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2006-06-28 18:30:20

By Deepa Babington HOUSTON (Reuters) - Iraq's U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday he was still waiting to hear from the U.S. military on the shooting death of his cousin last year that he once described as "coldblooded murder" by U.S. troops. Two months after asking for a copy, Samir Sumaidaie said he had yet to receive access to a U.S. military report that absolved its troops of all blame in the incident. His frustration comes as the military investigates other incidents involving...

2006-06-27 16:20:56

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will not punish a Marine who performed an obscenity-laced song to a laughing and cheering crowd of fellow troops in Iraq making light of killing Iraqis, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday. The Marines two weeks ago launched a preliminary inquiry into whether Cpl. Joshua Belile, who returned home from Iraq in March, violated military law or rules in singing the song, a four-minute video of which was posted on the Internet. In the...

2006-06-27 12:40:49

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will not punish a Marine who performed an obscenity-laced song to a laughing and cheering crowd of fellow troops in Iraq making light of killing Iraqis, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday. The Marines two weeks ago launched a preliminary inquiry into whether Cpl. Joshua Belile, who returned home from Iraq in March, violated military law or rules in singing the song, a four-minute video of which was posted on the Internet. In the...

2006-06-27 05:50:13

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The number of displaced people in Iraq has swelled by 150,000 since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February pushed the country to the brink of civil war, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) put the number of displaced higher than the 130,386 estimate of registered internal refugees given by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration on Monday. "It is estimated that 1.3 million individuals are...

2006-06-26 11:21:47

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House confirmed on Monday that the top U.S. military commander in Iraq has drafted a plan for U.S. troop cuts there, but said the plan was just one option. President George W. Bush said he had met with Gen. George Casey, but reiterated that any decision on troop reductions would be based on the situation on the ground in Iraq, where a violent insurgency persists. "But in terms of our troop presence there, that decision will be...

2006-06-26 10:42:53

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House confirmed on Monday that the top U.S. military commander in Iraq has drafted a plan for U.S. troop cuts there, but said the plan was just one option. President George W. Bush said he had met with Gen. George Casey, but reiterated that any decision on troop reductions would be based on conditions on the ground. "In terms of our troop presence there, that decision will be made by General (George) Casey as well as the sovereign...

2006-06-26 10:08:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he had met with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, who has drafted a plan for troop withdrawal, but said any decision on troop reductions would be based on conditions on the ground. "In terms of our troop presence there, that decision will be made by General (George) Casey as well as the sovereign government of Iraq based upon conditions on the ground," Bush said. Any recommendation by Casey would be "aimed toward achieving...

2006-06-26 09:20:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House confirmed on Monday that the top U.S. military commander in Iraq has drafted a plan for U.S. troop cuts there, but said the plan was just one option being considered and was not set in stone. "General (George) Casey is assigned the business of making a lot of plans and this is one of the plans that is under consideration," White House spokesman Tony Snow said. "But for anybody who thinks that this is engraved in stone, it is not," he said,...

2006-06-26 09:00:01

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plan for troop withdrawal drafted by the top U.S. commander in Iraq is just one option being considered and a reduction in troops will be dictated by conditions on the ground, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Monday. "General (George) Casey is assigned the business of making a lot of plans and this is one of the plans that is under consideration," Snow said. "But for anybody who thinks that this is engraved in stone, it is not."

2006-06-25 10:57:43

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. troops have reduced the number of Iraqi civilians they kill after orders to improve checkpoint procedures following the shootings of some 350 Iraqis in such incidents last year, the military said on Sunday. Figures in a briefing document provided by a U.S. spokesman in Baghdad showed that seven Iraqi civilians a week on average were reported killed in "escalation of force" (EOF) incidents in 2005. That dropped to four a week in January...