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2008-07-22 06:00:12

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- John McCain and his aides parried Monday with Barack Obama's campaign over Obama's contention that the White House is adopting his ideas on dealings with Iraq and Iran. McCain blasted Obama for opposing the Bush administration's "surge" in Iraq, saying that the extra troops created a sharp drop in violence and conditions for victory. "When you win wars, troops come home," McCain said. "He's been completely wrong on the issue." Over the weekend, the...

2008-07-22 00:00:21

By Patrick Cockburn Barack Obama has paid his first visit to Iraq, just as the Iraqi government explicitly matched the Democratic presidential candidate's 16-month timetable for the removal of American combat troops. Senator Obama met Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, in Baghdad yesterday during his visit, which had become overshadowed by a row over the proposed pullout. Mr Obama did not raise his plan for withdrawal of US forces, the government said. But Mr Maliki's spokesman, Ali...

2008-07-20 15:00:02

By JOHN E MULLIGAN With Sen. Jack Reed at his side, the presidential candidate meets with an Afghan official not far from where Osama bin Laden escaped after 9/11. Sen. Barack Obama landed in Kabul yesterday on an extraordinary wartime fact-finding mission with a strong political dimension. The Democratic candidate for president has an opportunity to raise -- or diminish -- his standing as a potential commander in chief and to argue the case that Afghanistan, not Iraq, should be the...

2008-07-20 06:00:18

By Liz Sly, Chicago Tribune Jul. 20--BAGHDAD--Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threw his support behind Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan in an interview published Saturday, ahead of an expected visit by the Illinois senator to a significantly calmer Baghdad than the one he last encountered two years ago. "U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months," Maliki told the German news weekly Der Spiegel, referring to the plan the Democratic hopeful outlined last week...

2008-07-19 21:00:16

BAGHDAD _ Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threw his support behind Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan in an interview published Saturday, ahead of an expected visit by the Illinois senator to a significantly calmer Baghdad than the one he last encountered two years ago. "U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months," al-Maliki told the German news weekly Der Spiegel, referring to the plan Obama articulated last week to bring U.S. troops home over a 16-month period...

2008-07-19 12:00:23

By Terence Hunt Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Iraq's prime minister have agreed to set a "general time horizon" for bringing more U.S. troops home from the war, a dramatic shift from the administration's once- ironclad unwillingness to talk about any kind of deadline or timetable. The announcement Friday put Bush in the position of offering to talk with Iraqi leaders about a politically charged issue that he adamantly has refused to discuss with the Democratic-led...

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2008-07-19 09:00:00

President Bush agreed to "a general time horizon" for withdrawing American troops in Iraq, the White House announced Friday, in a concession that reflected both progress in stabilizing Iraq and the depth of political opposition to an open-ended military presence in Iraq and at home. Bush, who has long derided timetables for troop withdrawals as dangerous, agreed to at least a notional one as part of the administration's efforts to negotiate the terms for an American military presence in Iraq...

2008-07-19 06:00:02

By Jack Torry, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 19--The ad: "Troop funding," a 30-second television commercial Producer: John McCain for president campaign Where to see it: On national cable television and in Ohio; it also can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm9IUfPZsX8 Script: (Male announcer) "Barack Obama has never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan. He hasn't been to Iraq in years. He voted against funding our troops. Positions that helped him win his...

2008-07-16 15:00:22

By JOHN E MULLIGAN WASHINGTON -- Echoing the concerns of U.S. commanders, presidential rivals Barack Obama and John McCain both called yesterday for action to improve the military situation in Afghanistan -- but also charged each other with misunderstanding how Iraq fits into the overall struggle against terrorism. "George Bush and John McCain don't have a strategy for success in Iraq -- they have a strategy for staying in Iraq," Obama, the Democratic senator from Illinois, said in a...

2008-07-16 12:00:42

By Larry Eichel, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 16--Barack Obama, soon to depart on a tour that will include America's war zones, sparred with John McCain yesterday over U.S. policy in Iraq while expressing agreement over several aspects of what to do in Afghanistan. Both candidates said they supported giving more nonmilitary assistance to the Afghan government, deploying thousands of additional U.S. troops there, and working to create an economy that did not rely on the drug trade....


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