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April 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. troops battled street-to-street with paramilitary fighters in the central Iraqi city of Karbala in a fierce assault aimed at protecting supply lines. U.S. officers said the American troops had killed about 75 Fedayeen Saddam paramilitary fighters and said six or seven U.S. soldiers had been wounded. The Iraqi fighters took up positions on rooftops in the narrow streets, firing rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. U.S.
March 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. military helicopters evacuated three Philippine soldiers wounded in a clash with Muslim extremists, officials said today. It was the closest American troops had come to the government's battle against rebels. A Philippine military spokesman said two U.S. helicopters were deployed to Basilan island late Friday after Abu Sayyaf guerrillas ambushed a Philippine army patrol, killing one soldier and wounding three.
Marine sharpshooters scanned the horizon from sandbagged machine gun nests atop the gutted U.S. Embassy here Tuesday as U.S. special envoy Robert B. Oakley bade farewell to Somalia and the 16,000 American troops he will leave behind today with the first official declaration of success and a personal confession of just one regret. During a brief ceremony under Mogadishu's blistering sun, U.S.
Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that, barring any snags, the last American troops would leave the Persian Gulf region in 2 to 2 1/2 months, which would put their final departure in middle to late June. Speaking to representatives of major wire services and newspapers, Powell said it would be more than a month before the troop level is reduced to the point that President Bush will have to decide if he wants to remove all U.S.
May 4, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made a personal appeal to American troops Friday to refrain from misconduct -- a pointed response to the recent publication of images of soldiers urinating on corpses and posing with body parts, behavior that has complicated the war in Afghanistan. In a speech at Fort Benning, Ga., Panetta was blunt in his assessment of the breakdown of discipline, saying these incidents “show a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism, and a lack of leadership.” Panetta reminded troops that they are representing the American people and they must live up to strict military standards.
November 12, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Five U.S. service members have been killed in western Iraq's Al Anbar province and the northern region of Kurdistan, military officials announced Friday. On Thursday, two American soldiers assigned to the 2nd Marine Division were shot to death near Fallouja and a Marine was killed by an improvised bomb in Karabila, a village along the Syrian border. Two military statements said all three died in combat.
September 25, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States and Panama announced that they had failed to negotiate an agreement to permit American troops to remain in Panama beyond the end of the century. The Panama Canal treaties require the departure of the soldiers by Dec. 31, 1999, when control over the waterway reverts to Panama. Since 1997, the two countries had sought to agree on establishing a multinational counternarcotics center in which military personnel from the U.S. and other hemispheric countries would take part.
March 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen warned that American troops will leave Bosnia-Herzegovina for good in mid-1998 even if Serbs, Muslims and Croats go back to war. Some European officials have suggested that a new peace force might be needed when the current NATO-led Stabilization Force leaves Bosnia. But Cohen said the U.S. would not participate in such a force because it already has committed about $6.5 billion to peacekeeping there and has other issues to face.
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