February 7, 2008 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied Wednesday that the Bush administration was seeking a treaty with Iraq that would require long-term security commitments forcing future U.S. presidents to continue sending troops. Instead, Gates told lawmakers, a new agreement with Baghdad would give the U.S. military continuing legal authority to operate in Iraq, much like current United Nations resolutions, which expire at the end of the year.
February 6, 2008 |
As the most powerful Afghan official in the troubled southern province of Kandahar, Ahmed Wali Karzai says he knows just how to tame the shadowy Taliban campaign of suicide bombs and assassinations that have raised the specter of a country sliding toward anarchy. He wants more American soldiers on the ground.
February 6, 2008 |
Hundreds of civilians have died in fierce fighting between rebels and government forces here in Chad's capital, Red Cross officials said Tuesday, as the insurgents agreed to a cease-fire. Rebel leader Mahamat Nouri, leader of the biggest of three rebel groups in a coalition, told BBC radio Tuesday afternoon that the coalition accepted a Libyan-brokered cease-fire. Nouri said he did not think that the government had accepted.
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January 18, 2008 |
More than 7,000 sailors and Marines will deploy next week when the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group leaves San Diego for the Western Pacific. The commander of the Navy's Third Fleet says the Nimitz will leave San Diego on Jan. 24 to take over in the Pacific for the carrier Kitty Hawk while it undergoes scheduled maintenance in Yokosuka, Japan. Among the ships deploying with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier are the guided- missile cruiser Princeton and the destroyers John Paul Jones, Higgins and Chafee.
January 10, 2008 |
Faced with rising violence, U.S. military officials have proposed sending additional troops to Afghanistan this spring in an effort to counter the growing power of Taliban militants. Pentagon officials want to deploy 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan for a standard seven-month stint and would not replace them when they leave. Added to the 27,000 U.S. troops there, the additional Marines would boost the U.S. force to the highest level since the 2001 invasion. The proposal is supported by Adm.
September 17, 2007
Friday's White House report on progress in Iraq capped two months of major government assessments. Here is a summary of the major documents as well as earlier government reports, not including military or congressional reports. For links to the full text of these reports, visit latimes.com/iraqreports White House Benchmark Assessment Report (Sept. 14) Iraqis are making satisfactory progress toward nine of 18 benchmarks, an improvement from July, when one benchmark showed such progress.
September 11, 2007 |
The chairman called it the most important hearing of the year. The president touted it for months. But when the moment finally came for the top commander in Iraq -- with his four stars and nine rows of ribbons -- to tell the world how the war was going, the microphone broke. Probably not the picture Congress wanted to portray to a skeptical nation. If Washington can't conduct a hearing, how can it conduct a war? "Somebody please fix the mike. Are we fixed yet? Come on!" Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.
September 10, 2007 |
Since spring, President Bush has publicly staked the future of his troop buildup strategy in Iraq on a series of briefings that an Army commander will deliver to Congress today and Tuesday -- the long-awaited report by Gen. David H. Petraeus on the state of the war. "Why don't you wait and see what [Petraeus] says?" Bush urged Congress in May. "Fund the troops, and let him come back and report to the American people."
September 10, 2007 |
The mood was celebratory. Dozens of tribal sheiks clad in traditional finery gathered for a feast after the central government promised $120 million to help Anbar province recover from years of fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents. An Iraqi government official watching the scene last week marveled at how the Sunni Arab leaders who once backed insurgent groups had banded together to get their province to this point.
August 29, 2007 |
President Bush warned Tuesday that the Middle East faces a bleak future if the United States fails in Iraq, evoking a "dark vision" of terrorist havens, disrupted energy supplies and a regional arms race triggered by a nuclear-armed Iran. "The region would be dramatically transformed," Bush said in a speech to the American Legion's national convention, "in a way that could imperil the civilized world."