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February 24th, 2007

Iraq mothers camp outside No 10

BBC News Mothers of soldiers killed in Iraq have set up camp outside Downing Street and handed in a letter calling for a meeting with Tony Blair. Rose Gentle, whose 19-year-old son Gordon was killed in Basra in 2004, said: "A lot of families have questions that need answering". She ... continue reading

February 8th, 2007

Copter Crashes Suggest Change in Iraqi Tactics

By Richard A. Oppel Jr. and James Glanz / New York Times BAGHDAD, Feb. 7 — With two more helicopter crashes near Baghdad, including a Marine transport crash on Wednesday that killed seven people, the number of helicopters that have gone down in Iraq over the past three weeks rose ... continue reading

January 31st, 2007

Senators Assert Right to Block Bush on Iraq

By John O’Neil / New York Times Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee began laying the constitutional groundwork today for an effort to block President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq and place new limits on the conduct of the war there, perhaps forcing a withdrawal of American ... continue reading

January 25th, 2007

U.S. confirms second air strike in Somalia

By Sahal Abdulle / Reuters MOGADISHU - The United States has conducted a second air strike in Somalia, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, as the top U.S. envoy in East Africa met an ousted Islamist leader to press for reconciliation with the government. The new air strike came two weeks ... continue reading

January 25th, 2007

U.S. launches new airstrike in Somalia

By Robert Burns / Associated Press WASHINGTON - The United States launched an airstrike in Somalia against suspected terrorist targets — the second such attack this month, defense officials said Wednesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the action was carried out in secret, provided few details ... continue reading

January 15th, 2007

EU warns U.S. bombing escalates Somalia violence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU Aid Commissioner Louis Michel on Monday warned the U.S. strike on suspected al Qaeda targets in southern Somalia last week could lead to an escalation of violence there. "I repeat: the future of Somalia depends on political solutions," Michel told reporters after talks in Brussels with ... continue reading

January 15th, 2007

Cheney: critics of new US Iraq plan play into hands of Bin Laden

By David Millikin / AFP WASHINGTON - US Vice President Dick Cheney accused critics of the administration's new strategy in Iraq of playing into the hands of Osama bin Laden and global terrorism. Cheney said withdrawing forces from Iraq rather than the troop "surge" announced this week by President George ... continue reading

January 13th, 2007

US strikes on al-Qa'ida chiefs kill nomads

By Anne Penketh and Steve Bloomfield / The Independent The herdsmen had gathered with their animals around large fires at night to ward off mosquitoes. But lit up by the flames, they became latest victims of America's war on terror. It was their tragedy to be misidentified in a secret ... continue reading

January 11th, 2007

Official: Somalia strike missed al Qaeda suspects

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- None of the top three suspected terrorists in Somalia were killed in a U.S. airstrike this week, but Somalis with close ties to al Qaeda were killed, a senior U.S. official in the region said Thursday. A day earlier, a Somali official had said a U.S. ... continue reading

January 8th, 2007

CBS News: U.S. Attacks Al Qaeda In Somalia

Strike Reportedly Aimed At Alleged Al Qaeda Members Linked to 1998 Embassy Bombings (CBS News) A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports exclusively. The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in ... continue reading

January 6th, 2007

Al-Qaeda calls for Iraq-style jihad in Somalia

By Habib Trabelsi / AFP DUBAI - Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for Muslim fighters to head to Somalia and deploy guerrilla tactics used in Iraq following the rout of the Islamic courts. "I call on all Muslims to respond to the call for Jihad (holy war) in ... continue reading

December 28th, 2006

U.S. Signals Backing for Ethiopian Incursion Into Somalia

By Mark Mazzetti / New York Times WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 — The United States on Tuesday signaled its support for the Ethiopian offensive in Somalia, calling it a response to “aggression” by Islamists who have since the summer been consolidating power in the country. A spokeswoman for the State Department, ... continue reading

December 25th, 2006

Ethiopian fighter jets bomb Mogadishu airport

Strike marks first direct attack on Somali Islamic movement headquarters Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia - Ethiopian fighter jets bombed Mogadishu International Airport in the middle of Somalia’s capital on Monday, witnesses said, in the first direct attack on the headquarters of an Islamic movement attempting to wrest power from the ... continue reading

December 21st, 2006

CIA exercise reveals consequences of defeat

By Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times The CIA this month conducted a simulation of how the Iraq war affects the global jihadist movement, and one conclusion was that a U.S. loss would embolden al Qaeda to expand its ranks of terrorists as well as pick new strategic targets, according to ... continue reading

November 20th, 2006

Army gives Rumsfeld Doctrine a rewrite

The '07 manual puts greater value on maintaining stability than on swift action. By Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times FT. LEAVENWORTH, KAN. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld may be leaving under a cloud of criticism over his handling of the Iraq war, but his invasion plan — ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2006

Getting stuck in military intervention a familiar problem for U.S.

By Robert Burns / Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Bush administration's struggle to find a way out of Iraq, years after its original exit plan collapsed, is the latest example of a seemingly quick-win conflict turning into a quagmire for the United States. The U.S. had lightning victories in Panama, ... continue reading

September 27th, 2006

Bush contends with 2 reports refuting Iraq gains

By Steve Holland / Reuters WASHINGTON - An intelligence report showing an upsurge in Islamic militancy put the White House on the defensive on Wednesday in an election-year debate over whether President George W. Bush has made America safer. In a second blow to the president, a new U.N. report ... continue reading

July 24th, 2006

'It Looked Weird and Felt Wrong'

By Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post From its first days in Iraq in April 2003, the Army's 4th Infantry Division made an impression on soldiers from other units -- the wrong one."We slowly drove past 4th Infantry guys looking mean and ugly," recalled Sgt. Kayla Williams, then a military ... continue reading

July 6th, 2006

A driven president faces a world of crises

Beyond Iraq, Bush confronts a bleak foreign policy landscape By Michael Abramowitz and Robin Wright / Washington Post From deteriorating security in Afghanistan and Somalia to mayhem in the Middle East, confrontation with Iran and eroding relations with Russia, the White House suddenly sees crisis in every direction. North Korea's ... continue reading

March 22nd, 2006

'Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills'

At the beginning of the Iraq war, the UN entrusted $23bn of Iraqi money to the US-led coalition to redevelop the country. With the infrastructure of the country still in ruins, where has all that money gone? Callum Macrae and Ali Fadhil on one of the greatest financial scandals of ... continue reading

March 7th, 2006

Envoy to Iraq Sees Threat of Wider War

He supports the White House view that an early pullout would backfire, but he is bleak about the Sunni-Shiite conflict and says it could spread. By Borzou Daragahi / LA Times BAGHDAD — The top U.S. envoy to Iraq said Monday that the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime had ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2006

Iraq, Niger, And The CIA

By Murray Waas / National Journal Vice President Cheney and his then-Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were personally informed in June 2003 that the CIA no longer considered credible the allegations that Saddam Hussein had attempted to procure uranium from the African nation of Niger, according to government ... continue reading

December 12th, 2005

Peace-making a core mission in new Pentagon policy

By Bernd Debusmann / Reuters WASHINGTON - After years of internal debate, the Pentagon has embraced a fundamental change in policy which calls for the U.S. armed forces to be equally adept at waging war and making peace. The new course, announced in a Pentagon directive, follows widespread criticism of ... continue reading

November 18th, 2005

The Man Who Sold the War

Meet John Rendon, Bush's general in the propaganda war Rolling Stone The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand. ... continue reading

October 29th, 2005

Marines ‘borrow’ Haditha homes

By Antonio Castaneda / Associated Press HADITHA, Iraq — The Marines call it a necessary evil — taking over houses and buildings for military use. For the Iraqis who become unwilling hosts, it can be anything from a mild inconvenience to a disruption that tears apart lives. In a recent ... continue reading

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