President Bush, just back from Iraq, dismissed calls for a U.S. withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.
Private military contractors are earning billions of dollars in Iraq -- much of it from U.S. taxpayers. Business is booming for those willing to tackle one of the most dangerous jobs on Earth. Lucrative U.S. government contracts go to firms called
Coalition and Afghan forces are conducting their biggest counterinsurgency operation since the Taliban regime fell in late 2001 and are preparing to move into new insurgent strongholds. Involving 11,000 coalition troops -- including from Britain, Can
Iraq's prime minister launched the biggest security crackdown in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, with tens of thousands of security forces deploying throughout the capital on Wednesday and increased checkpoints causing some traffic jams.
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A provincial council in southern Iraq has suspended all cooperation with the British military after overnight clashes between troops and Shiite militiamen left five Iraqis dead.
According to an earlier account, Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, a 35-year-old mother of two, was killed in firing along with her 57-year-old cousin Saliha Mohammed Hassan when they were being transported to a hospital for Nabiha to give birth.
Iraq's prime minister set in motion the biggest security crackdown in Baghdad with 75,000 Iraqi and US troops to deploy. Plans for an extended curfew and a weapons ban, would show "no mercy" to terrorists six days after al-Zarqawi was k
Is the Project for the New American Century, which did so much to promote the invasion of Iraq and an Israel-centered "global war on terror," closing down? The group was "heading toward closing" with the feeling of "goal acco
In the wake of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, 48% believe the US probably or definitely will win the war, up from 39% in April. It also found that 47% believe things are going well in Iraq, up from 38% in March.
President Bush proposed today that Iraq create a national fund to use its oil revenues for national projects, as part of a strategy to build loyalty to the new government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. [Cuz our treasury's worked so well.
Iraq has formally notified the U.N. Security Council that it wants the U.S.-led multinational force to remain in place for now as Iraqi troops and police are not yet ready to ensure security on their own. "While great achievements have been g
Western diplomats and disarmament experts reacted with alarm to Afghan government plans to arm hundreds of southern villagers against resurgent Taliban fighters. "There is considerable disquiet," said the director of a national disarmament
More Americans expressed optimism about the war in Iraq after the killing of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, suggests a CNN poll, but a majority still believes the invasion was a mistake.
His administration is eager to capitalize on the killing of Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq and mastermind of some of the bloodiest bombings since a 2003 U.S.-led invasion (Here we go)
Until the end of 2004, Zarqawi was an al-Qaeda outsider . His myth was the product of American and British propaganda to justify a preventtive strik in Iraq. Colin Powell's announcement of Feb 5, 2003 - "Iraq today harbors a deadly terrori
[Spinning suicide to see what sticks.] A top US official has described the suicides of three detainees at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a "good PR move to draw attention".
A medic spent about 20 minutes trying to save Abu Musab al-Zarqawi even as blood ran from the terrorist's mouth after the airstrike that mortally wounded him, the U.S. military said. But the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was not wearing the suicide
Iran said that it accepted some parts of a Western offer aimed at getting Tehran to drop its nuclear program, but it rejected others while calling the central point ambiguous. Iran said the key issue of uranium enrichment needed clarification.
Al-Qaida in Iraq named a successor to al-Zarqawi and said he would stick to the slain leader's path attacks on Shiites as well as on US and Iraqi forces. Identified as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer appeared to be a foreign Arab, like his predecessor.
The U.S. military has concluded its investigation into a video that appeared to show private security contractors shooting at civilian vehicles driving on highways in Iraq and determined that no one involved will be charged with a crime.
American investigators are exploiting the intelligence bonanza found in the rural safe house north of Baghdad where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, was killed last Wednesday. [Just in time for the elections.]
America plans to retain a garrison of 50,000 troops, one tenth of its entire army, in Iraq for years to come, according to US media reports. Military planners have begun to assess the costs of keeping a 50,000-man force in Iraq for a protracted perio
During the days of the Nixon Watergate scandal investigation, reporter Bob Woodward was famously advisded by his mysterious source, Deep Throat, to "follow the money" as a way of cracking the story. Well, there's a lot of money to foll
Fears of an imminent offensive by the U.S. troops massed around the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi intensified Saturday, with residents pouring out of the city to escape what they describe as a mounting humanitarian crisis.
An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene of the U.S. airstrike targeting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the al Qaeda leader.
He was still alive and moaning from an injury to his head when American helicopters and Humvees arrived at the scene. It had taken seven Iraqi men to drag him from the rubble minutes after the American air strike on the farmhouse where he was staying
It seemed puzzling, too, given the destruction and the condition of the other bodies, how Mr. Zarqawi's head and upper body — shown on televisions across the world — could have remained largely intact.
The camp commander said the two Saudis and a Yemeni were "committed" and had killed themselves in "an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us".
From the moment President Bush introduced him to the American people in October 2002, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi served a crucial purpose for the administration, providing a tangible focus for its insistence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was linked t