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  • Biden Tapped to Oversee Political Reconciliation in Iraq

    06/30/2009 11:58:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 547+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 30, 2009
    As a senator, Joe Biden had pushed a plan to partition Iraq. Now the White House wants him to lead efforts toward political reconciliation in the war-torn country. Vice President Biden, who as a senator advocated a plan to partition Iraq, has been tapped to oversee political reconciliation among Iraqi factions, the White House announced Tuesday. As the U.S. military met its deadline to withdraw from Iraqi cities, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama asked his No. 2 to work with Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander in Iraq, and Amb. Christopher Hill on mending fences in...
  • In pictures: Iraq hails Sovereignty day {When does America declare a Sovereignty day?}

    06/30/2009 5:41:54 AM PDT · by drpix · 13 replies · 591+ views
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 6/30/09 | staff
    For once the loud explosions piercing the Baghdad night are the sounds of celebration rather than violence and bloodshed, as a new national holiday is announced to mark US troops leaving Iraq's towns and cities.
  • Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

    06/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory." One drove a motorcycle with party streamers on it; another, a Humvee with a garland of plastic roses on the grill. U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraq's urban centers by midnight on Tuesday under a bilateral security pact that also requires all troops...
  • Seminar Educates Iraqi Businesswomen

    06/24/2009 4:12:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    Iraqi Member of Parliament Safiya Talib al-Suhail was keynote speaker at an Iraqi women's business seminar June 20 in Baghdad. Al-Suhail has a long history of promoting the rights and status of Iraqi women. USACE Photo by Rick Haverinen. BAGHDAD — Sustainment contracting was the focus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division (GRD)-sponsored women's business seminar here, June 20, as 35 Iraqi businesswomen attended this half-day event, part of a continuing series of meetings for the Women's Advocate Initiative. "Our goal is to encourage and support Iraqi businesswomen to be more involved in the execution and...
  • Increased Violence Expected as U.S. Troops Leave Iraqi Cities

    06/24/2009 5:57:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 600+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2009 – Predicting an uptick in violence in Iraq as U.S. combat troops leave the cities by June 30, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today that deployed troops have geared up for the heightened threat as they comply with the U.S.-Iraq status of forces agreement. “I think we have reason to believe -- and I think our forces have been alerted to the possibility -- that we will likely see an uptick in violence leading up to the June 30 deadline for U.S. combat forces to leave Iraqi cities and towns,” Morrell told Pentagon reporters. He...
  • Iraq to Reopen Ancient City of Babylon

    05/03/2009 6:55:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 950+ views
    PressTV ^ | Sun, 03 May 2009
    Iraq's local government is to reopen the Babylon archeological site, which had been closed since the 2003 US-led invasion of the country. The city, located 85 kilometers south of Baghdad, was transformed into a military camp by American and Polish troops and a heliport was built on its ruins. The reopening will take place despite archaeologists expressing their concerns about further damages to what remains of one of the world's first great cities which is pending registration on UNESCO's list of protected World Heritage sites. Iraq's State Board of Antiquities and Heritage now says Babil's provincial government has illegal control...
  • Shells Hit Baghdad’s Protected Green Zone [The Obama Surge]

    04/18/2009 10:31:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 366+ views
    AP Report ^ | April 18, 2009
    Shells hit Baghdad’s protected Green Zone Back-to-back strikes are the first in more than three months BAGHDAD - Suspected militants shelled Baghdad's protected Green Zone on Saturday in the first such bombardment in more than three months. The back-to-back strikes reverberated across the Tigris River to a popular promenade, sending families packing up from fish restaurants and abruptly halting a party at a club. Violence across Iraq remains sharply down compared with past years, but attacks and bloodshed have edged up in recent weeks and brought worries that it could slow the return of nightlife and commerce to parts of...
  • Secure Enough To Sin, Baghdad Is Back To Old Ways

    04/18/2009 12:52:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 870+ views
    NYTimes ^ | April 18, 2009
    Secure Enough to Sin, Baghdad Is Back to Old Ways By ROD NORDLAND April 18, 2009 BAGHDAD — Vice is making a comeback in this city once famous for 1,001 varieties of it. Gone, for the most part, are nighttime curfews, religious extremists and prowling kidnappers. So, inevitably, some people are turning to illicit pleasures, or at least slightly dubious ones. Nightclubs have reopened, and in many of them, prostitutes troll for clients. Liquor stores, once shut down by fundamentalist militiamen, have proliferated; on one block of busy Saddoun Street, there are more than 10 of them. Abu Nawas Park,...
  • Iraqis See Their Country Improving

    04/01/2009 4:16:19 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 310+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 1, 2009 | Jamie Weinstein
    Things are looking brighter in Iraq, according to a recently released poll of Iraqis conducted at the end of February. The poll was sponsored by ABC, the BBC and Japan’s NHK. Asked how well things were going for them in their life, 65 percent of Iraqi respondents said things were going well for them. This is compared to 55 percent of Iraqis responding in a similar manner in February 2008 and just 39 percent saying life was going well for them in August 2007. On a personal level, Iraqis seem optimistic about their futures. Fifty-six percent of Iraqis believe that...
  • End to Baghdad's 'dark era': Nightclubs reopen (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH AND US TROOPS)

    02/28/2009 6:35:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 1,397+ views
    msnbc ^ | 2/28/2009 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    The American soldier stepped out of the Baghdad nightclub. In one hand, he clutched his weapon. In the other, a green can of Tuborg beer. He took a sip and walked over to two comrades, dressed as he was in camouflage and combat gear. Inside the club Thursday night, U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division ogled young Iraqi women who appeared to be prostitutes gyrating to Arabic pop music. A singer crooned soulfully through scratchy speakers to the raucous, pulsating beat — an action that Islamic extremists have deemed punishable by beheading. Twenty minutes later, several drunk men coaxed...
  • Christians 'In Iraq Since Its Birth', Say They Want Role in Rebuilding

    02/21/2009 7:32:38 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 369+ views
    Beirut (ENI) -- A group of Christians meeting in Lebanon have declared that people of their faith have belonged to Iraq since the nation's birth and that they are not just a minority but an essential part of Iraqi society and deeply rooted in its history and civilisation. "As authentic children of this land, they have the right to live freely in it and enjoy equal rights and responsibilities along with all other citizens," the 12 Iraqi church leaders said after their meeting on 10 and 11 February in Dar Sayedat Al Jabal, Fatka in Lebanon. "The solution to current...
  • Iraqi Police and Judges Work More Closely to Solve Crimes

    02/10/2009 3:50:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 263+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, Feb. 10, 2009 – Historically in Iraqi culture, police and judges didn’t work with each other to solve cases. That is beginning to change as the nascent police investigative branch in Iraq’s Wasit province is working hand-in-hand with the province’s investigative judges. Art Oates, a law enforcement professional from Houston, teaches soldiers how to enter data into handheld identity detection equipment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Our relationship with the Iraqi police is good,” said the chief judge in Hayy, Iraq, whose name is...
  • Iraqi Legal System Continues to Strengthen

    02/02/2009 5:52:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Josh LeCappelain, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Feb. 2, 2009 – As the Iraqi security forces continue to improve their ability to protect Iraq’s people, a strong judicial branch that can help bring criminals to justice becomes increasingly important. “I think the [Iraqi legal system] is improving,” Army Capt. Ronald Alcala, Multinational Division Center’s rule of law chief, said. Coalition forces have had a huge impact by helping to professionalize the Iraqi forces and providing training on crime-scene management and investigative procedures, he added. The Iraqi legal system places more of an emphasis on testimonial evidence, usually from two or more witnesses, and less...
  • In Baghdad, debating post-U.S. outlook

    11/21/2008 12:36:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 444+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 21, 2008 | By Campbell Robertson and Stephen Farrell
    BAGHDAD: Through the televised parliamentary brawling, shouting and points of order, the battle lines are becoming clear in the Iraqi political debate over a security agreement that would govern the last three years of the American military presence in Iraq. But the pact that is nominally at the center of the wrangling appears not to be the main problem. The quarreling is really about what the country will look like when the American troops eventually depart, and whether the security agreement will give too much control to the Shiite-led Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.When cornered on the stairways and...
  • A boom in Iraq's holy city of Najaf

    08/31/2008 6:04:26 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 4 replies · 357+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 31, 2008
    NAJAF, Iraq - The city's first airport is weeks away from opening, but already a bigger one is talked about. Land prices are soaring. Merchants say they don't remember business ever being so good. Four years ago, Najaf was an urban battlefield, with American troops fighting Shiite militiamen loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Today, the Shiite holy city is a hot spot of a different kind, thanks to improved security, a free-for-all market economy - and a direct pipeline to the Shiite-led government.
  • Pack your bags for Baghdad? Iraq looks to tourism (Say WHAT?)

    07/23/2008 5:48:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 247+ views
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  • Iraq-U.S. Pact Raises Political Storm

    07/08/2008 2:05:44 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 149+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | July 04, 2008 | SANA ABDALLAH
    AMMAN -- It was an usually quiet day in Iraq on Friday in terms of violence, but the debate over a long-term security and military pact that the Iraqi government is secretly negotiating with the United States continued to raise a political storm among leaders eager to regain sovereignty over their country. Iraqi lawmakers said they were increasingly concerned that an Iraqi-U.S. pact, which would determine the role of U.S. troops in Iraq after the U.N. mandate's term expires at the end of the year, would pass without their endorsement amid indications that the two sides were rushing to forge...
  • Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP return to Iraq

    06/27/2008 11:47:16 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 276+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/28/2008 | James Hider in Baghdad
    It was meant to be the rising tide that would lift the Iraqi economy out of years of war and sanctions, to finance reconstruction and guarantee cheap global supplies. Yet, five years on, big oil is only just starting to move cautiously into Iraq and, despite record prices, experts caution against another false dawn of optimism. Four oil giants - Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP - are to announce next week no-bid contracts to start servicing the creaking Iraqi oil infrastructure, crippled for decades by lack of investment and often targeted by insurgents. The deals came as the Oil...
  • Iraqi political blocs support al-Maliki

    04/11/2008 5:32:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 117+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2008 | Kim Gamel
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (center) talks with lawmakers about the security situation in the southern city of Basra during a meeting yesterday in Baghdad. BAGHDAD — Iraq's prime minister got a show of support from political leaders of both Muslim sects at a meeting yesterday as he moved to isolate anti-U.S. Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers. Sadrist lawmakers warned that the government's effort against them could backfire even as fighting between Shi'ite militants and U.S.-Iraq forces eased after days of fierce clashes in Baghdad's Sadr City district. The fighting has taken its toll on all sides....
  • Coalition Soldiers Visit Kutimiyah School

    04/04/2008 4:06:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo, USA
    First Lt. Greg Highstrom (left), from Cedarburg, Wisc., a platoon leader, and Spc. Nick Waterman, from Princeton, Idaho, an artilleryman, both with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speak with students of the Manahel primary school in Kutimiyah, March 30. The school is temporarily using a nearby home to hold classes because al-Qaida insurgents destroyed the school building. Photo by Sgt. Luis Delgadillo. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Many schools in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's area of operation have been rebuilt through the efforts of coalition forces.There were...
  • After the Surge

    03/31/2008 9:42:32 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 693+ views
    The Belmont Club | March 31, 2008 | Wretchard
    About three days ago, when the clash between the Iraqi Army and the Madhi army was in its fourth day, I asked a senior officer returned from Iraq after his presentation whether Maliki would go all the way against Sadr. He said he didn't know, but added that militias were a problem that had to be eventually addressed. Another questioner asked about the quality of the Iraqi Armed forces, and on this point the answer was more definite. The quality was uneven. Many parts of it were rudimentary; some parts of it were extraordinarily good.But the subject of the talk...
  • Iraq 'war' no longer a war: Matt Sanchez tallies successes of U.S. military effort

    03/29/2008 2:49:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 588+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 3/29/08 | Matt Sanchez
    Five years after the initial invasion of Iraq, Americans wonder where we are. Iraq is like no other conflict in American history. It is arguably no longer a war, but a low-level insurgency. We are not fighting a country, but a transnational conspiracy that operates more like an international fast-food franchise than a military force. In this conflict, there will be no "D" Day or signing of a peace treaty. What is victory? It is easy to take for granted the fact that there has not been another attack on American soil since 9/11 – how do you show progress...
  • Bush: Progress in Iraq is real

    03/27/2008 8:24:56 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 357+ views
    Bush: Progress in Iraq is real By JAMES HANNAH, Associated Press Writer DAYTON, Ohio - President Bush on Thursday promoted his war policies, a possible focal point in the presidential campaign as the November election approaches in politically pivotal Ohio. The troop surge in Iraq has resulted in significant security gains for the country, he said at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The number of sectarian attacks in the volatile Anbar province have plummeted since the surge, he said. "The progress in Iraq is real, it's substantive," he said. Recent news...
  • What Will Critics Of Iraq Say Now That Reconciliation Is Under Way?

    02/21/2008 5:57:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 129+ views
    IBD ^ | February 21, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    "No one can spend some 10 days visiting the battlefields in Iraq without seeing major progress in every area. ... If the U.S. provides sustained support to the Iraqi government — in security, governance and development — there is now a very real chance that Iraq will emerge as a secure and stable state."—Anthony Cordesman, "The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing From the Battlefield," Feb. 13, 2008This from a man who was a severe critic of the postwar occupation of Iraq and who, as author Peter Wehner points out, is no wide-eyed optimist. In fact, in May 2006, Cordesman wrote...
  • BAGHDAD IS SAVED--Iraqi's Celebrate Surge Anniversary!!

    02/15/2008 1:54:59 PM PST · by faq · 8 replies · 99+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 15, 2008 | Gateway Pundit
    Greetings Jim, Today is the one year anniversary of the launch of operation 'Rule of Law' or the ‘Surge’ as we know it. Iraqis are celebrating all over Iraq and especially in Baghdad for this occasion. Military parades were held in Baghdad with a commemorative laying of flower wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldier. What a difference a year makes! This was possible thanks to all of the effort and sacrifices of our men and women and the efforts and sacrifices of the Iraqis, who trust our military and their military more than their own government (this a...
  • Iraqi River Police Trainers Learn Basic Boat Engineering

    02/01/2008 4:20:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 102+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi River Patrol Police station is training their trainers to maintain and troubleshoot their river craft while underway with a 10-day basic engineering course taught by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Aldana, Naval Special Warfare Unit 3, Bahrain. Students are participating in the Basic Engineering course offered as a way to assist the river police in troubleshooting malfunctions of boat equipment and help them understand how the river craft operate. The topics taught within the Basic Engineering course are Internal Combustion; Basic Electricity; Marine Battery/Electricity; Backing Gaskets and Seals; Troubleshooting and Planned Maintenance System checks....
  • Nouri al-Maliki's opportunity to rebuild Iraq

    12/21/2007 2:28:13 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 122+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 21 2007 | Con Coughlin
    Virtually everywhere you look these days in Iraq, the signs are of a country slowly hauling its way back from the precipice of self-destruction. It is not only the successful return of Basra, the last of the four Iraqi provinces under British control, to the local authorities that gives cause for optimism, although that event could have a profound effect in helping Iraq return to something approaching normality. By far the most impressive part of the hand-over ceremony, which, fittingly, took place in the disused departure lounge of the former Saddam Hussein international airport, was the appeal made by the...
  • Don't rush the new Iraq, it needs time!

    09/16/2007 1:54:11 AM PDT · by familyop · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Le Figaro (France) ^ | 13SEP07 | Iraqi Foreign Minister Hushyar Zibari
    The Iraqis are at present conducting an experiment with no equivalent anywhere else in the world. Despite a confrontation between terrorists from all over the world and the forces of the state, a democratic experiment is being built and developed. But we are bound by a principle of unanimity. We must all be in agreement - we different Iraqi political families - before moving forward. This does not facilitate decisionmaking. It is less easy than in democracies that function according to a simple majority, or a two-thirds majority, for fundamental decisions. Of course our European friends and Arab brothers are...
  • Gates Calls ‘Getting Next Part Right’ in Iraq Critical to America

    09/14/2007 5:43:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 143+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – “Getting the next part right” in Iraq is critical to America, and forthcoming steps there must capitalize on opportunities created by the troop surge, project U.S. might and show long-term commitment, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press briefing at the Pentagon, Sept. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. During a briefing at the Pentagon with Marine Gen. Peter...
  • Second British general slams U.S. policy in postwar Iraq

    09/02/2007 10:43:33 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 69 replies · 976+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 2, 2007 | Adrian Croft
    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. plans for handling Iraq after the 2003 invasion were "fatally flawed," a retired British general said, adding that the U.S. administration had refused to listen to British concerns about postwar planning. Major General Tim Cross said he had talked to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before the invasion about the need to have international support and enough troops on the ground to reconstruct Iraq. "He didn't want to hear that message. The U.S. had already convinced themselves that Iraq would emerge reasonably quickly as a stable democracy," Cross told the Sunday Mirror. "Anybody who tried to...
  • Pentagon sees 5 million child terrorists in Iraq

    07/15/2007 11:55:30 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 11 replies · 908+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 15, 2007
    Pentagon sees 5 million child terrorists in Iraq Next generation could join jihad if reconstruction fails Posted: July 15, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern The Pentagon warns that if U.S. reconstruction efforts fail in Iraq, punishing unemployment could drive the country's next generation of workers to join the jihad. In that event, America and the West potentially would face an army of as many as 5 million young terrorists. Right now, Iraqis suffer from 50 percent unemployment, and the prospects are especially grim for the nation's youth, noted Paul Brinkley, deputy undersecretary of defense at the Pentagon. Iraq is largely a...
  • We Won?

    06/23/2007 1:11:01 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 31 replies · 1,712+ views
    June 20, 2007: After weeks of maneuvering in and around Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi forces have isolated and cornered large numbers of terrorists in Diyala province (northeast of Baghdad), and especially in the provincial capital, Baqouba. This is a major operation, with 9,000 Americans and a thousand Iraqi troops (and police) involved. In addition, there are several hundred local irregulars, who have switched sides. This is a big change in the Baghdad suburbs. While tribal leaders and warlords in the west (Anbar province) have been turning on terrorist groups, especially al Qaeda, for several years, the gangs of Baghdad were...
  • The Other Face of Iraq [pictures, positive side, worth a quick look]

    02/27/2007 4:50:41 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 792+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 2-27-07 | Nimrod Raphaeli
    The Other Face of IraqBy: Nimrod Raphaeli IntroductionFor most people, the images of Iraq are of a country mired in sectarian violence or civil war - a country suffering car bombs, random killing, kidnapping, ethnic cleansing - a country in collective despair. There is validity to these images. However, alongside these tragic daily occurrences Iraq has its other face, a face of life and a degree of normalcy. This other face of Iraq is reflected in a series of pictures published by Halim Salman in his two monthly magazines published in London. The first is al-Tab’a al-Jadida [The New Publication]...
  • Army general says Rumsfeld refused to plan for post-war Iraq

    09/08/2006 2:03:18 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 60 replies · 2,648+ views
    Daily Press ^ | September 08, 2006 | Stephanie Heinatz
    Long before the United States invaded Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld forbade military strategists to develop plans for securing a post-war Iraq, the retiring commander of the Army Transportation Corps said Thursday. In fact, said Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, Rumsfeld said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a post-war plan. Rumsfeld did replace Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army chief of staff in 2003, after Shinseki told Congress that hundreds of thousands of troops would be needed to secure post-war Iraq. Scheid, who is also the commander of Fort Eustis, made his comments in an...
  • How Tommy Franks Lost Iraq--No plan for postwar Iraq? The general saw to that.

    05/04/2006 5:03:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 121 replies · 2,791+ views
    AEI.org | Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 4, 2006 | David Frum
    Who messed up Iraq? Donald Rumsfeld is the usual nominee. For conservative hawks, attacks on the U.S. Defence Secretary provide a way to attack the war without attacking the larger administration. And for liberal opponents of the war, attacks on Rumsfeld provide a way to attack the war without attacking the military that planned and executed that war. Now comes an important new book, Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, by New York Times correspondent Michael Gordon and retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General Bernard Trainor. Their story bears hard on Rumsfeld. But it daringly...
  • In Iraq, Wrongs Made a Right [L. Paul Bremer's NYT Op-Ed]

    01/13/2006 5:03:43 PM PST · by summer · 6 replies · 647+ views
    The NY Times ^ | Jan 13, 2006 | L. Paul Bremer
    L. Paul Bremmer THE recent debate set off by the publication of my book about my time in Iraq has shed more heat than light.... And while I had concerns about the quality of Iraqi forces two years ago, their training has since been revamped. Today they are playing an increasingly important role in defending Iraq. Despite the missteps and setbacks, there is little question that, thanks to efforts by the American-led coalition, enormous political and economic progress is being made in Iraq today. ... Iraqis voted in the country's first genuine elections. Then they wrote and approved a new...
  • Britain Was 'Weak-Kneed' Over Arrest Of Iraq Cleric, Says Bremer

    01/09/2006 6:09:16 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 696+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-10-2006 | Francis Harris
    Britain was 'weak-kneed' over arrest of Iraq cleric, says Bremer By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 10/01/2006) The British Government and Armed Forces were "weak kneed" and displayed "cold feet" over plans to arrest a radical Islamic cleric in Iraq, the former US administrator in Iraq claimed yesterday. Paul Bremer also turned his fire on organisations with a reputation for hawkishness, including the CIA, the US Marine Corps and the US chiefs of staff, who were berated for their timidity in refusing to arrest Moqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand Shia leader. His accusations came in a long-awaited memoir of his 13-month...
  • Bremer said he urged more postwar troops in Iraq

    01/08/2006 9:32:37 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 30 replies · 743+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 9, 2006
    L. Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, urged U.S. President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to increase U.S. postwar troop strength in the country, but his pleas were ignored, the former diplomat said. In an interview on NBC Television broadcast Sunday night, Bremer said he sent a memo to Rumsfeld suggesting that half a million soldiers would be needed, three times the number deployed by the Bush administration. "I never had any reaction from him," Bremer told Brian Williams". Bremer, on a media blitz in connection with release...
  • Bremer says US did not expect insurgency in Iraq

    01/06/2006 2:25:35 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 84 replies · 1,646+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 6, 2006
    Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, has admitted the United States did not anticipate the insurgency in the country, NBC Television said on Friday. Bremer, interviewed by the network in connection with release of his book on Iraq, recounted the decision to disband the Iraqi army quickly after arriving in Baghdad, a move many experts consider a major miscalculation. When asked who was to blame for the subsequent Iraqi rebellion, in which thousands of Iraqis and Americans have died, Bremer said "we really didn't see the insurgency coming," the network said...
  • Bush puts Rice in charge of post-conflict strategy

    12/14/2005 4:49:06 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 38 replies · 788+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/14/2005 | Sue Pleming
    The White House said on Wednesday it had put the State Department in charge of U.S. efforts to stabilize and rebuild nations roiled by war or civil upheaval, seen as an attempt to avert the inter-agency bickering that plagued the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. President George W. Bush signed the directive last week giving Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the lead in such missions, a White House statement said. "(This will) empower the Secretary of State to improve coordination, planning and implementation for reconstruction and stabilization assistance for foreign states at risk of, in, or in transition from...
  • Down the Memory Hole

    12/10/2005 10:41:02 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 12 replies · 813+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/19/2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    FOR THE SECOND TIME IN recent weeks the Department of Defense has denied a request from The Weekly Standard to release unclassified documents recovered in postwar Iraq. These documents apparently reveal, in some detail, activities of Saddam Hussein's regime in the years before the war. This second denial could also be the final one: According to two Pentagon sources, the program designed to review, translate, and analyze data from the old Iraqi regime may be shuttered at the end of December, not just placing the documents beyond the reach of journalists, but also making them inaccessible to policymakers. As a...
  • U.S. officers: No way out of insurgency but politics

    06/15/2005 8:47:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 79 replies · 1,262+ views
    The Mercury News (San Jose) ^ | Jun. 15, 2005 | Tom Lasseter
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq - A growing number of senior American military officers in Iraq have concluded that there is no long-term military solution to an insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,300 U.S. soldiers during the past two years.</p>
  • The sectarian bug is spreading — will it spark civil war in Iraq?

    06/04/2005 3:15:58 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 17 replies · 613+ views
    TIMES ONLINE.CO.UK.COM ^ | JUNE 4, 2005 | Richard Beeston
    THE FERTILE PLAIN between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers could not be more different than the mountains of central Bosnia. Here farmers in small villages hidden beneath a canopy of palm trees exist much as they have since Ancient Mesopotamia. Canals criss-cross the landscape irrigating the land from the waters of the two great rivers. Where modern urban Iraq is dirty, ugly and threatening, in the countryside there is a timeless quality which suggests that these simple villagers may have escaped the mayhem gripping the rest of the country. But as Yusuf Shaalan explains, first appearances can be very deceptive....
  • Tyranny to Democracy (Iraq), by L. Paul Bremer

    04/29/2005 6:03:06 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 380+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 29, 2005 | L. PAUL BREMER
    ...Despite the amazing progress in Iraq in two short years, some armchair experts carp that we should have moved even faster. Frankly, it's hard to understand what they are thinking.... From the outset, the Coalition recognized that democracy requires more than just elections. We judged that we had a special obligation to help Iraqis design a political and legal structure to guide Iraq's journey from tyranny to democracy. The result, after three months of intense negotiations and compromise, was the interim constitution. This revolutionary document addresses three crucial areas. First, the Coalition insisted that checks and balances guard against the...
  • Housing prices soaring in post-Saddam Baghdad

    04/15/2005 12:01:20 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 21 replies · 571+ views
    USA Today ^ | 04/15/05 | Jim Michaels
    <p>There's no telling how much Saddam Hussein's palaces would be worth had he held on to them.</p> <p>Residential real estate prices in Iraq's capital have quadrupled in many parts of the city, says Ali al-Difaie, 54, the manager of a government office that processes property deeds. Al-Difaie and real estate agents say the rise is driven by an increase in income since the U.S.-led invasion two years ago and the liberalization of building and property laws.</p>
  • Best of the Web..Gotcha or Maybe Not (Priceless exchange between Rumsfeld and CA Rep. Sanchez)

    02/18/2005 8:33:16 PM PST · by Democracy In Iraq · 53 replies · 2,847+ views
    ...Gotcha! (Or Maybe Not) Blogger Joe Fairbanks notes a hilarious exchange between Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D., Calif.) and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. As the latter testified Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee, the former tried but failed to catch him in a misstatement of fact: Sanchez: Unfortunately, as I said, this committee has had a hard time assessing where we really stand with the Iraqi army as an effective fighting force. Over the past year, we've received incredibly widely fluctuating estimates of that. And I think you have a real credibility problem on this issue. Rumsfeld: Fluctuations of what?...
  • Morning In Iraq

    02/03/2005 8:03:22 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 472+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | December 2003 | Karl Zinsmeister and Various others
    Earlier this week, millions of Iraqis turned out to vote in the country’s first free election in over 50 years. They battled violence and intimidation to cast their ballots, determined to overcome terrorism and create self-government. Despite several terrorist attacks, mostly by suicide bombers, the Iraqis celebrated their freedom with fingers stained purple as proof of having cast a ballot. The incidents, fewer in number than had been feared, could not destroy the feeling of joy among the Iraqi people of being able to have a voice in the election. One man, a Sunni engineer and ex-soldier said of the...
  • Iraqi Election~~~~~ Live thread.

    01/29/2005 4:03:31 PM PST · by Dog · 2,949 replies · 86,151+ views
    All of us | Jan 29 2005 | Various Freepers
    It is now 3 am in Iraq the polls will be opening in the next few hours as the world watches and hold's it breath. Iraq is about to undertake a historic vote.Lets wish them well....... please post all comments and election photos to this thread.
  • Iraqi Thwarts Explosive Device Emplacement

    01/11/2005 8:51:28 PM PST · by saquin · 15 replies · 625+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2005 — An Iraqi man foiled an assault by three armed attackers outside his home in south-central Iraq Jan. 5, shooting one of the attackers and sending the other two fleeing, according to 1st Cavalry Division officials. The man flagged down a group of Marines patrolling the area and described the incident. He said the assailants, armed with AK-47 rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, were attempting to set an improvised explosive device at his front door, in apparent retaliation for an earlier argument. Spotting their attempt to blow up his house, he...
  • Insurgency in Iraq 'will not end': Powell

    12/28/2004 1:44:15 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 39 replies · 1,082+ views
    Yahoo! News - Mideast - AFP ^ | Tue, Dec 28, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said that the insurgency in Iraq (news - web sites) "will not end," as insurgents are determined to derail the country's democratic transition. Powell reiterated that Iraq's January 30 elections will take place as scheduled and that the US and Iraqi forces are working to have security in place for the polls. But, he told CBS television, "the insurgency will not end." "These insurgents are determined to have no representative government. They want to go back to a tyranny," Powell said. "And so the insurgency will continue...