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Iraq war - Lawrence perspective

Demonstrators mark 5th anniversary of Iraq war with Louisiana St. march
March 20, 2008
About 40 people took to the street in protest Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. “We just have to come out and say our voice,” said Wichita State senior Janelle Bachand. “I think it’s time to get out.”
6News video: Iraq War reaches fifth year
March 19, 2008
It’s a war that’s claimed thousands of U.S. soldiers’ lives and divided a country - and it started five years ago today.
6News video: Local residents protest war with march
March 19, 2008
Some Lawrence residents mark the Iraq War’s anniversary in protest.
General: British feeling strain of war, deployments
March 15, 2008
A top British general said Friday his nation’s army is feeling the same strains as American troops are facing after multiple deployments and almost six years of war.
6News video: Students connect with soldiers in Iraq
February 28, 2008
It’s a simple gesture that has formed a heart-warming connection to soldiers at war. Free State High School students and staff now have a bond with a platoon of soldiers serving in Baghdad.
Class connects with soldier
February 28, 2008
It was a simple care package, but for Army 1st Lt. Matthew Nicholl’s platoon in Baghdad, it was a big lift. Tucked inside the package was a football autographed by the Firebird team.
High-tech war games put premium on readiness
February 25, 2008
Army Maj. Jake Peterson pondered his next steps after his armored battalion led the capture of a communications center and road network. That victory came at a price. The battalion, one of two under Peterson’s command, took a beating. “They threw everything they had at it,” Peterson said of the enemy troops trying to protect what maps on his computer screen labeled Objective Bravo. “That unit was rendered combat ineffective.”
KU to offer program for war wounded
Soldiers will be able to earn master’s degrees while serving in Army
February 7, 2008
In just five months, an idea to offer wounded soldiers the chance to obtain advanced degrees at Kansas University moved from concept to reality. During a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Leavenworth, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and U.S. Army Secretary Pete Geren announced the first eight soldiers who would be eligible to receive master’s degrees at KU, in exchange for agreeing to serve a few more years in the Army.
Soldier dies in Iraq
February 3, 2008
A soldier from Fort Riley has died in Iraq after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, the fort announced Saturday.
Yellow ribbon comes down with soldier’s return
January 27, 2008
The bright yellow ribbon that hung on a large tree in front of Carol Murray’s house caught the attention of many motorists along Kansas Highway 7.
New book guides army commanders on surviving deployment
January 27, 2008
The first 100 days are critical to a soldier deployed in a combat zone. “The enemy isn’t stupid. If they are going to attack a unit, they are going to attack one that is new, not one that’s been there 300 days,” said Col. Steve Mains, director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) at Fort Leavenworth.
2 Fort Riley soldiers killed in Iraq
January 5, 2008
An Army major from Colorado who wrote a blog from Iraq for the Rocky Mountain News was one of two Fort Riley soldiers killed during an attack by insurgents.
Son follows father into Army
January 2, 2008
With his right hand raised and a big grin on his face, Daniel Roper Jr. stood face to face with his father, repeating the oath of office that officially completed his commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. As his father, Col. Daniel Roper Sr., had done 25 years earlier in a similar ceremony, Roper Jr., a Lansing High School graduate, on Dec. 21 went one step further in his military career that started long before he entered the Kansas University Army ROTC program.
Kansas Guard units come home for holiday
December 25, 2007
Many Kansas and Missouri families got their Christmas wish this weekend, as area National Guard units returned home for the holiday before going to Iraq. A bus carrying 54 Kansas National Guard members from Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived Sunday at the armory in Lenexa, Kan.
Boyda visits Iraqi war zone, sees progress
December 25, 2007
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., who has been a vocal critic of President Bush’s policy in the war in Iraq, on Monday visited troops in Iraq and said the situation appears to be improving.