Gen. John Abizaid: “I met with every divisional commander, General Casey, General Dempsey. I said, in your professional opinion, if we were to bring in more troops, does it add to our ability to achieve success in Iraq? They all said no.”
Rather than listening to the Baker-Hamilton commission, the petulant frat boy who imagines himself Winston Churchill at the height of World War II is far more likely to pay attention to the recommendations of another report, this one prepared by the
When U.S. forces killed the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi, six months ago in a village near here, they hoped security would improve in this strategic province just north of Baghdad. Instead, security has collapsed in Diyala provinc
Administration officials tell NBC News it will involve sending some 20,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq. The plan is being called surge.
The Taliban will step up attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan this year and kill anyone who negotiates with the government, a top rebel commander said. Taliban fighters staged a surprise comeback last year with the bloodiest violence since U.S.-l
"I object to the Army's attempts to force my participation in their prosecution of political speech. This subpoena threatens to turn journalists into government investigators, erodes press neutrality, and ironically asks a journalist to buil
President George Bush said in his New Year's message that the United States would battle terrorists and work towards a "free and unified Iraq" in 2007.
"...we have even added our shame at Abu Ghraib to Saddam's shame at Abu Ghraib - and yet we are supposed to forget these terrible crimes as we applaud the swinging corpse of the dictator we created."
U.S. and Iraqi troops have cleared a small city in Iraq of residents and erected a 12-foot high dirt wall. Siniyah is a small town near a critical oil refinery that services northern Iraq and exports to Turkey and other locations. It suffered a
Last November 17, as George Bush visited Hanoi, he had some philosophical thoughts to deliver about the lessons he said the US had learned from the Vietnam War. "We'll succeed unless we quit," Bush told reporters. "We tend to want
[Undoubtedly scripted by your government.] A four-figure number hovers 50 feet over a busy Philadelphia street, visible in an office window. It changes maybe once or twice a day like the cost of something. [for a lie]
U.S. troops began the year with news their 3,000th comrade had died since the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein but led to a war that has split Iraq and raised alarm at home.
Hussein used Iraq's oil money to provide unprecedented social services and infrastructure improvements to his country. He launched literacy and education campaigns, provided free schooling up to the university level and created the most modern pu
For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president’s han dling of the war than approve of it. Barely one-third of service members approve of the way the president is handling the war, ac cording to the 2006 Military Times Poll.
Flash movie from last year. With the 3000th American reported killed in Iraq, it is worth another look.Entered By: Dave Gallagher
For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president’s handling of the war than approve of it. Barely one-third of service members approve of the way the president is handling the war. [Get ready for another tour.]
2 senior Iranian operatives who were detained by US forces in Iraq and were strongly suspected of planning attacks against American military forces and Iraqi targets were expelled to Iran. This has angered US military officials who say the operative
A day in the life of the average Iraqi has been reduced to identifying corpses, avoiding car bombs and attempting to keep track of which family members have been detained, which ones have been exiled and which ones have been abducted.
US forces in Iraq are braced for any violence that may follow the execution of Saddam Hussein. "They'll obviously take into account social dimensions that could potentially led to an increase in violence which certainly would include carryin
[Dec. isn't over yet.] 3 more Marines and a soldier were killed in battle in Iraq, the military said, making December the year's deadliest month for U.S. troops with the toll reaching 108. At least 2,997 members of the U.S. military have been
Why are we still in Iraq? The answers posted most widely on the Internet by critics of the war suggest its continuation as a naked imperial grab for the world’s second-largest petroleum source, but that is wrong. It’s not primarily about the oil; it’
“I have come to the conclusion that this is no longer America’s war in Iraq, but the Iraqi civil war where America is fighting,” Major Voorhies said. “I have personally witnessed about a half-dozen of these incidents of what I would call political pr
The U.S. Army has launched an effort to recruit thousands of translators to facilitate training of Iraqi security forces. The army has awarded a [no bid?] contract for management of translation and interpretation services in Iraq to DynCorp
Just weeks after pledging a new approach in the Iraq war in the wake of his party's defeat in congressional elections, President Bush seems to be digging in his heels against any major change of course.
Many of the American soldiers trying to quell sectarian killings in Baghdad don't appear to be looking for reinforcements. They say the temporary surge in troop levels some people are calling for is a bad idea. In dozens of interviews with soldi
A look back at the year under neocon rule and an ominous look ahead.
Iraq Coalition Casualty counts maintained by private individual.Entered By: Powell Gammill
Former president Gerald Ford said in an embargoed interview in July 2004 that he "very strongly" disagreed with the current president's justifications for invading Iraq and said he would have pushed alternatives, such as sanctions, much
It's strange that little of the news coverage of Iraq addresses this question. Doesn't it seem obvious that some groups are fomenting the chaos? Getting tribes to fight each other is often easy. Most of them have some past injustice to avenge