February 26, 2012 3:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S military says it has identified the remains of the last American service member unaccounted for in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie was an Army interpreter who was born in Iraq and lived in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was kidnapped at gunpoint in October 2006... more »
January 5, 2012 9:10 PM
Iraq veteran, Brian Harper says he is beyond angry after watching a driver toss an American flag out a car window. "He just wadded it up and threw it in the street like it was mere garbage," said Harper. Harper says this happened Tuesday afternoon at the in intersection of... more »
December 15, 2011 9:44 PM
After nearly nine years, the Iraq war officially came to an end Thursday. Top military officials lowered the flag used by U.S. forces in Baghdad, signifying the withdrawal of troops. Staff Sergeant Jaime Angelle, of Breaux Bridge, was one of those soldiers. He just returned to the U.S. from Baghdad... more »
December 13, 2011 8:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says Iraqi leaders have progressed toward a stable society, but he's worried about the failure of Washington and Baghdad to negotiate a "stay-behind" U.S. force there. Cheney says the emerging democracy is "not perfect by any means, but they clearly are much... more »
October 21, 2011 10:31 PM
"As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home at the end of the year."
President Obama confirming all American troops will be pulled out of Iraq by year's end.
Friday's announcement ends months of debate over whether the United States would maintain a force... more »
September 9, 2011 5:31 PM
Nine-eleven sent shock waves through our country, placing a fear of terrorism in many people's minds. That tragic day encouraged some them to put their life on the line and fight back, like Lafayette resident Mark Graham.
He was senior at St. Thomas More when it happened.
His... more »
August 27, 2011 8:50 PM
It was 3:00 AM when Diane Adams received a heart-breaking phone call.
"I was devastated because he was my only nephew."
Adams says a man with the Red Cross was calling her family about her nephew, Evan Morter. Morter is currently serving with the Air Force, stationed in... more »
December 20, 2010 1:03 AM
Many soldiers with the 256th Infantry Brigade are back home in Acadiana...KATC'S Chris Welty was there as troops arrived at the armory in Lafayette Sunday morning.
Cheers, clapping, hugs, and tears in Lafayette as soldiers return home to their loved ones. A consensus among families all waiting to enjoy... more »
December 6, 2010 9:26 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Six members of the Louisiana Army National Guard 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were welcomed home from Iraq at Fort Humbug in Shreveport. The group arrived shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday to be greeted by friends and family. The group was the first contingent of hundreds... more »
November 11, 2010 11:45 AM
It's been more than three years since Marine Corporal Willie Celestine Junior was killed in Iraq. Today, his mother Trudy spoke to students at an assembly to honor veterans at Judice Middle School. KATC's Mike Magnoli was there. Watch his report tonight at 5 and 6 on KATC TV-3.
November 10, 2010 10:35 AM
When Christian Primeaux played football for the Sunset Redskins the other day, his mom, Melissa, was in the stands. But his dad, Chad, was on the other side of the world serving our country in Iraq.
Yellow ribbons in the family's yard and a big banner on the house... more »
August 31, 2010 9:57 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: "It's time to turn the page." Now, he said, the nation's most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy. From the Oval... more »
August 30, 2010 11:44 AM
BAGHDAD (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden returned to Iraq Monday to mark this week's formal end to U.S. combat operations and push the country's leaders to end a six-month postelection stalemate blocking formation of a new government. Wednesday's ceremony will signal a shift toward a greater U.S. diplomatic role... more »
August 19, 2010 9:51 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Nowhere was the difference between the cable news networks on starker display than in prime-time coverage on the night the last American combat brigade left Iraq following a war that started seven years and five months ago. MSNBC devoted its entire prime-time footprint to the story,... more »
August 12, 2010 7:06 PM
About a dozen National Guardsmen from the 256th Infantry Brigade made their way back home to Jeanerette. They were gone for six months, but were originally expected to be gone for an entire year. Their mission was cut short because of a reduction in the number of troops.
One... more »
August 2, 2010 11:38 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's combat role in Iraq will end Aug. 31 "as promised and on schedule." Obama tells the Disabled American Veterans organization that violence in Iraq has been at a lower ebb recently. And he says that in advance of terminating U.S. combat operations... more »
June 29, 2010 8:16 PM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Defense says a 21-year-old soldier from Epps has died in Iraq. The department announced Tuesday that Pfc. Bryant J. Haynes died June 26 of injuries from a vehicle roll-over in Al Diwaniyah. He was assigned to the 199th Support Battalion of the... more »
June 29, 2010 8:12 PM
As of Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at least 4,409 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,488 military personnel died as a result... more »
June 14, 2010 12:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana National Guard unit is in charge at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. Sgt. Tresa L. Allemang, a guard spokeswoman in Iraq, says in an e-mail that the 199th Brigade Support Battalion, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took over garrison command earlier this month. Lt.... more »
June 1, 2010 4:47 PM
As of Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at least 4,400 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,486 military personnel died as a result... more »
May 21, 2010 9:32 AM
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - More than 160 soldiers of Louisiana National Guard's 1083rd Transportation Company are scheduled to return home Saturday after a year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Denis Ricou says friends and family will welcome the troops home Saturday night as they arrive at... more »
April 1, 2010 4:50 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is suing KBR Inc., the largest contractor in Iraq, over what prosecutors say were improper charges to the Army for private security services. The Houston-based KBR Inc. is a former subsidiary of Halliburton Co. It recently won a new contract potentially worth more than... more »
March 1, 2010 7:23 PM
For three days, members of the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard will savor home life, before deploying to Iraq for one year. One Acadiana soldier's family has made sure he's still "present," while away at war. "Are you gonna write me letters while I'm overseas? You gonna... more »
February 22, 2010 1:12 PM
Practicing for real-life situations is a key part of the soldiers' training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
Simulations help the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for what they could face in Iraq.
"Communication is key-- make sure everyone communicates in the vehicle, my gunman and my driver,... more »
January 6, 2010 4:22 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Heath Stoute served with the Louisiana National Guard the last time the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq in 2004-05. He headed back to the Middle East last week, joining about 3,000 other National Guard personnel in deployment ceremonies throughout the state. But much... more »
December 30, 2009 1:31 PM
Twin bombings - one an assassination attempt against an Iraqi provincial governor - killed 23 people and wounded the governor Wednesday in the worst violence in months to hit the western province that was once al-Qaida's top stronghold in Iraq.
Also on Wednesday, a British hostage held for more... more »
December 30, 2009 11:36 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Ceremonies are planned throughout the state next week as about 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare to deploy for duty in Iraq.
The main headquarters ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7, at Lafayette's Cajundome Convention... more »
November 15, 2009 6:48 PM
Families try their best to prepare for when their loved ones get deployed, but what about the little ones?
The Louisiana National Guard has been holding pre-deployment workshops all month to teach families how to deal.
Five-year-old twins Christian and Athen Sellers, are struggling to handle their father... more »