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2006-01-15 01:40:02

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, ruler of the tiny Gulf oil-producing state and a U.S. ally, died on Sunday after a long illness, state media reported. He was 78. Under the constitution, Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah, 76, will become emir of the OPEC nation. But because illness has incapacitated Saad, political analysts expect Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah to effectively run the country -- a role he...

2006-01-15 00:58:12

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, ruler of the tiny Gulf oil-producing state and a U.S. ally, died on Sunday after a long illness, state media reported. He was 78. Under the constitution, Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah, 76, will become emir. But because illness has incapacitated Saad, political analysts expect Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah to effectively run the country -- a role he has played over the...

2006-01-13 10:41:12

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - German's security services faced the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry on Friday, triggered by reports that German agents in Baghdad had helped the United States pinpoint bombing targets at the start of the Iraq war. Despite official denials, the reports have stirred unease in Germany and drawn accusations that the then government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was secretly aiding the U.S. war effort, while publicly...

2006-01-13 09:55:30

By Omar al-Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The wife and daughter of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz demanded his release from prison after visiting him on Friday, saying he was seriously ill and suffering from a host of ailments. "My father is losing weight. He suffers from pains in the heart and has blood pressure problems. He has had two strokes already," Aziz's daughter Zainab told Reuters. Aziz, 70, once the public face of Saddam Hussein's regime abroad, was jailed after...

2006-01-12 10:38:50

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency denied on Thursday reports its spies in Baghdad had helped U.S. warplanes select bombing targets during the invasion of Iraq, which the Berlin government had strongly opposed. Opposition politicians seized on the report as evidence the then government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had secretly backed the U.S.-led war while making political capital from condemning it in public. Some...

2006-01-11 16:35:56

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has displayed damaging cultural insensitivity in Iraq, while being blinded by unrealistic optimism and predisposed to use maximum force, a senior British officer wrote in a blistering appraisal in a U.S. military publication. The essay by British Army Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster, who served with U.S. forces in Iraq from December 2003 to November 2004, appeared in the latest edition of the magazine Military Review, published by...

2006-01-10 11:01:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, facing a mounting U.S. death toll in Iraq, predicted on Tuesday more tough fighting in 2006 but said there would be "more progress toward victory." Bush, in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said progress would come in Iraq's political process, reconstruction and the battle against insurgents during the year. "We will see more tough fighting and we will see more sacrifice in 2006 because the enemies of freedom continue to sow...

2006-01-09 20:05:00

By Jason Szep BOSTON -- The cost of the Iraq war could top $2 trillion, far above the White House's pre-war projections, when long-term costs such as lifetime health care for thousands of wounded U.S. soldiers are included, a study said on Monday. Columbia University economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard lecturer Linda Bilmes included in their study disability payments for the 16,000 wounded U.S. soldiers, about 20 percent of whom suffer serious brain or spinal injuries. They said U.S....

2006-01-05 19:05:32

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's top general accused a key Democratic Iraq war critic on Thursday of damaging military recruiting and troop morale by saying Americans are justified in not volunteering for military duty. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the military's Joints Chiefs of Staff, took exception to remarks made by Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who retired as a colonel after 37 years in the Marine Corps. In an...

2006-01-01 13:33:37

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush started the New Year on Sunday by visiting wounded troops, mostly from the Iraq war, who are receiving care in Texas. After spending the holiday week at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Bush stopped at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, where he awarded nine Purple Hearts and visited about 50 wounded troops. He was return to Washington later in the day to tackle his agenda for 2006, another year in which the Iraq...