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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) this week criticized Gen. David Petraeus for not meeting with members of Congress during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to report on the status of operations in Iraq, but not only did the commander of Multinational Force - Iraq meet with hundreds of lawmakers, he personally briefed Murtha himself.Murtha told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday, "They bring Petraeus back - purely political move. Petraeus comes back here. He doesn't talk to any of us. He only talks to the news media and so forth trying to sell this program."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
Mark Finkelstein is on special assigment for Cybercast News Service in Iraq, where he is embedded with U.S. forces.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
CNSNews.com Mark Finkelstein is on special assignment for Cybercast News Service in Iraq, where he is embedded with U.S. forces. Habbaniyah, Anbar Province (CNSNews.com) - On the banks of the Euphrates River, U.S. Marines training officers for Iraq's new army say they are forming close ties with their Iraqi counterparts, despite the challenges posed by concerns that some recruits may be motivated by objectives other than ensuring their country's security.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com Mark Finkelstein is on special assignment for Cybercast News Service in Iraq, where he is embedded with U.S. forces.) Camp Al Asad, Iraq (CNSNews.com) - Staff at the surgical hospital of the Marine Combat Logistics Battalion at Camp Al Asad refer to patients who die - or arrive from the battlefield already dead - as angels. For wounded men brought here, the same term might apply to the staff members themselves.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The political debate roiling the United States over the war in Iraq does not affect the focus of the troops on the ground or their mission, a senior military officer said Thursday."One of the most important intangibles that does not make it back through the mainstream media filter [is] the sense of mission and the morale of the people who are serving here," Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) communications director Rear Admiral Mark I. Fox, told Cybercast News Service.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Military officials in Baghdad have confirmed that Shi'ite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has indeed left Iraq, and they say his departure is a positive sign for the rule of law within the country. "Sadr is definitely not in Iraq," Maj. Gen. B.William Caldwell IV, senior Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, told Cybercast News Service this week from Baghdad.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American media overstate the extent to which the Iraqi police have been infiltrated by sectarian militias, a senior U.S. military officer involved in training the Iraqis said Wednesday."When I see in the press [allegations of] huge numbers of militia infiltrations, that's where . . . I have a disconnect with the press and with their report[s]," U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker told Cybercast News Service.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Indications that the new U.S. military strategy in Iraq is starting to improve conditions in Baghdad came from an unlikely source Wednesday -- the Qatar-based al Jazeera television network."I was just earlier this afternoon [Iraq time] with Al Jazeera English, talking to their reporter," Multi-National Force spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told Cybercast News Service from Baghdad.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In what the military said was a sign of growing cooperation from Iraqi civilians, multi-national forces in Iraq recently uncovered and destroyed a terrorist bomb factory and a large cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).The raids in Mosul and Baqubah came after tip-offs from local residents.A senior military official in Iraq told Cybercast News Service that information from area residents had led coalition forces to believe that terrorists were accumulating weapons and producing IEDs at a building in the Mosul area.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton says U.S. troops in Iraq should no longer be used to protect Iraqis caught up in sectarian strife, but the most senior American enlisted soldier in Iraq believes it would be "impossible" to limit the mission along those lines.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, chief spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, on Thursday suggested there's a reason why Americans don't hear as much good news as bad news from Iraq.Caldwell told Cybercast News Service, ""Every time we get ready to talk about a good-news story [about a specific area where U.S. troops are operating], we go through a deliberative process, asking ourselves, 'Are we putting the Iraqi citizens at risk?'
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Mark Finkelstein is on special assigment for Cybercast News Service in Iraq, where he is embedded with U.S. forces.