September 8, 2009 |
This night at the Hunting Club, Qassim Sultan doesn't come on till 1 a.m. Because he wants life to be like the old days. He wants people to dance till 5 in the morning. He just has to stand on the stage and they move for him, the way they did at parties on cruise boats down the Tigris River before the war. In the crowd, women who look like Bettie Page, all jet-black hair and thick blue eye shadow, dance with men in double-breasted khaki suits. A chain of couples swing their hands high and kick their feet, grinning giddily, perhaps slightly tipsy from the beers and whiskeys at their tables.
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August 9, 2009 |
In his final months in Iraq, love came unexpectedly to Maj. Steven Hutchison. His 11-man crew was running errands on an Army base near Basra when Hutchison ordered a lunch break. The transition team, whose job was to train Iraqi police and soldiers, pulled their armored vehicles into the base's Subway restaurant and ordered sandwiches. Hutchison paid, as was his wont, and gave the thumbs up to roll out, team members recall. But the logistics advisor threw back a thumbs down.
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Iraq's embattled government will be allowed to buy and lease Apache attack helicopters to help fight a renewed insurgency after a U.S. lawmaker lifted his long-running objections to the deal, the Pentagon said Monday. The agreement allows Iraq to lease as many as six Apaches this year and purchase another two dozen for delivery over the next three years, officials said. Iraq's military hopes to use the aircraft against militants from the Al Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who have overrun parts of Iraq's Anbar province, including the capital, Ramadi, and the city of Fallouja.
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June 26, 2013 |
A military appeals court Wednesday tossed out the high-profile conviction of a Marine from Camp Pendleton for the killing of an unarmed Iraqi man in 2006 in Hamandiya, west of Baghdad. The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Larry Hutchins was improperly denied a lawyer when investigators in Iraq first began to question him about the killing. He was put in solitary confinement for seven days, according to his lawyer, Babu Kaza. "At that point he broke and informed NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
August 20, 2008 |
Poland's prime minister says his country will offer asylum or a $40,000 payment to any Iraqi working for its military or police in Iraq. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said his government approved the plan. Poland has decided to withdraw its troops from Iraq in October. There is a fear that Iraqis who worked for the U.S. allies could become the target of attacks. Tusk said the plan covers Iraqi interpreters and other workers. He did not say how many people it would cover. Poland contributed troops to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and now has 900 there.
August 10, 2004
Re "The Hand-Over That Wasn't," Commentary, Aug. 5: Why don't we require Bechtel and Halliburton et al to hire a huge number of Iraqi workers for the war reconstruction efforts? The Iraqi people need the work, cost much less, speak the language, know the technology and incite fewer insurgents. But hiring Iraqis is difficult. So, as Antonia Juhasz points out, Paul Bremer's rules allow our contractors to hire impoverished Army reservists at huge salaries who are barely qualified and inflame the locals.