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2008-09-09 09:05:00

Some 8,000 U.S. troops will be returning home from Iraq without replacement during the next several months, U.S. President George Bush said Tuesday. "Over the next several months, we will bring home about 3,400 combat support forces -- including aviation personnel, explosive ordnance teams, combat and construction engineers, military police, and logistical support forces," Bush said in remarks prepared for delivery to the National Defense University. A U.S. marine battalion serving in Anbar...

2008-09-09 09:00:04

By Ben Feller Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush will keep roughly the same number of U.S. forces in Iraq through the end of the year and pull about 8,000 troops home by February, a drawdown that's both slower and smaller than long anticipated. In a speech to be delivered today, Bush says more forces could withdraw in the first half of 2009. But for now, the situation isn't changing significantly. By the time the troops return home on the timeline Bush is proposing, someone...

2008-09-06 00:00:01

By Patrick Cockburn THE UNITED States has spied extensively on Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and other Iraqi government leaders, the American investigative journalist Bob Woodward has revealed. "We know everything he says," the journalist quotes one source as saying, in his fourth book on George Bush's presidency. The US administration's decision to spy continually on Mr Maliki - a close US ally- shows deep distrust of the Iraqi leadership by the US. The surveillance took place...

2008-09-05 21:00:02

A newspaper article about Bob Woodward's new book on U.S. President George W. Bush that cites spying on Iraqi leaders was "incomplete," the White House said. "While the book itself is not yet public, the picture of Iraq policy that is presented in the Washington Post article is at least incomplete," National Security Adviser Steve Hadley said in a statement issued by the White House Friday. The book, "The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008," due out Monday, offers a new...

2008-09-02 06:00:04

By Charles Levinson BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military turned over control of Iraq's Anbar province, once the country's most dangerous, to the Iraqi government Monday in a landmark step toward the withdrawal of more American troops. President Bush declared in a statement that al-Qaeda had been defeated in the western desert province, which was on the brink of collapse to the Islamic militant group two years ago. There have been signs of trouble in Anbar recently as local Sunni leaders...

2008-08-29 09:00:25

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A senior official in Nouri al-Maliki's government was in custody Thursday, suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shiite militias and of plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said. The arrest of Ali al-Lami - taken Wednesday as he left a plane arriving from Lebanon - reinforced suspicions about Tehran's influence within the Shiite-led Iraqi government and could open...

2008-08-29 00:00:30

By TRISTAN NICHOLS Defence Reporter A civil engineer from Widewell has been presented with one of the US Army Corps of Engineers' highest honours. Alan Pearson, 52, a Falklands veteran and former Warrant Officer with the Royal Engineers, has become one of only a handful of Britons to receive the bronze de Fleury Medal, awarded to individuals who have rendered significant service to an element of the Corps of Engineers. For the past six years the married father of one has worked...

2008-08-27 15:00:48

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- NO END IN SIGHT (http://noendinsightmovie.com/), Academy Award(R) nominee for Best Documentary and winner of the Documentary Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the first film of its kind to examine the American policies that sent Iraq spiraling into a civil war, will also be the first widely released feature film to screen in its entirety on YouTube(TM) starting on September 1 and continuing through the 2008 presidential election on...

2008-08-26 12:00:44

By Campbell Robertson An agreement has been reached between Iraq and the United States on a date for the departure of U.S. combat troops, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Monday. "There is actually an agreement concluded between the two parties over the definite date, which is 2011, to end any foreign presence on Iraqi soil," Maliki said. A departure date is only one of the issues in the security pact between the United States and Iraq, and Maliki said in a speech to a tribal...

2008-08-26 09:00:33

[Speech by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to the First National Conference of Bani Lab tribal chiefs and notables held at the Al-Rashid Hotel, Baghdad; broadcast carried as speech is in progress - live.] Al-Iraqiyah Television at 1205 gmt on 25 August 2008 interrupts its regular newscast to carry live a speech by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at a the First National Conference of the Bani-Lam Tribe in Baghdad. The live broadcast begins with Al-Maliki's speech in progress. Al-Maliki...


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