The Australian Defence department vetoed plans by Donald Rumsfeld for Australian troops to be embedded with Iraqi Army units. Australia does not intend to have its current 750 troops stationed in Iraq through the second half of 2007.
Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, a longtime Washington ally, has angrily rejected the Iraq Study Group's recommendations, warning that any delay in deciding the fate of an oil-rich region claimed by the Kurds would have "grave consequences.**
Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment were skeptical they'll be going home anytime soon, despite a high-level U.S. panel's recommendation that most combat troops leave Iraq by early 2008. "There's no way we
Calling the report a "whitewash," the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, said the "House ethics committee has proven itself yet again to be entirely incapable of investigating wrongdoing by Members of Congres
"I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal," declared
The trouble is that the Iraq Study Group is ultimately providing false hope for an extended war. Its assessment is appropriately bleak. But take a closer look. First, the commission isn't actually calling for withdrawal. Second, the commissioners
President Bush vowed to come up with "a new strategy" in Iraq but expressed little enthusiasm for the central ideas of a bipartisan commission that advised him to ratchet back the U.S. military commitment in Iraq and launch an aggressive ne
Ms. Reyahi is one of nearly two million Iraqis who have fled the vicious chaos of their country since the American invasion nearly four years ago, flooding neighboring states, especially Jordan and Syria, but also Lebanon and Egypt.
Controversy has broken out over a US air strike that killed around 20 Iraqis, with the military branding them "Al-Qaeda terrorists" while locals displayed the corpses of children. The US military said coalition forces called in an air strik
Despite some early headlines suggesting that the Iraq Study Group would be calling for a withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq by the beginning of 2008, a look at the fine print suggests otherwise. An exercise in "bait and switch" than
"We need an Iraq policy that is guided by our top national security priority – defeating the terrorist network that attacked us on 9/11 and its allies. Unless we set a serious timetable for redeploying our troops from Iraq, we will be unable to
The Democratic co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group said on Wednesday that America's ability to resolve the crisis in Iraq is narrowing and the costs could rise to more than $1 trillion.
[Support our trOOPS, don't buy gas.] Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials
One by one, aging survivors from ships sunk 65 years ago in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor laid wreaths under life preserver rings honoring their ships. Nearly 500 survivors bowed their heads at 7:55 a.m., the minute planes began bombing the har
In an age of multimillion-dollar high-tech weapons systems, sometimes it's the simplest ideas that can save lives. Which is why a New Jersey mother is organizing a drive to send cans of Silly String to Iraq.
In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a stepped up effort to “dismantle the militias
Enraged citizens going from house to house, street to street, killing their neighbours of decades, with security forces powerless to stop them -- that is the nightmare many Iraqis fear if the country sinks into civil war.
There's been much talk about the Rumsfeld memo written before his departure. But there's been little talk of the strange specifics in the memo, specifics which provide profound insight into the workings of the imperial state.
Read it for yourself.
There are about 100,000 government contractors operating in Iraq, not counting subcontractors, a total that is approaching the size of the U.S. military force there, according to the military's first census of the growing population of civilians
Every morning, Saif Daham runs Baghdad's sectarian gantlet in a gray flatbed truck piled with televisions, air conditioners, baby clothes and anything else his customers can grab before gunmen force them from their homes. He's shuttled Shi
During last summer's Israeli-Hezbollah war, Condi Rice assured us we were witnessing the "birth pangs of a new Middle East." Condi may be right. That new Middle East appears to be one in which US influence is waning and America is on th
George Bush insisted there would be no "graceful exit" or withdrawal from Iraq. The Times, said that, "despite a Democratic election victory that was strongly based on antiwar sentiment, the idea of a withdrawal seems to be fading as a
In an effort to set the stage for selling their withdrawal policy to the American people, both Democrats and Republicans are now blaming the Iraqis for not being able to govern themselves peacefully.
Is President Bush ready to abandon his declaration that American forces cannot begin to leave Iraq until the Iraqis demonstrate that they are capable of defending themselves?
President George Bush meets with Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the turbaned leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a Shiite fundamentalist party that is strongly tied to Iran. In so doing, the president is meeting with someone who,
Bush told interviewer Brit Hume. "...some would argue that the fact that 90 percent of the country -- let me just say this -- most of the country outside of the Baghdad area, is relatively peaceful."
The meeting took place after weekend reports of a memo penned by outgoing Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that called for major adjustments to the approach in Iraq.
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.
Tony Blair is to meet President Bush in Washington to try to forge a joint plan for a phased withdrawal of British and US troops from Iraq, starting next spring. Sources in London say the two men will discuss how to co-ordinate policy statements on I