The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwa
there is a huge gap between rhetoric and reality surrounding the US departure from Iraq. In fact, there are a number of avenues by which the US will be able to exert military influence in the country. These can be divided into four main categories:
The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year. The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has been battling against permanent American bases.
Iraq's prime minister said US troops are leaving Iraq after 9 years because Baghdad rejected American demands that any US military forces to stay would have to be shielded from prosecution or lawsuits. It was Iraq who refused to let the US remain und
Turkish jets kept up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight, as the rebels confirmed that some Turkish troops crossed into Iraq, officials and media reports said on Friday. Turkish war planes continued to take off from Diy
President Obama today announced that the United States will pull all its troop from Iraq by the end of the year. “The rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year,” the president said. “After nine years, America’s war in Iraq w
the appellate panel found the two companies had government contractor immunity and the claims were preempted, based on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and other precedents in the national security and foreign policy areas. "During wartime, where
So what will all those bad boys be doing in Iraq? They would undoubtedly just keep on keeping on with what they are already doing -- hunting down individuals and killing them. The bin Laden raid was a varsity-level operation of this type, but night a
The embassy compound is by far the largest the world has ever seen, at one and a half square miles, big enough for 94 football fields. It cost three quarters of a billion dollars to build (coming in about $150 million over budget). Inside its high wa
Wednesday: 33 Iraqis Killed, 64 Wounded
"There's no question that al Qaeda and Zarqawi and people were in Iraq," Rumsfeld argued. "They aggregated there." "If we hadn't invaded, they wouldn't have been there," Zakaria pointed out. "We don't know that," Rumsfeld insisted. "You don't k
During a televised speech today, Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani publicly requested Baghdad retain U.S. troops beyond a Dec. 31 deadline to withdraw.
The Obama administration wants to keep troops in Iraq. Never mind that pre-President Barack Obama criticized the war. Never mind that Uncle Sam's annual budget deficits exceed $1 trillion. Never mind that Washington faces more than $100 trillion i
The Obama administration is reviewing a number of options that could leave several thousand U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of the year, but only if Iraqi officials make a decision about what they want American forces to do.
The Obama administration has decided to drop the number of U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year down to 3,000, marking a major downgrade in force strength, multiple sources familiar with the inner workings and decisions on U.S. troop movements
ex-Blackwater employees kept working in Iraq with other security firms. "There are many former Blackwater employees at other private security companies in Iraq, most notably Triple Canopy and DynCorp, providing security services to us," said a Jan
According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70's and five children ages five and under.
A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks suggests that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 i
According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70's and five children ages five and under. M
Many of the world's biggest energy companies may have to surrender most of the gas from Iraq's vast southern oilfields to a processing and export project led by Shell, a final draft contract between Baghdad and Europe's biggest company, obtained by R
The suicide bomber who killed 29 people at Baghdad's largest Sunni mosque disguised himself as an injured beggar and attended prayers there for nearly a week, a senior religious figure said Monday.
MP among at least 29 killed as suicide bomber detonates explosives inside Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
The white man’s burden doesn’t allow asking Africans what they think about the current Western/monarchical Arab onslaught on the northern shores of their continent. At least some are not beating around the bush.
With Gaddafi at large, a guerrilla war eroding the new powers is inevitable
Iraq has agreed to keep American troops in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. "My view is that they finally did say, ?Yes,'" Panetta said in an interview with Stars and Stripes and
A anti-US Shiite cleric warned of "war" if US forces stayed in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal. Asked whether he would negotiate with US over a mission to last beyond this year, he replied: "No, there will be war."
Iraq will open talks with Washington over a military training mission to last beyond a 2011 pullout deadline, Baghdad's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday, after months of US appeals for a decision.
Iraqi officials confirmed today what we already knew: that the weekend deadline for approving the continued US occupation has passed and that no deal has been reached. Indeed, no deal appears forthcoming any time soon.
Though on many occasions the Iraqi government has appeared to be on the verge of grudgingly acquiescing to the repeated demands, so far they have not approved of keeping US troops in Iraq beyond December.
U.S. officials tell The Wall Street Journal the Iraqi government may buy as many as 36 U.S. fighter jets worth billions of dollars. Iraq delayed the planned purchase of 18 jets in February, when politicians said they instead planned to beef up food r