The White House search for a "war czar" caps a lengthy reshuffle that has placed pragmatists and critics of the Bush adminstration's early moves in Iraq in charge of managing a war that the US feels it cannot quit but cannot quite win.
A US military brigade is constructing a 3-mile-long concrete wall to cut off one of the capital's most restive Sunni Arab districts from the Shiite Muslim neighborhoods that surround it, raising concern about the further Balkanization of Iraq**Q*
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the war in Iraq is "lost." The bleak assessment - the most pointed yet from Reid - came as the House voted 215-199 to uphold legislation ordering troops to spend many more months in Iraq.
A Massachusetts newspaper editorialized that "Mark Twain has suddenly become the most influential anti-imperialist and the most dreaded critic of the sacrosanct person in the White House that the country contains."Entered By: Powell Gammill
Far from vindicating the American escalation strategy in Iraq, recent tensions between insurgent factions and al-Qaeda bolster the case for withdrawal.
A series of coordinated bomb attacks shook Baghdad hours after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that security would be in Iraqi hands by the end of the year. Overall, at least 312 people were killed and 302 wounded throughout Iraq. One American sol
The compromise language would keep the deadlines included in the original House bill but make them nonbinding. ( "It's the Democrats War Now" & "Pin the War on the Donkey" are new signs in production - Powell**Q*
The death six Canadian soldiers in southern Afghanistan reminds us of Santayana’s maxim that those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. On 27 July, 1880, the British Empire suffered one of the worst defeats in its colonial history.
Suspected Sunni insurgents penetrated the Baghdad security net Wednesday, hitting Shiite targets with four bomb attacks that killed 183 people - the bloodiest day since the U.S. troop surge began nine weeks ago.
An avalanche of car bomb attacks on Shiite districts of Baghdad slaughtered 190 people on Wednesday and delivered a savage blow to the credibility of a two-month-old US security plan.
As I write these words, news reports out of Blacksburg, Va., say that more than 30 people have been shot to death on the campus of Virginia Tech. Consider the Blacksburg massacre in the context of what happens every day in Iraq.
In the past month, as a new security crackdown in Baghdad began, U.S. forces arrested another 1,000 Iraqis, bringing to 18,000 the number of detainees jailed in two U.S.-run facilities in that country. The average stay in these detention centers i
They maneuver in squads, like the American infantrymen they try to kill. One squad fires furiously so another can attack from a better position. They operate in bad weather, knowing American helicopters and surveillance drones are grounded. Some carr
US soldiers conducting a raid against suspected insurgents in western Iraq mistakenly shot dead 3 Iraqi police officers and wounded a 4th, officials said. Troops had come under fire from two buildings while conducting the raid and had taken **QQ*
The bombing of one of Baghdad's most enduring symbols was not only an attack on the city's infrastructure. Some residents and officials fear it could be part of a more sinister plot by insurgents to split Baghdad, with a Shi'ite east bank
The 116-page report, “The Human Cost: The Consequences of Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan,” describes how Afghan insurgent groups, primarily Taliban and Hezb-e Islami forces, sharply escalated bombing and other attacks in 2006 and early 2007.
A preliminary investigation by the military says U.S. Marines killed or wounded more than 40 Afghan civilians after a suicide attack on a convoy last month. NCIS would decide whether to call courts martial for the troops involved.
A new humanitarian crisis looms in the Middle East unless Western powers take urgent measures to assist four million Iraqis uprooted by conflict, Amnesty International warned.
2 officials close to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said his followers would quit their 6 Cabinet posts in a move that could leave Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already weak administration without enough support to stay in power.
Vice President Dick Cheney says he is "willing to bet" that Democratic lawmakers will back down and approve a war-spending bill that doesn't call for U.S. troops to leave Iraq. Top Democratic leaders shot back that Cheney has lost all p
In a timely decision, Azerbaijan recently (mid-March) granted NATO the permission to use two of its military bases and an airport to "back up its peace-keeping operation in Afghanistan" including support for NATO's "supply route to
The week the Iraq war started, in March 2003, Zbigniew Brzezinski received a briefing from President Bush's top security advisers: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and national security adviser Condoleezza R
Says Neo-Cons would have created a false flag to justify war had it not been for WTC attack, questions official story. A GOP insider, former Bush 41 speechwriter and close friend of the Bush family writes in his new book that before 9/11, the Neo-Co
On February 18, 2005 an Iraqi man was driving his vehicle from his house to work at his farm. On the way, U.S. forces shot him when they passed, damaging the vehicle and killing the man. His case is among the hundreds detailed
Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky said he is planning a revolution in Russia to topple President Vladimir Putin. "We need to use force to change this regime," Berezovsky, who has received asylum in Britain,
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warned of disassociating his country from the international coalition against terrorism if its commitment and sincerity to the fight was going to be continuously questioned. "If we are bluffing each other, if
Some Iraqi legislators declared the U.S.-led plan to secure Baghdad a failure after an unprecedented suicide bomb attack on parliament that killed at least eight people capped a violent week in the capital.
Doctors in Baghdad are performing more scheduled Caesarean deliveries, the result of nightly curfews that make it difficult or impossible for pregnant women to reach hospitals after dark.
Demonstrations against the occupation and the US by hundreds of thousands of angry Shi'ites in Najaf, Kut and other cities across the south mark a sharp break from a policy of cooperation. Protesters demanded an end to the U.S.-led occupation, bu
[War crime by the way.] US FORCES in Baghdad are planning to seal off vast areas of the city with barricades, effectively imprisoning the inhabitants of neighbourhoods, according to The Independent.