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June 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
More than half of Americans now disagree with President Bush's argument that the war in Iraq will make the United States safer from terrorists, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found. Almost three-quarters of the randomly selected 1,002 adults interviewed by phone Thursday through Sunday said the number of casualties was unacceptably high, and a record 58% said the war wasn't worth fighting. The poll found that 52% of Americans believed that the war in Iraq hadn't made the U.S.
June 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
British Prime Minister Tony Blair firmly denied that the Bush administration had signaled just months after Sept. 11 that a decision was made to invade Iraq. Leaked British memos suggest concerns that the administration was determined in 2002 to invade Iraq, months before the U.S. and Britain unsuccessfully sought U.N. Security Council approval for military action.
June 29, 2005 | Paul Richter and Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writers
President Bush called on the nation Tuesday to hold firm in its support for the war in Iraq, saying victory there was essential to preventing another terrorist attack on American soil. Repeatedly invoking the Sept. 11 attacks and even quoting Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Bush described the mission during a prime-time address as fundamentally a battle against the terrorist network. "Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war," Bush said before an audience of Army troops.
February 8, 2005 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
Insurgents on Monday unleashed their most violent assaults in Iraq since the country's election, killing 15 people in mortar and suicide attacks in the northern city of Mosul and 15 more in a car bombing near a police station northeast of Baghdad. Turmoil reasserted itself as a new batch of election returns indicated that an ethnic Kurdish coalition had garnered more than 1 million votes in two northern provinces.
February 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Roadside bombs killed a U.S. soldier and three Iraqi national guard troops Monday, and officials said insurgents had blown up an oil pipeline near Kirkuk and killed two senior police officers in Baghdad. The soldier was killed and three others were wounded when a bomb exploded near their patrol in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said. The blast occurred when the soldiers from Task Force Liberty were on a combat patrol near the town of Baqubah, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, the U.S.
February 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
An American assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action Tuesday in Al Anbar province, the military said today, and two Iraqi police officers and a civilian died in bombings elsewhere. No details were released on the Marine's death. The two policemen were killed and two others were wounded when a bomb exploded near a highway in the western part of Baghdad.
July 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Carter, speaking at a Baptist World Alliance conference in Birmingham, England, criticized the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and called the U.S.-led war in Iraq "unnecessary and unjust." "I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.," he said. Hundreds of detainees have been held indefinitely at Guantanamo, without charge or access to lawyers.
July 5, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush pledged Monday to keep U.S. forces in Iraq "until the fight is won," telling a Fourth of July crowd that he had "a comprehensive strategy" to win the struggle in Iraq and prevail in the global war on terrorism. Making his third Independence Day visit to West Virginia in four years, the president asked Americans to remain patient, saying: "We know that the freedom we defend is meant for all men and women, and for all times.
March 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge ruled Wednesday that a soldier's remains would be sent to his father for burial in Oklahoma, ending a bitter custody battle between divorced parents over the last resting place for a son killed in Iraq. After Army Staff Sgt. Jason Hendrix, 28, was killed by a roadside bomb, the Army sent his body to his mother in California.
March 8, 2005 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Insurgents carried out a wave of car bombings and other attacks in at least four Iraqi cities and towns Monday, killing 32 people and injuring dozens more. The violence came as Iraqi politicians admitted that they were still days, if not weeks, away from a deal to form a government.
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