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2006-01-01 08:22:20

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of countries providing troops to serve in Iraq as part of the American-led coalition is declining, and some key U.S. allies have announced plans to keep forces there only at reduced levels. These developments come as the United States plans to roll back the size of its own 155,000-member force that was in place for December 15 Iraqi parliamentary election and considers deeper troop cuts later in 2006. Meanwhile, the number of...

2005-12-27 07:59:30

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi officials said they found the skeletal remains of 31 people in what they described as a mass grave in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala on Tuesday. A senior official at the laboratory to which the bodies were taken said the people appeared to have died during the suppression of a Shi'ite uprising against Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Gulf War. "There are 31 bodies. We're still testing but it appears they are victims of the events of 1991," the official...

2005-12-25 05:02:40

By Lesley Wroughton MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld left Iraq on Christmas Eve confident that his cautious strategy to hand over security responsibilities to Iraqi forces -- a critical component for eventually declaring victory - was working so far. The unannounced two-day visit ending on Saturday, which followed stops in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was considered a "stock-taking mission" that had been planned for months with the intention of capitalizing on...

2005-12-14 15:33:39

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush took the blame on Wednesday for going to war in Iraq over faulty intelligence but said he was right to topple Saddam Hussein and urged Americans to be patient as Iraqis vote. "It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq, and I am also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities and we're doing just...

2005-12-12 13:28:58

By Tabassum Zakaria PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday 30,000 Iraqis have been killed since the Iraq war began and, speaking days before election in Iraq, acknowledged setbacks in efforts to create a democracy there. "No nation in history has made the transition to a free society without facing challenges, setbacks and false starts," Bush said in a speech and question-and-answer session at the World Affairs Council, striking a more realistic tone...

2005-12-12 12:05:30

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday about 30,000 Iraqi citizens had died in the Iraq war since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

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2005-12-06 12:55:00

By Patricia Wilson FORT DRUM, New York -- Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday joined the White House push to counter growing discontent with the Iraq war, acknowledging challenges ahead but insisting "steady progress" had been made on the political and security fronts. The speech before cheering camouflage-clad soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and the 42nd Infantry Division, of whom 3,500 returned to Fort Drum from Iraq last month -- marked a change in tone for the vice...

2005-11-30 12:06:59

By Tabassum Zakaria ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. troops will be able to withdraw from Iraq as local forces gain competence, U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday, but near Baghdad the killing of nine people underscored a dire security situation two weeks before Iraq's milestone election. In a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in which he outlined his Iraq strategy, Bush said the U.S. goal is for Iraqis to take the lead in the fight against insurgents and to take...

2005-11-29 06:13:10

BERLIN (Reuters) - Kidnappers in Iraq have threatened to kill a German woman and her driver unless Berlin stops cooperating with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, German state television ARD reported on Tuesday. A German Foreign Ministry spokesman traveling with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Washington the woman had been missing since Friday and that a crisis unit had been set up to secure her safety. "The German government is working on getting the hostage out of...

2005-11-23 14:29:55

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon plans to shrink the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, currently 155,000, to about 138,000 after the December 15 Iraqi elections and is considering dropping the number to about 100,000 next summer if conditions allow, defense officials said on Wednesday. But officials said a variety of planning scenarios, including the possibility of no cut in troop levels, are being reviewed based on political and security conditions in Iraq and progress...


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