Iraq

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Tension is the subtext of Turkey-Iraq dialogue

WorldTribune.com ANKARA — In September, the defense ministers of Iraq and Turkey discussed a joint campaign against the Kurdish insurgency (PKK). The session was coordinated with the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq. But observers said the KRG sees Turkey as the main threat. “PKK is a diversion and sometimes a danger because it […]

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More contractors than troops killed in war zones this year

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. private contractors have been killed at a faster rate than American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. A report said the deaths of private contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq have exceeded those of American soldiers in 2010. The report by ProPublica said this marked the first time in history that private employees […]

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'Turning the page' in Iraq: And now, chapter II.

'Turning the page' in Iraq: And now, chapter II.

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an near emotionless and vapid address from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama told Americans that the “page has been turned” and American combat units have been withdrawn from Iraq. Thus seven years after the start of the contentious war in Iraq, we were happily heading home. […]

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Despite formal end of combat role, U.S. joins Baghdad battle

Despite formal end of combat role, U.S. joins Baghdad battle

BAGHDAD – Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq’s ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens. It was the first exchange of fire involving U.S. troops […]

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Iraq dedicates international training center specializing in . . . roadside bombs

Iraq dedicates international training center specializing in . . . roadside bombs

WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has unveiled a training center meant to teach security forces to detect, identify and neutralize improvised explosive devices. The Interior Ministry has overseen the construction of its training center at Salman Pak near Baghdad. Officials said the ministry’s Counter Explosives Directorate was assigned responsibility for administering the facility, expected to be […]

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A bizarre speech on Iraq

Victor Davis Hanson Most Americans will support President Obama’s call for patience in Afghanistan and his policy of continuing the long-planned drawdown in Iraq. But there was something bizarre about his entire Iraq speech — it was as if it were being delivered by an exhausted Obama factotum, rather than the animate Obama of old. […]

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