March 26, 2003 |
The Pentagon's decision to enter combat with far fewer tanks, artillery and heavy infantry than in the 1991 Persian Gulf War is coming under fire -- not only from Saddam Hussein's forces in the desert but also from former U.S. commanders at home. In addition to starting out with fewer forces, critics say, the coalition is hampered by the absence of the 4th Infantry Division -- a massive armored force that was sidelined last month when Turkey refused to allow U.S.
March 21, 2005 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday that he regretted that the United States had not been able to invade Iraq through Turkey, because Iraqi military and intelligence forces in the north of the country melted away to form the insurgency now battling U.S. and Iraqi troops. Rumsfeld also urged the new government in Iraq to be "darned careful" to avoid staffing the country's security services with patronage appointments that could undermine their effectiveness.
November 28, 2003 |
The pace of the guerrilla war in Iraq slowed enough for more than 100,000 American troops to pause briefly with tens of thousands of civilian workers for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday before returning to their dangerous jobs. On a day largely free of insurgent attacks, about 3,500 soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade in Tikrit created a festive atmosphere, tinged with homesickness, for a few, fleeting hours. Their commander, Col.
December 15, 2004 |
The Pentagon announced Tuesday which ground units it would be sending to Iraq and Afghanistan starting in mid-2005. The units, which will deploy between mid-2005 and mid-2006, will maintain the current level of U.S. forces in each country, excluding the extra troops being sent to provide security during Iraqi elections scheduled for January, military officials said. About 138,000 troops are in Iraq and 18,000 in Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2004 |
The family of Army Sgt. Eliu A. Mier remembers him as a young man devoted to his family, especially his wife and son. "As soon as I touch American soil, I want to see all my family," the 27-year-old soldier recently told his sister, Ruth Vallejo, as they talked about his return home from Iraq within a few weeks. But Mier was killed Jan. 31 when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy in the northern city of Kirkuk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2003
The Defense Department last week also identified the following American military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan: Phillip R. Albert, 41, of Terryville, Conn.; sergeant major, Army. Albert was aboard an MH-53 helicopter conducting combat operations when it crashed Nov. 23 in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Ft. Drum, N.Y. * Damian S. Bushart, 22, of Waterford, Mich.; private first class, Army.