Monday, February 11, 2008

Good news from Iraq - February 12, 2008

Top generals in Baghdad hold joint press conference

BAGHDAD - The top-ranking Iraqi general in Baghdad stood side-by-side with the commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division - Baghdad to answer questions for Iraqi and western media during a joint press conference at the media center here.

Iraqi Gen. Abud Qanbar Hashim, commander, Baghdad Operations Command, and Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, a Hattiesburg, Miss., native, who is the Commanding general of the 4th Inf. Div. and MND-B, responded to queries regarding topics such as current trends in terrorist attacks and recent violence against the Iraqi population. The primary mission of both Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces is to protect the people of Iraq, said Hammond. While al-Qaeda is a determined enemy, CF and ISF remain even more determined to keep violence in the area down. "We will continue to extend our presence across Baghdad and maintain constant pressure upon the enemy," Hammond said.

The Iraqi army plans to keep expanding by adding more units, said Abud. "Terrorism cannot be solved only by an increase in military forces," said Abud. "The only hope is by increased intelligence. Iraqi Security Forces have taken the initiative in attacking al-Qaeda - not vice versa." Both leaders reiterated that they are part of one team fighting against a common enemy, united to protect the population and wipe out the threat of terrorism as the nation of Iraq rebuilds itself as an independent, self-sufficient democracy.

MND-B Soldiers bring gifts to village school children

BAYRK, Iraq - Making a positive impact on the lives of Iraqis, no matter how small, is a big part of current operations by Coalition Forces in the Fahama region. Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, made an impact by bringing presents to school children in Bayrk, a rural village in Fahama. Upon arriving at the school, the Soldiers passed out backpacks, pencils and stuffed animals to the eager children who swarmed around them.

Pfc. Dennis Romans, helped hand out the treats to the children, which he said reminded him of giving presents to his own three children. "I just like seeing them smile". "We try to bring out snacks and toys and sometimes pens," Romans said. "We're in an area where the kids don't have access to the things they need. I think they truly appreciate it." Soldiers wrapped up the gift-giving mission to Bayrk by searching for more ways to help the people.

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain 2 terror suspects, kill 3 terrorists in separate operations

BALAD, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, detained two terror suspects and killed three terrorists in separate operations. In the village of Mashraf, Iraqi and U.S. Forces detained two members of an al-Qaeda in Iraq cell. Near the city of Tal Afar, an Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics Team, together with U.S. Special Forces, conducted an operation to detain two suspected terrorist cell leaders. During the course of the operation, the assault force came under small-arms fire. The assault force returned fire, killing three terrorists.

Multi-National Corps - Iraq

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