September 22, 2011
Under an agreement between Iraq and the George W. Bush administration, virtually all U.S. troops are to be out of that country by the end of the year. But the Obama administration, and apparently the Iraqi government, favor maintaining a residual force. To which our response is: "Yes … but. " After this country's long slog through a bloody and unnecessary war, one that has cost 4,474 American lives, the idea of prolonging any U.S. presence is extremely unappealing. But if the military deems this absolutely essential, then so long as the force were kept small — 5,000 or so — it might be acceptable as a way of shoring up Iraqi security forces and continuing training operations.
September 15, 2011 |
Insurgents launched four attacks early Wednesday against Iraq's security forces, killing 27 people as the Persian Gulf nation prepares for the departure of U.S. troops at the end of the year. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant where police officers were dining in Madhatiya, near the city of Hillah. The blast killed a dozen people and wounded 43, according to security and health officials. In Baghdad, a drive-by shooting at a police checkpoint in the Qahira neighborhood left two police officers dead and two wounded.
June 14, 2011 |
Armed men stormed the provincial council today in the eastern Diyala province's capital of Baquba, killing at least eight people in the latest assault on government buildings in Sunni parts of Iraq, police said. The Tuesday morning attack lasted nearly two hours before army and police personnel seized back control of the council building, according to reports from state television. Around 9 a.m., a suicide bomber blew himself up by the heavily guarded entrance of the provincial council, which is surrounded by giant cement blast walls.
January 15, 2011 |
Two U.S. soldiers were killed and a third was injured when two Iraqi soldiers opened fire on U.S. troops during training in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, Iraqi army sources said. The incident occurred while U.S. soldiers were training an Iraqi military unit at al-Ghazlani U.S. military camp in southern Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, they said. "According to available information, two American soldiers were killed today during a shooting at a training session inside al-Ghazlani military camp.
October 24, 2010 |
To the Iraqis who were there, the revelations from the WikiLeaks organization that the war they lived through was brutal and bloody have hardly come as a surprise. Americans carelessly opened fire at checkpoints when Iraqis failed to stop. Militias and insurgents roamed the streets, randomly killing members of the other sect. Iraqi security forces rounded up suspects at will and tortured them. Iran infiltrated, armed and influenced the Shiite Muslim militias responsible for thousands of the deaths.
October 23, 2010 |
A massive leak of classified U.S. documents from the Iraq war Friday details hundreds of incidents in which American troops found evidence that Iraqi security forces were abusing prisoners, including reports that U.S. soldiers did not always take steps to stop the violence. The accounts of prisoner mistreatment by Iraqi forces are the most explosive element of the nearly 400,000 classified reports made public by WikiLeaks in one of the largest leaks of classified material in American history.