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A South Dakotan in Iraq: Erbil residents gain ‘boring’ life others long for

August 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

One month after United States and coalition forces left Iraq, I moved there to be a legal consultant at an airport. Continue Reading

Iraqi refugee wants America to remain welcoming place

June 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Hussam Al-Kayali, who in 2007 became the first Iraqi refugee to settle in Grand Forks, said in a 2010 interview that he still sometimes wanted to cry over all he had lost, including his professional identity, but he also had found much here: work, friends, peace and security. Continue Reading

Al-Qaida in Iraq claims wave of attacks

March 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BAGHDAD An al-Qaida in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bloody attacks that killed 65 people across the country a day earlier, underscoring the terror group’s potency a decade after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. Continue Reading

Wave of Iraq blasts kill 65 decade after invasion

March 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BAGHDAD A wave of bombings tore through Iraq on Tuesday, killing 65 people on eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion and showing how unstable Iraq remains more than a year after the withdrawal of American troops. Continue Reading

FOTB: Kentucky father, son look for fresh start in Oil Patch

April 21, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

WILLISTON David Knuckles is proud of the time he spent training Iraqi police officers and helping that country rebuild, but it meant spending a lot of time away from his son. Continue Reading

5 SD Guard soldiers return from Iraq

March 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The soldiers who arrived at the Sioux Falls airport Thursday are with the 139th Brigade Support Battalion. Continue Reading

U.S. man to be released by Shiite militia after being held captive for nine months

March 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Wearing a U.S. Army uniform and flanked by Iraqi lawmakers, an American citizen announced Saturday that he was being released from more than nine months of imprisonment by a Shiite militia that for years targeted U.S. troops. Continue Reading

Love story shared with Mariah Carey provides long-delayed honeymoon trip

March 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Amber Nelson and her husband Brett recently won an all-inclusive Caribbean trip valued at more than $6,000 from the singer’s “14 Days of Forever Love” contest. Amber’s from Fertile, Minn.; Brett, a National Guardsman and Iraq war vet, is from Cavalier, N.D. Continue Reading

Army commander speaks in Crookston about cleaning up mess of Abu Ghraib prison

March 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The scandal of abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad nearly a decade ago “was primarily due to failure of leadership,” said an officer who exerted leadership there shortly after the incidents. Retired Col. Martin Breaker spoke to about 40 people Monday night at a Sons of Norway meeting. Continue Reading

25 police killed in carefully planned western Iraq shooting spree

March 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A gang of gunmen disguised in military-style uniforms and carrying forged arrest warrants killed 25 police today, then hoisted the battle flag of al-Qaida in a carefully planned early morning shooting spree in western Iraq, officials said. Continue Reading