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2006-07-14 04:26:19

TOKYO (Reuters) - With their troops in the midst of a withdrawal from Iraq, a poll showed most Japanese now believe Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was right to send the forces on their riskiest mission since World War Two. Japan dispatched around 550 troops to the southern Iraqi town of Samawa starting in February 2004 in a show of support for its most important ally, the United States. With their activities limited by Japan's pacifist constitution, they were involved mainly in...

2006-07-12 13:21:22

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a bus station north of Baghdad, pulled 24 people from a crowd and then killed most of them before dumping their bound and blindfolded bodies in a village nearby, officials said on Wednesday. The assailants, who had asked for identity cards before taking their victims, fled in seven minibuses after the attack in the town of Miqdadiya, 100 km (60 miles), said Major General Ahmed al-Awad, commander of the 5th Iraqi Army division. There were conflicting...

2006-07-12 05:39:05

By Kristin Roberts BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in Baghdad on Wednesday for an unannounced visit to U.S. commanders, said security in Iraq now depends as much on the Iraqi government's political success as on beating the insurgency militarily. Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq the day after suicide bombers killed 16 people outside the main entrance of the heavily fortified Green Zone government compound, where he was due to hold his meetings. That attack coincided...

2006-07-08 16:37:48

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders and U.S. military commanders there anticipate that American troops could start withdrawing this year, two Democratic U.S. senators who favor such a move said on Saturday after a visit to Iraq. "The commanders on the ground, and Iraq's political leaders, suggest that it is appropriate to begin a redeployment of American forces as early as some time this year," said Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island. "I asked the prime minister (Nuri...

2006-07-07 10:09:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqis should take over policing from U.S. and coalition forces in half of Iraq's provinces by year-end, but that may not have an impact on American troop levels, a U.S. general said on Friday. Brig. Gen. Kurt Cichowski, speaking to reporters by videoconference from Baghdad, said the transfer of policing functions and U.S. troops levels were "mutually exclusive." Iraq's southern province of Muthanna, as expected, will be the first to take over its own security....

2006-07-05 23:51:46

KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded early on Thursday at a Shi'ite Muslim shrine near the holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, killing seven people, mostly pilgrims from neighboring Iran, police said. It was not immediately clear how many other people were wounded in the dawn explosion at Kufa, a religious center on the outskirts of Najaf, some 10 km (6 miles) from the center of the city. Witnesses said two buses outside the Maithem al-Tamar shrine were burned out. Since...

2006-07-05 23:39:50

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) A car bomb exploded on Thursday at a Shi'ite Muslim shrine near the holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, killing seven people, police said. It was not how many other people were wounded in the explosion at Kufa, a religious center on the outskirts of Najaf that is also the base for the radical Shi'ite cleric and militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

2006-07-03 11:39:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. soldier was arrested and charged with killing four Iraqi civilians and raping one of the female victims, U.S. officials said on Monday. Steven Green, 21, who was stationed in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, appeared in court in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is expected to be sent to Kentucky where he has been charged with the attacks that took place in March 2006 near Mahmudiya, Iraq. Green, who faces a possible death penalty if convicted,...

2006-06-30 09:24:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military launched a criminal investigation into whether U.S. soldiers killed a family of four Iraqi civilians in their home south of Baghdad, officials said on Friday. A preliminary military inquiry into the incident found sufficient reason to move to a formal criminal investigation, the military said in a statement released in Baghdad. It is the latest in a series of investigations in which U.S. troops are suspected in the killings of civilians. Army...

2006-06-29 05:57:57

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq by the end of this year, Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu said on Thursday. The announcement regarding Romania's 890 troops follows a similar move by Italy, while Japan began withdrawing its troops from the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq last week. Tariceanu said the Iraq mission was too costly for the poor ex-communist country, which hopes to enter the European Union next year. It was also unpopular with many Romanians....


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