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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...

2006-07-22 03:05:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday approved an agreement that will let Saudi Arabia buy up to $276 million in spare parts for its M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other equipment from U.S. stocks. In a mandatory notification to Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees major arms sales, said the deal would help improve the security of Saudi Arabia. Congress has 30 days to block the deal, although such action is rare. "The...

2006-07-21 20:16:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday approved an agreement that will let Saudi Arabia buy up to $276 million in spare parts for its M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other equipment from U.S. stocks. In a mandatory notification to Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees major arms sales, said the deal would help improve the security of Saudi Arabia. Congress has 30 days to block the deal, although such action is rare. "The...

2006-07-13 18:59:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraq war could cost U.S. taxpayers between $202 billion and $406 billion more over the next 10 years, depending on how quickly U.S. force levels can be reduced, congressional budget experts said on Thursday. The Congressional Budget Office offered two cost scenarios for the war, which it said so far has cost almost $300 billion. If the number of U.S. troops in the Iraqi theater can be reduced to 140,000 next year from the current level of about 190,000 and...

2006-06-20 19:21:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia expects to be able to review its troop deployment in Iraq by the end of this year, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said on Wednesday. But Nelson said any plans to withdraw troops would depend on how successful Iraq was at taking control of its own security. "I can assure you that the next six months in al Muthanna is going to be extremely important for our future involvement in Iraq," Nelson told Australian television. "If we can see that the...

2006-06-15 07:53:11

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq war has reached 2,500, the Pentagon said on Thursday, more than three years into a conflict that finds U.S. and allied foreign forces locked in a struggle with a resilient insurgency. In addition, the Pentagon said 18,490 U.S. troops have been wounded in the war, which began in March 2003 with a U.S.-led invasion to topple President Saddam Hussein. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed....

2006-06-14 13:53:48

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday he will use his first U.S. visit since the centre-left government took power last month to spell out Rome's Iraq pullout plan and urge the United States to close Guantanamo Bay. Massimo D'Alema, who meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday, described the issues as part of Rome's shift toward a more European-aligned foreign policy after five years under a U.S.-focused centre-right...

2006-06-14 10:22:20

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans should expect steady progress in Iraq but it would be unrealistic to hope for "zero violence" any time soon, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday, the day after his trip to Baghdad to meet the new Iraqi government. Bush, facing sagging public support for the Iraq war, was also cautious about prospects for reducing the some 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, reiterating his stance that U.S. troops can only start coming home as the...

2006-06-14 10:14:43

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans should expect steady progress in Iraq but it would be unrealistic to hope for "zero violence" any time soon, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday, the day after his trip to Baghdad to meet the new Iraqi government. Bush, facing sagging public support for the Iraq war, was also cautious about prospects for reducing the some 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, reiterating his stance that U.S. troops can only start coming home as the...

2006-06-07 18:31:11

By Akiko Fujita TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) - A U.S. Army officer said on Wednesday that fighting in the war in Iraq would make him "party to war crimes" and he would not go. First Lt. Ehren Watada's supporters -- including clergy and a military family group -- said he is the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to serve in Iraq and risked being court-martialed. The Pentagon said Watada was among a number of officers and enlisted personnel who have applied for...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • 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.
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