August 9, 2009
Re "The right time to go," Opinion, Aug. 4 Barbara F. Walter says the U.S. will need to keep a significant number of troops in Iraq beyond the 2011 withdrawal date established by the Bush administration. I think U.S. troops will maintain their presence, but not for the reasons Walter suggests. I have always believed the purpose of the invasion was to control the oil fields for the benefit of Western oil companies and to maintain a U.S. military foothold in the region. The massive U.S. Embassy and the huge U.S. military bases with first-run movie theaters, gyms and restaurants were built to last a long time.
December 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has begun sending Hellfire missiles and surveillance drone aircraft to Iraq to help the government battle an expanding threat from local Al Qaeda-affiliated militants, U.S. officials said, the first such assistance since the American withdrawal from Iraq in 2011. Responding to an appeal from Baghdad, the administration sent 75 air-to-ground Hellfire missiles this month and is preparing to send ScanEagle surveillance drones early next year to counter intensifying attacks by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, officials said.
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.
December 30, 2007 |
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki flew to London on Saturday for what he said was a routine medical checkup. Two aides denied wire reports that Maliki, who has faced increasing criticism for presiding over a paralyzed government, was suffering from exhaustion. They said the prime minister had wanted to get a checkup for some time and had decided to take advantage of a recent ebb in violence to make the trip.
March 10, 2007 |
Flanked by guards armed with submachine guns, Iraq's prime minister on Friday ventured out of the Green Zone to tour parts of Baghdad, chatting with bystanders and police to demonstrate that a U.S.-led security crackdown is making progress. But north of the capital, insurgents attacked a police station, killing one officer, wounding three and leaving 10 missing, a police source said.
September 11, 2011 |
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Saturday accepted the resignation of Iraq's top corruption fighter, whom some observers labeled a casualty of political infighting in a country where graft is rampant. Raheem Uqaili, the chairman of the independent watchdog Integrity Commission, had drawn admirers and detractors alike for taking on cases targeting key figures in the Defense Ministry and other government agencies. A statement by Maliki's office said that "based on the wishes of the chairman of the Integrity Commission," the prime minister had accepted the request to step down.
August 3, 2011 |
The Iraqi government agreed late Tuesday to start negotiations with U.S. officials on whether to authorize the U.S. military to remain in Iraq on a mission training Iraq's security forces after 2011. The announcement came the same day that Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the country and warned that Washington needed a clear signal from Iraq about whether it would ask the American military stay on. Senior Pentagon officials have been imploring Iraq's government for months to make a decision on a continued U.S. military presence, and last month, on a visit to Baghdad, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed that frustration by saying, "Damn it, make a decision," referring to the Iraqis.
January 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - With insurgents linked to Al Qaeda battling for control of two major Iraqi cities, long-standing suspicion between the Obama administration and the government in Baghdad is hindering joint efforts against a common foe. Sunni Muslim militants have gained control of territory in western Iraq's Anbar province in recent weeks, and intense fighting has broken out in two of Anbar's main cities, Fallouja and Ramadi, that were the sites of...
September 1, 2010
The occupation of Iraq is over. President Obama formally concluded U.S. combat operations with a solemn Oval Office address Tuesday night, saying, "We have met our responsibility. Now it is time to turn the page. " Earlier in the day, he visited with combat veterans and awarded 11 Purple Hearts. In Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki marked the occasion by declaring his country "sovereign and independent" 7 1/2 years after the U.S.-led invasion. All of this is as it should be. And yet the official end of combat does not mean that the war has been won or that American involvement in Iraq is over.
April 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- A string of bombings in Iraq claimed the lives of more than 30 people Monday in the run-up to provincial elections scheduled for this weekend. The attacks, which left dozens wounded, took place around the country, including in Baghdad; the southern city of Nasiriya; and in the northern cities of Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu, Samarra and Mosul. The blasts followed the assassinations over the weekend of two Sunni Muslim candidates for provincial elections. The deadliest attacks occurred in Baghdad, where security sources said 21 people were killed, including three in a major security breach when a pair of car bombs exploded by the heavily patrolled entrance to Baghdad International Airport.