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  • US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    August 27, 2014 8:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants. The imperiled town of Amirli ('Ah-mur-lee) is about 105 miles north of Baghdad and just a... more »
  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    August 21, 2014 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam. The Islamic State group had gained control of large swaths of western and northern Iraq... more »
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    August 21, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change U.S. lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. President Barack Obama says the U.S. won't scale back its military posture in Iraq in response to James Foley's killing. But he's offering no specifics... more »
  • US officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

    August 20, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad. A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final decision yet... more »
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    August 20, 2014 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being... more »
  • Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State Play Video

    August 20, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against... more »
  • Obama to speak on Iraq, Missouri

    August 18, 2014 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to speak Monday about the situations in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri, after meeting with top aides on both trouble spots. The White House says Obama will issue a statement on both developments later Monday afternoon. Obama met with his national security team Monday... more »
  • 15 new US airstrikes in northern Iraq

    August 18, 2014 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Monday the U.S. had no indication of the dam's imminent failure, but the... more »
  • Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    August 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers are considering whether... more »
  • Iraqi forces reclaim control of Mosul Dam Play Video

    August 18, 2014 4:29 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's army spokesman says security forces and Kurdish fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam, the country's largest, from Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago. Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi told The Associated Press that Kurdish peshmerga forces and Iraqi anti-terrorism troops retook... more »
  • Obama back in Washington on rare vacation break

    August 18, 2014 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama's return remains unclear, though... more »
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    August 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq's largest dam in... more »
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State Play Video

    August 14, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum. For... more »
  • U.S officials may send more advisors to Iraq

    August 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The additional advisers would help decide any future U.S. military action based off of the Kurdish force reaction on airstrikes targeted on Islamic extremist fighters. There are already 250... more »
  • US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

    August 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The U.S. Central Command issued a brief statement saying the Tuesday morning attack targeted a mortar position that was firing on members of the Kurdish militia. ... more »
  • Obama calls for new Iraqi government

    August 11, 2014 4:29 PM

    CHILMARK, MA - President Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. In brief remarks delivered at his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he and Vice... more »
  • US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

    August 11, 2014 3:35 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq. The U.S. previously had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government. The officials wouldn't say which U.S. agency is... more »
  • Obama: Airstrikes have destroyed arms, equipment

    August 9, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have succeeded in destroying arms and equipment that could have been used against the Kurdish capital of Irbil. He says humanitarian efforts continue to airdrop food and water to persecuted religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop, and he says planning... more »
  • US Officials: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

    August 8, 2014 3:01 PM

    NEW DELHI - American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the strikes by name, say unmanned aircraft struck a mortar... more »
  • US launches first airstrikes in Iraq

    August 8, 2014 8:19 AM

    NEW DELHI - The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. President Barack... more »
  • President: we can not turn blind eye to genocide Play Video

    August 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    WASHINGTON- In an address to the nation that interrupted television shows Thursday, the president said he authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil, where the U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center. ... more »
  • Iraqi airstrikes target Sunni militants

    July 4, 2014 4:17 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A spokesman for Iraqi counterterrorism forces says government airstrikes have targeted a group of Sunni militants trying to overrun the country's largest oil refinery, and claims as many as 30 insurgents were killed. Sabah al-Nuaman says a government plane targeted around eight vehicles attacking military forces defending... more »
  • Busy weekend of holiday travel begins Play Video

    July 3, 2014 9:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A busy weekend of holiday travel is now underway. An estimated 41 million Americans will getaway for the Independence Day weekend, but many people won't be satisfied with a three day weekend. A lot of families are stretching out the holiday and hitting the road today.... more »
  • UN: More than 2,400 killed in Iraq in June

    July 1, 2014 2:05 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The United Nations says more than 2,400 people were killed in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest month so far in the country this year. The U.N. mission to Iraq said in a statement released Tuesday that at least 2,417 people were killed in the... more »
  • Obama sending 200 more US troops to Iraq

    June 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect... more »
  • Rights group: Iraq militants executed 160 captives

    June 27, 2014 2:16 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Human Rights Watch says Iraqi insurgents executed at least 160 captives earlier this month, based on an analysis of satellite imagery and grisly photos released by the militants. The U.S.-based rights group said Friday that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant killed between... more »
  • Officials say Iraq pullout hurt US spying

    June 26, 2014 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former officials say CIA officers in Iraq have been hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011. They say that's a big reason the U.S. was caught flat-footed by the recent offensive by a Sunni-backed, al-Qaida-inspired group... more »
  • Iraqi PM calls on Iraqi politicians to unite

    June 25, 2014 5:15 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister has called on his nation's political blocs to close ranks in the face of Sunni militants but gave no concrete promise of greater political inclusiveness for minority Sunnis. U.S. officials have pressed for the next Iraqi government to be more inclusive, seeking to draw... more »
  • Kerry confronts threat of new war in Iraq Play Video

    June 23, 2014 2:10 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq, where a nation that saw the departure of American troops just three years ago now faces threat of a civil war. Kerry's scheduled to meet Monday with Iraq's Shiite prime minister and top Sunni and Kurdish leaders.... more »
  • Obama: US will send up to 300 military to Iraq

    June 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting. The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team. Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but... more »
  • Militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery

    June 18, 2014 2:59 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq- A top security official in Iraq says Islamic militants are attacking the country's largest oil refinery, some 155 miles north of the capital, Baghdad. The official said fighters of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began their attack late Monday night and it continued into... more »
  • Crisis in Iraq could affect you at the pump Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The summer driving season is here, which means higher prices at the pump. The conflict in Iraq could cause gas costs to rise even more. Islamic militants have been marching around the country, capturing cities and slaughtering members of the Iraqi military. They have captured several... more »
  • US forces move into Iraq with security mission

    June 17, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial... more »
  • Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq. Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in... more »
  • Kerry: US open to talks with Iran over Iraq

    June 16, 2014 7:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists. Kerry also says U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.... more »
  • Obama heads back to Washington facing Iraq choice

    June 16, 2014 2:17 AM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - President Barack Obama is returning to Washington faced with a choice on Iraq. Obama was wrapping up a four-day weekend in the Palm Springs area Monday. The White House says Obama got several updates on a violent insurgency bringing chaos to Iraq during his getaway with... more »
  • Obama on Iraq security: 'We can't do it for them'

    June 13, 2014 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Iraq's government must make a sincere effort to address sectarian differences, or else U.S. military help won't succeed in curbing the insurgency there. He says, quote, "We can't do it for them." Obama says the U.S. won't send troops back into Iraq. But he... more »
  • Sunni militants capture 2 towns north of Baghdad

    June 13, 2014 2:52 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials say al-Qaida-inspired militants who this week seized much of the country's Sunni heartland have pushed into an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad, capturing two towns there. Police officials said Friday that militants driving on machinegun-mounted pickups entered the towns of Jalula and Sadiyah in... more »
  • Americans being evacuated from Iraqi air base

    June 12, 2014 1:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say three planeloads of Americans are being evacuated from a major Iraqi air base in Sunni territory north of Baghdad to escape potential threats from a fast-moving insurgency. A current U.S. official and a former senior Obama administration official say that means the American training mission at... more »
  • Iraq Sunni militant group vows to march on Baghdad Play Video

    June 12, 2014 3:11 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An al-Qaida-inspired group has vowed to march on to Baghdad after seizing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq. A spokesman for the Islamic State of Iran and the Levant says the group has old scores to settle with the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The spokesman, Abu Mohammed... more »
  • US urges Iraqi unity to defeat violent insurgency

    June 11, 2014 2:38 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a Sunni Muslim insurgency gains ground in Iraq, the United States is pondering whether the violent march could be slowed with new leadership in Baghdad after years of divisive policies. But with no obvious replacement for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - and no apparent intent on... more »
  • Iraq: Bombs kills at least 11 people in market

    April 29, 2014 4:12 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Officials say a back-to-back bomb attack in an outdoor market northeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 11 people. A police officer says Tuesday's attack took place in the town of al-Saadiyah, 140 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Baghdad. He added that at least 19... more »
  • At least 25 killed in Iraq bombings

    April 25, 2014 12:14 PM

    BAGHDAD - At least 25 people have been killed in a series of bombings in Iraq. The bombings were at a campaign rally for the militant Shiite group in Baghdad. The explosions struck Friday as 10,000 supporters of Asaib Ahl al-Haq gathered at the Industrial Stadium in eastern... more »
  • Suicide bombing, other attacks kill 25 in Iraq

    September 14, 2013 12:40 PM

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi officials say at least 25 people have been killed in a series of attacks across the country today. Authorities say 20 were killed and 35 wounded when a suicide bomber set off an explosive belt during a funeral attended by members of the Shabak ethnic minority near... more »
  • Bomb, mortar attacks kill 8 in Iraq

    August 4, 2013 10:31 AM

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi authorities say bomb and mortar attacks across the country have killed eight people, including a judge. Police officials say a roadside bomb struck an army patrol near the northern city of Mosul early Sunday, killing three soldiers. In Tikrit, in central Iraq, a car bomb killed judge... more »
  • Iraq: Wave of evening bombings kills at least 15

    July 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi authorities say a wave of new explosions has struck cities south of Baghdad, killing at least 15 and wounding dozens. Police say the deadly blasts struck shortly before the evening iftar meal that ends the daylong fast during the holy month of Ramadan. They reported four dead... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to remember the sacrifice of service members

    May 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of the country's fighting men and women. And he says we should "never forget that the nation is still at war," even though the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's... more »
  • 8 police kidnapped in western Iraq

    May 18, 2013 10:48 AM

    BAGHDAD - Police officials say gunmen have kidnapped eight Iraqi policemen who were guarding a post on the main highway to Jordan and Syria. Two officials say the abductions happened Saturday on the desert road west of Baghdad. Violence has spiked in Iraq in recent days, with bombings and other... more »
  • Women in combat: Baton Rouge veterans respond Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on combat for women and said, "if they can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve." With those words, roles are changed. A change that will open over 200,000 jobs including infantry,... more »
  • Veteran's body found in Mississippi River

    November 13, 2012 10:26 AM

    VENTRESS - The body of an Iraqi War veteran, who authorities say jumped off the Audubon Bridge on Nov. 4, has been recovered. Capt. Steve Juge of the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office, says the body of 32-year-old Dusty Brouillette, of Baton Rouge, was found about 4:35 p.m. Sunday... more »
  • Hearing airs sex crimes case against US general

    November 5, 2012 10:53 AM

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army prosecutors are charging a general with sex crimes against five women, including four military subordinates and a civilian. The first details of the charges filed in September emerged at a military justice hearing Monday for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair at Fort Bragg in North... more »
  • Obama orders new sanctions on Iran

    July 31, 2012 1:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is leveling new sanctions on banks in China and Iraq that the White House says have helped Iran evade international sanctions. The new penalties target China's Bank of Kunlun and Iraq's Elaf Islamic Bank. In a statement, Obama says the sanctions make clear that the... more »
  • Excerpts from President Obama's address tonight

    May 1, 2012 5:51 PM

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN - President Barack Obama says the U.S. is emerging from more than a decade under the "dark cloud of war," with the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ending and the war in Iraq now over. In excerpts released ahead of a televised address Tuesday, President Obama... more »
  • March deaths Iraq's lowest since 2003

    April 2, 2012 7:26 AM

    BAGHDAD - Official figures showed that March saw the lowest monthly death toll in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The figures compiled by the defense, interior and health ministries were released late Sunday, showing 112 dead and 357 wounded last month. Those who made up the death toll... more »
  • Army ID's remains of last missing soldier in Iraq

    February 26, 2012 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON- The U.S military says it has identified the remains of the last American service member unaccounted for in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie was an Army interpreter who was born in Iraq and lived in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was kidnapped at gunpoint in October 2006 when he... more »
  • Congress members urge Iraq to buy US rice

    February 24, 2012 2:28 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - Congress members from the largest rice-growing states are urging Iraq to resume buying U.S. long-grain rice, calling the country's standards "unreasonable." The Associated Press received a copy Friday of a letter the bipartisan group sent to Iraqi Minister of Trade Khair Alla Babaker. Congress members... more »
  • Death toll rises in Baghdad explosions

    December 22, 2011 7:31 AM

    BAGHDAD (AP) - A series of explosions rocked Baghdad Thursday morning, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds more. Iraqi officials say the death toll has climbed to 57 and nearly 200 people were wounded in the attacks. Two roadside bombs exploded in western Baghdad while another blast... more »
  • Symbolic flag lowering ends U.S. mission in Iraq

    December 15, 2011 7:22 AM

    BAGHDAD - The United States military has retired the flag of the U.S. Forces-Iraq that has flown for nearly nine years, officially bringing an end to the war. Troops lowered the flag and wrapped it in camouflage, formally "casing" it, according to Army tradition. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon... more »
  • With abuse increasing, Army limits addictive meds

    July 11, 2011 1:25 PM

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - The Army is restricting how many prescription painkillers soldiers can buy at one time as it responds to rising abuse of potentially addictive drugs. Many troops are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with chronic pain from combat or training injuries. Army data requested... more »
  • US military: 2 US soldiers killed in southern Iraq

    June 14, 2011 6:09 AM

    BAGHDAD- The U.S. military says two American soldiers have been killed while conducting operations in southern Iraq. The statement released today didn't give details on the operations, saying only the two were killed Monday. They were not identified pending notification of next of kin. The new deaths bring to 4,462... more »
  • Officials: 5 US troops killed by rocket

    June 6, 2011 5:26 AM

    BAGHDAD- Iraqi security officials say that a rocket attack has killed five American troops in Iraq. Two Iraqi security officials say a barrage of at least three rockets hit an Iraqi base in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning and killed the five American troops. Earlier, the U.S. military said in... more »
  • La. National Guard hosts deployment ceremony

    January 3, 2011 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana National Guard is hosting a deployment ceremony for the 239th Military Police Company which is headed to Iraq for a year. The Carville-based unit, made up of about 115 soldiers, will train Iraqi police in support of Operation New Dawn. They will conduct mobilization... more »
  • Obama places Thanksgiving call to troops overseas

    November 25, 2010 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called 10 members of the armed services stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan to wish them and their families a happy Thanksgiving. The White House says Obama thanked two each from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy for their service and... more »
  • Blasts kill at least 62 across Baghdad

    November 2, 2010 1:00 PM

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi hospital and police officials say blasts ripping through Baghdad's mostly Shiite neighborhoods have killed at least 62 people and wounded another 180. The blasts took place in at least 10 neighborhoods across the capital Tuesday evening. Officials said the blasts involved booby-trapped cars, roadside bombs... more »
  • Iranian leader defends 9/11 statement

    September 24, 2010 12:43 PM

    The Iranian president is defending his remarks at the U.N. in which he claimed most people in the world believe the United States was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He also is challenging the United Nations to set up a commission to study the attacks. "I... more »
  • Soldiers show off SEC pride while serving in Iraq

    September 10, 2010 11:06 AM

    Football fever has spread all the way to Iraq, where soldiers from Louisiana’s National Guard recently displayed their SEC pride. Members of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry regiment based in Shreveport received a pair of LSU flags signed by members of the Tigers football team. The regiment posed for photos... more »
  • Iraq veteran: 'Operation may be over, but war isn't'

    August 31, 2010 10:33 PM

    More than 4,400 troops died in the seven-year war in Iraq out of more than a million and a half that served. One survivor, a Baton Rouge native, said he's relieved the combat mission is over but does not think this is the end of the war. After six... more »
  • On day Iraq combat mission ends, Obama phones Bush

    August 31, 2010 11:09 AM

    As he prepares to herald the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, President Barack Obama has spoken by phone to former President George W. Bush. Aides say Obama placed the call from Air Force One Tuesday as he flew to Fort Bliss in Texas to speak to... more »
  • Obama to address nation to mark end of Iraq combat

    August 25, 2010 3:27 PM

    President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office and also visit troops at Fort Bliss in Texas on Tuesday to mark the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made the announcement Wednesday. Obama promised in 2009 to end the formal... more »
  • White House says Iraq drawdown "truly remarkable"

    August 24, 2010 10:46 AM

    The White House is hailing the Iraq troop drawdown as a "truly remarkable achievement." White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan gave that assessment to reporters Tuesday as the U.S. troop level in Iraq sank below 50,000 for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion over seven years ago. Brennan was... more »
  • White House says Obama is Christian, prays daily

    August 19, 2010 1:09 PM

    The White House says President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily. White House spokesman Bill Burton made the remark Thursday, hours after a poll showed 18 percent of Americans think Obama is Muslim, up from 11 percent who thought so last year. A third think he's... more »
  • Obama: End of US combat role in Iraq 'on schedule'

    August 2, 2010 11:00 AM

    President Barack Obama says America's combat role in Iraq will end Aug. 31 "as promised and on schedule." Obama tells the Disabled American Veterans organization that violence in Iraq has been at a lower ebb recently. And he says that in advance of terminating U.S. combat operations there, hundreds... more »
  • War general says US exit from Iraq on track

    July 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says Baghdad's political troubles won't keep American troops from leaving the country as planned at the end of 2011. Gen. Raymond Odierno says the Iraqi security forces are doing much of the work already and that security has improved significantly. Odierno says... more »
  • 50 Iraqi sailors trained for patrol boats in La.

    July 16, 2010 2:46 PM

    The Navy announces the graduation of the first 50 Iraqi sailors to go through patrol boat training in Louisiana. The 90-day course was held at Swiftships Shipbuilding LLC of Morgan City, which is building 15 of the 35-meter boats for the Iraqi Navy. The course includes classroom, simulator... more »
  • New al-Qaida threat: Somali group claims blast

    July 12, 2010 12:49 PM

    East Africa saw the emergence of a new international terrorist group Monday, as Somalia's most dangerous al-Qaida-linked militia claimed responsibility for the twin bombings in Uganda that killed 74 people during the World Cup. The claim by al-Shabab, whose fighters are trained by militant veterans of the conflicts in... more »
  • Marine's Mattis to take over Central Command

    July 8, 2010 1:21 PM

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command. Mattis would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the top U.S. and NATO military officer there. Mattis is a blunt-talking seasoned war veteran best known for... more »
  • Army investigating leak; soldier detained, not charged

    June 7, 2010 3:50 PM

    The Army says a soldier suspected of leaking a military video that shows Apache helicopters gunning down unarmed men in Iraq in 2007 hasn't been charged. Army Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Md., is being held in Kuwait pending the results of an investigation. A director of the... more »
  • Scammers hit top Iraq general's Facebook page

    June 6, 2010 9:20 AM

    The top American general in Iraq says scammers have been making use of his Facebook page. Looking at General Ray Odierno's Facebook page, you find out he's an Aerosmith fan -- and that Animal House is one of his favorite movies. If you see a plea for money, though,... more »
  • Oil spill keeps pilots almost as busy as war

    May 28, 2010 5:14 AM

    The commander of the Louisiana National Guard's State Aviation Command says the Gulf oil spill is keeping pilots and crews almost as busy as war duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Col. Patrick R. Bossetta says that when all the pilots are counted, they're flying 40 to 50 hours a day.... more »
  • La. Guard troops moving to Baghdad

    May 27, 2010 5:22 AM

    Louisiana National Guard troops will provide security in the International Zone in Baghdad. 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment, known as the Washington Artillery, has about 400 soldiers in Iraq. Based at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, the unit has been providing convoy escort services from a base in southern... more »
  • US reconsidering pace of Iraq troop withdrawl

    May 11, 2010 12:30 PM

    Worries over violence fueled by Iraq's political instability have forced U.S. commanders to reconsider the pace of a major pullout this summer without overstepping a deadline to cut the military's presence by nearly half by the end of August. Under a plan by the top U.S. commander in Iraq,... more »
  • Ceremony held for 3,500 Louisiana soldiers leaving for Iraq

    March 5, 2010 12:24 PM

    With a full-throated shout of "Tiger Brigade, Sir! Who dat!" the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade came to attention Friday morning during a ceremony at a National Guard camp in Mississippi. The ceremony was held to mark the brigade's second deployment to Iraq. About 400 soldiers from... more »
  • La. National Guard deploys

    March 5, 2010 6:54 AM

    A huge send-off is expected at Camp Shelby today as the 256th Infantry Brigade deploys for its second tour in Iraq. Nearly 11,500 people are expected to show up at the nation's largest state-owned military training site in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 3,500 Louisiana soldiers will be deployed to protect military bases... more »
  • MADD concerned over possible loss of witness testimony

    March 3, 2010 4:52 PM

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving is concerned over the possible loss of witness testimony surrounding a drunk driving case in Pointe Coupee Parish. The case involves 23-year-old Victoria Gosserand. Investigators say she was drunk when she smashed into another car that killed Terri Parker. The crash also badly injured the... more »
  • Soldier support meeting scheduled in Plaquemine

    December 10, 2009 5:00 PM

    A new system of support is in place for soldiers and their families. It'll be tested when about 100 National Guard troops, based out of Plaquemine, are deployed to Iraq next month. The Army has set up a series of briefings for families and members of the community. ... more »
  • Car bombs rock Baghdad

    October 25, 2009 10:43 AM

    At least 136 people are dead and as many as 600 more wounded after two powerful car bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad. The bombs went off less than a minute apart in parking lots near the headquarters of the Baghdad provincial administration and the Ministry of Justice building. The area... more »
  • More U.S. troops may be heading home from Iraq

    September 29, 2009 9:28 PM

    As many as 4,000 more U.S. troops will be heading home from Iraq by the end of October. Members of Congress will get more details Wednesday from General Ray Odierno. The top general in Iraq is expected to present data showing violence there has been significantly reduced. more »
  • Soldier to be buried in Denham Springs

    September 28, 2009 5:58 PM

    UPDATE: Army Specialist Michael Coté will be buried Tuesday in Denham Springs. Coté was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Iraq earlier this month. He was 20 years old. The funeral begins at 10 a.m. at Seale Funeral Home. People plan to line Range Avenue at 11 a.m.... more »
  • La. National Guard training Iraqi Police

    September 18, 2009 9:11 PM

    The Louisiana National Guard is helping train Iraq's federal police force. Members of the guard's 225th Engineer Brigade have been working with Iraq's 2nd Federal Police Division near Alexandria, Louisiana at Fort Polk. The police division mans checkpoints in Baghdad. The training includes how to detect the roadside... more »
  • Iraqi police get training from La. National Guard

    September 18, 2009 5:27 AM

    Members of the guard's 225th Engineer Brigade have been working with Iraq's 2nd Federal Police Division at Fort Polk. The police division mans checkpoints in Baghdad. Fort Polk officials said the Iraqis received and will continue to get training from the guard on how to detect the roadside bombs known... more »
  • Louisiana contracter killed in Iraq

    September 14, 2009 7:27 AM

    Military officials say Lucas Vinson, a civilian contractor from Leesville, Louisiana, was shot and killed on a U.S. installation in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. An American soldier has been detained. Vinson was shot yesterday morning while at Camp Speicher while he was working for Houston-based KBR. more »
  • National Guard Recruiting Strong

    September 13, 2009 2:22 PM

    Despite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, recruiting for the Louisiana National Guard remains strong. Recruiting numbers averaged higher in the past three years than when the wars first started. According to military leaders, it has a lot to do with incentives and benefits. The National Guard had to... more »

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