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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...

2008-07-18 18:00:11

WASHINGTON _ The United States and Iraq have agreed to a "general time horizon" for further reductions of U.S. combat troops in Iraq, the White House said Friday, the first time the Bush administration has agreed to set any kind of timeline for U.S. troop withdrawals. President Bush has bitterly opposed any timetable for troop withdrawals from Iraq in the past, vetoing bills favored by Democrats in Congress that included such measures. The new agreement was announced after talks this week...

2008-07-18 09:00:11

By JAMES RISEN By James Risen The New York Times WASHINGTON Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on U.S. military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents. During just one six-month period - August 2006 through January 2007 - at least 283 electrical fires destroyed or damaged U.S. military facilities in Iraq, including the military's largest...

2008-07-17 21:00:04

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday told CNN U.S. President George W. Bush is a total failure who is in no position to criticize Congress. The California Democrat said Congress' low approval rating is a consequence of its inability to end the Iraq War and said she also disapproves of Congress' performance on the war. Two days after Bush criticized Congress for lack of action, Pelosi told CNN the president needed something to talk about because he has no ideas. God bless him, bless 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....

2008-07-16 06:00:00

By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 16--WASHINGTON -- One day after his Democratic rival proposed an escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Republican presidential candidate John McCain called for a surge of as many as 15,000 troops to address the deteriorating security situation there. It was the first time that McCain had urged a specific increase in allied troops in Afghanistan and came as the presidential contenders dueled via long distance yesterday over foreign policy. The...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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