There is, at present, confusion about the closure date of Abu Ghraib. The US is uncomfortable under the global spotlight on its prisons and torture policies in Iraq. Rather than moderate their policies to accommodate democratic and legal guidelines,
Saddam Hussein testified Wednesday for the first time at his trial, insisting he still was Iraq's leader and calling the proceedings a "comedy," but the chief judge closed the trial to the public because he said the defendant was making
Police found the bodies of at least 85 people killed by execution-style shootings in the past 24 hours — a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian reprisal slayings, officials said Tuesday. The dead included at least 27 bodies stacked in a mass grave in
Religious and political leaders in Iraq are scrambling to forestall further sectarian bloodshed in the aftermath of a provocative series of car bombings against Shiite targets that threatens all-out civil war. Sectarian abuses such as torture and sum
[see also: http://timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2081514,00.html] Britain has been secretly designing a new nuclear warhead in conjunction with the Americans, provoking a legal row over the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Citing a "recent security incident," the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued an order Sunday prohibiting government employees from using commercial airlines leaving the capital's international airport until further notice.
The Iraq war was barely a week old when General Tommy Franks threatened to fire the U.S. Army's field commander. General William Wallace was leading the army's 5th Corps toward Baghdad, had told reporters that his soldiers needed to delay th
"People describe Iraq as a mess," said UK foreign office minister Kim Howells. "But it is a mess that can't launch an attack on Iran; a mess that won't be able to march into Kuwait; a mess that can't develop nuclear weapons
Senior Iraqi officials confirmed for the first time that death squads composed of government employees. "The deaths squads that we have captured are in the defense and interior ministries," Minister of Interior Bayan Jabr said during a join
An SAS soldier has refused to fight in Iraq and has left the Army over the "illegal" tactics of US troops and the policies of coalition forces. After 3 months in Baghdad, Ben Griffin told his commander that he was no longer prepared to figh
Iraq's president pressed political parties on Monday to move faster to form a coalition government after deadly car bombings he said were aimed at inflaming sectarian tensions and triggering civil war.
US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said that his country did not want permanent military bases in Iraq and that he was willing to talk to Iran about the war-torn country's future. "We want Iraq to stand on its own feet, we have no goal
[A review.] President George Bush is about to embark on one of the toughest campaigns of his second term. He will make the first of a series of speeches to convince the American public, a sceptical world - and perhaps even himself - that things are g
"It's more evidence that these Abu Ghraib torture techniques were consciously developed for the purpose of gathering intelligence and not something that was dreamed up by low-ranking soldiers on the night shift," he said.
Al-Sadr refused to name any group that he believed was behind the shrine bombing but hinted at members of Saddam Hussein's former regime or Sunni Muslim extremists. "Those who carry arms could be takfiri extremists, Saddamists or others. But
Iraq suffered one of its worst days of bloodshed this year as 62 people were killed and at least 250 wounded, many of them in a 6 car bomb attack on a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood, sparking fresh fears of sectarian violence.
Casio watches, worth less than $30, have become part of the web of "evidence" against detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The US military cites the digital watches worn by prisoners when they were captured as evidence of terrorist ties.
U.S. forces in Afghanistan expect violent clashes with al Qaeda-linked insurgents in coming months before security improves later in the year. The NATO alliance is preparing to expand its mission to the more volatile south and ultimately east, raisi
The House Appropriations Committee approved a $91 billion emergency spending bill that covers wartime and natural disaster costs and includes extra money for the Army and Marine Corps, who have complained about being shortchanged by the White House.
American hostage Tom Fox has been killed and his body, showing signs of torture, left at a garbage dump in Baghdad, police said. Fox, who had been in Iraq to campaign against the US occupation and to work for the release of Iraqis held by US forces,
The 1% rate of friendly fire deaths for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is substantially lower than in other major military conflicts, attributed to better training and high-tech equipment. [Of course major hostilities ceased.]
Iraqi authorities have no intention of continuing to use Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison after the US military ends operations there in the next few months, Iraq's justice minister said. [And we just spent so many $millions to redecorate.]
Those who say Iraq is nothing like Vietnam have another guess coming, says retired Gen. William Odom. He lists striking similarities and asserts that only after it pulls out of Iraq can the US hope for international support to deal with anti-Western
Lt. Col. Keir-Kevin Curry, the U.S. military's detainee operations spokesman, said that no date had been set for the handover but it would probably happen in two to three months.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi forces, not American troops, would deal with a civil war if one erupts in Iraq and U.S. troop cuts remained possible despite a recent surge in violence, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday.
If the U.N. Security Council is incapable of taking action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself, Israel's defense minister said. Israel believed the 15-nation Security Council should grant t
Up to 50 people have been seized from the offices of an Iraqi security firm by people wearing police uniforms. It is unclear whether they have been arrested or kidnapped. An interior ministry official said police had no involvement in the Baghdad
US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said the invasion of Iraq had opened a "Pandora's box" of ethnic and sectarian tensions that could engulf the region. The US had little choice but to maintain a strong presence in Iraq, or
VIENNA, Austria - Iran threatened the United States with "harm and pain" Wednesday if the U.S. tries to use the U.N. Security Council — which has the power to impose sanctions — as a lever to punish Tehran for its suspect nuclear program.
At least 23 bodies — many of them hanged — were found dumped in parts of Baghdad, while a string of explosions killed at least four people in the Iraqi capital, police said. Found 18 bodies in an abandoned minibus in west Baghdad, the victims — all m