found bomb making material,
explosives, ammunition and several radios.
Generals Raise Fears of Iraq Civil War
The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East told Congress on Thursday that "Iraq could move toward civil war" if the raging sectarian violence in Baghdad is not stopped.
"I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I have seen it," Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said the top priority in the Iraq war is to secure the capital, where factional violence has surged in recent weeks despite efforts by the new Iraqi government to stop the fighting.
Iraq civil war warning for Blair
Civil war is a more likely outcome in Iraq than democracy, Britain's outgoing ambassador in Baghdad has warned Tony Blair in a confidential memo.
William Patey, who left the Iraqi capital last week, also predicted the break-up of Iraq along ethnic lines.
He did also say that "the position is not hopeless" - but said it would be "messy" for five to 10 years.
Raid frees Iraqi hostage
TIKRIT — Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army
Division and Coalition forces freed an Iraqi man held hostage by
terrorists during an early morning raid July 30 near the city of
The man was found bound and blindfolded in a hut in the
middle of a palm grove north of the city. He was transported to a
nearby Iraqi base and reunited with his family.
According to the former hostage, his captors had planned to
“judge” him July 31.
The raid was aimed at disrupting insurgent activity in the area.
In addition to freeing the hostage, the raid also resulted in the
detention of 16 suspects and the discovery of a cache of improvised
explosive device making materials and terrorist propaganda.
— Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Offi ce
Iraqi Police heading for the ‘Mighty Mississippi’
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Many have become used to seeing
soldiers and civilians travel from all over the world to train Iraq’s
police and security forces. And while it is not uncommon to see
those men and women in uniform boarding planes headed for
Iraq, it is very rare to see an Iraqi policeman boarding a plane
for a destination outside of his homeland. Yet this rare event took
place not once, but 16 times in Baghdad Sept. 12.
For the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, 16
Iraqi police offi cers boarded a plane heading to the United States.
These offi cers are part of the Iraqi River Patrol and will soon
begin riverine training at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
whish is home to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Small Craft Instruction
and Technical Training School.
They will be trained by some of the school’s best instructors,
many of them members of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL teams.
The most important aspect of this trip is the fact that these
offi cers will become certifi ed instructors at the end of this
course, according to U.S. Army Col. James E. Cashwell, the
Civilian Police Assistance Training Team’s Baghdad regional
security team director.
“This is a true ‘train-the-trainer’ program,” Cashwell said.
“When these offi cers complete their training they will come
back to Iraq and become a national asset and be responsible for
training other Iraqi police offi cers throughout the country.”
Members and senior leaders of Multi-National Corps –
Iraq pause for a moment of silence during a memorial
ceremony Sept. 11 at Al Faw palace in Baghdad.
“These murderers bet that the
United States and its friends would
stand by and do nothing,” he said. “They
bet that we would shrink from our duty and
our purpose. They bet wrong.
“Over the last fi ve years, the United
States and its brave allies have waged an
offensive campaign against those who hate
free nations and free people,” he continued.
“Let there be no doubt, we will prevail in
— By U.S. Army
Sgt. Brian James Anderson
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Junoud: choosing to serve, no matter the cost
“When Saddam was in power, I
was forced to serve under his rulings,”
Ahmed explained with the help of an
interpreter. “I was freed from Saddam
by the Coalition, so I wanted to repay
their sacrifice and help my country.”
Ahmed said that after Saddam was
removed from power, he was told that
the Coalition needed the help of the
Iraqi people to be a liaison between the
Iraqis and the Coalition, and he saw the
appeal as his opportunity to say “thank
you” to the Coalition.
“I’ve been a part of the “new”
Iraqi Army for more than two years,”
Ahmed said. “I didn’t know how to
help, but sitting around and living in
fear wasn’t the answer.”
For Saad, he praises the Coalition
for opening the door for him to pursue
a career that he would not be a part of
if left in Saddam’s era. In the old Iraqi
Army, Saad worked in the engineering
field, and although he’s enjoyed the
career, he’s always had the desire to be
“As an Iraqi offi cer, I would like to thank you for the great efforts
you are doing for us,” Nakeeb said. “I appreciate the efforts and the
sacrifi ces you are making.”
Coalition Soldiers should take heart in knowing the majority of
Iraqis support their presence here, Nakeeb said.
“When the Iraqi people see the American trucks, they would
like to wave their hands, say ‘Hi’ and greet them,” he said. “They
are so scared if the terrorists see them that they will be killed or
something bad will happen to their families. The Iraqi people love
the Americans from their hearts and this is more important than
waving their hands,” he explained.
List of accusations of GIs in Iraq stuns experts
The accounts are brutal: An Iraqi man dragged from his home, executed and made to look as if he were an insurgent. Three prisoners killed by their Army captors. A team of revenge-seeking Marines going home to home, shooting down unarmed Iraqi men, women, children.
The recent flurry of accusations against U.S. servicemen has stunned military analysts and experts. Many see a critical new point in the war — though few agree whether it shows the toll of combat stress, commanders resolved to stamp out war crimes, or, as some claim, an overzealous second-guessing of the troops.
Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat
The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.
The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.
KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct. 13, 2006 —Two schools re-opened here Oct. 12 after being renovated as part of a program in which they will serve as models for other schools in the area.
Musalla Secondary School students proudly hung their country and school flags on the newly painted walls of their refurbished school in preparation for a ceremony attended by local officials.
The secondary school and a city elementary school are the first of six to be renovated as part of the program.
“These schools were developed to set the example for Kirkuk,” said Maj. Paul Beekman, team chief, 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion. “The Board of Education can go in and look at the schools and the equipment, and emulate it throughout the region.”
The plan was funded by the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, funding authorized by Congress to restore Iraq. Local Iraqis were contracted to do the work over the summer while students were out of school.
The construction included a science laboratory featuring new computers. Students will now benefit from the improved learning atmosphere and the equipment.
“The school looks brand new and the environment will enable the students to be more focused,” said science teacher, Mr. Adel, through an interpreter. “The lab is a big improvement, allowing the students to learn hands-on.”
Musalla students were previously confined to small classrooms which limited the science projects they could work on. The new lab was designed with bigger rooms so that more students can get involved, Beekman said.
The commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, joined the governor of Kirkuk and local education officials at the ceremony marking the reopening of the schools.
CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 12, 2006 —Students from the Sheik Dhari Secondary School in Rashidiya lined up to receive school supplies Oct. 5 from the soldiers of Team 4, Company C, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, which is attached to the Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
With students, teachers, community members and Iraqi police officers helping, Team 4 soldiers passed out 40 dozen notebooks, water coolers, filters, chalk, erasers and pens as the school prepares for an influx of returning students.
“This mission today is part of an ongoing project to renovate the school,” said Staff Sgt. Walter Laracuenta, team sergeant for Team 4. “We purchased the supplies locally to help improve the economy.”
Attendance at the school is going back up to previous levels as the security situation improves and people are returning to the area, said Nama Harbi, headmaster of the Sheik Dhari Secondary School.
“Security has been an issue in the past, but things are getting better,” he said. “The police have started to come around more and talk to us about our issues.”
The school focuses on Arabic, English, Kurdish, social studies, economics, geography, history, science and mathematics. Harbi said he eventually seeks to add higher-level math classes and even physics to the curriculum. This is his fourth year working at the school.
The school is one of five school projects Team 4 is working on in its area of operation. The other projects include a water treatment plant, an electrical sub-station and government
“We can observe problems on the ground,” he explained.
“If we see something suspicious from the air, we are able to
call it in before a ground unit approaches that area.”
As with any other military training that has taken place
since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi pilots
have worked side-by-side with Coalition training teams and
are even sharing the cockpit with them on these missions
over the city. The commander said having Coalition pilots
alongside them gives Iraqi pilots a chance to capitalize from
the experience and knowledge of those more experienced.
“Americans are winners of wars,” he said. “During
Saddam, we didn’t have a chance to get more experience
because we lacked information. Now, we have good bylaws,
good forces and good people to share information with us so
that we can become as good as the American military.