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2008-03-26 18:30:00

Behind the Pentagon's closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President Bush Wednesday they are worried about the Iraq war's mounting strain on troops and their families. But they indicated they'd go along with a brief halt in pulling out troops this summer. The Joint Chiefs of Staff did say senior commanders in Iraq should make more frequent assessments of security conditions, an idea that appeared aimed at increasing pressure for more rapid troop reductions. The chiefs' concern is that...

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2008-03-10 00:00:00

Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq. The...

2006-09-06 05:50:00

By Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD -- Iraq's leaders have just months to mend their differences or see their country collapse, the speaker of parliament told wrangling deputies on Wednesday after a car bomb caused dozens of casualties at the morning rush hour. Ethnic Kurds in the chamber demanded a new national flag to end a row over the Saddam-era version that has raised talk of Kurdish secession. But some members complained parliament's agenda, on its first full session after a summer recess,...

2006-09-05 15:15:00

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's president forecast on Tuesday that British troops could go home by the end of next year but, on another day of killings, Britain's visiting foreign minister cautioned against leaving a "security vacuum." Iraq's parliament, meeting for the first time after a summer recess, extended a state of emergency, granting Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki extraordinary powers for another month to tackle a minority Sunni insurgency and sectarian...

2006-09-05 13:50:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday Democrats were trying to turn Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld into "a bogeyman" two months before U.S. congressional elections, and it dismissed their calls for his ouster. Congressional Democrats, striving to grab control of the House and Senate from President George W. Bush's Republican Party in November's congressional elections, are pushing for a vote of no confidence in the 74-year-old Rumsfeld, one of the...

2006-09-05 09:43:57

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - British troops may be gone from Iraq by the end of 2007 as local security forces assume greater responsibility, President Jalal Talabani said on Tuesday, but Britain's foreign minister stressed no timetable had been set. "Coalition forces can't go now because that would create a security vacuum," visiting Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said, noting Iraq was making "very slow" progress on security. She described it as "two steps forward,...

2006-09-05 03:21:49

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, in her first official visit to Iraq, said on Tuesday that Britain was determined that Iraqis take over responsibility for security. "It is absolutely key that responsibility be transferred to ... the elected government of Iraq," she told reporters after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih. Salih said that by the end of this year nearly half of Iraq's 18 provinces would be under control of the Iraqi...

2006-09-04 10:58:40

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States and Iraq hope to sign an agreement by next week to hand operational command of Iraq's new army to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, an aide said on Monday, after wrangles on wording had held up the accord. Transferring security from U.S.-led forces to the Iraqi army it is training is key to Washington's plans to withdraw its 140,000 troops. A handover ceremony set for Saturday was delayed over disagreements between Baghdad and...

2006-09-03 07:40:17

By Ibon Villelabeitia and Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq said on Sunday it had arrested the second most senior figure in al Qaeda, "severely wounding" an organization the U.S. military says is intent on plunging the country into sectarian civil war. The announcement came as talks between the United States and Iraq on transferring operational command of Iraq's forces to the Defense Ministry were deadlocked. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was demanding more independence...

2006-09-02 10:27:40

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fourteen Pakistani and Indian Shi'ite pilgrims were abducted and killed in Iraq's western desert, police said on Saturday, victims of sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shi'ites that threatens civil war. In his weekly radio address, U.S. President George. W Bush told Americans that Iraq was not in civil war, despite a bloody week in which hundreds more died and a grim Pentagon report said spreading violence may turn into just such an all-out...


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