December 1, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans joined Wednesday to criticize harshly a State Department program for continued training of Iraq's police force, calling the nearly $900 million set aside in the 2012 budget a waste of money. Lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing cited an October report from the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction that said the training program lacked focus, could become a "bottomless pit" for U.S. dollars and may not even be wanted by the Iraqis.
October 13, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Attacks aimed at Iraqi police, including two in which assailants slammed explosives-packed cars into police stations, killed 25 people Wednesday and maimed dozens in the worst violence in the capital since August. Less than three months before American troops are to leave Iraq, the blasts were a brutal example of the challenges Iraqi security forces will face as they assume sole responsibility for containing terror groups such as al-Qaeda. The explosions were aimed at the police, generally considered the weakest section of the country's security forces.
August 26, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Bombs killed at least 15 people Thursday in Iraq, including eight police officers and a soldier, in the latest strike against Iraqi security forces as U.S. troops prepare to leave. Gunmen attacked a police station Thursday in Karmah, 50 miles west of Baghdad. After exchanging gunfire with the policemen, the gunmen withdrew and a car bomb exploded near the police station, killing five police officers, officials said. About 30 minutes later, a parked car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint in a village outside Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad.
July 30, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Frequent bombings, assassinations and a resurgence in violence by Shiite militias have made Iraq more dangerous now than it was just a year ago, a U.S. government watchdog concludes in a report released Saturday. The findings come during what U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart W. Bowen Jr. called "a summer of uncertainty" in Baghdad over whether American forces will stay past a year-end withdrawal deadline and continue military aid for the unstable nation.
May 6, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed 20 police officers in southern Iraq on Thursday as the country braced for attacks from al-Qaeda in Iraq in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden. The car bomber blew up his vehicle at a police headquarters in the mainly Shiite Muslim city of Hillah before 7 a.m. as the police switched from overnight to day shift. It was the second major attack in Iraq since bin Laden was killed early Monday. The attacker in Hillah set off his explosives as police officers gathered outside in the midst of their shift change, according to local government officials on state television.
August 20, 2010 |
For former Army Sgt. Carl Oliver, seeing images of the last American combat brigade leaving Iraq was bittersweet. He's still recovering physically and emotionally from a 2004 insurgent attack in Baghdad that killed two close New Jersey comrades and seriously wounded him. The sight of troops crossing into Kuwait "brought tears to my eyes," the Trenton man said. "I just wish it had been us coming home, that nobody had to die. " Oliver, 55, and other veterans said Thursday that they were proud of their part in the slow progress - over more than seven years - that led to this week's milestone in Iraq.
June 8, 2010
N. Korean ruler promotes kin BEIJING - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's brother-in-law was elevated Monday to the second-most-powerful position in the leadership, a reshuffling of personnel intended to consolidate the ruling family's grip over the country. The promotion of Jang Song Taek, 64, long believed to be one of the most powerful men behind the scenes in North Korea, was announced after an unexpected meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly, presided over by the ailing Kim, 68. The reshuffling appears intended to pave the way for Kim's inexperienced and little-known youngest son, Kim Jong Un, to become the titular leader after his father's death.
March 4, 2008 |
They've policed the meanest streets of Philadelphia, where the murder rate ranks among the highest of the nation's big cities. They've been dispatched to shootings and stabbings, chased suspects on foot and pursued them in squad cars. And now, the three Philadelphia officers have been called to duty on the streets and in the prisons of a more violent city - Baghdad - where they'll teach their skills to Iraqis, Philly-style. Joined by law-enforcement officers from such places as Yeadon, Allentown and York, the Army Reservists are training at Fort Dix in Burlington County for a crucial job that Pentagon officials hope will allow them to draw down U.S. troops this summer to pre-surge levels.
November 16, 2007 |
With U.S. envoy due, Bhutto no longer confined to house LAHORE, Pakistan - Police said they lifted the house arrest of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto today, hours before the arrival of a senior U.S. envoy who was expected to urge the country's military leader to end emergency rule. The move came after Bhutto - while still confined to a house in Lahore - urged fellow opposition leaders to join her in an alliance that could govern until elections. Despite Bhutto's call, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has given no sign he will hand over power.
September 10, 2007
LAST WEEK, TWO separate but interconnected pieces of news came out that make it clear that President Bush has no intention of bringing troops home from Iraq while he's president. In fact, it's worse: he wants to make sure the next president can't either. Sure, while he was there on a surprise visit, he hinted that a few troops could come home, if Gen. David Petraeus recommends it. At the same time, another interview with the president revealed his true intentions. In a new book by Robert Draper, the president told the author that when it comes to Iraq, "I'm playing for October-November.