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2006-03-19 11:31:30

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's only superpower has learned some hard lessons during three years of war in Iraq and there is increasing skepticism about whether it can ever achieve its objectives there. President George W. Bush's stated rationale for invading in March 2003 -- ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction -- quickly proved illusory. No such arms were ever found. Three years later, as bodies are dumped daily on the streets...

2006-03-19 04:29:01

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaving Iraq now would be like handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a column published on Sunday, the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. "Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis," he wrote in an essay in The Washington Post. Rumsfeld said "the terrorists" were trying to fuel sectarian tensions to spark a civil war, but they...

2006-03-16 16:37:39

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Thursday it launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to root out insurgents near a town where recent violence raised fears of civil war. Announced with media fanfare just hours after Iraq's parliament held a brief first meeting that did nothing to end a political stalemate over forming a government, the U.S. military said 50 aircraft were taking part in the raids north of Baghdad. The U.S....

2006-03-16 18:39:15

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush clung to his doctrine of using preemptive force against threats of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday despite his experience in Iraq, and said Iran may be America's biggest security challenge. A new White House national security strategy document said it was the strong U.S. preference to use international diplomacy to address weapons proliferation concerns. "If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of...

2006-03-15 19:15:16

By Sue Pleming SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began a three-day trip to Australia on Thursday to thank one of America's closest allies for keeping troops in Iraq and to discuss China's emergence as an Asia-Pacific power. With sectarian violence rising in Iraq, the United States is anxious to retain as many foreign forces as it can there. Australia has promised to keep troops in Iraq into 2007. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said before his...

2006-03-15 08:40:32

By Peter Graff ALDERSHOT (Reuters) - A British Air Force doctor who refused to go to Iraq because he believed the war to be illegal pleaded his case before a military court on Wednesday. Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, 37, had earlier already served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he faces five counts of disobeying lawful orders for refusing to go on training assignments and deploy back to Basra last year. Government lawyers told a preliminary hearing that nothing...

2006-03-13 20:03:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Monday said it was preparing to release prewar Iraqi government material from a trove of documents and tape-recordings captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The office of U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte decided in recent days to fund a review and release process for an estimated 48,000 boxes of documents and hundreds of recorded conversations, including many involving Saddam Hussein himself, officials said. The...

2006-03-10 19:27:46

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush vowed on Friday to do everything possible to prevent civil war in Iraq, as he laid the groundwork for a public relations drive to shore up sagging American support for his Iraq policy. Hampered by low job approval ratings dragged down by discontent over the war in Iraq, Bush planned a series of speeches starting on Monday to sell the American public on what the White House called "our strategy for victory." The...

2006-03-10 10:10:05

BERLIN (Reuters) - A parliamentary inquiry will probe the alleged CIA kidnapping of a German national as well as focusing on the role of German spies during the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the three opposition parties agreed on Friday. The Greens, Free Democrats and Left Party said they had agreed to demand a broad inquiry into the intelligence services, which will now go ahead despite the opposition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative-led coalition. Allegations that two German...

2006-03-10 09:58:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid rising sectarian violence in Iraq, President George W. Bush will make a new push to bolster support for his Iraq policy in a series of speeches that begin on Monday. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said on Friday the objective would be to update Americans on "our strategy for victory in Iraq," to talk about progress on the ground and "the lessons we have learned and how we are acting and adapting to fix what was not working." Bush has been hampered...


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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.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'