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September 14, 2007 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Hadi Rubaie sat in the living room of his air-conditioned home, with its sofas covered in delicate linen doilies, colorful rugs hanging on the wall and the sound of roosters crowing out back. He was talking about President Bush preparing Americans on Thursday for another year of war. Rubaie has strong opinions. But what you notice first are his hands: the thick, knotted mitts of a car mechanic.
October 25, 2006 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
The conflict in Iraq is drawing fewer foreign fighters as Muslim extremists aspiring to battle the West turn their attention back to the symbolically important and increasingly violent turf of Afghanistan, European and U.S. anti-terrorism officials say. The shift of militants to Afghanistan this year suggests that Al Qaeda and its allies, armed with new tactics honed in Iraq, are coming full circle five years after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban mullahs. Until Sept.
June 7, 2006 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir presides over this country still raw from 21 years of civil war and still suffering from marauding by militias in the Darfur region. But on Tuesday, he told U.N. officials that he didn't want the world body's help.
May 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Soldiers shot unarmed police in East Timor's capital Thursday, killing nine and wounding 27, as international troops landed to try to end fighting between the 800-member army and about 600 soldiers who had been fired. Homes and business were set ablaze. The death toll in four days of violence in the world's youngest nation rose to 20 when, witnesses said, assailants broke the windows of a house, sprayed gasoline and set the structure on fire with six people inside.
March 18, 2006 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
A day after raising international hopes by agreeing to hold direct talks about stabilizing Iraq, U.S. and Iranian officials Friday took a decidedly sharper tone toward each other, differing markedly over the purpose of their planned discussions. U.S. officials accused Iran of meddling in Iraq's internal affairs and said the discussions were aimed only at expressing American unhappiness over the interference.
November 15, 2005 | Paul Richter and John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writers
Despite President Bush's effort to halt such talk, top Iraqi and American officials continue to suggest that U.S. and British troops in Iraq could begin substantial withdrawals as soon as next year. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on a British TV program over the weekend that Iraqi forces might be ready to replace British troops by the end of next year. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi and Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S.
February 28, 2005
Re "Uncle Sam Wants Tu," Commentary, Feb. 24: Well, I guess Max Boot is at it again. Does he honestly think so little of his country and is he so dedicated to a long time of war that he would seriously consider this the answer to the problem of enlisting more troops in the United States Army and Marine Corps? Namely, to recruit foreigners from the four corners of the Earth? Does he really think the answer to this ill-fated war in Iraq, and expanding it to who knows where else, is to bring more and more people to this country and promise them U.S. citizenship to boot?
January 17, 2005 | Alissa J. Rubin and Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writers
For months, President Bush and other U.S. officials have heralded Iraq's election of a transitional government as a major goal in the struggle to achieve democracy and stability there. But with the vote now just two weeks away, U.S. and Iraqi officials have begun to focus on the daunting problems they will face the morning after election day -- ones every bit as formidable as those they have faced since the invasion.
January 13, 2005 | Barbara Demick and Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writers
U.S. Marines have scaled back plans to send hundreds of troops into Indonesia to build roads and clear debris from last month's tsunami, Marine Corps officials said Wednesday, after Indonesian officials said they hoped to have all foreign troops off their soil by late March.
June 9, 2004 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday endorsing the U.S. hand-over of sovereignty to the Iraqi interim government June 30 and authorizing multinational forces to stay in the country for at least a year with the government's consent. The resolution, which seeks to formally end the U.S. occupation of Iraq, gave the new Iraqi government control of its soldiers, police and oil resources and a say -- but not a veto -- on the multinational forces' operations.
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