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2008-10-23 15:00:12

U.S. troops could face new restrictions greatly curtailing Iraqi operations in 2009 without a new long-term security pact, military officials say. If Iraq's leaders fail to pass the security agreement before Jan. 1, officials say, military operations could come to a halt as soldiers retreat to bases, ground their aircraft and stop supporting Iraqi forces, USA Today reported Thursday. The security pact would provide a legal basis for the U.S. presence in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires...

2008-10-18 15:00:11

Al-Qaida's Web presence has been greatly diminished as unidentified hackers have shut down four of its five main sites, analysts said in Dubai. The online forums had frequently been used by the Islamist terrorist group to distribute statements from leader Osama bin Laden and to link members, but since being disabled Sept. 10, have not reappeared, The Washington Post reported Saturday. That has left al-Qaida with only one functioning Web site, analysts said, adding that a statement by...

2008-10-07 18:00:13

Iraq and the United States are close to reaching a security agreement on a continued U.S. military presence in that country, the Iraqi foreign minister said. Still unresolved, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said, is the issue of granting to U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, the Los Angeles Times reported. Speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Baghdad with Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Zebari said the sides were nearing a deal but tough decisions must be made...

2008-10-06 12:00:30

Iraq's small stock exchange is enjoying a prosperous year, even while markets founder in Australia, Europe, the United States and Asia. Ninety-four companies are listed on the Iraq Stock Exchange, which has gained 25 percent this year, USA Today reported Monday. The newspaper said trading volume is generally less than $1 million a day. The exchange still uses white boards to record transactions. But Iraqi investors are hoping increased security will begin to attract foreign dollars. The...

2008-10-04 18:00:03

An Iraqi soldier died Saturday evening when two U.S. Blackhawk helicopters collided while landing in Baghdad. Lt. Patrick Evans, a spokesman for the U.S. military, said the crash did not appear to be the result of insurgent fire, CNN reported. The UH-60 Blackhawks were landing at Combat Outpost Ford in northern Baghdad. Two U.S. and two Iraqi soldiers were hurt, Evans said.

2008-10-01 09:00:12

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- The number of Iraqi security forces killed in September rose by nearly a third to 159 compared with the same period last year, The Associated Press figures showed Tuesday. U.S. troop deaths for the same period fell by nearly 40 percent to 25. The figures are a sign that U.S. military is increasingly relying on the Iraqis, including U.S.-allied Sunni fighters, to take the lead in operations so they can assume responsibility for their own security...

2008-09-24 09:00:27

[Address by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to representatives of Iraqi news media in Baghdad - live] Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic at 1557 gmt on 23 September carries live a 27-minute address by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to representatives of Iraqi news media in Baghdad. Al-Maliki begins by highlighting the importance of "cooperation and integration between the decision-makers and civil servants on the one hand, and the citizens on the other." He says the media...

2008-09-20 12:00:47

Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic - government-sponsored television station, run by the Iraqi Media Network - at 0813 gmt on 17 September carries a live news conference in Baghdad on "plans to providing services to the Iraqi central and southern governorates." Speaking in English, transcribed from English; in progress, an American identified as ambassador opens the news conference by saying: ..."By enabling an exchange of ideas among the various levels of government and helping...

2008-09-17 09:00:07

By Robert Burns Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- Even after an extra U.S. Army brigade joins the fight against the insurgency here in January, three times that many reinforcements will be needed shortly thereafter, the highest- ranking U.S. general here said Tuesday. Gen. David McKiernan, commander of NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan, told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the brigade arriving in January is an urgent requirement based on an...

2008-09-17 06:00:21

By Jim Michaels BAGHDAD -- Gen. Ray Odierno, the incoming commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said Tuesday that conditions in the country remain fragile despite dramatic security gains over the past year. Odierno assumed command of coalition forces Tuesday from Gen. David Petraeus, who will move to Central Command, based in Florida, which oversees a broader region that includes Iraq and Afghanistan. "Where chaos reigned, hope now prevails," Odierno said. "However, we must realize that...