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July 24, 2007
Re "Democrats take uncompromising stance," news analysis, July 21 It is outrageous that The Times has the chutzpah to blame Senate Democrats for failure of efforts to pass a "bipartisan" law to end the Iraq war. At least two-thirds of the American people support a binding decision to end the war, and it is the White House and Senate Republicans who are refusing to follow the clear and insistent will of the people.
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October 25, 2007 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
The Cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has decided to press for repeal of the law that gives foreign security contractors immunity from legal action in Iraq, a government spokesman said Wednesday. A new measure being drafted by government officials would hold private contractors accountable to Iraqi courts for their actions. Maliki spokesman Ali Dabbagh said the Cabinet would send the proposal to parliament next week.
WORLD
March 5, 2008 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Two top U.S. military commanders said Tuesday that Iran continues to train and direct violent Shiite militias in Iraq and is attempting to permanently weaken the Iraqi government. Iran has become the biggest long-term threat to Iraqi stability and is encouraging radical elements among the Shiite population to continue attacks even as some prominent militia leaders push for cease-fires, said Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T.
WORLD
April 14, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. commander of day-to-day military operations in Iraq said Friday he would make a recommendation this summer on how long to continue the American troop buildup in Baghdad and left open the possibility of a long-term increase. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the second highest ranking American general in Iraq, said he would make his first assessment of the expanded U.S. troop presence in July or August. His proposal will be reviewed by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S.
WORLD
October 3, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Iraq's president met with President Bush in Washington on Tuesday, a visit coinciding with new appeals by administration officials and U.S. military leaders for Iraqis to take advantage of an American troop buildup to make tough political compromises. President Jalal Talabani spent about an hour in the Oval Office with Bush, discussing "the importance for Iraq to move forward on national reconciliation," White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said.
WORLD
January 18, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
U.S. commanders have begun shifting the mission of military forces in Iraq by moving more American troops out of front-line combat and into assignments that allow soldiers to monitor and support Iraqi units, senior military leaders said Thursday. In their changing capacity, U.S. troops increasingly will be positioned to back up Iraqi forces in a role that commanders outlined in recommendations in September and have termed "overwatch." Under the recommendations, the overall U.S.
WORLD
July 23, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Usama Redha, Los Angeles Times
Four Islamic extremists escaped from a prison in the Baghdad airport compound that the U.S. military had handed over to the Iraqi government with great fanfare last week, state television reported Thursday. The escape from under the noses of Iraqi and U.S. military forces was sure to raise questions about the competence and loyalties of officials running the prison system as the number of American troops falls to 50,000 by the end of next month. The detainees who escaped included men who served as de facto finance and interior ministers for the Islamic State of Iraq, a militant umbrella group dominated by Al Qaeda in Iraq, the report said.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes
U.S. military commanders in Iraq have outlined troop reduction plans that remain at odds with President-elect Barack Obama's preferences, but believe they may be able to reconcile the two goals. Senior military leaders briefing Obama this week described a new military plan for troop withdrawals, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Thursday. But the commanders suggested a more gradual reduction than Obama's proposal for a withdrawal of combat troops within 16 months.
OPINION
April 22, 2012 | Doyle McManus
President Obama has called a halt to the decade-long rise in defense spending that began after Sept. 11, and has proposed shrinking the Army and Marine Corps by about 14%. Congressional Republicans (not to mention Mitt Romney) say that would be disastrous and that it could jeopardize American troops abroad. But the military brass has stood behind Obama - literally. When the president announced his proposals, the Joint Chiefs of Staff lined up behind him in the Pentagon's briefing room.
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