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Arab League Summit Gets Off to Shaky Start in Baghdad

Arab League Summit Gets Off to Shaky Start in Baghdad

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — This was not the way the Iraqi government envisioned things happening as the highly-anticipated Arab League summit got underway Thursday in Baghdad.For one thing, the participants were greeted with rockets, presumably…

Arab League Members to Witness the "New" Iraq at Summit

Arab League Members to Witness the "New" Iraq at Summit

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — It’s a huge week in Iraq, one that Baghdad says will convince its neighbors just how far the nation has come since it was invaded by U.S.-led forces nine years ago to depose dictator Saddam Hussein.Members of the Arab…

Iraq Rocked by Deadly Attacks Ahead of Arab League Summit

Iraq Rocked by Deadly Attacks Ahead of Arab League Summit

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Insurgents seeking to undermine the Iraqi government’s claims that the country is finally stabilizing after close to a decade of war, launched a series of attacks Tuesday that left dozens dead.The bomb blasts and shoo…

On Iraq War Anniversary, First Lady Solicits Veterans to Campaign

On Iraq War Anniversary, First Lady Solicits Veterans to Campaign

Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama, whose advocacy for veterans and their families has defined her tenure in the White House, is now appealing to the constituency for political support for a second Obama …

American Released by Shiite Militia in Iraq After Nine Months

American Released by Shiite Militia in Iraq After Nine Months

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — In a move that seemed to take everyone by surprise, a Shiite militia in Iraq freed a former U.S. soldier-turned-contractor over the weekend after he had been held for nine months in captivity.The man was …

Iraq Experiencing Resurgence of Violence

Iraq Experiencing Resurgence of Violence

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Violence is on the rise again in Iraq as militants try to expose flaws in the country’s national security ahead of an Arab summit in Baghdad at the end of the month.The latest incident occurred Wednesday in the northe…

Family of Civilian Killed in Iraq Sues Military Contractor

Family of Civilian Killed in Iraq Sues Military Contractor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) — Three years ago, at a party thrown by U.S. civilian contractors in Iraq, a young ex-Marine named Jason Pope was shot to death by a drunken co-worker. Now, his family has filed a lawsuit in federal court clai…

Gunmen Kill 27 Iraqi Police Officers In Western City of Haditha

Gunmen Kill 27 Iraqi Police Officers In Western City of Haditha

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Assailants gunned down 27 Iraqi police officers in an early morning wave of attacks Monday across the western city of Haditha.The militants, some of whom reportedly donned military uniforms, initially kidnapped two…

White House Dinner Honors Iraq War Vets

White House Dinner Honors Iraq War Vets

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a White House dinner Wednesday evening for some 200 Iraq veterans and their families as a way of paying tribute to the sacrifices they’ve made durin…

President Obama: Koran Apology ‘Calmed Things Down’

President Obama: Koran Apology ‘Calmed Things Down’

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said his formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans by U.S. troops last week has “calmed things down” after the incident sparked an outbreak of…

Iraq War Vets to Be Honored with White House Dinner

Iraq War Vets to Be Honored with White House Dinner

Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will formally express the nation’s gratitude for the thousands of Iraq War veterans with a state dinner in their honor at the White House Wednesday n…

Remains of Last Missing Soldier in Iraq Identified

Remains of Last Missing Soldier in Iraq Identified

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The remains of Staff Sgt. Ahmed Altaie, the last American service member still missing in Iraq, have been positively identified.Altaie was serving as an Army interpreter when he was kidnapped in October 2006, after…

Dozens Dead, Hundreds Wounded After Multiple Bombings in Iraq

Dozens Dead, Hundreds Wounded After Multiple Bombings in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Iraq came under siege on Thursday as dozens were killed and hundreds wounded in a coordinated series of attacks throughout the country.At least 43 people died as the result of 16 car bombings as well as roadside explo…

At Least 20 Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraqi Cities

At Least 20 Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraqi Cities

Getty Images(BAGHDAD, Iraq) — At least 20 people were killed in separate attacks in Iraq on Sunday.More than 18 police died and 26 were injured following a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad near the Iraqi Police Academy.In the northern city of Baquba…

Poll: Most Americans Approve of Obama’s Military Tactics

Poll: Most Americans Approve of Obama’s Military Tactics

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Obama is drawing strength from an unexpected area as he girds for his re-election campaign, benefiting from military and anti-terrorism policies that have been controversial in some quarters, but …

US to Cut Back on Diplomatic Personnel in Iraq

US to Cut Back on Diplomatic Personnel in Iraq

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While the American military presence in Iraq is now barely existent, there are still plenty of diplomats and other personnel in the country.  But perhaps, not for long.There are reports that the Stat…

No Parade, But White House Plans Formal Dinner for Iraq War Vets

No Parade, But White House Plans Formal Dinner for Iraq War Vets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will host a black-tie, state-dinner-style event at the White House to honor Iraq War veterans, administration officials announced Monday.“It’s really focused on the men and women who ser…

Iraqis Upset with US Drone Flights

Iraqis Upset with US Drone Flights

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images (file photo)(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi government is not pleased that the U.S. is flying unmanned surveillance drones over its country.As first reported in The New York Times, the State Department confirmed that flights occur …

US to Iraq: Don’t Blow This Opportunity

US to Iraq: Don’t Blow This Opportunity

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. has warned Iraq’s leaders, namely Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, “not to blow this opportunity,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told State Department employees during a to…

Anger Over Marine’s Light Sentence for 24 Killings

Anger Over Marine’s Light Sentence for 24 Killings

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A light sentence handed down to U.S. Marine Frank Wuterich for his guilty plea in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in 2005 has shocked and angered Iraqis, military experts and Internet users.”It’s upsetting,” said B…

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