Maliki blames rise of Iraq violence on Syrian civil war

Maliki blames rise of Iraq violence on Syrian civil war

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking in Washington, blamed his country's surging violence on Syria's civil war and al-Qaida-aligned groups.
Command flag cased, Iraq war formally over

Command flag cased, Iraq war formally over

BAGHDAD, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The United States formally ended its nearly nine-year military mission in Iraq Thursday in a solemn ceremony at Baghdad's international airport.

General: Middle East goes as Iraq goes

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- A stable and self-reliant Iraq is essential to stability in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, a top military commander told U.S. lawmakers.

Iraqi militia leaders expected to return

BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. military leaders in Iraq say they are prepared for the return of militia leaders who fled to Iran for training and equipment.
U.S. troop levels in Iraq may drop

U.S. troop levels in Iraq may drop

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Improved security in Iraq means more U.S. troops will leave in 2009 regardless of which political party occupies the White House, a U.S. military expert says.
Austin: Surge draw down not hurting effort

Austin: Surge draw down not hurting effort

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Withdrawing U.S. troops in Iraq to pre-surge levels hasn't hurt the war effort, the U.S. Army's No. 2 commander in Iraq says.

May shows fewer deaths, injuries in Iraq

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- May could be among the least violent months of the Iraq war, with 18 military personnel killed during the month so far, the U.S. Defense Department said.

Report: Bush apologizes for shot-up Koran

BAGHDAD, May 20 (UPI) -- Iraqi television said President George Bush telephoned Iraq's prime minister to offer a personal apology for the desecration of a Koran by a U.S. soldier.

Odierno leaves Iraq command with praise

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A top commander in Iraq left his post Thursday lauded by top officials for instituting what the U.S. Defense Department hails as the successful troop surge.
Lloyd Austin
Gen. David H. Petraeus (R) and Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin (L) greet presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as Obama arrives at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on July 21, 2008. (UPI Photo/Lorie Jewell/U.S. Army)

Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is a United States Army general who currently serves as Commanding General, United States Forces - Iraq. On June 30, 2010, he was confirmed by the Senate to replace General Ray Odierno and to lead Operation New Dawn .

Lloyd James Austin III was born on August 8, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 1975. He also earned a Master's Degree in Education from Auburn University, and a Master's Degree in Business Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

Austin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after graduation from West Point. His initial assignment was to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Germany where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry and Scout Platoon Leader in the Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry. Following this assignment and attendance at the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he commanded the Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry and served as the Assistant S-3 (Operations) for 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

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