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    Iraqi woman supervises Basra city courthouse reconstruction project

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Lawn

    BASRA , Iraq — In a male-dominated society, being a woman, a civil engineer and in charge of one of the largest reconstruction projects in this city — population of more than 3,000,000 — is no small feat.

    Iraqi citizen Hana Esmail, a contract employee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the courthouse reconstruction project manager. She stands no taller than 5 feet 6 inches, is slender in stature and soft-spoken, yet she supervises three male subcontractors and more than 70 workers.

    Esmail, the Gulf Region South team leader, oversees workers constructing judicial chambers and courtrooms in the Basra public courthouse.

    Reconstruction of the multistory building is under way, and Esmail plans to wrap up the work in a couple months. She hopes to see it completed no later than October.
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    9:00 A.M. EDT

    FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2005

    Shares much of the progress made in Iraq with follow up questions from the press:
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    Female Iraqi Soldiers tackle basic training

    Sgt. Thomas Benoit

    256th Brigade Combat Team PAO

    CAMP JUSTICE, Iraq -- Breathing, squeezing the trigger and keeping the enemy in sight are just a few of the technical shooting techniques taught by 1st. Sgt. Amir Jabar Taleb of the 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, 6th Division, to some of the first female Soldiers inducted into the Iraqi Army.

    For the first time in Iraq 's history, Iraqi leadership at an Iraqi base conducted an all-female IA basic training course. Over the past two weeks, 27 female recruits have had intensive training to learn the necessary skills to become a Soldier.

    "They learned how to use weapons, map reading and battle tactics to engage the enemy during combat,” said Brig. Gen. Jaleel Khalaf Shawail, commanding general of the 1st Iraqi Army Bde., 6th Div.

    “And with the help of my American friends, this course has become successful. The Americans did not participate physically in the training, but observed," he added.
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    U.S. Soldiers awarded Combat Infantryman Badge

    Capt. Marc Pelini

    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — On July 13, 170 Infantry Soldiers from Task Force 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, received the Combat Infantryman Badge for combat action in Baghdad.

    The Soldiers are assigned to the cavalry regiment's two Infantry companies and its heavy mortar platoon.

    The CIB was established on Oct. 7, 1943 by the Secretary of War and is awarded to Infantry Soldiers in the rank of colonel and below who are engaged in actual ground combat with the enemy.
    The majority of awards for F Troop, 11th Armored Cav. Reg. came as a result of their participation in Operation Clean Sweep, with 3rd Brigade, 1st Armor Division in April. During that time, the Troop was credited with finding numerous cache sites including one of the largest weapons caches found in the Baghdad area.

    “This badge is a symbol of their courage under fire,” said Lt. Col. Jim Blackburn, from Washington , Pa. , commander of 1/11th ACR. “This shows that they have risked their lives for one another and individually closed with the enemy.”
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    U.S. Soldiers give Iraqi schoolteachers first aid training

    Staff Sgt. Raymond Piper

    4th Brigade Combat Team PAO

    BAGHDAD – Soldiers helped schoolteachers learn a little first aid so they could treat injured students.

    On July 17, Soldiers from B Company, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment taught basic first aid to teachers of six different schools in the Karradah District at the request of the Neighborhood Council.

    “The goal was to provide some basic first aid classes to the teachers and staff of this school so they could provide it to the children or anyone in the area who was hurt,” said Capt. Daniel Green, 4-64 Armor battalion surgeon and Atlanta native.

    The unit gave the schools aid bags that were tailored to the more common injuries a child might receive at school.


    As the U.S. Soldiers train more and more teachers, they will graduate to other areas that will help them take care of the students, Mcmullen added.

    The Peoria , Ariz. , native said, “In the future we'll teach them how to prevent diarrhea and what to do for common colds – what medicines are used to help them deal with the kids at the school.”

    Mcmullen helped train the Iraqi medics for the Iraqi Army and he said it was very rewarding.

    “I think it's beneficial to them that we are here and able to teach them the medical knowledge we have. A lot of things have changed over the years and we have newer and better techniques,” he said.

    “It makes me feel really good that I can go out and help people who might not have the medical knowledge that I do and help them possibly save one of the lives of the kids who go to this school or anyone they see who might need help,” Mcmullen continued.

    Mcmullen's time in Iraq has been spent doing something he wants to do. “This is the reason I joined the Army—so I can go out and help people. I love doing humanitarian stuff and helping no matter if I'm teaching them medical stuff or pulling security on a building so they can have a meeting. Just the feeling … that you have gone out and done something to help feels good.”
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    Nearly 1,000 Iraqi Police graduate from training course
    Spc. Ben Brody

    2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

    CAMP SHIELD , Iraq – Distinguished police and military leaders turned out to watch 931 new Iraqi Police officers graduate from their training course at Baghdad Police College on Camp Shield July 21.


    Baghdad Police College was formerly a three-year academy which produced commissioned officers. The facility is adapting to its new role – training 1,000 new IPs every month.

    A tour of BPC reveals numerous construction projects, IPs practicing battle drills on grassy fields, and studious young men in classrooms.


    The class included 29 female IP officers, and Reyad said he enjoyed working with them. “The female officers are like our sisters,” he said. “We treat each other with every respect.”

    The new class will be able to support IPs all over the country.

    “You are now trained and prepared to help you brother and sister IPs as we fight the terrorist threat,” said Brig. Gen. Osama Badri, the dean of the college and keynote speaker. The priority is to fighting corruption, protecting human rights, reinforcing law and order in the society and focusing on securing the safety and stability of Iraq , he said.

    “I applaud your self-sacrificing spirit,” he said.

    During a silent moment in the ceremony, the low thud of a controlled detonation destroying captured terrorist munitions and equipment sounded in the distance reminded everyone of the dangers IPs face every day in Iraq .
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    Pressure continues to route terrorists in northern Iraq

    July 26, 2005

    MOSUL , Iraq -- Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces from Task Force Freedom detained 42 suspected terrorists and seized a number of weapons during operations in northern Iraq July 24.

    Iraqi Police detained six individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a raid in western Mosul . Iraqi Army Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Division alongside Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon and search operation in eastern Mosul .

    Suspects are in custody with no ISF or MNF injuries reported.

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment seized a weapons cache during a cordon and search operation in Rawah.

    The weapons were confiscated for future destruction.
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    Construction program pumps millions of dollars into Iraqi life

    July 25, 2005

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A potential $161 million will soon be added to the Reconstruction Program coffers here.

    The Commander's Emergency Relief Program, or CERP, is an allocation of money which allows commanders on the ground and Iraqi community leaders to work together toward immediate quality of life enhancements for Iraqis.


    CERP funds have also been made available to the Iraqi Provincial Reconstruction and Development committees. In one governate in the Gulf Region's North District, three water treatment plants in one area were recommended for rehabilitation at a cost of approximately $175,000.

    Another 78 CERP projects in the north district, funded for $4.9M, will add three classrooms each to 27 schools and six classrooms apiece to 51 schools. All of those projects are expected to be completed in September.

    In the Gulf Region Central District, an $89,000 outpatient clinic is being built with funding from this program. Also in the central district, seven CERP projects for a cost of $1.4 million are scheduled to replace low- and medium-voltage lines throughout Sadr City.

    CERP money can be used to meet various needs, including supplies, additions to schools, clean-up projects, medical equipment, streetlights, water towers and general reconstruction.

    When Iraq assumed sovereignty in June of 2004, there were just over 200 reconstruction projects started. Today, there are more than 2,600 projects, valued at more than $6.2 billion. More than 1,450 projects are finished, with a value of over $1.4 billion.
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    Soldiers capture insurgents, weapons and explosives

    July 24, 2005

    FOB KALSU, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers captured more than 100 insurgents as well as weapons and explosives during a recent operation in the vicinity of Owesat.

    Items seized and destroyed included 186 mortar rounds, three 122mm artillery rounds, 65 hand grenades and 500 pounds of explosives. Rocket-propelled grenades, launchers, small-arms ammunition and aiming equipment were also found and destroyed.

    The Soldiers are from the 150th Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team.

    The 155th BCT is a U.S. Army unit assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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    U.S. Soldiers destroy mortars turned in by Iraqis

    July 24, 2005

    BAGHDAD , Iraq -- A patrol from 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division discovered a cache of mortars July 22.

    Despite the danger to the civilians who apparently found them, the weapons were placed on the side of the road in the same location where Iraqis have turned in ammunition before.

    The Soldiers found six 60-millimeter mortars and seven 57-millimeter mortars.

    An explosive ordnance disposal team was called and safely removed the ammunition for destruction at an undisclosed location.
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    Coalition Forces catch terrorists, foil bomb attack

    July 24, 2005

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained two men shortly after finding an improvised explosive device in Baghdad's Furat district at around noon on July 23.

    The bomb, found near the side of a dirt road, appeared to be a 5-foot-square black box with nails pointing upward and green and red wires attached.

    The Soldiers called in a team of explosives experts to investigate and stopped a man driving near the bomb site. After listening to the driver's story, the Soldiers were suspicious. The driver told the Soldiers that another man living in a nearby house could verify his alibi.

    The unit accompanied the driver to the house. The man living in the home asked the Soldiers for water and gave the unit permission to search the house.

    The Soldiers proceeded to search and found four large pipe bombs, black powder, bomb-detonating devices and a fully-loaded AK-47 rifle. A thorough search of the house revealed seven protective masks with filters, night vision goggles, an empty rocket tube and three spent artillery shells. The unit also found an explosives detector, three pistol holsters, several dozen terrorist manuals, and a large box of nails which were the same as the ones found earlier on the roadside bomb.

    Both the driver and the man living in the house were taken into custody for questioning.
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    IED emplacers captured

    July 23, 2005

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq -- U.S. Soldiers captured nine individuals July 22 after they were seen placing an improvised explosive device.

    The Soldiers observed two vehicles pull to the side of a road north of Forward Operating Base Kalsu. Nine men armed with AK-47 rifles exited the vehicles and began placing an improvised explosive device.

    The Soldiers engaged the men with small arms fire, wounding several. The other four fled the scene and were captured by another U.S. patrol. One of the four was found to be wounded.

    The six wounded individuals were taken the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad . The remaining three are being held for questioning.

    The Soldiers are from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 155th Brigade Combat Team. The 155th BCT is a U.S. Army unit assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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    Task Force Freedom detains 16, discovers weapons cache

    July 22, 2005

    Elements of 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained suspected terrorists and seized a weapons cache in northern Iraq July 20.

    Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment detained 12 individuals suspected of terrorist activity and seized a weapons cache during a raid in western Mosul .

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment detained four individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon and search operation in southeastern Mosul .

    Suspects are in custody with no coalition injuries reported.

    The weapons were confiscated for future destruction.
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    Close air support destroy anti-Iraqi forces weapons cache

    July 21, 2005


    Iraq – Soldiers and airmen from 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Liberty destroyed a suspected anti-Iraqi forces weapons cache near Ad Duluiyah with an air strike.

    Coalition forces identified the target, a pontoon on a small low-lying island in the Tigris River , as a possible weapons cache after AIF fired rockets from there. The Fire Support Element from 1-15 Infantry directed bombs from Air Force jets onto the site to destroy the pontoon and deny AIF the ability to use it to hide weapons and ammunition............
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    Terrorist bombing suspects captured

    July 20, 2005

    BAGHDAD , Iraq – Over the last two days, Multi-National Forces captured three Al Qaida terrorists associated with bombing operations in the Baghdad area. Those captured include: Qutaba Abdullah Monsoor Hussan (Al Zobi), aka Abu Qutaba; Arkan Kashia Shani Ahmed (Al Mahadidi), aka Abu Arkan; and Muhammed Salman Abu Jasim (Abu id al Tazzirah), aka Abu Sultan.

    The three captured terrorists are believed to be associated with Al Qaida's chief bombing coordinator for Baghdad, Muhammad Rabi Hadi Jassir, al – Dulaymi, aka Abu Thar.

    Compelling intelligence led Multi-National Forces to the neighborhoods where these Al Qaida terrorists were hiding. Once surrounded, these terrorists surrendered without a fight.
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    Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers distribute frozen chickens

    256th Brigade Combat Team PAO

    CAMP TIGERLAND , Iraq —Iraqi Army Soldiers and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers distributed frozen chickens to locals in the community July 12.

    Participating U.S. units were: 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 156th Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 156th Armor Regiment; 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment; 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; and 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, all of the 256th Brigade Combat Team.

    The 1-11th ACR and Iraqi Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Iraqi Army Brigade delivered 1,200 chickens to about 600 families in Abu Mannaser in western Abu Ghraib.

    “The people of this area were very appreciative of the humanitarian assistance provided today,” said 1st Lt. Minh Nguyen, a 1-11th ACR platoon leader from Victorville , Calif.

    “The Iraqi Army continues to become well-rehearsed in both tactical and humanitarian missions,” said Lt. Col. Jim Blackburn, from Washington , Pa. , 1-11th ACR Commander. “This humanitarian assistance operation will continue to build the relationship between the people and the Iraqi Army. It also discredits terrorists who are operating in that area and denying the people basic services.”
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    Operations south of Mosul detain 20, net weapons cache

    July 19, 2005

    MOSUL , Iraq –Task Force Freedom detained 20 suspected terrorists and seized a weapons cache during operations in northern Iraq July 18.

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment detained 14 terror suspects during two separate operations in and near Tal Afar.

    Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment detained two suspected terrorists following an attack on a military base south of Sinjar.

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity while patrolling in southern Mosul .

    Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment detained two terror suspects during operations in Mosul and Rawah.

    Suspects are in custody with no MNF injuries reported.

    Soldiers from the 3-21st also seized a weapons cache during a search operation in northern Mosul .

    The cache included numerous explosives detonators and various artillery rounds.

    The weapons were confiscated for future destruction.
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    Suspected bomber detained in Samarra

    July 18, 200 5

    TIKRIT, Iraq – Task Force Liberty Soldiers detained one individual in Samarra after an improvised explosive device detonated in front of their combat patrol July 18.

    During a search of the area, the patrol discovered wires running up to the roof of a nearby house and found the individual and two motorcycle batteries on the roof.

    The suspect was taken to a Coalition Forces base for questioning. No Task Force Liberty Soldiers were injured in the incident.
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    Operation Warrior's Rage snares dozens of terrorists

    July 18, 2005

    CAMP TIGERLAND , Iraq — On the evening of July 15, elements of the 256th Brigade Combat Team and 6th Iraqi Army Division successfully detained targets in their areas of operation through cordon-and-search operations and combat patrols.

    Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th BCT and 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army searched houses suspected of holding terrorists in the Ameriyah district of Baghdad. The mission resulted in the capture of three suspects, two of whom were Syrian.

    The search found 10 to 12 122/130-millimeter rounds enhanced with propane to make a larger fireball in the explosion.

    In another 256th area of operation, 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment captured three personnel, all positively identified as brigade-level targets. The 2-156th personnel knocked on doors when the targeted houses turned up empty, and citizens of the neighborhood led Soldiers to the suspected terrorists when they initially were not in their homes.

    The combined efforts of other 256th and Iraqi Army units resulted in the capture of 33 suspected terrorists. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Battalion, 4th Iraqi Army brought in 15 suspected terrorists after conducting their cordon-and-search missions.

    While conducting patrols in their area, the 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 3rd Iraqi Army performed a hasty cordon and search and brought in 18 suspected terrorists who are being held for questioning at an undisclosed location.
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    Iraqi Police working with Coalition Forces uncover large weapons cache

    July 18, 2005

    MOSUL , Iraq -- Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces from Task Force Freedom seized a large weapons cache, detained eight suspected terrorists, and killed five terrorists during operations in northern Iraq July 17 and 18.

    Iraqi Police with support of Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment seized a large weapons cache during a raid operation in western Mosul July 18. The cache consisted of over 1,000 mortar rounds, over 25 mortar firing systems, 150 rockets, 450 rocket propelled grenade rounds, 26 RPG launchers, numerous missile firing systems, shape charges, improvised explosive devices, and over 30 assorted rifles. The weapons were confiscated for future destruction.

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