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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...

2008-09-17 00:00:22

Editor's note: The writer of this article is Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, 23, an English writing student at the University of Pittsburgh who put his studies on hold to serve in Iraq with the Army's 10th Mountain Division public affairs office. Sauret is stationed at Camp Victory and serves as a photojournalist and assignment editor for the division's newspaper, the "Mountain View." He enjoys writing about soldiers who sacrifice time with their families and friends to serve in Iraq. BAGHDAD --...

2008-09-16 12:00:01

Al-Arabiya TV in Arabic - independent television station financed by Arab businessmen - at 1820 and 2020 gmt on 15 September carries in its daily "Panorama" and "Last Hour" programmes two interviews with Nasir al-Ani, head of the Iraqi Presidential Office, via satellite from Baghdad; and Abd-al-Latif Rayyan, media adviser to the Coalition Forces in Iraq, via telephone from Baghdad. The first interview is conducted by an unidentified moderator and the second is conducted by Anchorman Tahir...

2008-09-16 09:00:06

By Robert Burns Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he foresees a shrinking U.S. combat role in Iraq in coming months, while the No. 2 U.S. commander here cautioned that it would be a mistake to push the U.S.-trained Iraqi army and police into a leading security role too soon. "I'm not sure that pushing them forward is the right thing that we want to do. We tried that once before and found that that didn't work," Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin told reporters,...

2008-09-15 06:00:03

By Stephen McGinty DURING the darkest days of his command, General David Petraeus, the US military commander in Iraq, would ponder the words of Ulysses S Grant. The Union Army general who won the American Civil War was approached by a fellow officer after the disastrous battle of Shiloh and told: "Well, we had a tough day, today." Grant, chewing on his ubiquitous cigar replied: "Yup. Lick 'em tomorrow, though." When appointed commanding general of United States and international forces...

2008-09-15 00:00:10

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Gunmen on Saturday abducted and killed four employees of an Iraqi television station who were filming a program about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, one of a series of attacks in Iraq that left at least 18 people dead. A bomb concealed in a kiosk used to sell ice killed four security personnel and wounded nine people at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. Northeast of the capital, eight Kurdish soldiers died in a roadside bombing that...

2008-09-14 06:00:18

["From Iraq" programme, moderated by Suhayr al-Qaysi, interviews Iraqi Electricity Minister Dr Karim Wahid - date not given; recorded] Dubai Al-Arabiya Television in Arabic at 1630 gmt on 12 September carries a new 25-minute episode of its "From Iraq" programme moderated by Suhayr al-Qaysi in the Dubai studio. Today's episode features an interview with Iraqi Electricity Minister Dr Karim Wahid, via satellite from Baghdad, on the electricity problem in Iraq and the means and measures taken...

2008-09-10 21:00:02

By Nancy A. Youssef and Jonathan S. Landay WASHINGTON - President Bush's announcement Tuesday that he'll maintain troop levels in Iraq through the end of his presidency suggests that despite his claim that the surge of additional U.S. troops in Iraq has succeeded, the security gains could be temporary, defense officials and experts said. "Here is the bottom line: While the enemy in Iraq is still dangerous, we have seized the offensive, and the Iraqi forces are becoming increasingly...

2008-09-10 09:00:41

Integrated energy major Royal Dutch Shell has reached an agreement with the Iraqi government to capture and use gas in the Basra region, in a deal worth up to $4 billion, according to the Financial Times. Shell has become the first western oil firm to strike a deal with the Iraqi government since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003. Concurrently, the Iraqi oil ministry has also said that it has discarded its plan to award short-term technical support contracts to work on oilfields....


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