During the 14 months he ran Iraq, Paul Bremer committed 2 enormous follies: He dissolved Iraq’s army and police, then fired all government employees who were members of Saddam’s Ba’athist Party. Iraq was left without security forces or functioning go
When Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his top officers gathered in August 2002 to review an invasion plan for Iraq, it reflected a decidedly upbeat vision of what the country would look like 4 years after Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.
The Pentagon announced plans to maintain some 27,000 US troops in Afghanistan -- the most since it went to war there more than five years ago -- to try to crush a resurgence of the Taliban.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- It is not known whether senior Iranian political leaders are aware of the military Quds force's involvement in providing armor-piercing explosives to militants in Iraq, two top U.S. defense officials have said.
(As Karen always said) ...The DoD Inspector General, after over fourteen months of diligent and surely difficult investigation, has concluded that the Office of Special Plans, and Doug Feith as Under Secretary for Policy... (Lied Lied Lied)
The Bush administration plans to allow about 7,000 Iraqi refugees to settle in the US over the next year, a huge expansion at a time of mounting international pressure to help those who have fled in the nearly 4-year-old war.
[Bush: They can have their non-binding resolution, but they had better vote for additional funding next week, when they could really do something about the war.]
The guns were part of a shipment of 800 rifles that the Austrian company, Steyr-Mannlicher, exported legally to Iran last year. (Well, they're not WMDs, but .50 caliber rifles are good enough for the Bush Administration to nuke Tehran)
Vermont's Legislature became the first in the country to pass a resolution calling for an immediate and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Imagine a city torn by sectarian strife. Competing death squads roam the streets; terrorists stage horrific attacks. Local authority is distrusted and weak; local populations protect the extremists in their midst, out of loyalty or fear. A bristling
"Today, the Baghdad security plan is in effect," he said during a visit to Karbala, southeast of Baghdad.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing intelligence activities, cited the new Iraqi security crackdown as a reason for the departure of al-Sadr, who leads one of the largest insurgent militias in Iraq. Al-Sa
A Saudi wing of al-Qaeda has issued a call for attacks on the oil facilities of nations which supply oil to the United States, inciting Canada, Venezuela and Mexico.
Reports of US soldiers confiscating around 100 Austrian-made sniper rifles in Iraq have not yet been confirmed by Austrian officials. Spokespersons for both the interior and foreign ministries and the manufacturer stressed that they had not yet recei
Of course, Iraq had no significant al-Qaeda presence, nor overtly hostile anti-American force present when Saddam Hussein was in charge. Iran was a secular state that was not fundamentalist Islamic ... like it is now.
Aides to radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have denied reported allegations by US intelligence officials that the Shiite leader has fled to Iran.
We’ve already spent more than $500 billion in Iraq, mostly through supplemental spending bills that are not part of the normal appropriations. If we stay in Iraq the bill to taxpayers could top one trillion dollars in another year or two.
Fleeing Iraqis' last refuge is virtually closing up shop. Syria, the last Arab country welcoming large numbers of Iraqi refugees, is all but shutting down its border. This leaves the 40,000 Iraqis who escape their war-torn country each month with
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said he fears an offensive by Iraqi insurgents similar to the Tet offensive by the Viet Cong that sent U.S. casualties soaring in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago. Some large-scale tact that could then switch Am
It has been a year since Sunni insurgents ripped a hole in the glorious dome here of one of Iraq’s most sacred Shiite shrines, shattering its 72,000 golden tiles and unleashing a tide of national sectarian bloodletting. Not a single brick of the mosq
Thunderous car bombs shattered a crowded marketplace in the heart of Baghdad, triggering secondary explosions, engulfing an eight-story building in flames and killing at least 78 people in the latest in a series of similar attacks aimed at the countr
I came home from Iraq in September 2006 with a paradox ($) on my mind: How was it that we were making tangible progress in developing Iraq's security forces, government, and economy, yet the overall security situation was worsening?
The full answers from declared presidential candidates to the question, ‘Where do we go from here in Iraq?'
American troops locked down a large industrialized area of east Baghdad all day while Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, without indicating how he would do it, vowed to speed the deployment of Iraqi forces throughout the war-ravaged capital.
Contractors wounded or killed in Iraq are the anonymous casualties. Ceremonies are secret, and benefits are scarce. Executives in dark blue suits shifted uncomfortably as an Army major general in battle fatigues awarded posthumous Defense of Freedom
The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq starkly delineates the gulf that separates President Bush's illusions from the realities of the war. Victory, as the president sees it, requires a stable liberal democracy in Iraq that is pro-America
Sunnis and Shiites have long prayed together at Cairo's Shiite shrine to Imam Hussein. But growing sectarian friction has frayed that amity. [What has Bush wrought? Was this the plan all along?]
Deep within the bowels of the Pentagon, planners are conducting secret meetings to discuss what to do in the worst-case scenario in Iraq about a year from today when President Bush's escalation of more than 20,000 troops fails,
Report of the CFR on how to get the heck out of Iraq after the surge fails. 61 page PDF doc.Entered By: Powell Gammill
The Pentagon says A-10 pilots who killed a British soldier by mistake should not be punished. But a leading US general disagrees. And now there are calls for a full inquiry.