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2006-06-12 20:36:10

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday introduced a resolution they said would be the springboard for a thorough debate on the Iraq war, but Democrats decried it for dealing broadly with the war on terrorism instead focusing on Iraq. The House later this week is to debate the resolution, which declares the United States will prevail in the war on terror and does not mention Iraq until the eighth paragraph. With President George W....

2006-06-09 12:51:03

By Ibon Villelabeitia and Fredrik Dahl BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was still alive and tried to escape from a stretcher when American troops reached his hideout where war planes had dropped two 500-pound bombs that killed him, the U.S. military said on Friday. The mortally wounded Sunni Arab militant mumbled before he died from injuries he suffered during the air strike in a village north of Baghdad on Wednesday, said Major General William Caldwell, the U.S. military...

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...

2006-05-29 09:18:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charges will be brought against U.S. Marines if an investigation into the alleged killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians uncovers wrongdoing, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Monday. Marine Gen. Peter Pace also told CNN that he still did not know why it had taken nearly three months for the Pentagon to find out about the November 19 incident in the Iraqi town of Haditha, in which up to 24 civilians were killed. "If the allegations as they are...

2006-05-28 19:01:21

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The killing of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines has done more damage to America's aims in Iraq than the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, a Democratic congressman and vocal war critic said on Sunday. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a decorated retired Marine, told ABC News there was "no question" that the U.S. military tried to cover up the killing of as many as two dozen Iraqi civilians last year in the town of Haditha. "I will not excuse...

2006-05-26 11:18:30

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair appealed on Friday for more international support for Iraq and urged quick reform of world bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank and IMF to tackle future crises like Iraq. Many nations, including Germany and France, opposed the invasion of Iraq, and Blair said it was time not only for reconciliation in Baghdad but in the international community. "The war, I know, split the world. The struggle of Iraqis...

2006-05-26 09:26:01

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged the world on Friday to stand by a new democratic Iraq and called for major reform of bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank and IMF to help tackle world crises. Many nations, such as Germany and France, opposed the invasion of Iraq, and Blair said the time had come for reconciliation not only in Baghdad but in the international community. "The war split the world. The struggle of Iraqis for...

2006-05-18 09:16:50

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed on Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement. The statement issued by the 4th Infantry Division that patrols the Iraqi capital did not give further details. The United States has around 133,000 troops in Iraq, suffering daily casualties in insurgent and other attacks three years after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. "Four Multi-National...

2006-05-16 07:13:58

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Iraq, locked in a war that cannot be won by military force alone, are facing a weapon that tends to favor insurgents -- time. The war is in its fourth year and public support is waning. According to opinion polls taken in May, a majority of Americans think that invading Iraq was a mistake and that things in Iraq are going badly. The souring public mood does not bode well for the prospects of prevailing...

2006-05-11 03:47:21

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers formally launched an investigation into the security services on Thursday that will delve into sensitive areas of cooperation with the United States, including over the Iraq war. An 11-member parliamentary team convened for the first time, ironically on the same day that the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the foreign intelligence agency, was throwing a party in central Berlin to celebrate its 50th...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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