Latest Fallujah Stories

2008-09-02 09:00:11

By Dexter Filkins Two years ago, Anbar Province was the most lethal place for American forces in Iraq. A U.S. marine or soldier died in the province nearly every day, and the provincial capital, Ramadi, was a moonscape of rubble and ruins. Islamic extremists controlled large pieces of territory, with some so ferocious in their views that they did not even allow the baking of bread. On Monday, U.S. commanders formally returned responsibility for keeping order in Anbar Province, once the...

2008-09-02 06:00:04

By Charles Levinson BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military turned over control of Iraq's Anbar province, once the country's most dangerous, to the Iraqi government Monday in a landmark step toward the withdrawal of more American troops. President Bush declared in a statement that al-Qaeda had been defeated in the western desert province, which was on the brink of collapse to the Islamic militant group two years ago. There have been signs of trouble in Anbar recently as local Sunni leaders...

2008-09-02 00:00:02

By Patrick Cockburn THE US military handed over security control of the province of Anbar to Iraqi government forces yesterday, claiming victory over al- Qa'ida in Iraq. President George Bush hailed the deal as a breakthrough. "Today, Anbar is no longer lost to al-Qa'ida, it is al- Qa'ida that lost Anbar," he said Anbar was once the heartland of the Sunni Arab uprising against the US occupation. The insurgency took place largely in the towns and cities along the upper Euphrates valley as...

2008-08-29 12:00:07

A member of a California jury that found a former U.S. Marine not guilty in the deaths of four Iraqi detainees says there was not enough evidence to convict. Jury forewoman Ingrid Wicken said prosecutors did not present enough evidence to convict former Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario, 28, in the first U.S. case where a former serviceman was tried for a combat crime by a civilian jury, the Los Angeles Times said Friday. Authorities had charged Nazario with manslaughter, assault and use of a...

2008-08-29 09:00:11

By CHELSEA J CARTER By Chelsea J. Carter The Associated Press RIVERSIDE, Calif. A former Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in a first-of-its-kind federal trial. The jury took six hours to find Jose Luis Nazario Jr. not guilty of charges that he killed or caused others to kill four unarmed detainees on Nov. 9, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq, during some of the fiercest fighting of the war. The verdict left the 28-year-old...

2008-08-28 18:15:00

A former Marine was acquitted Thursday in California of killing four Iraqi civilians while he was a squadron leader. The verdict, reached after less than six hours of deliberations, was the first concerning a former soldier in a civilian court for alleged crimes committed in the military, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Jose Luis Nazario Jr. was tried in federal court in Riverside because he had left the Marines. Nazario, who was a sergeant in the Marines, was charged with...

2007-10-23 21:00:00

By RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON - Heavier guns and sturdier trucks would not have saved a team of Blackwater USA guards brutally killed in March 2004 after being lured by corrupt Iraqi forces into a well-planned ambush, the embattled private security contractor contends in a report to Congress. This conclusion sharply contradicts the findings of a congressional investigation led by House Democrats and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of the four slain guards. Blackwater is cast...

2007-01-24 09:00:00

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four of the five Americans killed when a U.S. security company's helicopter crashed in a dangerous Sunni neighborhood in central Baghdad were shot execution style in the back of the head, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday. A senior Iraqi military official said a machine gunner downed the helicopter, but a U.S. military official in Washington said there were no indications that the aircraft, owned by Blackwater USA, had been shot out of the sky....

Word of the Day
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.