The gulf's 2 military powers, Sunni-Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, are lining up behind their warring religious brethren in Iraq in a potentially explosive showdown, as expectations grow that America is preparing a pull-out of its troops.
“If it depends on circumstances on the ground it’s not a lot different than what President Bush is saying. Kissinger came out with the same type of thing in the 1960s and three years later we got out of there, but we lost 20,000 troops.”
Leading Democrats say that any exit strategy must be bipartisan. While eager to respect commitments to voters, Democrats don't want to own a war that is already beyond winning - or to be tagged with the consequences of a botched exit.
Finally, a death threat persuaded Majed and Mondhir Hatem Waheed to leave the neighborhood of Dora where they grew up and, together with their wives and children, join 24 relatives in an uncle's house in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr city district.
A goodwill mission to deliver kerosene heaters to Iraqi schools erupts into the fiery chaos of a roadside bombing and Maj. Mary Prophit shields a comrade so he can rescue a critically burned Iraqi soldier. A convoy outside Baghdad is ambushed by m
2 days before he resigned as defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that acknowledged that the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq was not working and called for a major course correction.
The commander of coalition forces in northern Iraq said that 4 Iraqi army divisions in his area will be put under Baghdad's control by next March, just the kind of transfer that a U.S. study commission reportedly is ready to embrace.
"Since America came into Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited." If it does, one of the first consequences will be massive Saudi intervention to stop Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis.
Powerful Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim has warned that civil war in Iraq would "burn everyone" and threaten security across the region, during a religious sermon delivered in Jordan.
The Sunday after the election, my preacher and I had a brief conversation in the hallway. He safely assumed that I was among those who were, as he joked, "cursing" the Democratic takeover of Congress.
U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that their reconciliation efforts may even have backfired, alienating the Shiite majority and leaving the United States vulnerable to having no allies in Iraq, according to sources familiar with the State Dep
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday he believed Iraqi forces would be ready by June 2007 to take full control of security in Iraq, an issue on which he pressed President Bush during their meeting in Amman, Jordan.
Five girls and a baby have been killed in a US raid on a house in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the US military has told Al Jazeera. The US military said two armed men had opened fire from the roof of a house on a US patrol disarming a roadside bomb,
Pentagon officials are considering moving US forces out of the dangerous Sunni-dominated al-Anbar province and join the fight to secure Baghdad. Top Marine in al-Anbar, Col. Peter Devlin, concluded al-Anbar is unwinnable.
1. The U.S. is a buffer against more violence. This is perhaps the most resilient conjecture that has no basis in fact.
President Bush's high-profile meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday was canceled in a stunning turn of events after disclosure of U.S. doubts about the Iraqi leader's capabilities and a political boycott in Baghdad protesti
NATO has clinched agreement to bolster its troubled mission in Afghanistan by sending more troops and cutting restrictions on forces already there, while admitting that gaps remain.
What are the options for the US in Iraq? While President Bush says that he is open to new ideas, the reality is that, with American forces in an increasingly bloody conflict, the options are limited.
Six Cabinet ministers and 30 legislators loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr decided Wednesday to boycott Parliament and the government to protest the Iraqi prime minister's summit with President Bush.
Following is the text of a Nov. 8 memorandum prepared for cabinet-level officials by Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser. The five-page document, classified secret, was read and transcribed by The New York Times.
Despite the Democratic congressional victory and James Baker's independent commission, President Bush seems unwilling to make major policy changes on Iraq.
While ethnic cleansing plagues "liberated Iraq," Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the powerful Shi'ite Mahdi militia, has issued an ultimatum to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Sadr warned that if Maliki met President Bush in Jordan this
The American forces can neither crush the insurgency in western Iraq nor counter the rising popularity of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network in the area, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing a secret Marine Corps intelligence report.
The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal, according to people familiar w
Former US president Jimmy Carter said the Iraq war was one of the "greatest blunders" ever made by a US leader. Asked whether the Iraq war would prove to be a bigger mistake in the annals of US foreign policy than the war in Vietnam,
Bush asked Webb how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing. Webb responded that he really wanted to see his son brought back home. “I didn’t ask you that, I asked how he’s doing,” Bush retorted, according to the source.
Despite a growing and virtually universal consensus both in America and abroad that the United States must engage Syria and Iran if it hopes to stabilize Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush appears determined to ignore Baghdad's two key neighbors
The US has 140,000 troops in Iraq and is spending roughly $2 billion per week on military operations, "but all of that effort doesn't really matter," said a Boston University professor and graduate of West Point. "We're not in
A judge agreed the wrongful death lawsuit filed by families of 4 private contractors killed in Iraq could go forward. Blackwater Security argued that it was an extension of the military and the case shouldn't be heard in any court,
Our sordid tendencies toward rage and bloodlust are fed and nurtured by neoconservative prescriptions in foreign policy. Knowing this, I was still shocked to see Joshua Muravchik’s November 19th opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times.