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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.

Al Qaim SWAT arrests two suspected AQI members

The Al Qaim Special Weapons and Tactics unit, with U.S. forces advisors, arrested two individuals suspected of al-Qaeda in Iraq activities Nov 3. The arrests were made with a warrant issued by the Republic of Iraq Higher Judicial Council Magistrate Court. “This is the third operation conducted in the last month in the Ramanah District,” said Lt. Mukhlis, an Al Qaim SWAT commander.  “Local Iraqis are beginning to come forward with known locations of terrorists throughout the Al Qaim District,”

Update to Search Operation Casualties

More than 25 ISAF and Afghan national security force personnel were killed or wounded during a joint operation that involved multiple engagements over several hours Nov. 7 in western Afghanistan. ISAF and Afghan forces were conducting search operations for two missing U.S. Army Soldiers. The Soldiers went missing on Nov. 4 while attempting to recover airdropped supplies from a river in western Afghanistan. In the course of search operations, the joint force was engaged by enemy forces. Reports indicate five ISAF service members from the United States were wounded in action.

Osprey Joins the Fight in Afghanistan

In another history-making moment for Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, the first MV-22B Ospreys entered the Task Force Leatherneck area of operations today, alighting in three waves at Camp Bastion Airfield. Making the long journey from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Bataan in the Indian Ocean to the Bastion Airfield in the Helmand desert, the 10 tiltrotor aircraft are the first of their kind to operate in Afghanistan. The unique design of the Osprey allows for not only vertical takeoff, but conversion to fixed-wi