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Coalition Forces Detain Criminals

Posted by Larry Barnes on February 15, 2009

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2009 – Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained three suspected criminals and discovered a roadside bomb yesterday and Feb. 13 while conducting operations in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district, military officials reported.

Yesterday, Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers detained a suspected criminal in the Abu T’Shir neighborhood. The suspect, wanted for transporting rockets and planning rocket attacks, had a fake passport. The joint patrol transported the individual to an Iraqi security forces facility for questioning.

On Feb. 13, Iraqi National Police officers and U.S. soldiers arrested a suspected criminal wanted for rocket attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.

Later that day, police officers and U.S. soldiers arrested a suspected criminal while conducting patrols in the Abu T’Shir community. The patrol noticed the suspect, wanted for terrorist activity in the area, walking south during the Arba’een pilgrimage. After making positive identification, the Iraqi officers detained and transported him to an Iraqi security forces facility for processing.

“Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members, aided by U.S. soldiers, discovered an improvised explosive device Feb. 13 in the Hadar community. A coalition forces explosive ordnance disposal team safely destroyed the bomb.


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Troops in Iraq Capture Murder Suspect

Posted by Larry Barnes on February 6, 2009

Weapons Seized
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2009 – U.S. and Iraqi forces arrested a murder suspect and seized several illegal weapons stockpiles yesterday, military officials reported.

Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers detained the suspected murderer in Baghdad’s Rashid district on an Iraqi-issued warrant.

Meanwhile, acting on a tip, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers seized five weapons stockpiles west of Baghdad.

The first cache contained a light machine gun, two rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. The second site yielded machine-gun, small-arms, anti-aircraft, anti-tank and shotgun rounds, mortars and mortar equipment, and dozens of fragmentation grenades.

The Iraqi and U.S. soldiers continued to a third site, where they uncovered anti-tank and anti-personnel rounds and an RPG booster. The fourth cache yielded surface-to-air missiles, mortars, anti-aircraft rounds, RPG rounds, mortar tubes and small-arms ammunition. The fifth find consisted of a grenade, mortars and mortar tubes, and RPG rounds, including some designed to pierce armor.

In a separate operation in the Rashid district, Iraqi police, U.S. soldiers and “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members found five RPGs.

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Iraqi, Coalition Forces Arrest Would-be Bombers, Seize Munitions

Posted by Larry Barnes on January 25, 2009

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2009 – Iraqi soldiers and police, “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members and U.S. soldiers seized several weapons caches and arrested two suspected roadside bombers during raids conducted throughout the Baghdad area yesterday, military officials reported.

The caches contained hundreds of rounds small-arms ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, boosters, artillery rounds, hand grenades, an anti-aircraft machine gun with ammunition, improvised explosive devices, explosives, timers, AK-47 assault rifles, rockets, fuses, blasting caps, and land mines. The two suspects were caught in the act of emplacing roadside bombs.

In other operations yesterday:

— Iraqi and U.S. soldiers confiscated several AK-47s during operations in Baghdad’s Rashid district.

— Sons of Iraq members found an improvised explosive device during a search in the Ghazaliyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad.

— Iraqi soldiers discovered several rockets during a combat patrol in the Adl neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad’s Mansour district.

In Jan. 23 operations:

— Iraqi and coalition forces killed a suspected al-Qaida insurgent and captured another during operations in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk.

— Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers found several weapons caches and unexploded ordnance during operations in Baghdad’s Rashid district. The caches contained pistols, homemade bombs, AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades, artillery and mortar rounds, rockets, anti-tank mines, and propane tanks.

— Sons of Iraq members thwarted a group of suspected al-Qaida operatives from murdering their leader while he played soccer in the Mahmudiyah community. Two of the three attackers were wounded by the Sons of Iraq leader, who pulled out and fired his pistol in self-defense. One of the Sons of Iraq members was wounded in the incident. Some of the attackers fled the scene, and the Sons of Iraq leader emerged unharmed. The incident is under investigation, officials said.

— Iraqi police and U.S. servicemembers teamed up to disarm bombs and seize weapons during operations in Baghdad’s Rashid district.

— U.S. servicemembers and Iraqi police coordinated to disarm a bomb found in Baghdad’s Arab Jabour community.

— Iraqi police and U.S. troops confiscated eight AK-47s and a pistol in the Shurta community.

— Iraqi police and U.S. troops confiscated another AK-47, a bag of machine-gun rounds and an old bayonet during a search in the Saha community.

— Iraqi and U.S. soldiers teamed up to find several weapons caches of munitions, rocket launchers, hand grenades, and other ordnance in the Baghdad area.

In other news, Iraqi police discovered a weapons cache on a rooftop of a building in the New Baghdad district Jan. 22. The cache contained mortar rounds with fuses, some heat-seeking rockets, pistol parts, mortar tubes, and rocket and grenade launchers.

Also, an Iraqi special weapons and tactics squad seized a weapons cache during a Jan. 21 operation conducted north of Tikrit. The cache contained mortar and artillery rounds, fuses, and some mortar tubes.

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Obama Kills 16 Innocent Paki’s

Posted by Larry Barnes on January 24, 2009

The enraged Islamic world retaliated against the arrogant Obama administration with a Falluja car bomb blast that killed 13 Iraqi’s. It is not apparent that anything will stop the Obama administrations war on civilians.

Thirteen people have been killed in a car bomb attack targeting a police patrol near the western Iraqi city of Falluja, police have said. The police patrol was returning to its base in the town of al-Karmah when the IED exploded.

The area is a stronghold of Sunni insurgents, and the attack comes a week after Obama attacked a village in Pakistan and before Iraqi provincial elections.

The dead in the two most recent attacks included several dozen police officers sources said.

In December two bomb attacks in Falluja killed 19 police officers.

Falluja has been relatively calm although attacks have continued. The scene of heavy fighting four years ago, US military and local tribes have co-operated in reducing terrorist activity since 2006.

Coming on the heels of an Obama missile strike on Pakistan, this latest attack could be seen as a continuation of resistance to his policy.

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Leaders Develop Vision for Iraqi Women’s Rights

Posted by Larry Barnes on January 21, 2009

By Army Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret
Special to American Forces Press Service

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009 – Coalition and Iraqi leaders discussed programs to improve Iraqi women’s rights and a vision for a more united future during a Women’s Initiative Seminar here.

An interpreter translates a speech for Sameera al-Mosawi, right, board president for the Council of Representative of Women, Family and Children Committee, on programs to benefit women’s rights during the Women’s Initiative Seminar on Camp Victory, Iraq, Jan. 17, 2009.

“I want to bring forward studies on women and human rights to be able to live in peace in the country and bring change to some aspects of our society’s perspective,” Sameera al-Mosawi, board president for the Council of Representative of Women, Family and Children Committee, said at the Jan. 17 seminar. “We want people to believe in this change like America did.”

The seminar provided a forum in which Iraqi government and coalition representatives from all levels could openly discuss the challenges facing Iraqi women and possible solutions to overcome those challenges.

“Increased and honest exchanges of information are vital to the development of any plan of action that addresses this seminal Iraqi societal issue,” Army Lt. Col. Robert Jones, deputy civil affairs officer for Multinational Corps Iraq, said.

Representatives brought forth ideas for future projects. Mosawi suggested establishing research centers to study women’s issues and roles in society. Scientific studies through universities and public agencies would be a powerful tool in uniting people toward a focused vision, she said.

The main hurdle, Mosawi said, is increasing awareness about women’s rights. “Society cannot grow unless women participate in culture, and society must realize this through education courses in all levels, both in rural and urban areas,” she said.

Representatives discussed using the help of nongovernment agencies, such as small businesses and private companies, to improve education.

In Iraq, only 42 kindergartens are open, 20 of them in Baghdad. Mosawi said these schools are not enough to provide care and education to more than 13 million Iraqi children. Additional schools would result in teaching opportunities for women, and enable mothers to work who otherwise would have to remain at home with their children.

A need exists for women to learn craftsmanship and other skills important in their present economic markets, seminar participants said. Ideally, grants and financial aid would be available to the trainers and the women being trained.

“In my personal opinion, an educated woman is distinguished and stands in a better position among her community of women,” Nawal Majid al-Samarrai, minister of state women’s affairs, said. “We only need to assist her [to give her] an opportunity.”

Many of the projects brought to the table went beyond women’s rights. Discussions included opportunities for children, orphans, displaced families and the disabled.

A lack of resources, both human and financial, is a challenge facing future initiatives, participants said.

The biggest hurdle, Samarrai said, is that offices for women’s initiatives don’t exist in provinces and cities throughout Iraq. They have been limited to inside Baghdad, isolated from the women who need it most in the communities.

Despite the obstacles, Mosawi said, she remains hopeful about the future.

“I’m very optimistic about the vision of Iraq,” she said. “I’m optimistic as well that Iraq will develop for the future, and it will be part of the international community and do good for the Iraqi society as a whole.”

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Bush: 8 Years in 8 Minutes. Olbermann 1/19/09

Posted by Larry Barnes on January 21, 2009… Friday 16 Janu…

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UBERHACK, eight minutes of BDS and lies.

Tripe and lies couched as news. Mindless drivel passing as substance, worse than reducing substance to a sound bite. It is sound bites compiled to simulate substance. I am ashamed that i allowed my self to be lured in by the biggest lie, it was over eight minutes.

The word is petty UBERHACK, it’s in the dictionary. Look it up.

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Barack Obama Has Taken The Oath

Posted by Larry Barnes on January 20, 2009

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Barack Obama has taken the oath of office and been sworn in as America’s 44th president.

Evoking Lincoln he has promised an open hand and a closed fist. The most important part, I believe is his promise to the world that America will remain involved in their affairs.

The estimated two million people the Mall endured paitently one of the shortest speeches I have ever heard in mild winter weather.

The news has followed the lead of Rush Limbaugh and called the speech reminiscent of a campaign.
He his vow to begin the work of “remaking America” comports to his personal belief that America is a failing enterprise.

Martin Luther King Jr’s desire that men be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin is belittled by the constant reference to the scale of his achievement at being the first black American elected to the White House. I long for the day when a “person” achieves, and not a skin color.

“Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more”, should be decried by the left as American Imperialism. It will not be, now Imperialism is good. We all know there is no end to doing good.

“The challenges we face are real,” the new president said. “They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.”

Invoking the memory of the US’s Founding Fathers, Mr Obama said he would strive to rebuild his nation’s standing in the world, saying: “We are ready to lead once more.”

The new president also address the world’s poor and the Muslim world, much of which angrily opposed the actions of the previous administration.

From now on, Mr Obama said, the US would seek “a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect”.

And, closing his speech to wild cheers yet wearing a serious expression, Mr Obama told his country that while America faces new and different challenges, its people must now enter “a new era of responsibility”.

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Sons of Iraq’ Graduation Demonstrates Reconciliation

Posted by Larry Barnes on January 18, 2009

By Ray McNulty
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Jan. 15, 2009 – Nearly 900 former members of the “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group officially joined the ranks of the Iraqi police at a graduation ceremony here yesterday.

Former “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members demonstrate tactical movements that they will incorporate in their duties as police officers as part of their graduation ceremony at Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center in Baghdad, Jan. 14, 2009.

Numbering 894 men and three women, they are the second class drawn from former Sons of Iraq members to graduate from the month-long police academy course at the Al Furat Police Training Center. Last month’s graduating class of 1,031 included 19 female police officers.

“These two graduations are tangible proof that the government of Iraq has kept its promise,” Maj. Gen. Khadim of the provincial directorate of police for Baghdad, said through an interpreter. “It offered Iraqi police jobs and training to former Sons of Iraq in recognition of their service. We will continue to extend a salute of respect and partnership to those who wish to serve with us.”

Registration has begun for the next class of police candidates, who will begin training before the end of January. Early indications point to another history-making class, which is expected to include nearly 500 female recruits, officials said.

“This transition of Sons of Iraq into the Iraqi police is a visible sign of reconciliation,” Army Col. Byron Freeman, commander of 8th Military Police Brigade, said. “Every graduation like today’s is a clear sign of progress. This effectively heals sectarian conflict with a sought-after job.”

Since Oct. 1, the Sons of Iraq program, previously administered by coalition forces, has been the responsibility of the Iraqi government. At that time, the Sons of Iraq rolls numbered nearly 100,000 throughout the country.

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