THE UNITED STATES upset the regional balance in the Middle East when it invaded Iraq. Restoring it requires bold initiatives, but "cutting and running" must precede them all. Only a complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops — within six months
The US Air Force is asking the Pentagon's leadership for a staggering $50 billion in emergency funding for fiscal 2007 -- an amount equal to nearly half its annual budget, defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute said on Tuesday.
Increased violence is being countered by harsh new measures across the Sunni-dominated al-Anbar province west of Baghdad. "Thousands have been killed here by the Multinational Forces and Iraqi allies, and the situation is getting worse every day
Sunni insurgents have cut the roads linking the city to the rest of Iraq. The country is being partitioned as militiamen fight bloody battles for control of towns and villages north and south of the capital. As American and British political leader
Mr Kerry, speaking to a group of California university students on Monday, said: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well." He added: **QQ*
The true stories of how American troops, killed in Iraq, actually died keep spilling out. Now we learn, thanks to a reporter's FOIA request, that one of the first women to die in Iraq shot and killed herself after objecting to harsh "interro
A classified briefing prepared two weeks ago by the United States Central Command portrays Iraq as edging toward chaos, in a chart that the military is using as a barometer of civil conflict.
Hamid spoke with anger at seeing US officials on the bases pay cash to fly-by-night Iraqi agents to cart away new vehicles and spare parts - along with generators - that had been left behind by Saddam's army. The Iraqis then paid kickbacks to the
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is telling his inner circle that the situation in Iraq is "nearly out of control," according to CBS News intelligence sources. Pentagon sources tell the network that General Casey will require 100,000 more Iraqi
What I fear no one foresees is a substantial danger that we could lose the army now deployed in Iraq. I have mentioned this in previous columns, but I want to go into it here in more detail because the scenario may soon go live.
War on Want claims UK ministers are increasingly using private security firms with a total of 48,000 employees in Iraq - six to every British soldier. John Hilary, the group's campaigns and policy director, said the Iraq war "has allowed
"Benchmark" is the new White House buzzword. We're not setting a "timetable" for the withdrawal of America's 147,000 troops in Iraq. We're not putting any real heat on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. No cutting
Exploiting GOP vulnerability in the Nov. 7 elections, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki flexed his political muscle and won US agreement to lift military blockades on Sadr City and another Shiite enclave where an American soldier was abducted.
A surreal facet of the Iraq fiasco is the lag between when a fact becomes obvious and when the fiasco's architects acknowledge it.
The US defence department has set up a new unit to better promote its [war] message across 24-hour rolling news outlets, and particularly on the internet.
Nearly one of every 25 weapons the military bought for Iraqi security forces is missing, a government audit said Sunday. Many others cannot be repaired because part or technical manuals are lacking. A second report found "significant challenge
The Pentagon is buttressing its public relations staff and starting an operation akin to a political campaign war room as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld faces intensifying criticism over the Iraq war.
We should label President Bush’s Iraq policy or its effects before he and Mr. Rove dream up another demagogic phrase to attempt to hide the policy’s failure. If we’re really ambitious, we could even come up with our own slogan for a viable solution
Hossam Shaltout, a former political adviser to Saddam Hussein's son, said that before the US invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, Saddam expressed his intent to yield to all American demands, but that the Bush administration refused his offers
The war in Iraq is now reaching the point where the administration faces a choice: Bush must either escalate or get out. I'd be willing to bet the farm that he'll choose – has already chosen – the former.
With the US death toll in Iraq passing 100 this month and mid-term elections just days away, the Pentagon said the US force in Iraq has grown to 150,000 troops, the biggest it has been since January.
4 weeks ago, Congress enacted and President Bush signed the Iran Freedom Support Act, a resolution very much in the spirit of the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act. It mandates sanctions against any country aiding Iran's nuclear programs, even those to wh
The message to the Baghdad morgue was simple - they could do what they liked with the plastic handcuffs, but the metal ones were expensive and needed to be returned. The demand, made by a militia gunman who is a member of the Police Commandos, hardly
Republican Sen. John McCain, a possible 2008 presidential candidate, said Friday that the US should send another 20,000 troops to Iraq. A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain said increasing US forces would require expanding
The U.S. military has begun looking more closely at shooting attacks on troops in Iraq to establish whether they are carried out by snipers, according to a spokesman.
When George Bush became president, North Korea, Iraq, and Iran were signatories to the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and had made all their NPT proscribed materials, facilities, and activities subject to International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
After a hastily arranged video conference with George Bush, Iraq's prime minister said the US president promised to move swiftly to turn over full control of the Iraqi army to the Baghdad government. The prime minister was intentionally playing o
There still seems to be little understanding within the Pentagon and none whatsoever in the White House or among Republican congressmen as to why that policy has failed.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continued his open dispute with American officials, blaming the US-led coalition for Iraq's chaos and faulting its military strategy. His sharp comments came as the White House and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
The prospect of combat in Iraq for at least another four years is prompting the Army to realign its forces to prevent a small slice of soldiers who are shouldering much of the fighting from wearing out.