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31 Dec 2011

Right to arm Iraq

The United States is pushing ahead with a weapons deal with Iraq despite the near breakdown of the coalition government in the country. The deal, thought to be worth nearly $11bn, includes advanced fighter jets and tanks. But the timing raises concerns that it will only strengthen the position of Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, at the expense of his political rivals, and increase sectarian tensions
The United States is pushing ahead with a weapons deal with Iraq despite the near breakdown of the coalition government...
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30 Dec 2011

U.S. Military Sales to Iraq Raise Concerns

The Obama administration is moving ahead with the sale of nearly $11 billion worth of arms and training for the Iraqi military despite concerns that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is seeking to consolidate authority, create a one-party Shiite-dominated state and abandon the American-backed power-sharing government.
The Obama administration is moving ahead with the sale of nearly $11 billion worth of arms and training for the Iraqi...

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29 Dec 2011

Rivals say Maliki leading Iraq to ‘civil war’

Less than 24 hours after the US military withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an arrest warrant for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on terrorism charges. Maliki, a Shia, levelled the charges against the highest ranking Sunni in the government - a move that threatens to drag the country back into sectarian bloodshed such as what occurred in 2006-2007 and led to tens of thousands of Iraqis being killed.
Less than 24 hours after the US military withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri...

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27 Dec 2011

Iraq’s Sadrists call to dissolve parliament

A suicide attack killed five people at the interior ministry in Baghdad as a key political bloc called for early elections in a worsening standoff that has stoked sectarian tensions. The blast, which left dozens wounded on Monday, came just days after the capital was struck by its deadliest violence in more than four months.
A suicide attack killed five people at the interior ministry in Baghdad as a key political bloc called for early...

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26 Dec 2011

U.S. Loses Leverage in Iraq Now That Troops Are Out

As Iraq erupted in recent days, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was in constant phone contact with the leaders of the country s dueling sects. He called the Shiite prime minister and the Sunni speaker of the Parliament on Tuesday, and the Kurdish leader on Thursday, urging them to try to resolve the political crisis.
As Iraq erupted in recent days, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was in constant phone contact with the leaders of the...

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25 Dec 2011

Baghdad blasts: Hashemi accuses government over attacks

Iraq's Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi has said Iraq's government was behind Thursday's series of bombings that killed nearly 70 people in Baghdad. The attack could not have happened on such a scale without government help, he told BBC Persian television.
Iraq's Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi has said Iraq's government was behind Thursday's series of bombings that killed...

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25 Dec 2011

Iraq Prime Minister al-Maliki challenges restive provinces

Moving to consolidate his control over a country rocked by a political crisis and recent bombings, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed Saturday to block any efforts by the provinces to break away as independent states. If the provinces tried to set up their own security policies or establish relations with other countries, Maliki said in a nationally televised speech from his headquarters, 'What s the reason for a having a ruler in Baghdad?'
Moving to consolidate his control over a country rocked by a political crisis and recent bombings, Iraqi Prime Minister...

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24 Dec 2011

Iraq political feud fuels sectarian protests

Iraq s Sunni vice president, wanted for allegedly running an assassination squad, has accused Nouri al-Maliki, the country's Shia prime minister, of waging a campaign against Sunnis and pushing the country toward sectarian war.
Iraq s Sunni vice president, wanted for allegedly running an assassination squad, has accused Nouri al-Maliki, the...

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23 Dec 2011

Iraq’s future is unclear

A political crisis is unfolding in Iraq as bombs slam Baghdad. Is the U.S. leaving a stable and independent country even as more than ten bombs went off around the Iraqi capital during rush hour Thursday morning? According to sources in the police, there are at least 63 people are killed and 194 wounded in the concerted bombing attacks. Helicopters buzzed over the city, and ambulances rushed to to take care of the wounded after the worst attack in Iraq for over four months.
A political crisis is unfolding in Iraq as bombs slam Baghdad. Is the U.S. leaving a stable and independent country even...

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23 Dec 2011

Baghad blasts: Hashemi blames Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki

Iraq's Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi has said Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is to blame for a sudden surge of violence in the country. Dozens of people were killed in a string of blasts across the capital, Baghdad, on Thursday. Mr Hashemi, who is subject to an arrest warrant on terror charges, said that Mr Maliki should be focusing on security not "chasing patriotic politicians".
Iraq's Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi has said Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is to blame for a sudden surge of violence...

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23 Dec 2011

Deadly Explosions Rock Baghdad Amid Political Crisis

A wave of coordinated explosions ripped across Baghdad early on Thursday, killing at least 63 people, wounding more than 180 and jolting a country already unsettled by a deepening political crisis and the absence of American troops.
A wave of coordinated explosions ripped across Baghdad early on Thursday, killing at least 63 people, wounding more than...

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23 Dec 2011

Dozens killed in Baghdad blasts

Dozens of people have been killed and many more wounded in a series of blasts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. At least 63 people died and 176 people were wounded in 12 bombings across the capital on Thursday morning, health ministry sources told Al Jazeera. Two more bombs exploded in Baghdad late in the evening claiming two more lives, according to the Reuters news agency.
Dozens of people have been killed and many more wounded in a series of blasts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. At least 63...

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22 Dec 2011

Iraqi Leader Threatens to Abandon Power-Sharing

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq threatened on Wednesday to abandon an American-backed power sharing government created a year ago, throwing the country s fragile democracy into further turmoil just days after the departure of American troops.
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq threatened on Wednesday to abandon an American-backed power sharing...

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21 Dec 2011

Biden urges Iraq leaders to resolve sectarian disputes

The White House said Mr Biden had expressed his concerns in a phone call to Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. It comes after an arrest warrant was issued for Iraq's Sunni Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi, on terror charges. That sparked fears that Iraq's fragile year-old unity government could fall apart, shortly after the last US soldiers left the country.
The White House said Mr Biden had expressed his concerns in a phone call to Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. It comes...

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21 Dec 2011

Iraq Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi denies charge

Iraq's Sunni Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi, has denied any wrongdoing, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on terrorism-related charges. Mr Hashemi described as "fabricated" the accusation he was linked to attacks on government and security officials.
Iraq's Sunni Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi, has denied any wrongdoing, a day after a warrant was issued for his...

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20 Dec 2011

As the US leaves Iraq, it is blind to the price for intervention paid by Iraqis

On 19 November 2005 a US marine squad was struck by a roadside bomb in Haditha, in Iraq's Anbar province, killing one soldier and seriously injuring two others. According to civilians they then went on the rampage, slaughtering 24 people. They included a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair and a three-year-old child. It was a massacre. "I think they were just blinded by hate - and they just lost control," said James Crossan, one of the injured marines.
On 19 November 2005 a US marine squad was struck by a roadside bomb in Haditha, in Iraq's Anbar province, killing one...

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20 Dec 2011

The Iraq war: No clean break

Wars never end. Troops pack up and leave. But the ghosts of war soldier on. They are too many in Iraq to exorcise with a mere declaration terminating the war. The Iraq war that began in 2003 has many closets that neither the Americans nor the Iraqis can easily close - much less walk away from - without facing up to the ethical questions of a war that Obama deemed "dumb". It would be more accurate to describe it as "illegal" and "wrong".
Wars never end. Troops pack up and leave. But the ghosts of war soldier on. They are too many in Iraq to exorcise with a...

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19 Dec 2011

Political crisis in Iraq as US withdraws

Baghdad, Iraq - The last US troops withdrew from Iraq this morning, but the story has barely merited a mention on Iraqi television; local media are instead focused on a deepening political crisis, which includes - among other issues - an arrest warrant for the vice-president.
Baghdad, Iraq - The last US troops withdrew from Iraq this morning, but the story has barely merited a mention on Iraqi...

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17 Dec 2011

Without Iraq ‘Arab Spring May Have Broken Out Earlier’

The US has officially declared the war in Iraq to be over with a flag-casing ceremony in Baghdad. President Barack Obama said that America was leaving behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq." German commentators ask if the conflict, which lasted almost nine years, was worth the toll.
The US has officially declared the war in Iraq to be over with a flag-casing ceremony in Baghdad. President Barack Obama...

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16 Dec 2011

Security improves, with a cost for daily life

Four people killed and six wounded, three of them judges, when unknown gunmen attacked a minibus carrying justice ministry officials in Fallujah. A police colonel in Mosul shot dead outside his house; two officials from the interior ministry in Baghdad assassinated by gunmen in the dead of night. And a suicide bombing near a police patrol in the capital s Saadoun district, killing one officer and wounding five other people.
Four people killed and six wounded, three of them judges, when unknown gunmen attacked a minibus carrying justice...

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16 Dec 2011

US flag ceremony marks formal end of Iraq war role

The flag of American forces in Iraq has been lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end. The US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, told troops the mission had been worth the cost in blood and dollars. He said the years of war in Iraq had yielded to an era of opportunity in which the US was a committed partner.
The flag of American forces in Iraq has been lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in...
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15 Dec 2011

Iraqi prime minister woos US businesses

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met with US business leaders on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Washington DC. He told them that instead of military generals leading the way in Baghdad's future, it would be business owners and captains of industry like them. Maliki wants US companies to set up shop in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met with US business leaders on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Washington...

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15 Dec 2011

Iraqis celebrate impending US withdrawal

Thousands of people in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have taken to the streets to celebrate the impending withdrawal of US troops from the country. Demonstrators rallied across the city on Wednesday, shouting slogans in support of the "resistance", a reference to the campaign by Iraqi fighters in Fallujah that was a bastion of opposition against the US-led invasion.
Thousands of people in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have taken to the streets to celebrate the impending withdrawal of US...
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14 Dec 2011

A growing Iranian threat, in wake of U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq this month

When U.S. military forces finish their withdrawal from Iraq at the end of December, thousands of Americans will remain in the country carrying out a diplomatic mission aimed in part at curbing the influence of Iran on its neighbor. "Cumulatively looking at both the Iranian interests and the Iranian influenced groups, the threat which they pose to this installation and to the U.S. interest in Iraq is clear," said Consul General Piper Campbell.
When U.S. military forces finish their withdrawal from Iraq at the end of December, thousands of Americans will remain...

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13 Dec 2011

Arrests in Iraq Raise Concerns About Maliki

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has moved swiftly to consolidate power in advance of the American military withdrawal, offering a glimpse of how Iraq's post-American identity may take shape, by rounding up hundreds of former Baath Party members and evicting Western companies from the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has moved swiftly to consolidate power in advance of the American military...

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13 Dec 2011

Obama and Maliki back Iraq post-war future

President Barack Obama says the US and Iraq will enjoy a "normal relationship between sovereign nations" after US troops leave at the end of 2011. He met Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki in Washington for talks on Iraq's future as American troops prepare to complete their withdrawal. They laid wreaths at a military cemetery where many of the almost 4,500 Americans killed in Iraq are buried.
President Barack Obama says the US and Iraq will enjoy a "normal relationship between sovereign nations" after US troops...

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4 Dec 2011

Baghdad blast ‘targeted Iraq prime minister’

A suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital's Green Zone earlier this week may have been an attempt to kill Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki or some other senior political leader, officials say. Two parliamentary guards were killed in Monday's blast, which officials initially said was caused by a mortar round. Two other people, including the parliamentary speaker, were injured.
A suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital's Green Zone earlier this week may have been an attempt to kill Prime Minister...

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1 Dec 2011

Deadly car bomb kills 10 in Iraqi town of Khalis

A car bomb has exploded in a market in the Iraqi town of Khalis, north of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people, security officials say. At least 20 others were injured in the attack in the town, about 80km (50 miles) north of the capital.
A car bomb has exploded in a market in the Iraqi town of Khalis, north of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people, security...

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29 Nov 2011

Suicide car bomb kills 11 at Iraqi prison

A suicide bomber has crashed a car packed with explosives into the gate of a prison north of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, Iraqi officials have said. The bombing in the town of Taji, about 12 miles north of the capital, is the third major attack in a week in Iraq and raises questions about the ability of the security forces to protect the country after US troops leave in just over a month.
A suicide bomber has crashed a car packed with explosives into the gate of a prison north of Baghdad, killing at least...

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27 Nov 2011

Shell and Iraq in new energy deal

Iraq has agreed a final $17bn ( 11bn) deal over 25 years with Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi to capture flared gas at southern oilfields. It is one of the largest Iraq has signed with foreign energy firms, and should boost production of electricity. Gas will be gathered from three major oil fields in Basra province that is currently wasted due to a lack of infrastructure.
Iraq has agreed a final $17bn ( 11bn) deal over 25 years with Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi to capture flared gas at...

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27 Nov 2011

BBC News – Iraq Bomb blasts in Baghdad kill at least 15

A series of explosions in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20, officials say. Three bombs exploded in the commercial Bab al-Sharqi district of central Baghdad, killing eight people. Another two explosions hit a truck carrying construction workers on the road between Baghdad and Falluja. Violence in Iraq has fallen in recent years, but militants still carry out regular attacks.
A series of explosions in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday has killed at least 15 people and wounded...

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14 Nov 2011

Iran ‘influenced’ Iraq over US troops’ exit

Iran influenced Baghdad's decision to refuse to allow the US to keep troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year, a senior adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC. Under the current agreement, the US must withdraw all its remaining forces from Iraq by 31 December. The admission will fuel speculation about Iran's growing influence in Iraq, as US forces leave
Iran influenced Baghdad's decision to refuse to allow the US to keep troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year, a...
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6 Nov 2011

Bombings in Baghdad market kill 10 people

Three bomb blasts tore through a major wholesale market in Baghdad on Sunday afternoon, killing 10 people, according to police and medical personnel. The bombings came as shoppers were crowding the Shurja market on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha.
Three bomb blasts tore through a major wholesale market in Baghdad on Sunday afternoon, killing 10 people, according to...

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6 Nov 2011

Iranian influence seeping into Iraq

Iran's presence is already visible in Iraq, from the droves of pilgrims at Shiite holy sites to the brands of yoghurt and jams on grocery shelves. But now Iraqis are bracing for a potential escalation of Persian influence as the U.S. military leaves at the end of the year.
Iran's presence is already visible in Iraq, from the droves of pilgrims at Shiite holy sites to the brands of yoghurt...
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5 Nov 2011

Leaving Iraq, U.S. Fears New Surge of Qaeda Terror

As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Iraq by year's end, senior American and Iraqi officials are expressing growing concern that Al Qaeda's offshoot here, which just a few years ago waged a debilitating insurgency that plunged the country into a civil war, is poised for a deadly resurgence.
As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Iraq by year's end, senior American and Iraqi officials are...

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3 Nov 2011

At Abu Ghraib, Ambivalence on America’s Departure

On a recent day off, Hussam Saad stood at a roadside vegetable stand across the highway from the prison where he says he works. "I can still remember guarding the prison at night, and hearing the voices and the shouting while people were being tortured," said Mr. Saad, recalling the time when the Americans were in charge at Abu Ghraib. Even so, he claims, it is worse there now.
On a recent day off, Hussam Saad stood at a roadside vegetable stand across the highway from the prison where he says he...

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30 Oct 2011

U.S. Plans Post-Iraq Troop Increase in Persian Gulf

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 Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.
The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the...
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28 Oct 2011

Billions in Iraqi reconstruction money finally accounted for

A federal audit has finally accounted for nearly $6.6 billion in Iraqi reconstruction money that seemed to have disappeared after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, ending a mystery that highlighted the chaos of the early days of the U.S. occupation.
A federal audit has finally accounted for nearly $6.6 billion in Iraqi reconstruction money that seemed to have...

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28 Oct 2011

Deadly explosions rock Baghdad

Two deadly explosions in Baghdad have caused mass casualties, according to police and hospital officials. A medical source told Al Jazeera that at least 12 people had been killed and 45 injured in Thursday's attacks in the northeast of the city.
Two deadly explosions in Baghdad have caused mass casualties, according to police and hospital officials. A medical...

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25 Oct 2011

Iraqi Speaker Warns Of Neighboring Countries Meddling After U.S. Troops Leave

The speaker of Iraq's parliament on Monday accused neighboring nations of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will only get worse if the country is seen as vulnerable after U.S. troops leave at the end of the year.
The speaker of Iraq's parliament on Monday accused neighboring nations of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will...

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22 Oct 2011

U.S. and Iraq Had Not Expected Troops Would Have to Leave

President Obama s announcement on Friday that all American troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year was an occasion for celebration for many, but some top American military officials were dismayed by the announcement, seeing it as the president s putting the best face on a breakdown in tortured negotiations with the Iraqis.
President Obama s announcement on Friday that all American troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year was an...
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21 Oct 2011

U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year’s End, Obama Says

President Obama said Friday that the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of the year, bringing to an end a nearly nine-year military engagement that cost the lives of 4,400 troops and more than $1 trillion, divided the American public, and came to define America s role in the world.
President Obama said Friday that the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of the year, bringing to an end a...
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16 Oct 2011

U.S. Cuts Back Proposed Size of Force in Iraq

An Obama administration proposal to keep a few thousand American troops here after the end of the year to train the Iraqi military is being scaled back, as the administration has concluded that the Iraqi Parliament would not give the troops legal protection, two American officials said on Saturday.
An Obama administration proposal to keep a few thousand American troops here after the end of the year to train the...
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28 Sep 2011

Iraq makes first payment in deal to buy 18 US F-16s

Iraq has made the first payment in a deal to buy 18 US F-16 fighter jets worth a total of about $3bn ( 1.9bn), the US state department has said. The planes, which are not expected to be delivered until next year, are to protect the country's air space.
Iraq has made the first payment in a deal to buy 18 US F-16 fighter jets worth a total of about $3bn ( 1.9bn), the US...

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22 Sep 2011

Sadr’s Path Could Determine How Iraq Turns

On the eve of what is likely to be a nearly complete withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq, one of the great questions is what Mr. Sadr is going to do. The Mumahidoon is one possible direction.
On the eve of what is likely to be a nearly complete withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq, one of the great...
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17 Sep 2011

Neo-cons warn against losing Iraq peace

A familiar group of mainly neo-conservative hawks, many of whom championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, released an open letter to President Barack Obama Thursday urging him to retain a substantial military force in that Middle East country beyond this year.
A familiar group of mainly neo-conservative hawks, many of whom championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, released an open...

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14 Sep 2011

Several dead in Iraq bomb attacks

Three attacks, all apparently targeting Iraqi security forces, killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50, officials said. In the deadliest attack on Wednesday, 13 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in front of a restaurant frequented by security officers in the town of Medhatiyah, south of Baghdad, according to Babil province deputy governor Sadiq Rasul al-Mohannah.
Three attacks, all apparently targeting Iraqi security forces, killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50,...

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13 Sep 2011

Shia pilgrims shot dead in western Iraq

A group of 22 Shia pilgrims have been found shot dead in Iraq's western Anbar province, say Iraqi officials. The men had reportedly been travelling by bus to visit a shrine in Syria when they were held up at a checkpoint in a remote desert area.
A group of 22 Shia pilgrims have been found shot dead in Iraq's western Anbar province, say Iraqi officials. The men had...

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5 Sep 2011

In Iraq, a new breed of returning exile

A little over a year ago, Karim, 62, was a neurosurgeon with a thriving practice in suburban Washington, living with his wife in an expansive brick house in Silver Spring. After 35 years in the United States, Karim, an American citizen, decided to return to Iraq after he saw that American forces and an entrenched local bureaucracy were making scant progress toward reconstruction.
A little over a year ago, Karim, 62, was a neurosurgeon with a thriving practice in suburban Washington, living with his...

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1 Sep 2011

Iraqi prisoners tunnel out of jail

Fourteen prisoners charged with "terrorism" escaped from a prison via a tunnel in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, security officials say. Jailbreaks and prison unrest are relatively common in Iraq.
Fourteen prisoners charged with "terrorism" escaped from a prison via a tunnel in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul,...

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29 Aug 2011

28 Are Killed in Bombing at a Mosque in Baghdad

A suicide bomber mounted a devastating attack in one of the largest Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 28 people, including a member of Parliament, and wounding dozens more, according to security officials.
A suicide bomber mounted a devastating attack in one of the largest Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least...

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25 Aug 2011

In Baghdad, Foreign Workers Can’t Leave or Get Paid –

For months, they have sat here, half a block from the prime minister s palace in the Green Zone, essentially captives with little food, drinking water or electricity. Humble laborers, they came to Baghdad in January from Eastern Europe and Asia seeking better wages. They had the important sounding assignment of building a dozen villas to house heads of state for the annual meeting of the Arab League, which was scheduled to take place here.
For months, they have sat here, half a block from the prime minister s palace in the Green Zone, essentially captives...

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22 Aug 2011

Iraqi civilians ‘killed’ in Turkey air strike

Seven Iraqis have been killed in a Turkish air strike, a part of Ankara's bombing campaign against Kurdish separatist fighters in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish zone, officials said. A rocket from a Turkish plane hit a civilian lorry, killing all seven passengers on Sunday near Qalat Dizah, a town located northeast of the city of Sulaimaniya, Hasan Abdullah, the town mayor, said.
Seven Iraqis have been killed in a Turkish air strike, a part of Ankara's bombing campaign against Kurdish separatist...

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17 Aug 2011

Attacks Heighten Political Tensions in Iraq

Monday'sattacks served to unnerve Washington, coming a few months before the United States is scheduled to withdraw its remaining troops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she abhorred "the loss of life and the ability of these terrorists to continue to operate inside Iraq," but that Iraq could do more to protect itself.
Monday'sattacks served to unnerve Washington, coming a few months before the United States is scheduled to withdraw its...

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16 Aug 2011

Iraq terrorist attacks kill at least 70 across country

series of blasts and gunshots ripped across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 70 people and wounding more than 300 in a spasm of bloodshed that raised fresh concerns that the nation's security forces might be overwhelmed by insurgents when American soldiers withdraw later this year.
series of blasts and gunshots ripped across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 70 people and wounding more than 300 in a...

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16 Aug 2011

Dozens of Attacks in Iraq’s Deadliest Day of Year

A chilling series of fatal attacks across Iraq on Monday sent a disheartening message to the Iraqi and American governments: After hundreds of billions of dollars spent since the United States invasion in 2003, and tens of thousands of lives lost, insurgents remain a potent and perhaps resurging threat to Iraqis and the American troops still in the country.
A chilling series of fatal attacks across Iraq on Monday sent a disheartening message to the Iraqi and American...

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3 Aug 2011

Iraqi leaders agree to discuss US troop stay

Iraq's political leaders have given the go-ahead for negotiations on allowing some US troops to stay in the country, hours after the US military chief urged Iraq to come to a "quick decision" on the controversial issue. Leaders from Iraq's major parties agreed on Tuesday to allow Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, to negotiate with the United States over whether US troops should stay to train Iraqi forces after the December 31 deadline for their departure.
Iraq's political leaders have given the go-ahead for negotiations on allowing some US troops to stay in the country,...

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2 Aug 2011

After a Botched Raid in Iraq, Competing Facts and Unified Blame

The narrative of American officialdom here, civilian and military alike, is that United States muscle is used merely in service of supporting Iraq s fledgling democracy. Iraq s leaders and soldiers are the ones responsible, and seek American support only as needed. That may be literally true, but the reaction to a botched weekend raid in a village north of the capital that left three men dead, none the targeted insurgent, laid bare another truth: In Iraq, where grievances run deep, America will still bear the brunt of the blame when things go wrong, even if the facts don t completely align.
The narrative of American officialdom here, civilian and military alike, is that United States muscle is used merely in...

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1 Aug 2011

In Iraqi Village, a Raid Sows Distrust of Americans

The American and Iraqi soldiers came to this village of grape farmers and tribal traditions in the dark in search of a suspected insurgent, and left in the morning sunlight. In the hours between, however, the operation went horribly wrong: the suspect eluded capture, but three men, including a tribal elder, were killed and five people were wounded, among them two young girls.
The American and Iraqi soldiers came to this village of grape farmers and tribal traditions in the dark in search of a...

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31 Jul 2011

Iraq to buy 36 U.S. F-16 fighter jets

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced Saturday that Iraq plans to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets, signaling his intent to seek a long-term American military training presence in the country. But in an indication of the risks for the American military here, a U.S. watchdog group said that Iraq had become more hazardous.
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced Saturday that Iraq plans to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets, signaling his intent to seek...

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31 Jul 2011

Iraqi leaders reach deal on cabinet reduction

Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has secured an agreement to cut 12 ministries from his shaky coalition government following talks with representatives of the country's parliament. Saturday's deal comes amid debate over whether or not a US military contingent will remain in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal.
Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has secured an agreement to cut 12 ministries from his shaky coalition...

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28 Jul 2011

Twin Blasts in Tikrit, Iraq, Leave 12 Dead

Two explosions struck outside a bank in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein s hometown, on Thursday, just as soldiers were lining up to cash their paychecks. The first report on casualties indicated that 12 people died and 28 were wounded, a local official said.
Two explosions struck outside a bank in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein s hometown, on Thursday, just as soldiers were lining up...

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26 Jul 2011

Lee-Jones Letter to President Obama calling for complete withdrawal from Iraq by previously agreed upon deadline

95 Members of Congress signed the letter, calling on the President to keep the previously agreed upon deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, not to extend it or to leave troops in the country indefinitely. The final version of the letter was sent to President Obama on July 27.
95 Members of Congress signed the letter, calling on the President to keep the previously agreed upon deadline for...

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18 Jul 2011

Female activists claim abuse at Iraq rallies

Pro-democracy protests across the Middle East and North Africa have brought women onto the streets in a way they have not been seen before. But in Iraq women say they are being attacked and sexually abused during demonstrations - in a manner that appears to be symptomatic of wider problems in the country
Pro-democracy protests across the Middle East and North Africa have brought women onto the streets in a way they have...

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15 Jul 2011

Deadly car bombs target Iraqi pilgrims

Two car bombs have exploded near a Shia Muslim shrine in Iraq's southern city of Karbala, killing two people at a site where an annual pilgrimage is under way, police say. Police confirmed to Al Jazeera that 11 other people were injured in Friday's attack when two vehicles packed with explosives detonated near a Shia shrine.
Two car bombs have exploded near a Shia Muslim shrine in Iraq's southern city of Karbala, killing two people at a site...

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14 Jul 2011

Iraq torture: An office of Nouri Maliki linked to jail torture, Iraq officials say

Elite units controlled by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's military office are ignoring members of parliament and the government's own directive by operating a clandestine jail in Baghdad's Green Zone where prisoners routinely face torture to extract confessions, Iraqi officials say.
Elite units controlled by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's military office are ignoring members of parliament and the...

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5 Jul 2011

35 killed, 47 wounded in combined car bomb and roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad

Double blasts from a car bomb and a roadside bombing at a parking lot outside a city council building north of Baghdad killed at least 35 people on Tuesday, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.
Double blasts from a car bomb and a roadside bombing at a parking lot outside a city council building north of Baghdad...

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2 Jul 2011

US envoy: Troop extension in Iraq is possible

The United States remains open to keeping thousands of troops in Iraq beyond the end of the year if asked, but will require Iraqi forces to provide them with greater security, the US envoy to Iraq said Saturday.
The United States remains open to keeping thousands of troops in Iraq beyond the end of the year if asked, but will...
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1 Jul 2011

Iraqis try to cope with instability

Life for many Iraqis today involves navigating a daily maze of traffic jams caused by checkpoints, petrol queues and concrete barriers. In Al Jazeera's special on Iraq, Rawya Rageh reports from Baghdad on the uncertainties that face families living in the war-torn country.
Life for many Iraqis today involves navigating a daily maze of traffic jams caused by checkpoints, petrol queues and...

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30 Jun 2011

U.S. Monthly Combat Deaths in Iraq at 3-Year High

The American military announced on Thursday that three more American soldiers had been killed this week, as the combat-related deaths for United States forces in Iraq reached a monthly toll not seen since 2008.
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29 Jun 2011

Iraq’s Kurds fear border disputes

In less than six months, the nearly 46,000 US troops still deployed in Iraq will leave the country. But for Iraq's Kurds, the scheduled withdrawal is a big concern, as they try to resolve disputes over territory.
In less than six months, the nearly 46,000 US troops still deployed in Iraq will leave the country. But for Iraq's...
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