August 1, 2007 |
Adm. Michael Mullen, President Bush's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, voiced a lack of confidence in the Iraqi government yesterday, saying there "does not appear to be much political progress" in ending sectarian strife in the country. Mullen, 60, also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the "surge" of more American military forces into Iraq has helped curtail violence there, but that he was troubled by Iraq's inability to reach political reconciliation among warring Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions.
July 19, 2010 |
BAGHDAD - Two suicide bombers killed 46 members of a U.S.-backed anti-al Qaeda Sunni militia in Iraq, the highest such death toll in two months, an Iraqi Interior ministry official said. Officials blamed al Qaeda in Iraq, which has frequently targeted such militiamen, though no immediate claim of responsibility was made. The militia, called the "Awakening" or Sahwa in Arabic, was formed in 2006 in al Anbar Province by tribal men and former members of al Qaeda and other insurgent groups who decided to join with the U.S. military to fight al Qaeda.
June 16, 2004 |
President Bush said yesterday that the United States would not stand in the way of rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr - whose forces fought American troops all spring - if he sought to play a political role in Iraq. At a White House news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bush said it would be up to the new Iraqi government to decide whether to allow Sadr to participate in the political process. "The interim Iraqi government will deal with Sadr in the way they see fit," Bush said in the White House Rose Garden.
June 30, 1991 |
After winning a $64 million court decision against the Iraqi government, a Westampton furnace manufacturer is fending off attempts by the U.S. government to have that decision reversed. In April, Consarc Corp. won the judgment against the Iraqi government in U.S. District Court in Washington after suing the Iraqis for breach of contract and fraud in connection with the sale of five highly specialized furnaces. But on June 17, the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Sporkin to overturn his April 5 decision.
October 7, 1990 |
Despite the loss of a $10 million sale of furnaces to the Iraqi government, the head of the Consarc Corp., a Westampton firm with 90 workers, said employees and stockholders should not be concerned. "There won't be any layoffs," Consarc president Raymond J. Roberts said last week. "Fortunately, we are big enough and our business sufficient to absorb this blow and keep on going. "It will put a big dent in our profits, but we expect to make a profit nevertheless," Roberts said.
September 23, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - Five Iraqi soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb explosion north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi officials said, as suspected Sunni militants seeking to undermine the Shiite-led government continue to target the country's security forces. A police official in Salahuddin province said the attack on a two-vehicle military convoy occurred early in the afternoon near the predominantly Sunni town of Duluiyah, 45 miles north of Baghdad. Four other soldiers were wounded in the blast, the official said.
April 8, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Even with the burdens of combat in Afghanistan and unrest in parts of the Arab world, the United States would keep troops in Iraq beyond the agreed-upon end of 2011 if the Iraqi government asked for extra help, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday. His comments gave weight to an idea that is politically sensitive in both nations and that Iraq officially rejects. During what he said would probably be his final visit to Iraq as Pentagon chief, Gates urged the fractious Iraqi government to decide "pretty quickly" whether it wants to extend the U.S. presence beyond Dec. 31 to enable continued training of Iraqi security forces.
October 26, 2006 |
The Inquirer asked these experts what they thought the United States needed to do next. Their responses are summarized below. Joost Hiltermann, based in Amman, Jordan, is Middle East project director of the International Crisis Group think tank in Brussels, Belgium: The United States should broker an overall political compromise between all the key Iraqi actors. Only this would enable political leaders to rein in the militias. More resources to train Iraqi security forces is key, because without such forces, no Iraqi government can enforce the law. Engaging Syria and Iran is also key, and talking to them alone will not work.
December 10, 2006 |
The Baker-Hamilton Commission, formally known as the Iraq Study Group (ISG), provides a clear-eyed, balanced assessment of the situation in Iraq and a sensible and realistic way forward, with one major exception: drawing Syria and Iran into efforts to stabilize Iraq. The ISG report correctly called for the United States to: Put security and stability first. Reducing sectarian violence in Iraq is essential. This, as the report explains, must be accomplished by the Iraqi government.
February 27, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The U.S. military has recovered the remains of the last U.S. service member missing in Iraq, ending a nearly six-year ordeal involving shadowy militants and a tragic love story, his family said Sunday. About 1 a.m. Sunday, a U.S. officer knocked on the door of the family home in Ann Arbor, Mich., with news that Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Al-Taie was confirmed dead. The officer had no details yet on how or when he died, said Entifadh Qanbar, Al-Taie's uncle and an aide to Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi.