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    NRG.....Wow.....Great site...thanks for the link...and it clearly answered my question I asked you about if CentCom reports any good being done in Iraq or if you are ONLY quoting all the bad.

    There are a lot of positive achievements reported there along with the challenges and we face. But I have only seen you post two positive ones of what we have accomplished over there, and I don't think any of them from that site. Below are positive reports with that same website your continually quoting from:

    Iraqi civilians work with Coalition Forces to discover terrorist cache

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/8.htm

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq - Based on information from an Iraqi civilian, Soldiers from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 116th Armor Regiment, Task Force Liberty discovered an unexploded ordnance cache in the Kirkuk Province June 29. "By far, this is the biggest weapons cache the 116th has found," said 1st Lt. John Thew, Company B, 3rd Battalion 116th Brigade Armor Regiment from Cove, Ore. "We have found in one day, what usually takes four months."

    We received a call that a man wanted to show us where some bombs were, Thew added. "We followed him out to the site in the middle of the night and he pointed to some rounds. After assessing the situation, we realized it was more than we were going to be able to deal with that night."

    The Iraqi police guarded the weapons cache until morning, when the Explosive Ordinance Detachment arrived.

    "Finds like this are important," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Becker, 506th Air Expeditionary Group, Explosive Ordnance Detachment and native of Warrensburg, Mo. "We've seen signs that terrorists are running low on ordnances to use on roadside improvised explosive devices and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks. This [find] makes it harder for [the terrorist], especially when we take out a major weapons cache."
    Phase Two of Oil Terminal Security Turnover Begins

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/12.htm

    In an interview July 12 aboard USS Normandy (CG 60), Royal Australian Navy Commodore Steve Gilmore, commander, Task Force 58, said the Iraqi military has begun the next phase in the security turnover process to assume responsibility for the Khawr Al Amaya and Al Basrah oil terminals.

    “We’re beginning phase two of a three-phase process which will transition the point-defense of the Iraqi oil terminals to the Iraqi Marines,” said Gilmore. “We hope they’ll take on command and control which is the final part of the overall process.”

    The multinational task force works directly with Iraqi maritime forces to prevent attacks against the Iraqi oil terminals. The oil terminals provide significant revenue for the Iraqi economy. Iraq and coalition forces work together to progressively transfer full security of the oil terminals to Iraqi forces.

    “[The Iraqis] are part of the task force,” said Gilmore. “They are not being placed alongside coalition units, they are replacing coalition units.”
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    TRAFFIC CONTROL POINT NETS MORTAR SYSTEM

    TIKRIT, Iraq – Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army Soldiers discovered a mortar system in a vehicle during a joint operation near Balad at about 5:00 p.m. July 15.

    The Soldiers were operating a traffic control point when they found an 82mm mortar tube, tripod, base plate and breach cap in the back of a truck.
    The items were confiscated and the driver was detained and brought to a Coalition Forces base for questioning.

    GRS Provides Good Medicine To Cure Iraq’s Ills

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/4.htm

    Tallil, Iraq – With its infant mortality rate for children under five a staggering 14.2 percent and 12.8 percent for children under 12 months old, Iraq needs much more than a temporary solution to its crippling dilemma.

    According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, these figures have risen sharply to their present levels since 1991. Now, with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South District (GRS) and the Project and Contracting Office (PCO), 150 new primary health care facilities, of three different types, are being built, with 60 scheduled to be constructed in the southern Iraq, according to Juan Vargas, PCO health program manager.

    “This project was coordinated at the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Baghdad,” said Vargas. “Project sites were based on demographics and needs. The ministry decided which type of clinic they wanted at each location.”
    July Front Page Photos
    Iraqi Freedom Gallery Six
    Iraqi Freedom Gallery Five (07/06/05)
    Iraqi Freedom Gallery Four (07/05/05)

    They show pictures with quick updates on the good and the bad, i.e a picture of a car bomb, and then one a US soldier rescueing an Iraqi child. Here are some of the positive ones ( I will use thumnail pictures below, so see full pictures click on links above):

    Soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 6th Division, of the Iraqi Army march in a parade to celebrate the activation of their unit at Muthana Air Field, Baghdad, Iraq, June 29, 2005. The more than 2,500 members of the 5th Brigade will provide security for the International Zone and surrounding areas.

    Builder 1st Class (BU1) Donald Jacobs and BU1 William Woolf III, work to finish construction of a roof. Jacobs from Louisville, Ky., and Woolf III, from Chattanooga, Tenn., are reservist Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Four (NMCB-24). Seabees of NMCB-24 are engaged in building a new dining facility aboard Camp Blue Diamond in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on June 29, 2005. NMCB-24 out of Huntsville, Ala., is deployed with 2nd Marine Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    SAQLAWIYAH, Iraq – 2nd Lt. Jared Towles, center, 2nd Platoon commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, points out a house to Iraqi soldiers in a village outside Saqlawiyah codenamed ‘Shadyville’ June 29. Company A personnel assisted the Iraqi Security Forces during ‘Operation Shadyville,’ a mission that netted several suspected insurgent supporters, two improvised explosive devices, and 50 AK-47 assault rifles.

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenneth Silvers, Battalion Gunner of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, shows an Iraqi Security Force (ISF) soldier how to take down a uncooperative detainee during training exercises in Fallujah, Iraq. Marines are currently training the ISF in order to independently maintain control of Fallujah and surrounding provinces.

    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shaun O'Connor, with the 116th Battalion Combat Team, packs fuse holes on 120mm rounds with C4 explosives outside of Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, on July 10, 2005. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) members disposed of over 2500 pounds of seized ammunitions.

    U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, enter a house in search of four insurgents that earlier attacked Iraqi Army Soldiers. The team is conducting a cordon-and-search mission with the Iraqi Army in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Corporal Rachid Ayouni, linguist-cultural advisor, G-3, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD), helps interpret a class during a seminar at the Babil Province Police Academy in Hillah, Iraq July 12. Ayouni joined the Marine Corps after moving to the United States to give back to the land of opportunity. Photo submitted 07/18/2005

    Staff Sgt. Hernandez Garcia of Regimental Combat Team 8, 3rd Recon BN, helps pass out toys 14 July, 2005. The toy distribution is a weekly event for RCT 8.


    Iraqi citizens participate in the physical readiness portion of the initial screening process for selection to go to the Iraqi Police Training Academy on July 8, 2005. This screening process is being held at the Iraqi Army compound in Iskandariyah, Iraq, and overseen by members of the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police forces, and U.S. Soldiers of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team.
    Romanians Contribute to the New Iraqi Army Training

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/29.htm

    Currently under the operational control of the Italian “Folgore” Airborne Brigade, the Romanian 2nd Infantry Battalion "Călugăreni" led by Major Daniel Petrescu conducts operations such as patrolling missions on the main routes, security of some infrastructure elements – oil-pipelines and electric supply lines- security of the Camp Mittica, Civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) activities and the important task of training the new Iraqi Army (IA).

    The training of the new IA represents one of the main efforts of the MNF in Iraq. Its purpose is to train and develop the operational ability, self-reliance and the capacity to operate in cooperation with other Iraqi security forces. After the training, these forces will be subordinated under the Provincial Governor in order to carry out stabilization and security operations.

    At the moment, the Romanian forces, in cooperation with Italian Multinational Specialized Unit (MSU), have finished the first two training courses, based on teaching techniques, procedures and tactics in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) with a duration of three weeks, completing the last course in the first week of July.
    ITALIAN SOLDIERS, SILENT SENTRIES OF IRAQI PEOPLE

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/27.htm

    .............Those words come from a letter one Italian soldier addressed to his mother in Italy, and his mother e-mailed it to her best friend, a journalist of a National newspaper. A voice, therefore, that comes from real life, the world of flesh and blood in dry and dusty Al Nassyria, where the ITA J TF is based. It is additional evidence that solidarity and good is what is behind coalition soldiers’ armor, soldiers that are convinced to defend the best values that they have grown up with.
    General Abizaid Receives The Golden Medal of The Polish Armed Forces

    The Medal of The Polish Armed Forces is designed to honor foreign citizens and Poles living abroad who made an exceptional contribution in the area of cooperation between Polish Military and Armed Forces of other countries.

    The presentation of the Golden Medal of the Polish Armed Forces to General Abizaid is a symbol of Polish appreciation for the outstanding support which the Polish Armed Forces received in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    EDIT: What gets me is when FAR left claim we did unilaterrally and yet there is a a lot of international support and sacrifice.
    Coalition Bulletin Newsletter with a lot of positive achievements, very positive international military support Italian Soldiers: Silent Sentry for Iraqi People, Romains Trains Iraqi Army, ect.... Coalition Bulletin / June 2005

    Here are last 24 copies of the Coalition Bulletin that list both positive developments, set backs, and challenges in Both Iraq and especially all the good in Afganistan:

    International Contributions to the War on Terrorism
    http://www.centcom.mil/Operations/Coalition/joint.htm


    http://www.centcom.mil/galleries/Fro...07_22_05fp.jpg A Soldier from Task Force Strength hands out clothing and personal hygiene products during a humanitarian assistance mission at a women's center outside Bagram, Afghanistan, on July 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Harold Fields) I know this one is Afghanistan, but it pretty neat.
    Engineers work to complete repairs at power plant north of Baghdad

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/23.htm

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repair project at the Qudas electric power generating station 25 kilometers north of Baghdad is 85 per cent complete.

    Engineers predict the work will be finished within a month.

    Once operational, Qudas could increase the nation's electric production ten per cent. The plant's output capacity is 492 megawatts.

    48th Brigade helps bring water to Iraqi farmers

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/16.htm

    YUSUFIYAH, Iraq - The Tigris River is the lifeblood of the Arab J'Bour village and other rural farming communities in Yusufiyah, Iraq. With that in mind, 48th Brigade Combat Team civil affairs Soldiers paid a visit to the Yusufiyah water pumping Station on July 4 to follow up on the progress of military engineering efforts there.

    Thousands of families rely on the water supplied by the pumping station. A predominantly farming region, the need for water factors greatly into the community's ability to flourish.

    Servicing a vital irrigation reservoir, the pumping station feeds from the only abundant water source, the Tigris River. Maintaining functionality of the pumping station has been challenging.

    The 48th Brigade has been working with Iraq's Ministry of Electricity, said Lt. Col. Scott Carter, the civil affairs officer. "The goal is to have 12 hours of power a day. But because of the necessity for rolling blackouts, the down-time puts significant demands on the pumping system."

    The blackouts are mandatory, as the electrical infrastructure is re-worked to give consistent electrical service throughout Iraq.

    "We are very proud and very thankful for the U.S. Military's help," Abou Hamid, an apricot farmer who lives 25 kilometers away from the pumping station stated through a translator.

    Hamid once felt no one cared about the region's situation. Now he sees and appreciates the compassion and hard work Coalition Forces have shown to the people of Iraq.

    "I see the situation getting better," Hamid added.

    'Walk the Talk'

    By Tom Clarkson Gulf Region Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Baghdad, Iraq – When lives are on the line, some people, do exactly as they promised. And relative to that, an entire country is being changed as a result of the commitment, focus, and labor of a diverse array of individuals from many countries.

    Smooth, urbane, and clearly one with Iraqi’s future well set in his mind, Mohammed AL Aubaedy, capsulizes it simply, “While many in America argue and debate whether you should be here, every day across my country, your people are making a very big difference for me and my countrymen. It is difficult for us to understand why any would question the value of this help you are providing in the rebuilding of Iraq. You came here and said you were going to work with us to make our country better and now are doing it. You do as you say.”

    Indeed, several hundred contractors, government service, and military personnel are going about their work doing just that – often an echo away from insurgent gunfire that makes life difficult and death, potentially, easy.
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    Here is one more from that same website, but felt it deserved it's own posting:

    Progress Marching On in Iraq

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Stories/07_05/9.htm

    As a small tribute to all the soldiers risking their lives in Iraq I wanted to quoted this article in full:

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Daily accomplishments, both large and small – in governance, security and reconstruction – marked progress toward Iraqi self-reliance as the country marked a year of sovereignty June 28. What follows is a partial list of these successes.

    On June 1, in the first move of its kind, Coalition forces officially transferred full responsibility for security at a base in Dibbis to the Iraqi Army. Two hundred dignitaries and civilians attended the flag-raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony, where the Iraqi Army took full control of base and security operations in the area. This historic move marked another significant step in the Iraqi government’s plan to assume full responsibility for security and stability operations across the nation.

    That same day, Iraqi Army soldiers, working with Coalition aviation assets, conducted their first-ever air assault. Approximately 35 Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division were inserted into a landing zone near several small towns and villages outside of Baghdad to conduct raids and door-to-door searches for bomb- and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device-making materials and specific persons of interest. The ability to perform these types of operations speaks to the growing maturity of the Iraqi Army.

    Reconstruction gained momentum in the Nissan District of Eastern Baghdad, where major sewer and water projects broke ground in Kamaliya and Oubaidi. After completing a site survey, workers began on the project that will ultimately create a sewer network serving 8,870 homes in Kamaliya. The area has never had underground sewage lines and relies on slit trenches, which leads to sewage pooling in the streets. The project will cost about $27 million and will employ 600 local workers at peak construction times. As the sewer project takes shape, an existing water distribution system will be rehabilitated. About 5,435 homes are slated to receive connections to the water main.

    On June 4, Basrah airport began civilian flights, opening the gate for business growth in the region. A week later, regular flights began between Hawler International Airport in Irbil and Baghdad. The flights now run three times per week and open a new avenue to encourage foreign capital investment by improving accessibility to Iraq’s capital. Other growth could be seen when the $100 million Al-Ameen electrical substation, which distributes electricity to other substations around Baghdad, it was completed on June 5, after about 10 months of work. Local workers made up 99 percent of the workforce, putting money back into the pockets of the working class.

    The Iraqi Navy’s Predator Patrol Boats commenced interoperability training with an amphibious transport ship on June 7. The training is teaching the Iraqi Navy about ship handling, force protection, and weapons handling.

    With some help from Iraqi Security Forces, the Iraqi National Soccer League resumed play on June 12. More than 10,000 fans showed up for the first game, held in the Baghdad Soccer Stadium, and watched Basra beat Dahouk 1-0. Iraqi Police officers, Iraqi Army Soldiers and Coalition Forces guarded the soccer stadium, which can hold 45,000 fans. The same team of security forces will provide security for future games, which are scheduled through the end of August.

    Soccer teams are getting more than just security—they’re also getting fully outfitted. More than 110 soccer uniforms were distributed to local coaches in a ceremony June 15 in Sadr City. Following the ceremony, each coach was presented with 11 complete sets of uniforms to fully outfit their teams.

    In a much-publicized event, Iraqi Army soldiers rescued Australian hostage Douglas Wood from his captors at 10:50 a.m. on June 15. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade discovered Wood and an Iraqi hostage in the northwest Baghdad neighborhood of Al Adel while conducting a planned cordon-and-search operation for a weapons cache. Three individuals were detained during the operation. The IA Soldiers also discovered a weapons cache which included four AK-47 rifles and a sniper rifle.

    In mid-June, construction started on a $1.25 million school project in the Fallujah District of Al Anbar Governorate. Out of 13 school projects programmed for construction in Fallujah, four are under construction and nine are complete. There are 840 school projects programmed throughout Iraq; 102 are under construction and 628 are complete.

    On June 19, Iraqi workers finished construction on railroad stations in Balad and Baiji. These facilities will connect Salah al-Din with destinations throughout the provinces, bringing goods to customers and citizens in distant cities. Two important rail projects have already been completed in Kirkuk: the Kirkuk and al-Maraej stations have been rehabilitated. Throughout the rest of the nation, the Ministry of Transportation has over 100 rail projects scheduled; 28 are currently being built, while 45 have already been completed and are serving the people.

    During the same week, the U.S. Marine Corps’ 5th Civil Affairs Group and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers kicked off the Property Lease Program in Fallujah.

    Local residents whose homes were or are currently occupied by Coalition forces had leases drawn up. Lump-sum payments were also made to eligible homeowners for the total time their houses were being used. The payment will include the amount of rent owed through Sept. 30, 2005.

    Iraq joined 80 nations in Brussels for an historic conference on June 21 and 22, focusing on Iraq’s reconstruction and paving the way for other nations to develop political ties with Iraq. Iraq’s Foreign Minister also opened the door for further diplomatic ties between Iraq and other Arab nations. Canada announced its ambassador to Jordan would also serve in Iraq, and Jordan said it would be sending an ambassador to Iraq soon.

    On June 22, one of 167 medical clinic projects planned for the country got under way. A $656,000 clinic in the Khanaqin District of the Diyala Province (in which Baghdad is located), is one of two programmed for construction in the Khanaqin Distict; both are now under construction.

    The Iraqi Army’s Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade graduated from the first organized Iraqi Army Leadership Training Course at Forward Operating Base Justice. Military experts agreed the development of the non-commissioned officer corps is essential for the new Iraqi Army. As the month drew to a close, Iraqi Marines prepared to take over security of the Al Basrah and Khawr Al Amaya oil terminals. The Iraqi Marines had been supported by Coalition forces since April of 2004, but now planned to take over security of the oil platforms completely.

    On June 27, a water treatment project was finished in Kirkuk, which will provide 5,000 people from four villages with clean, potable water, while another began in the northwestern Ninewah Province. There are eight water projects programmed for construction in Mosul, and 34 water projects programmed nationwide. Seven of those are under way, and 18 are complete.

    Also on the 27th, the Iraqi Navy signed the Iraqi Navy Transition Roadmap aboard the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60). The roadmap outlines the plan for the Iraqi Navy to achieve the capability to fully defend Iraqi coastal waters, integrating sea operations, shore support, boarding-and-search and point-defense of oil terminals with an overall command and sustainment program.

    Soldiers from Task Force 1-128 and the Iraqi Army took a day off from their normal security patrols June 28 and handed out school supplies, clothes and shoes in a few small villages during a combat patrol. The Soldiers distributed more than 60 boxes of goods containing more than 100 pairs of shoes, assorted clothes and hundreds of pounds of school supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks and paper to children and families in the villages of Albouhaswa, Ahmed Hajam and Ja’afaral Jalaby.
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    I don't know where to put this so I am going to put it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
    Bush Administration Files 11th Hour Papers Blocking the Release of Darby CD Photos and Video Of Abu Ghraib Torture


    Synopsis

    On July 22, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) denounced the latest efforts of the Bush Administration to block the release of the Darby photos and videos depicting torture at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison facility. On June 2, 2004, CCR, along with the ACLU, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace filed papers with the U.S. District Court, charging the Department of Defense and other government agencies with illegally withholding records concerning the abuse of detainees in American military custody. Since then, the organizations have been repeatedly rebuffed in their efforts to investigate what happened at the prison.



    In June, the government requested and received an extension from the judge stating that they needed time in order to redact the faces of the men, women and children believed to be shown in the photographs and videos. They were given until today to produce the images, but at the eleventh hour filed a motion to oppose the release of the photos and videos, based on an entirely new argument: they are now requesting a 7(F) exemption from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act to withhold law enforcement-related information in order to protect the physical safety of individuals. Today’s move is the latest in a series of attempts by the government to keep the images from being made public and to cover up the torture of detainees in U.S. custody around the world.

    Joseph Darby was the U.S reservist who turned over the photos and videos to U.S. Army officials and touched off the Abu Ghraib scandal in April 2004.

    “This is absolutely unacceptable,” stated Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “We can not move forward from this scandal until we have a full public accounting and independent investigation into what happened at Abu Ghraib. The government cannot continue to hide evidence of torture. The time to release these photos and videos was a long time ago.”

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    RED HORSE ENGINEERS — U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Smetzer directs concrete pouring at the main entry control point for the Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, complex, July 7, 2005. The project will improve security for civilians and coalition forces in the area. Smetzer is deployed to the 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard

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    A soldier pouring concrete at Baghdad International Airport is the good news of the day?

    Does that balance the latest suicide bombing deaths of this weekend and today, and the fact that those attacks didn't go down, but up in the last months?

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Fourteen Iraqis were killed Monday in two separate suicide car bomb attacks in the country's capital, police officials and the Ministry of Defense reported. ...

    More than two hours later, a suicide car bomb detonated at an Iraqi police commando checkpoint in west-central Baghdad, killing two commandos and wounding 11, according to an Iraqi police official with Baghdad emergency police. ...

    On Sunday, a suicide truck bomb killed 25 people and wounded 33 others near al-Rashad police station in Baghdad, the city's emergency police said. ...

    Earlier Sunday, a child was killed and six other Iraqi civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded near their minibus, police said. ...

    Other violence in Iraq on Sunday included a mortar round that exploded inside Iraq's Interior Ministry compound about 8 a.m., authorities said. The attack killed an Iraqi police officer and wounded another.

    In another attack, Lt. Col. Imad Hatem Khalaf, head of al-Kadhimiya police station, was assassinated Sunday in northwestern Baghdad's Huriya neighborhood by unknown gunmen, police said. ...

    An American soldier was killed and two were wounded Sunday afternoon in what a military news release called an attack by "indirect fire" on a base near Balad, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad. ...

    The soldiers were members of Task Force Liberty, led by the U.S. 42nd Infantry Division from New York state. Indirect fire usually refers to mortars or rockets.

    A U.S. Marine was killed Saturday by a makeshift bomb "during combat operations" near Rutbah, a desert town 220 miles (352 kilometers) west of Baghdad, according to a military news release.
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    clulup, you're a glass half empty kinda guy. I'm sure that whatever comes out of your mouth is an attempt to find that absolute worst about any situation, unless it's about that paradise called swissville.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clulup
    A soldier pouring concrete at Baghdad International Airport is the good news of the day?

    Does that balance the latest suicide bombing deaths of this weekend and today, and the fact that those attacks didn't go down, but up in the last months?
    Read the god damn first post of this thread:

    The folks that feel it is going well please post recent things which you feel is progress. On the flip side of this coin I want the people who feel it is going bad, to post their news articles from 'credible' sources.
    Just because you want to play the "My suicide bombing and US military kicking the **** out of some Arab is worse than your Roads being built" game, doesn't mean the rest of us are.

    Post the good. Post the bad. Get it???

    I didn't see you take your snickering act when NRG posted a "Good" report on a few Cell towers being erected. Is it you just have a stick up your *** for certain people here?
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    NEWS RELEASE
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    July 25, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-16C


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    MARINE KILLED BY EXPLOSIVE DEVICE NEAR AR RUTBAH

    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action July 23 when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device.

    The incident occurred during combat operations near Ar Rutbah, Iraq.

    The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT II MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT: CEPAOWO@cemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050716.txt
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    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    7115 South Boundary Boulevard
    MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
    Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

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    July 25, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-17C


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    ONE TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIER KILLED, TWO WOUNDED BY INDIRECT FIRE

    TIKRIT, Iraq – One Task Force Liberty Soldier was killed and two were wounded during an indirect fire attack on a Coalition Forces base near Balad at about 3:30 p.m. on July 24. One wounded Soldier was taken to a Coalition Forces medical treatment facility, the other was treated and returned to duty.

    The name of the deceased Soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    Text for release provided by the 42ND Infantry Division Public Affairs Office. For more information, please contact 42 ID PAO at fortysecond.id.pao@us.army.mil

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050717.txt
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    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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    July 25, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-18C


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    TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIER KILLED IN SAMARRA

    TIKRIT, Iraq – A Task Force Liberty Soldier was killed July 25 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during a combat patrol near Samarra in Salah Ad Din Province.

    The incident is under investigation and the deceased Soldier’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

    For more information contact 42 ID PAO at fortysecond.id.pao@us.army.mil

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050718.txt
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    US accepts Polish plans to exit Iraq

    Monday 25 July 2005, 12:00 Makka Time, 9:00 GMT

    The United States had accepted Poland's plans to withdraw most of its 1700 troops from Iraq at the beginning of next year, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski says.


    Poland, one of Washington's biggest European allies in Iraq, runs a multinational stabilisation zone south of Baghdad.

    "The current rotation in Iraq will be the last one. By the end of January, we would like to pull the troops and replace them with smaller groups, which could, for example, help train the Iraqi army," Kwasniewski told public radio.

    Kwasniewski said his country's plan to make the shift ending its mission in January the last one had been accepted by the allies. He said the move was the subject of talks between Defence Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski and US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld on 19 July.

    -snip-

    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exer...CBCF90BCEB.htm
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    Iraq Sunnis to end constitution committee boycott

    By Peter Graff
    1 hour, 29 minutes ago



    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni Arabs said on Monday they would return to the bargaining table to hammer out a constitution for Iraq, ending a standoff that threatened to torpedo the political process amid worsening bloodshed.

    With just days left before the draft constitution was due, the Sunnis had stormed out of the negotiations last week after one of their committee members was gunned down in front of a restaurant.

    But they said they would call off their boycott after their demands for better security and a probe into the assassination were met at crisis talks on Monday.

    "We will definitely return tomorrow," said Saleh Mutlaq, spokesman for the Sunni umbrella group Iraqi National Dialogue, which represents slain committee member Mujbil al-Sheikh Isa.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor..._nm/iraq_dc_12
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    Up to 40 killed in Iraq blast By Liz Sly Tribune foreign correspondent
    20 minutes ago



    A truck packed with explosives plowed into a police station in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, killing up to 40 people, as Iraq's insurgency pressed its campaign to undermine the government and disrupt progress toward a new constitution.

    The blast came as recalcitrant Sunnis said they are ready to return to the constitutional negotiations, something considered crucial if there is to be a chance of turning the tide of Sunni opinion against the Sunni-dominated insurgency.

    The Iraqi police said 26 people were killed in the huge explosion, which also ignited more than 20 cars and blasted some bodies onto the roofs of nearby buildings in the mostly Shiite neighborhood of Mashtal. The U.S. military put the toll at 40, most of them said to be civilians. There was no explanation for the discrepancy.

    In other violence, a U.S. Marine and a soldier were killed in separate weekend incidents, The Associated Press reported, citing the U.S. military. The Marine was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb near Rutbah, 220 miles west of Baghdad, while the soldier died Sunday in a mortar attack near Balad north of Baghdad.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...lediniraqblast
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    Jiminy Crickets!! Who needs CNN when we have the NRG network?
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    Jiminy Crickets!! Who needs CNN when we have the NRG network?
    LOL.

    That is what this thread is all about, all the news you can or can't handle about Iraq.
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    Iraq insurgents show “utter disdain’ for humanity: Amnesty
    (AFP)

    25 July 2005



    LONDON - Insurgents battling US-led forces in Iraq are engaged in a “pattern of war crimes and crimes against humanity” which show “utter disdain” for human life, Amnesty International said in a report on Monday.


    “Armed groups opposed to the US-led multinational force and Iraq’s government are showing utter disdain for the lives of Iraqi civilians and others, continuing a pattern of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

    The London-based rights watchdog said the insurgents failed to respect “even the most basic standards of humanitarian law”.

    “There can be no valid justification for deliberate killings of civilians, hostage-taking, and torture and killing of defenceless prisoners,” it said.

    “Those who order or commit such atrocities place themselves totally beyond the pale of acceptable behaviour.”

    “There is no honour nor heroism in blowing up people going to pray or murdering a terrified hostage. Those carrying out such acts are criminals, nothing less, whose actions undermine any claim they may have to be pursuing a legitimate cause.”

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    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayA...cusoniraq&col=
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    NRG.....I think you missed another one of the press releases over at CentCom:

    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    7115 South Boundary Boulevard
    MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
    Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    July 25, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-14


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    TASK FORCE BAGHDAD UPDATES RECONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Since the transfer of sovereignty, a total of 1,451 projects valued at $1.4 billion have been completed. Large-scale capital projects like power plants, water treatment plants and oil infrastructure facilities are being reconstructed and, in some cases, built anew.

    Demand for electricity is currently growing faster than it is able to be supplied; however, new power lines of 33 kilovolts have been completed. Generation plants are being built and transmission lines are being constructed to replace a decades-old, neglected electrical power system. A total of more than 2,000 megawatts of power have been added to the grid (enough to service 5.4 million Iraqi homes). More than 1,400 electrical towers and 8,600 kilometers of transmission lines have been installed.

    Many sewer trunk lines have been cleaned or fixed. Work on the majority of sewer trunk lines continues and progress continues.

    Each day, 50 million additional gallons of treated, drinkable water are being pumped to the Baghdad residents. New water wells and treatment facilities are in the progress of being constructed in addition to new delivery pipes being installed.

    Solid waste (trash) is being removed from the majority of sites in the Baghdad area; with some areas having it removed at least twice a week.

    More than 20 healthcare facilities have been renovated, with many others in the process of being renovated.

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/n...e=20050714.txt
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    Insurgents infiltrate Iraqi police: US study
    25 Jul 2005 20:43:38 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    (Recasts with release of report)

    By Charles Aldinger

    WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - Iraq's police service has accepted recruits with criminal backgrounds and even insurgents planning terrorist attacks because of poor vetting procedures, according to a U.S. government report released on Monday.

    The 96-page report, based on a study by the Pentagon and State Department Inspector Generals' offices, said that too many recruits were "marginally literate" and some had reported for training with criminal records and physical handicaps.

    "Even more troubling is infiltration by intending terrorists or insurgents. There is sufficient evidence to conclude that such persons indeed are among the ranks of the IPS (Iraq Police Service)," said the unclassified report, dated July 15.

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    TRAINING IMPROVED, SAYS PENTAGON

    "Much work has proceeded since then," Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters in response to questions.

    "Today, there are 93,800 (Iraq) Ministry of Interior forces trained and equipped -- including 63,500 Iraqi police -- of a planned force of 135,000,".......

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N258193.htm
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    Below are two quotes from news releases of the U.S. military, allegedly comments of Iraqis on terrorist attacks:
    From July 24:

    " 'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified."

    From July 13:

    " 'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the children and all of Iraq,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. 'They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.' "
    Some call it "administrative error", others may call it cheating.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/...ase/index.html
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    Iraq Constitution May Erode Women's Rights
    By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer
    1 hour, 18 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A chapter of Iraq's draft constitution obtained by The Associated Press gives Islam a major role in Iraqi civil law, raising concerns that women could lose rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance.

    The proposal also appears to rule out non-governmental militias, an area addressed Monday by the new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad. Urging Iraqis to build national institutions, he said there is no place for factional forces that "build the infrastructure for a future civil war."

    The civil law section, one of six to make up Iraq's new charter, covers the rights and duties of citizens and public and private freedoms. The language in the chapter is not final, but members of the charter drafting committee said there was agreement on most of its wording.

    Committee members have been rushing to complete the constitution so the Iraqi National Assembly can set the final wording by Aug. 15. Parliament's version would be put to a public vote by mid-October, and if approved, elections would follow by the year's end.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...q_050726101242
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