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February 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
January 18, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers
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 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 | Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
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 | Doyle McManus and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
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 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
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 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
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."
August 8, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
The size of the U.S. force in Iraq has reached nearly 162,000 troops, the largest American presence at any point during the 52 months of the war, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. The increase is the result of the regular replacement of troops and does not represent an additional buildup, said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman. "There is no change to the level of effort and the combat power that we are projecting into Iraq," Whitman said. Officials reported Tuesday that five more U.S.
August 1, 2007 | Ned Parker and Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
The day-to-day commander of the U.S. military in Iraq said Tuesday that American forces would be needed in the country for a few more years in order to stave off chaos. "We think that based on the campaign plan that we need forces here for a few more years," Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told The Times during a tour of a U.S. Army base in Babil province south of the capital.
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