March 16, 2002 |
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.
April 6, 2003 |
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 3, 1993 |
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.
December 14, 2011 |
President Obama celebrated the soldiers who fought the Iraq war on Wednesday, marking the fulfillment of a campaign promise to bring home all U.S. forces following a nearly nine-year conflict that killed more than 4,400 U.S. soldiers. "So as your commander in chief, on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words - and I know your families agree," the president said. "Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home. " Obama, standing before a sea of paratroopers wearing maroon berets, thanked the troops returning from Iraq and hailed the country's steps toward creating an independent, democratic state.
February 23, 2012 |
On a day when President Obama personally apologized for the burning of Korans at an American-run military base, violence over the incident escalated ominously with the killing of two American troops by an Afghan army soldier during a demonstration in eastern Afghanistan. At least 13 people have been reported killed in unrest that broke out after Afghan laborers at the Bagram air base discovered late Monday that discarded Korans were being disposed of in the incinerator used to burn trash.
April 5, 1991 |
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.
January 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Friday said he is moving up the deadline for Afghan forces to take the lead in securing their own country, a decision that could speed the withdrawal of U.S. forces in the coming months. After a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House, Obama said American troops would turn over the responsibility this spring rather than in the middle of 2013, the previous target. “What's going to happen this spring is that Afghans will be in the lead throughout the country,” Obama said at a joint news conference with Karzai.
November 12, 2005 |
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.