General: Iraqi troops improve The top U.S. general in Iraq said Wednesday that once Iraqi government forces take the lead in the war, the insurgency can be defeated and the American troop level reduced.
| USA TODAY | January 26, 2005 | 11:40 pm
Parties waging a polite battle to control Najaf In this city, the holiest in Iraq to the country's Shiite Muslim majority, political rhetoric is heating up. But unlike in some places in Iraq, the debate here isn't focused on religion or historic ethnic divisions, and there's little violence.
| USA TODAY | January 25, 2005 | 11:34 pm
In Iraq, the question is: To vote or not to vote A recent survey by the International Republican Institute found that 80% of Iraqis say they will probably vote this weekend. But unrelenting insurgent violence, the specter of post-election sectarian strife and confusion over complex ballots threaten to snuff out democracy before it can take hold.
Court-martial begins for Abu Ghraib figure The court-martial of Army reservist Spc. Charles Graner, the man portrayed as the ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal in Iraq, is set to begin Friday at Fort Hood in Texas.
Gas shortage fuels resentment in Iraq Buying gasoline in Iraq is a serious undertaking. Determined motorists get up before their dawn prayers to join 2-mile-long lines. Sometimes they don't get to fill their tanks until evening. A black market is thriving.
Mosul blast hits U.S. hard A massive lunchtime explosion struck a flimsy mess tent filled with soldiers Tuesday at a military base near Mosul. It was one of the deadliest attacks yet against Americans in Iraq. Mlitary spokesmen in Baghdad and at the Pentagon said 19 U.S. soldiers were killed.
| Gordon Trowbridge | Marine Corps Times | December 19, 2004 | 6:41 pm
Troops can't beat deals at PX Flush with hazardous-duty pay and tax-free earnings, U.S. troops in combat zones often have more money to spend than things to buy. That's where the PX, or post exchange, comes in, providing a taste of home if only for the time it takes to eat a bag of Doritos.
| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 16, 2004 | 11:22 pm
The U.S. military believes Iraq's rebellious Anbar province can be brought into national elections scheduled for January.
| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 12, 2004 | 11:05 pm
U.S. military preparing restive Iraqi province for elections The top U.S. officer in Iraq's rebellious Anbar province believes the region can be settled and brought into national elections scheduled for Jan. 30. Anbar, a hotbed of insurgent unrest, stretches from west of Baghdad to the Syrian border and poses perhaps the toughest challenge to the U.S. mission in Iraq.
| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 10, 2004 | 9:09 pm
Weather wages own war in Iraq For commanders in war, fighting the enemy can sometimes be only half the battle. Weather can be just as challenging. Consider Mosul. Daily temperatures can shift 40 degrees or more, and rain clouds or dust storms can pop up without warning.
| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 9, 2004 | 11:47 pm
Combat engineers improvise to armor troop transport There's a huge Army dump truck here that's unlike any other in the U.S. arsenal, a virtual Frankenstein's monster truck, bulging and rippling at its spot-welded seams. The soldiers from the 276th Engineer Battalion (Combat), an Army National Guard unit from Richmond, Va., know about improvising.
| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 9, 2004 | 11:38 pm
Fallujah residents may return home within days Military officials will be prepared within days for the return of civilians to the battle-scarred city of Fallujah, and local companies will soon begin clearing the way for reconstruction, the military official responsible for rebuilding efforts said Tuesday.
| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 7, 2004 | 10:56 pm
Troops wary of Baghdad airport route Soldiers call the road between Baghdad and the international airport "RPG Alley," a reference to rocket-propelled grenades and the frequency of attacks.
| Steven Komarow | USA TODAY | December 2, 2004 | 10:59 pm
Insurgency leaves Mosul ill-prepared for elections With only two months to go until Iraq's general elections, the local government in Mosul has yet to devise a plan for registering voters in one of the country's largest cities. Insurgents torched most of the city's records during an uprising last month.
| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 1, 2004 | 11:39 pm
U.S. will boost troop levels in Iraq The Pentagon will increase U.S. forces in Iraq to their highest level yet to provide security for upcoming elections. More than 10,000 soldiers and Marines who expected to head home before the Jan. 30 vote will now stay until March and 1,500 troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division will be soon join them.
| USA TODAY | December 1, 2004 | 11:19 pm
U.S. faces daunting `Sunni problem' The challenge for U.S. and Iraqi forces now is to get control of the insurgency in time for the elections without killing and alienating so many Sunnis that they feel rebellion is their only option.
| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | November 25, 2004 | 10:46 pm
Police lack training, firepower in fighting insurgency Iraq's fledgling police force has enough to do battling crime, but it is also on the front lines of an insurgency. When police chase off criminals or insurgents, the suspects reappear before the cops return to their station.
| USA TODAY | November 25, 2004 | 10:35 pm
U.S. sees no pressure to return civilians to Fallujah Fallujah has been freed from ``a sick, depraved culture of violence,'' but it is unclear when the thousands of residents who fled the city in recent weeks can return to their homes, Marine officials said Sunday.
| Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 21, 2004 | 9:43 pm
Marines find enemy GPS device After a fierce firefight between the Marines of Alpha Company's 3rd Platoon and more than 30 anti-U.S. insurgents in Fallujah, one Marine discovered a gold mine: a detailed layout of the enemy's defenses. A handheld Global Positioning System receiver apparently left by fleeing rebels.
| Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 18, 2004 | 10:58 pm
Humvees go high-tech for soldier safety The military has been spending millions to develop better weapons and vehicles, with a focus on the Humvee. Soldiers and Army officials say upgrades have been valuable because they've already helped save lives.
| Frank Oliveri | GNS | November 15, 2004 | 7:50 pm
VA seeks prosthetic support for amputees Erick Castro of Santa Ana, Calif., who lost his left leg in Iraq to a rocket-propelled grenade, is among the 25,000 amputees who have received artificial limbs. Finding a prosthetic technician near his home to keep it working is a problem but when Castro finds one, the VA will pick up the bill.
| Dennis Camire | GNS | November 10, 2004 | 10:45 pm
Fallujah key to salvaging Iraq The battle for Fallujah certainly won't end Iraq's Sunni Arab-led insurgency. But the mission the Iraqis are calling the ``new dawn'' is widely viewed as a bellwether for the country's future and a powerful indicator of when U.S. forces might be able to start leaving.