Archive for the ‘iraq’ Category

Survey: Military community anti-Bush

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

A survey found that almost 60 percent of the military community are critical of the Bush Administration’s handling of the war.
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Iraq war update

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

The Bush administration threatened to lay off up to 150,000 civilian workers at military bases in mid-December if Congress does not approve unrestricted Iraq funding immediately, around 60% of all foreign militants who entered Iraq to fight over the past year came from two of America’s allies- Saudi Arabia and Libya, a former top US commander in Iraq has come out in support of withdrawing most combat troops by the end of next year, and Al Qaeda insurgents disguised as members of a Sunni alliance council attacked the council’s headquarters outside Baghdad leaving at least 18 people dead.
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House calls on Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The House approved a war funding bill ordering President Bush to withdraw most troops from Iraq by the end of next year.
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Iraq war update

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

It was revealed that US snipers would kill Iraqis that picked up fake guns they had planted as bait regardless of any further indication they were insurgents, the US contested that the quantity of Iranian bomb-making components being found in Iraq is increasing and 20 Iranian-trained agents are still operating south of Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced amnesty for detainees who had been “deceived” into joining the insurgency in Iraq, and the head of police intelligence in Iraq’s Kerbala province was detained after roadside bombs and other weapons were found in a raid on his house.
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Iraq war update

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

It was reported that 2007 was the deadliest year yet for US troops in Iraq, hundreds of US diplomats protested against a government move to force them to accept postings in war-torn Iraq, the UN reported that independent security contractors in Iraq are mercenaries, Congress approved a $459 billion military spending bill, and the Pentagon was secretly reviewing plans to ease enlistment standards to make up for recruiting shortfalls. The number of recruits seeking waivers for criminal behavior rose three percent last year to nearly one-fifth of all prospective servicemembers. Two-thirds of the waivers were approved.
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US Diplomats refuse forced Iraq job posts

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

The Bush administration is trying to diffuse a public relations fiasco over news U.S. diplomats are refusing mandatory job assignments in Iraq.
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Anti-gay church held liable for damages

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

A jury ordered an anti-gay Kansas church to pay $10.9 million in damages to relatives of a reportedly gay dead U.S. Marine after church members cheered his death at his funeral.
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Dalai Lama voices ‘reservations’ about Iraq

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The Dalai Lama told President Bush he had some reservations about Iraq.
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Iraq war update

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

The US government is to order up to 50 diplomats to fill vacant posts in Iraq in the first such large-scale forced assignment since the Vietnam War, at least 33 people were reported killed in a fresh wave of Iraq violence, Turkey’s prime minister rejected an Iraqi proposal to resolve the standoff over raids by Kurdish guerrillas across the rugged border into Turkey because it included a military role for the United States, Iraqi troops found 17 decomposed bodies of unidentified men, and a British private security company was being sued in the US over the death of a US soldier hit by one of its convoys in Iraq.
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Iraq war update

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

A State Department review of its own security practices in Iraq assailed the department for poor coordination, communication, oversight and accountability involving armed security companies like Blackwater USA and DynCorp, Blackwater was being accused of tax evasion and defrauding the government of millions of dollars by designating many of its employees as independent contactors instead of company personnel, President Bush requested another $46 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan bringing the total request this year to $196 billion, Osama bin Laden released a video urging Sunni Arab insurgents in Iraq to unite to fight against the US, about 10,000 Turkish troops were amassed along Turkey’s border with Iraq, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he would shut down the offices of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and will not allow the group to operate in Iraq after Kurdish rebels killed 12 Turkish soldiers on Sunday. The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984.
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Iraq war update

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

It was reported that since the US invaded Iraq in 2003 an estimated 4.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes, US-led forces reported killing 49 insurgents and no civilians on Sunday during predawn clashes with renegade Shiite militia members, while Iraqi police said at least 13 civilians were dead, including three children and a woman, at least 3,834 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war, and Kurdish rebels crossed the Iraq-Turkey border and killed at least 17 Turkish soldiers Sunday, while the Turkish army retaliated by stepping up its bombardment of the Iraqi side of the border, hitting 11 different areas close to towns and villages, Kurdish officials said.
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Iraq war update

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

At least three civilians were killed and nine wounded when an explosive charge went off south of Baghdad on Saturday morning, and in the northern oil city of Kirkuk insurgents blew up an oil pipeline, battled a convoy carrying bodyguards of a deputy prime minister and ambushed a police chief,
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Turkey authorizes military force against Kurds

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Turkey authorized a military offensive against Kurdish rebels in Northern Iraq.
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Iraq war update

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

US and Iraqi officials were negotiating Baghdad’s request to expel the private security company Blackwater within six months following last month’s deadly shoot out in Baghdad, a Washington Post correspondent was shot dead in Baghdad, former US military commander in Iraq Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez described the war as a “nightmare with no end in sight,” the Turkish government formally sought authorization from the Turkish parliament to invade Northern Iraq and attack Kurdish rebel groups after amassing 60,000 troops along the country’s border and shelling Kurdish regions across the border, and a former top US general admitted the war in Iraq was about oil. “Of course it’s about oil, we can’t really deny that,” former Commander General John Abizaid said.
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Iraq war update

Monday, October 8th, 2007

The United States decided it should deliver weapons to Iraq faster after finding out that the Iraqis ordered $100 million in military equipment from China, Iraqi officials accused the US of killing at least 17 Iraqi civilians in multiple helicopter air strikes near Baquba on Friday, an Iraqi judge concluded corruption extended into the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and an American official said that US efforts to combat the problem are inadequate, General Petraeus blamed Tehran for escalating violence in Iraq, current and former US officials accused the State Department of ignoring repeated warnings that private security contractors were endangering Iraqi civilians and undermining US efforts to win support from the population, and the Iraqi prime minister’s office reported that the government’s investigation had determined that Blackwater USA private security guards who shot Iraqi civilians three weeks ago in a Baghdad square sprayed gunfire in nearly every direction, committed “deliberate murder” and should be punished accordingly.
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Think tank: War on Terror sucks

Monday, October 8th, 2007

A British think tank concluded that the War on Terror has been a disaster.
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House passes bill to allow prosecution of security contractors

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

The US House of Representatives passed legislation that allows the prosecution of security personnel contracted by the US government for work in Iraq and other hostile places.
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US to admit more Iraqi refugees

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The Bush administration increased more than fivefold Tuesday the number of Near East and South Asian refugees the U.S. can admit as it seeks to accept 12,000 Iraqi refugees during the next 12 months.
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Iraq war update

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

The Senate voted to authorize spending another $150 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the FBI is sending a team of agents to Baghdad to investigate Blackwater, a senior al-Qaeda leader was arrested, Iraq announced it wants the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of the United States-led multinational force in Iraq only through the end of 2008 and then replace it with a long-term bilateral security agreement, The US Embassy criticized a Senate resolution that could lead to a division of the country into sectarian or ethnic territories-agreeing with a swath of Iraqi leaders in saying the proposal “would produce extraordinary suffering and bloodshed,” it was reported that at least 3,802 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war, and the US military said it regrets civilian deaths, as it announced a new surge of strikes against Al-Qaeda in Iraq in which six militants were killed and a child was hit in the crossfire.
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Iraq war update

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Turkey and Iraq on Friday signed an agreement to crack down on Turkish Kurd rebels based in northern Iraq, the US military reported it killed a senior leader of al-Qaeda, a top US general in Iraq admitted that security contractors in Iraq use some over-the-top tactics and overreact at times, the Senate approved a measure which supports dividing Iraq into federal regions for Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki condemned the Senate vote saying it would lead to “catastrophe,” and it was revealed that Saddam Hussein offered to go into exile before the Iraq War if he could keep a billion dollars.
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