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Obama Praises Self for Ending Iraq War on Bloodiest Day of Year There

Obama Praises Self for Ending Iraq War on Bloodiest Day of Year There

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s campaign on Monday released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq.  The clip comes on the same day that has proven to be the deadliest day of the year in that c…

Scores Dead in Wave of Bombings, Shootings in Iraq

Scores Dead in Wave of Bombings, Shootings in Iraq

ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — A series of bombings and shootings across Baghdad and northern Iraq Monday left at least 107 people dead and 216 others injured.It was the bloodiest day of the year as militants tested the efficacy of Iraqi sec…

Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis Killed in Separate Bombings

Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis Killed in Separate Bombings

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Neither Shiites nor Sunnis were spared deadly attacks in Iraq Sunday, coming on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan.Overall, violence has been on the wane in Iraq more than six months after all U.S. military f…

Iraq Says Syrian Rebels Now Occupy Border Crossings

Iraq Says Syrian Rebels Now Occupy Border Crossings

SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — A top Iraqi official said Thursday that Syrian rebels are now in control of all border crossings between his country and Syria.Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi said this action did not occur without viole…

Iraqis Urged to Flee Syria

Iraqis Urged to Flee Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — With the conflict in Syria expanding, Iraqi expatriates are being urged to come home.There are an estimated 200,000 to one million Iraqis currently living in Syria, many of whom left their homeland during the height o…

Lawsuit Against Military Contractor in Soldier’s Electrocution Death Tossed

Lawsuit Against Military Contractor in Soldier’s Electrocution Death Tossed

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The mother of a U.S. soldier electrocuted in his barracks shower while stationed in Iraq has vowed to keep a lawsuit alive against military contractor KBR, which she blames for installing the substandard electrical system…

Rep. Joe Walsh: Iraq War Vet Opponent Talks Too Much to Be ‘True’ Hero

Rep. Joe Walsh: Iraq War Vet Opponent Talks Too Much to Be ‘True’ Hero

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Joe Walsh’s Facebook page is flooded with negative comments after the Illinois Republican said Tuesday that his opponent, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, was not a “true” hero because …

Iraq Sentences Three to Death for Parliament Bomb Plot

Iraq Sentences Three to Death for Parliament Bomb Plot

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — As Iraq suffered through another day of violence, the country’s Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday gave the death penalty to three men who plotted to blow up the parliament building last November.One person died and…

Iraq Backs Off Shutting Down Dozens of News Organizations

Iraq Backs Off Shutting Down Dozens of News Organizations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — A threat by Baghdad to shut down 44 news organizations in the country has passed, at least for the moment.There were reports that Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission had told the media outlets that they would b…

June’s Death Toll in Iraq Already Exceeds Last Month’s Fatalities

June’s Death Toll in Iraq Already Exceeds Last Month’s Fatalities

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — June stands to be the most violent month this year in Iraq as at least 13 more people were slain Monday, including nine young soccer players and fans near a field south of Baghdad.Local police in Hilla said that a pow…

Iraqi Lawmakers Hint at No Confidence Vote Against Prime Minister

Iraqi Lawmakers Hint at No Confidence Vote Against Prime Minister

Iraqi Prime Minister office via Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — Iraq’s tenuous political environment became shakier Thursday as some members of parliament said they would renew efforts to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.Since U.S. forces were withdrawn la…

Iraq Wants Obama to Stop Kurd Oil Deal with ExxonMobil

Iraq Wants Obama to Stop Kurd Oil Deal with ExxonMobil

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — Iraq is asking the U.S. for help again but it has nothing to do with providing military assistance.Instead, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants President Obama to step in and block a deal between ExxonMobil an…

UN Releases Latest Statistics on World’s Refugee Population

UN Releases Latest Statistics on World’s Refugee Population

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The number of people joining the ranks of the world’s refugee population grew by another 800,000 in 2011, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Despite this figure, the actual number o…

McGurk Withdrawing Nomination to Be Ambassador to Iraq

McGurk Withdrawing Nomination to Be Ambassador to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Brett McGurk, has withdrawn his nomination amid questions about his professionalism and experience.Some on Capitol Hill already had questions about McG…

Senate GOP Calls on Obama to Pull McGurk Nomination

Senate GOP Calls on Obama to Pull McGurk Nomination

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Six Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called on President Obama to withdraw his nominee for U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Brett McGurk, after a racy email exchange and affair with a reporter was leaked late …

Dozens Dead in Wave of Bombings in Iraq

Dozens Dead in Wave of Bombings in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — A series of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq on Wednesday have left dozens dead and hundreds more wounded, according to local officials.Most of the blasts occurred in Baghdad and in nearby cities, including Hilla, w…

WSJ Reporter Resigns Over Ambassador Nominee Affair

WSJ Reporter Resigns Over Ambassador Nominee Affair

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon resigned today after emails surfaced revealing she had a secret affair with the man who is now President Obama’s nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Iraq.The pair beg…

State Department Sticks By McGurk, Despite Racy Emails

State Department Sticks By McGurk, Despite Racy Emails

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When sexually explicit emails first surfaced between Brett McGurk, the Obama administration’s nominee to be the ambassador to Iraq, and a Wall Street Journal reporter who later became McGurk’s wife, the S…

Leaked Emails Dampen Support for Obama’s Iraqi Ambassador Pick

Leaked Emails Dampen Support for Obama’s Iraqi Ambassador Pick

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As a former national security staffer for President George W. Bush, President Obama’s nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Brett McGurk, was supposed to garner bipartisan support for his confirmation.  But l…

Saddam Hussein’s Secretary Executed

Saddam Hussein’s Secretary Executed

AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — Another member of the late Saddam Hussein’s inner circle died by execution in Iraq Thursday.The Iraqi justice ministry said that Abed Hamid Hmoud, at one time the fourth most wanted member of Hussein’s regime, was hanged –…

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