Latest Gulf War Stories

2008-06-23 00:00:07

By The Associated Press As of Saturday, June 21, 2008, at least 4,102 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action. At least 3,340 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The AP count is one fewer than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday at 9 a.m. The British military has reported 176 deaths;...

2008-06-22 15:00:00

By SAMEER N. YACOUB, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD A sharp drop in attacks on pipelines has enabled Iraq to increase oil exports from northern oil fields and profit from the rise in world energy prices, the country's oil minister said Friday. Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said pipeline attacks fell from an average of 30 a month in 2007 to four last month. Most of the attacks had been in the north, where Sunni insurgents were active. Al-Shahristani told Al-Sharqiya television that...

2008-06-20 06:00:34

By Charles Levinson BASRA, Iraq -- In the oil-rich deserts of southern Iraq, a rusted pipeline snakes through piles of burning garbage, lakes of raw sewage and slums controlled by hostile militias. Mundal Mayali, a local councilman, points to the pipeline and sighs. If oil infrastructure like this were modernized and the country's vast untapped reserves of crude explored, then this port city of Basra -- and indeed much of Iraq -- would flourish, he says. "We are desperate for oil...

2008-03-26 18:30:00

Behind the Pentagon's closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President Bush Wednesday they are worried about the Iraq war's mounting strain on troops and their families. But they indicated they'd go along with a brief halt in pulling out troops this summer. The Joint Chiefs of Staff did say senior commanders in Iraq should make more frequent assessments of security conditions, an idea that appeared aimed at increasing pressure for more rapid troop reductions. The chiefs' concern is that...

2008-03-11 00:50:00

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, reported Monday that exposure to nerve agents, pesticides and various other toxic chemicals might be to blame for the chronic Gulf War illness that affects up to one-third of Gulf War veterans.  The scientists analyzed a number of studies and found compelling evidence that the fatigue, joint and muscle pain, memory and sleep problems, rashes and respiratory problems experienced by Gulf War veterans are due to exposure to...

2007-07-27 12:05:00

By ROSALIE WESTENSKOW Many U.S. Gulf War veterans continue to suffer from mysterious illnesses more than 16 years after the conflict ended, several witnesses testified this week before a congressional committee. One in four of those who served -- 175,000 veterans -- remains seriously ill, James Binns, chairman of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, said at a House of Representatives Health subcommittee hearing. Gulf War syndrome or illness manifests itself...

2006-08-28 23:52:21

By Patricia Wilson and Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON/RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney, seizing on Democratic calls to pull troops out of Iraq, on Monday linked early withdrawal to the possibility of terrorist attacks in the United States. As Cheney and President George W. Bush try to help Republicans keep control of the U.S. Congress on November 7, polls show public support for the war ebbing. Bush gets better marks for his handling of terrorism. "Some in our own...

2006-08-28 17:17:45

By Kristin Roberts NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nevada (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned potential adversaries on Monday that the United States remained capable of responding to military threats at home and abroad, despite its troop commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We are capable of dealing with other problems were they to occur," he told troops at an airfield in the Nevada desert. "It would be unfortunate if other countries thought that because we have...

2006-08-28 15:39:51

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday seized on Democratic calls to pull troops out of Iraq to draw an election-year link between early withdrawal and the possibility of terrorist attacks in the United States. As Cheney and President George W. Bush try to help Republicans keep control of the U.S. Congress on November 7, polls show public support for the war ebbing away. But Bush gets better marks for his handling of terrorism and Cheney tied...

2006-07-31 15:10:16

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military death toll in Iraq fell for a third straight month in July to one of the lower levels of the 3-year-old war despite rising violence that prompted the Pentagon to expand the U.S. force. At least 44 U.S. troops were killed in July, well below the war's average U.S. monthly death toll of just under 64. A 132,000-strong U.S. force is battling a tenacious insurgency as sectarian violence surges, fueling concern over civil war. There...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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