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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...

2008-07-22 00:00:20

BAGHDAD _ Sen. Barack Obama received a fresh boost Monday to his troop withdrawal plan from the Iraqi government, which directly affirmed for the first time that it shares Obama's goal of pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of 2010. On the first day of a two-day visit to Iraq aimed at burnishing his foreign policy credentials, Obama was given a red-carpet reception by a newly assertive Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has only recently started calling for a troop withdrawal...

2008-07-21 18:00:41

KBR (NYSE:KBR) today announced its 55% owned subsidiary, M.W. Kellogg Ltd. (MWKL) has been awarded a contract by StatoilHydro to provide pre-engineering for the Double Inlet Crossover Project (DIXO) at the Karsto Gas Plant, near Stavanger, Norway. The DIXO project is being carried out under the long-term frame agreement between MWKL and StatoilHydro, established in 2003. The goal of the project is to provide increased regularity and blending possibilities for incoming gas supplies to the...

2008-07-21 18:00:03

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Brendan Daly or Nadeam Elshami, both of the Office of the Speaker of the House, +1-202-226-7616 WASHINGTON, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today reacting to comments by a spokesman for the Iraqi government, following a meeting between Senator Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in which the spokesman said Iraqis would like to see the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by 2010....

2008-07-21 15:00:12

By Liz Sly, Chicago Tribune Jul. 21--BAGHDAD -- No one disputes that Baghdad is calmer, but Iraqi opinions are deeply divided over whether the lull means it is safe to start contemplating a withdrawal of U.S. forces -- a debate that intensified ahead of Sen. Barack Obama's visit to Baghdad. Obama arrived in Baghdad on Monday, U.S. Embassy officials said. The timing of his visit had been concealed for security reasons. The Associated Press, citing the Kuwait News Agency, reported...

2008-07-21 12:00:11

BAGHDAD _ After talks with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reaffirmed that Iraq wants U.S. combat troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2010, a few months later than Obama had proposed. Ali Dabbagh, the prime minister's spokesman, said Maliki and Obama didn't discuss specifics during the hourlong meeting. But he said the Iraqi government would like to see all American combat troops out of the country by the end of 2010, a...

2008-07-21 08:44:47

By BRIAN MURPHY By Brian Murphy The Associated Press BAGHDAD Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's visit to Iraq for talks with commanders of a war he long opposed follows the prime minister's apparent endorsement of his troop withdrawal plan and a shift by the White House away from refusing to discuss that option. Obama has called for withdrawing U.S. troops at the rate of one or two brigades a month, ending combat operations within 16 months of becoming president. He...

2008-07-21 08:44:37

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrived in Iraq Monday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials and to meet U.S. troops, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said. Obama, the presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, is to meet with U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq; U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Accompanying Obama on his second visit to Iraq are Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., a member of the...

2008-07-21 00:00:17

BAGHDAD _ No one disputes that Baghdad is calmer, but Iraqi opinions are deeply divided over whether the lull means it is safe to start contemplating a withdrawal of U.S. forces _ a debate that has intensified ahead of Sen. Barack Obama's planned visit to Baghdad. Obama is expected to visit Iraq as part of his swing through the Middle East and Europe, but the timing has not been disclosed for security reasons. On Sunday, Obama and other senators in a congressional delegation met in Kuwait...

2008-07-20 09:00:21

By Jane Merrick Gordon Brown prepared the ground for a historic realignment in the "war on terror" yesterday by setting out a four-point plan for withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by the end of next year. Although he is refusing to set a detailed timetable for withdrawal, it is clear Mr Brown is in agreement with the US presidential candidate Barack Obama on the need for military action in Afghanistan to take priority. Both appear to be working to a 16- month timetable. While Mr...


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