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2006-03-20 16:29:53

By Tabassum Zakaria CLEVELAND (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he understands that unrelenting violence in Iraq has shaken Americans' confidence but pledged the United States will not abandon the country as the fourth post-invasion year begins. In a series of speeches, Bush is trying to convince an increasingly skeptical public that he has a winning strategy for Iraq amid widespread concerns that sectarian violence is turning into civil war. Speaking to the City...

2006-03-20 16:02:17

By Tabassum Zakaria CLEVELAND (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he understands that unrelenting violence in Iraq has shaken Americans' confidence but pledged the United States will not abandon the country as the fourth post-invasion year begins. In a series of speeches, Bush is trying to convince an increasingly skeptical public that he has a winning strategy for Iraq amid widespread concerns that sectarian violence is turning into civil war. Speaking to the City...

2006-03-11 14:48:29

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, in his latest push to counter rising opposition to the Iraq war as it nears its third anniversary, said on Saturday he believes the country can avoid an all-out civil war because of the increased capability of Iraqi troops. Bush said in his weekly radio address his aim was to have Iraqi forces patrol more turf than U.S. forces by year-end. But faced with polls showing the war is increasingly unpopular, he said he...

2006-03-11 10:23:32

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the Iraq war nearly 3 years old and showing no sign of letting up, President George W. Bush said on Saturday he hoped to have Iraqi forces control more territory than U.S. troops by year's end. Laying the groundwork for a new attempt to bolster support for the war, Bush said in his weekly radio address he could understand why many Americans wonder whether the conflict has been worth it. "The security of our country is directly linked to the...

2006-03-09 15:33:32

By Vicki Allen and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi forces, not American troops, would deal with a civil war if one erupts in Iraq and U.S. troop cuts remained possible despite a recent surge in violence, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday. Rumsfeld also told a Senate committee that Iraqi leaders, who have failed to assemble a new government since the December 15 parliamentary elections, must promptly form a "unity government." "The plan is to prevent a civil...

2006-03-09 12:45:00

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON -- Iraqi security forces, not U.S. troops, should be the ones to try to deal with any civil war in Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday. Rumsfeld was confronted with mounting concerns among senators over the risks of a civil war when he appeared before a congressional committee to defend massive U.S. spending on the Iraq war. "The plan is to prevent a civil war," Rumsfeld said in response to questions by Sen. Robert Byrd, a West Virginia...

2006-03-03 08:15:28

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has asked the United States for more information about an alleged secret plan by Saddam Hussein to defend Baghdad against the 2003 U.S. invasion, the government said on Friday. Government spokesman Thomas Steg said Germany stood by its denial of a New York Times report this week which said its intelligence agents obtained the plan and passed it to the United States weeks before the invasion. But he said the government had asked Washington for more details...

2006-02-28 14:17:11

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - America's backing for President George W. Bush's handling of the war in Iraq has tumbled to an all-time low, and the vast majority of troops fighting there want out within the next year, new polls showed on Tuesday. The latest surveys painted a grim picture for the U.S. president as he decried a surge of sectarian violence that has pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war and dented U.S. hopes for stability needed to pave the way for a U.S....

2006-02-16 08:20:00

By Kate Holton LONDON -- At least 1,333 British servicemen and women have developed mental health problems after serving in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday, as veterans' groups warned the number could be higher. A ministry spokeswoman said the figure represented "only 1.5 percent" of the troops who had served in the country and pointed out the cases were not all stress related. "They could potentially be mental health issues that may have occurred anyway," she said. Of the...

2006-01-26 19:30:12

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army notified Congress on Thursday it planned to reduce troop strength for its reserves and National Guard, a step Democrats questioned because of demands from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Army proposed reducing its reserves' strength to 188,000 from 205,000, and the Army National Guard to 333,000 from 350,000, said Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. "Given the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'