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1st Air Cav, IA, IqAF conduct joint air assault

CAMP TAJI, Iraq-U.S. and Iraqi forces worked together in an air assault and patrol mission to check on the standard of living in a small village north of here, Nov. 12. The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade has again seen its labors-training the Iraqi Air Force to fly their ground brethren in real missions-come to fruition. U.S.

Sailors, Soldiers on Nimitz Work to Avoid Civilian Casualties

Two Soldiers working deep inside aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) serve as liaisons between the aviators of Carrier Air Wing 11 and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan. Army Maj. Johnnie Gallegos and Army Sgt. 1st Class Percy Patterson joined Nimitz Carrier Strike Group as ground liaison officers when Nimitz entered the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations. Their work directly supports a tactical directive issued in July by Army Gen. Stanley A.

Elite Response Brigade stands ready

The Emergency Response Brigade (ERB), the counter-terrorism unit here comprised of elite Iraqi Police officers, continues to act proactively against Iraq's insurgent groups to foster a safe and secure region. "The Emergency Response Brigade had a very small change in their operations," said ERB Commander, Staff Brig. Gen. No'aman Jewad, about his brigade’s mission following the June 30 withdraw of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities.

Operational Update, Nov. 13: Update to Vehicle Detonation; ANSF Detain Taliban Militants

The vehicle borne improvised explosive device which detonated on Jalalabad Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, around 8 a.m. today, injured nine ISAF service members, 10 civilian contractors and several Afghans. No ISAF service members were killed. "The insurgents use indiscriminate attacks like this to attempt to intimidate international forces and our Afghan partners, but we will continue our important efforts in support of the Afghan people," said Navy Capt.

Iraqi airmen score bull's eye with Hellfire missile

For the first time since the re-formation of the Iraqi air force, an Iraqi pilot fired a missile from an aircraft Nov. 4, at a target on a bombing range near Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.  A three-man Iraqi aircrew from Squadron 3 fired an AGM-114 Hellfire missile from an AC-208 Caravan, officials at Multinational Force Security Transition Command Iraq announced in a Nov. 10 press release. The event marked a milestone for the Iraqi military as they become increasingly responsible for their own security.

Laghman NDS Officials Arrest IED Facilitator

Laghman National Directorate of Security officials arrested Qari Asadullah, a known Haqqani Network member, for possessing improvised explosive device-making materials in his home in Ja'alam village in the Alingar valley of Laghman province, Afghanistan, Nov. 5. Asadullah, a former sub-governor for Surk and Nangarhar provinces during the Taliban regime, is known to be an IED facilitator and builder operating in Laghman province. This was the first of arrests made in Laghman by the NDS, who is under the direction of a new chief, Gen.

US MP training Iraqi Police to take the lead

A U.S. Military Police Company here has worked with Iraqi Police in Maysan province for months to improve their ability to govern and provide security. The 57th Military Police Company conducts Key Leadership Engagements (KLE) with Iraqi Police leaders at Iraqi Security Force stations.

1/5 Marines Provide Clean Water to Afghans, Keep Area Safe

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, recently funded a well construction project to provide clean water for local Afghans. The project, funded by 1/5's civil affairs Marines, also created jobs in the community, as local Afghan workers were contracted to dig three wells. "Having these wells built is something that people have been asking us to do for a while now," said Cpl. Leland Van Leer, an amphibious assault vehicle operator with 1/5.

ISAF Operational Update, Nov. 11: Military Divers Find One Missing Soldier; Afghan-International Security Forces Interdict and Detain Taliban Militants in Three Provinces

One of the two missing U.S. soldiers was found by a military dive team yesterday in Western Afghanistan. Afghan-international forces continue to search for the other soldier missing since, Nov. 4.

CG praises veterans’ ‘actions, sacrifices’

The Commanding General of Multi-National Force - Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, praises all who have served the United States in this, his 2009 Veterans Day letter. To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Civilians of Multi-National Force - Iraq: John F. Kennedy once said that "a nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." The American tradition of setting a day aside to remember those who have served in our military dates back to Nov.

Operational Update, Nov. 10: ANP, ISAF Seize 500,000 Pounds of Suspected Bomb Making Material in Kandahar; ISAF Detains Taliban Militants and Interdicts a Taliban Facilitator; ISAF Casualty

Afghan national police and ISAF forces seized 500,000 lbs. of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, 5,000 IED components and detained 15 people after a raid in Kandahar, Nov. 8. Based on reliable information, the patrol discovered 1,000 100-lb. bags of fertilizer, which is often used by insurgents to make explosives, and detained 15 people in a warehouse. After the initial find another 4,000 100-lb. bags of fertilizer were found in a nearby compound. Ammonium nitrate fertilizer is a key ingredient of homemade explosives and used in the majority of main charges for IEDs.

Army engineers take on new role in Iraq

JSS CONDOR — For many Soldiers here, the new “advise and assist” mission requires a rethinking of traditional roles in a stability operations environment. The engineers of 2nd Platoon, Company E, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, are no different. Some people associate engineers here with route clearance missions, but that's only a small portion of the much larger skill set these Soldiers are learning to apply in new ways. Based at Contingency Operating Site Hunter in southern Maysan province, and attached to 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber,

AQI and ISI members pursued by Iraqi Police, 5 suspects arrested

Iraqi Police arrested five suspected members of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) terrorist organizations today during two joint security operations conducted in Diyala and Salah ad Din Provinces.   In Saytiyah, located approximately 110 km northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi Police and U.S. advisors searched for an alleged member of ISI, who is known to be directly linked to AQI. The warranted individual is suspected of facilitating attacks in Baghdad from remote locations in Diyala Province.

Forces Clear Taliban From Northern Afghan Province

More than 750 Afghan and international forces in recent days completed the largest operation to date in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, clearing the northern border area of hundreds of insurgent fighters, military officials reported. The combined forces conducted operations Nov. 1 - 6 in the province's northern region bordering Turkmenistan, killing more than 130 insurgents, including eight Taliban commanders.

Afghan-International Forces Operational Update for Nov. 9; Missing Service Members Update; ISAF Casualty

Afghan-international security forces conducted clearing operations Nov. 1-6 in the Chahar Dara District of the northern region of Kunduz province, killing more than 130 insurgents including eight Taliban commanders. More than 750 Afghan and International forces took part in the operation to stop insurgent activity and weapons trafficking in the Chahar Dara District. The team also disrupted the insurgent shadow governor in Kunduz province. The Afghan-International force provided humanitarian supplies to the affected villages after the operation.