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November 2nd, 2010

Plainfield man killed in Afghanistan

A Plainfield man was one of two soldiers who were killed Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, 21, of Plainfield, and Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, Mass., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2010

Belmont soldier killed in Afghanistan, DOD reports

The remains of a Belmont soldier who was killed Monday in a bomb attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan were returned to American soil today, according to a release from the Department of Defense.Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Danish PM demands answers over torture report

COPENHAGEN, Tuesday — Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said Tuesday he had ordered the country’s defence ministry to provide a full report on allegations Danish troops handed Iraqi insurgents over for torture.Confidential documents published on Friday by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks showed that Danish troops deployed in Iraq from 2003 ... continue reading

October 24th, 2010

U.S. soldiers in Iraq restless in advisory role

AL ASAD, Iraq — Captain Jason Dupuis had to talk to a psychologist about his experiences in the heat of battle, having endured mortar bombs and gunfire from insurgents at the height of the violence after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.But since arriving back in the country three months ago, ... continue reading

Ethan McCord

Iraq Vet

October 12th, 2010

360 Degrees of Rotational Fire

When we deployed we were told that the only way for us to effectively maintain control over our AO (area of operation) was to, in a sense, out-terrorize the terrorists. We were to make the people of Iraq fear us and the repercussions from us more so than the insurgents. ... continue reading

September 3rd, 2010

Gates visits US forces in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – As the last of 30,000 U.S. reinforcements arrive in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates  on Friday got a firsthand look at operations in the dangerous south where Afghan and international troops are ramping up security.Gates traveled to Kandahar province, a region where U.S., Afghan and NATO ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

Iraq Oil Flow To Turkey On Hold Since Sunday -Shippers

AMMAN – Crude oil pumping from northern Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields has been on hold since Sunday on a technical fault, Middle East shipping agents said Monday. "We are really not sure, but they said it is a technical fault against the section of the export pipeline inside Turkey," the ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.As ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

Coalition: Attacks in Afghanistan leave more than 30 insurgents dead

(CNN) -- Afghan and coalition soldiers killed more than 30 insurgents, including 13 would-be suicide bombers, as they fought off assaults on two military bases and government buildings in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. The attacks, which happened Saturday morning, were led by ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

7 U.S. troops die in weekend violence in Afghanistan

KABUL - Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's  embattled southern and eastern regions. And officials found the bodies Sunday of five kidnapped campaign workers for a candidate for parliament in the western province of Herat.Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while on Saturday ... continue reading

August 27th, 2010

Iraq seven years later: Was the war worth it?

RAMADI, Iraq — It was a way to show the government cared.About 100 families of slain policemen and other victims of insurgent attacks gathered in an auditorium to receive packages of food from the local government."We don't want food," said Nooriya Khalaf, 39, pointing dismissively at the small bags with ... continue reading

August 26th, 2010

Dozens killed in coordinated attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD — A day after the U.S. declared the number of American troops in Iraq had fallen to their lowest level since the war began in 2003, insurgents on Wednesday launched more than two dozen attacks across the country, killing at least 56 Iraqis.The coordinated assaults rekindled memories of the ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

Iraqi oil police short of men, cars, planes

BAGHDAD, Aug 24 - When Major General Hamid Ibrahim starts listing the challenges and shortcomings of his Iraqi oil protection police, he doesn't stop for over an hour. Ibrahim's force will be in the spotlight when the U.S. military cuts its numbers to 50,000 on Aug. 31 and switches from ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

NATO: 5 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Attacks by insurgents killed five foreign troops in Afghanistan on Monday, including two Americans, two French marines and a Hungarian soldier.The attacks came in the north, south and east of the war-torn country, the military alliance said.France's Defense Ministry said a lieutenant and corporal from the 21st Marine Infantry ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Facing Afghan mistrust, al-Qaeda fighters take limited role in insurgency

On Aug. 14, a U.S. airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a Taliban commander known as Abu Baqir. In a country where insurgents are killed daily, this attack was notable for one unusual detail: Abu Baqir, the military said afterward, was also a member of al-Qaeda. Although ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Highway bandits in Iraq kill five, steal millions of dinars

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- For the second time in as many days, armed robbers in Iraq made off with hundreds of millions of dinars (hundreds of thousands of dollars) Monday after waylaying a vehicle full of money intended to pay Iraqi government employees' salaries -- and this time, the gunmen ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline flow halted-Iraq oil source

KIRKUK, Iraq - The flow of oil through the pipeline from Iraq's Kirkuk oilfields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan was halted on Saturday morning, and repairs could last up to 72 hours, sources at Iraq's North Oil Co said. "We do not so far know the cause, whether it ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Iraq on alert for al Qaeda oil pipeline attacks

BAGHDAD - Iraq has boosted security at its oil facilities after intelligence indicated al Qaeda groups were planning attacks on pipelines, an official said on Monday ahead of an end to U.S. combat operations on Aug. 31. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki passed the warnings to security officials in a meeting ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Iraq police, protesters clash over power shortages

BASRA, Iraq - Iraqi police used water cannon and batons to disperse protesters in the southern city of Nassiriya after protests flared over crippling electricity shortages and inadequate services, officials said on Sunday. Unrest over Iraq's dire public services, while U.S. troops prepare to end combat operations seven years after ... continue reading

August 19th, 2010

Private Contractors to Lead Iraq Security

As American soldiers exit from Iraq, it will be up to private security forces to fill the void. The military is scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. The Sydney Morning Herald said that the last U.S. combat brigade left at dawn on Thursday as about 56,000 U.S. ... continue reading

August 19th, 2010

Spec. Jamal Rhett, 24; killed in Iraq

Michelle Watson saw the Army officers heading up the walkway toward her Palmyra home on Sunday and knew immediately."I said, 'No, no, no, no!' " Watson recalled. "I was hysterical."She phoned her sister, Sonya Winters of Philadelphia, and said, " 'I'm not letting them in!' She was hollering and screaming," ... continue reading

August 19th, 2010

Family, neighbors honor fallen Palmyra soldier

PALMYRA, NJ — When Army Spc. Jamal Rhett flew home to see his mother in May, the soldier described his arrival in a Facebook post:"Everybody clappin' cause they c I'm n the army," the 24-year-old said in a text message sent by cell phone from Philadelphia International Airport.Rhett was honored ... continue reading

August 19th, 2010

U.S. mission in Iraq switches from combat to assist

BAGHDAD, Aug 19 - The U.S. military is on track to cut numbers in Iraq to 50,000 by end August, when the 7-1/2-year combat mission launched by former President George W. Bush ends and operations switch to assisting Iraq's armed forces.The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the last brigade ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

Baghdad suicide bomb hits army recruits, kills 61

A suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home. Bodies of bloodied young men, some still clutching job applications in their ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Petraeus hedges on US exit date from Afghanistan

The new commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, says he will not be bound by a 2011 target date to start withdrawing US troops. Speaking on NBC television, Gen Petraeus said he reserved the right to tell President Obama whether the pull-out date was too early. He ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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