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2008-07-15 15:00:07

President George Bush said the United States is fighting a war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and has the patience and determination to succeed in both. Is this a war or is this like law enforcement? Bush asked rhetorically during a White House news conference Tuesday, saying he decided making full use of U.S. assets to protect the American people was important for the country's future. We've got to succeed in both Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. Successes can be reported from Iraq,...

2008-07-09 15:00:13

The major party presidential candidates are fine-tuning their plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, their campaigns say, now that Baghdad wants a timetable. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says he wants U.S. combat troops pulled out of Iraq carefully, while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is rethinking his position on timetables after the U.S.-backed Iraqi leadership made such a request part of a security agreement, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. In a statement, Iraqi President Nouri...

2008-07-09 12:00:17

The United States is against a schedule to withdraw troops from Iraq, the White House said, despite Iraqi officials wanting a plan as part of a security pact. We have always been opposed, and remain so, to an arbitrary withdrawal date, White House spokesman Dana Perino said Wednesday in Japan before the Group of Eight summit ended. We believe that, as we've said before, that any actual troop withdrawal schedule needs to be based on conditions on the ground. On Tuesday, Iraqi leaders said...

2008-07-07 09:00:35

Bush's Iraq report ignored by U.S. media WASHINGTON, July 3 (Xinhua) -- There's little media reaction to a new Bush administration report touting "progress" in Iraq, U.S. Media Research Center said Thursday. The administration had expected the report to be a big news Tuesday, which claimed that Iraq had made satisfactory progress on 15 of the 18 political benchmarks set by the United States. But the Media Research Center said in a finding that there wasn't a word about the report on...

2008-07-01 09:00:17

Militants killed more U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in June than in Iraq for the second straight month, after a run of headline- grabbing insurgent attacks that analysts say underscore the Taliban's growing strength. - Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press Pentagon report Last week, a Pentagon report forecast that the Taliban would maintain or increase its pace of attacks, which are already up 40 percent this year from 2007 where U.S. troops operate near Pakistan. trend in...

2008-06-20 06:00:34

By Charles Levinson BASRA, Iraq -- In the oil-rich deserts of southern Iraq, a rusted pipeline snakes through piles of burning garbage, lakes of raw sewage and slums controlled by hostile militias. Mundal Mayali, a local councilman, points to the pipeline and sighs. If oil infrastructure like this were modernized and the country's vast untapped reserves of crude explored, then this port city of Basra -- and indeed much of Iraq -- would flourish, he says. "We are desperate for oil...

2008-06-16 09:00:20

By NATASHA T METZLER By Natasha T. Metzler The Associated Press ARLINGTON Republican presidential candidate John McCain met Sunday with Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari. The two discussed security improvements in Iraq and spoke about negotiations between the two countries on an agreement to pave the way for the future presence of U.S. military forces in Iraq. Many Iraqis object to the idea of an indefinite U.S. presence in their country. "It's very important that we not...

2006-09-01 12:34:35

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violent deaths among civilians in Iraq may have fallen by a quarter last month, statistics indicated on Friday, despite a bloody week in Baghdad that ended with 70 dead in a series of explosions late on Thursday. The partial data, provided by Iraq's Interior Ministry and based on figures from the Health Ministry, tend to confirm U.S. military confidence that a crackdown in the capital has slowed the bloodletting but also that dozens are still...

2006-09-01 10:58:08

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, who heads an independent panel charged with taking a fresh look at U.S. policy in Iraq, met the most senior Sunni leaders in the Iraqi coalition government on Friday. Baker held talks in Baghdad with Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie, both members of the Sunni minority who form the backbone of the insurgency fighting to oust U.S. forces from Iraq. Zobaie has been meeting Sunni...

2006-09-01 09:13:35

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, who heads an independent panel charged with taking a fresh look at U.S. policy in Iraq, met one of the most senior Sunni leaders in the Iraqi coalition government on Friday. Baker held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie in his offices in the Green Zone government compound in Baghdad. Zobaie has been meeting Sunni tribal leaders as part of the government's efforts to defuse a bloody Sunni insurgency. The...