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2006-04-06 14:31:04

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps can sustain indefinitely its current troop level in Iraq, the No. 2 Marine general said on Thursday, despite concerns about the 3-year-old war breaking the all-volunteer military. Gen. Robert Magnus, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, also said the Marines do not plan to prohibit troops from having commercial body armor while deployed, as the Army did last week. Some troops and their families have bought body armor...

2006-04-06 07:22:02

CAGLIARI, Sardinia (Reuters) - Italy has thwarted a planned terror attack, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said on Thursday during a campaign rally ahead of the April 9-10 general election. A source familiar with the operation, who declined to be named, said the strikes in northern Italy were likely meant to take place before the vote, in which U.S. Iraq war ally Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is running for re-election. The source gave no further details. "Now I can say it....

2006-03-30 10:46:51

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia denied on Thursday a Pentagon report that a Russian diplomat gave intelligence on U.S. military moves to Baghdad during the Iraq War and said the report was intended to distract attention from problems in Iraq. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said in a statement that Moscow had looked into the assertions but that they were wrong. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had asked Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to look into the report...

2006-03-28 16:25:47

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Russia on Tuesday to investigate Pentagon assertions that Moscow gave intelligence to Iraq on U.S. military movements shortly after the 2003 invasion. Russia's defense minister called the accusations "complete rubbish," and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he did not know whether the assertions made in a Pentagon report, released on Friday by the military's Joint Forces Command, were...

2006-03-28 14:04:01

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Russia on Tuesday to conduct a "serious investigation" into reports Moscow gave intelligence on U.S. military movements to Iraq at the start of the 2003 invasion. Deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Rice spoke via telephone to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday about alleged intelligence-sharing between Russia and Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq three years...

2006-03-26 23:37:14

By Adrian Croft and James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Iraq and Afghanistan were decisive battlegrounds for the values the West believes in and warned of the risk of a U.S. retreat into isolationism. In a speech to the Australian parliament, Blair made his case for the West to get involved in a broad range of issues, not just on the security front, in its struggle against Islamist militants. U.S. allies Australia and Britain both...

2006-03-26 16:17:48

By Adrian Croft MELBOURNE (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking amid calls by many Australians for their troops to be withdrawn from Iraq, will tell Australia's parliament on Monday now is not the time to quit the violence-torn country. U.S. allies Australia and Britain both have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Australian opposition leader Kim Beazley has said a future Labor government would withdraw Australia's troops from Iraq as soon as possible, and a recent...

2006-03-21 16:28:47

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Tuesday it is possible some U.S. troops will still be in Iraq after his presidency ends in three years time, but he insisted civil war had not erupted there. Washington has resisted setting a timetable for withdrawal although American officials have said a substantial pullout could start later this year and many of Bush's Republican allies are anxious to show progress before U.S. congressional elections in...

2006-03-21 16:54:36

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Army Gen. John Abizaid, who oversees U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as head of Central Command, has agreed to keep the job at least another year at the request of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, defense officials said on Tuesday. Abizaid, 54, is responsible for about 250,000 troops in the 25-nation Central Command region stretching from the Horn of Africa to Central Asia, spanning much of the Middle East. Since he succeeded...

2006-03-21 12:05:00

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush held out the possibility on Tuesday of a U.S. troop presence in Iraq for many years, saying a full withdrawal would depend on decisions by future U.S. presidents and Iraqi governments. Bush, struggling to rebound from low job approval ratings that he blamed largely on the war, was asked at a news conference if there would come a time when no U.S. troops are in Iraq. "That, of course, is an objective. And that will be decided by future...


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