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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.
June 22, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
U.S. troops working the streets of the capital fear one Iraqi weapon more than others -- a copper-plated explosive that can penetrate armor and has proved devastating to Humvees and even capable of severely damaging tanks. The power of what the military calls an EFP -- for explosively formed penetrator, or projectile -- to spray molten metal balls that punch through the armor on vehicles has some American troops rethinking their tactics. They are asking whether the 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.
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.
September 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
American troops in Saudi Arabia soon may have at least one comfort of home--television. Plans are being laid to bring news, sports and entertainment shows to troops taking part in Operation Desert Shield, and the U.S. military is ironing out final details with Saudi authorities, said Lt. Col. David MacNamee of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. The programming will be an extension of the non-commercial TV already broadcast to U.S.
February 21, 1991
A rally in support of American troops in the Persian Gulf War will be held Saturday at Jose San Martin Park in Lakewood. Mayor Wayne Piercy is scheduled to speak at the 1 p.m. event, which will also be attended by the Lakewood High School ROTC color guard. Participants in the rally are being asked to bring American flags. The purpose is to demonstrate support and encouragement to families with relatives serving in Operation Desert Storm, said Louise Riffle.
February 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. troops are ready to take casualties to help the Philippines fight Muslim extremist guerrillas holding an American couple, Brig. Gen. Donald Wurster, head of the American forces, said in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao. As part of a training exercise, 160 U.S. Special Forces troops from a 660-strong American contingent would observe Filipinos battling Abu Saayaf guerrillas on nearby Basilan island. American troops cannot engage in combat but will be armed for self-defense.
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