Iraq war

Ministers Prepare to Retake Daesh Stronghold of Mosul

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Stephen Kalin WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, July 19 – Dozens of defense and foreign ministers will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday to take stock of the fight against Daesh, their focus increasingly on a major prize: the militant group’s bastion in Mosul, Iraq. The battle for Mosul is expected to

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Chilcot and the Great Game

The Iraq Inquiry’s verdict on Tony Blair’s misadventures is finally out. It makes for tough reading BY Sunny Hundal The story of why Britain invaded Iraq with the U.S. is of a once-powerful empire yearning for its former military stature in the world. Some say it was Iraq’s oil that seduced Tony Blair into joining George Bush; others point to Britain’s eagerness

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Could a Millionaire Businessman Save Iraq’s Sunnis?

By Ned Parker ERBIL, Iraq, June 1 – For at least a decade, Iraqi business mogul Khamis Khanjar has bankrolled Sunni politicians and fighters alike. Now, he wants to use his multi-million dollar fortune to create an autonomous region for Iraq’s Sunnis. Khanjar’s emergence from backroom deal-maker to would-be Sunni champion is just one sign

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The Fight For Fallujah

Iraq’s army conducts an offensive to retake Daesh’s stronghold in Anbar BY Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih On May 22, Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider Al Abadi announced the launch of a military offensive dubbed the “Break Up of Terrorism” to retake Fallujah, Daesh’s strategic stronghold in the Anbar province, and the first city to fall into

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More Than 20 Killed in Series of Bombings in Baghdad, Police Says

BAGHDAD, May 30 – More than 20 people were killed and about 50 injured in three bombings, including two suicide attacks, that hit Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said. The attacks came as Iraqi forces and Shi’ite militias are fighting Daesh militants in Falluja, their stronghold just west of the capital. Twelve people

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Guantanamo, Rights Issues in Defense Bill Divide U.S. Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, May 18 – The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee announced his opposition on Wednesday to the 2017 defense authorization bill, underscoring the partisan divide over the $602 billion defense policy measure. Representative Adam Smith said changes in the bill this week by Republicans, who control

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Security Concerns Send Turkish Foreign Visitor Arrivals Tumbling

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 29 – The number of foreign visitors going to Turkey fell 10 percent in February, the biggest drop in a decade, amid security concerns for a country feeling the spillover effects from the war in Syria. Turkey has been hit by a spate a bomb attacks this

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Clinton’s Iraq Vote Slammed at Democratic Debate

By John Whitesides and Amanda Becker DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov 14 – U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton came under heavy criticism in a debate on Saturday for her 2003 vote backing the U.S. invasion of Iraq, with rival Bernie Sanders linking it to regional chaos that aided the rise of Daesh militants. Sanders and

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