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"Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
George H.W. Bush (Bush senior) and Brent Scowcroft in their 1998 book, "A World Transformed"
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Marine Lance Cpl. Luis Molina scans an Iraqi citizen's retina at Brahma Park in Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan 25, 2005. U.S. Marines are utilizing a Biometric Analysis Tracking System to record and identify Iraqi civilians entering the battle torn city of Fallujah in an attempt to find and identify insurgent forces. The tracking system uses thumbprints, a photograph of the face, and a retinal scan to establish positive identity. Molina is deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan C. Knauth, U.S. Marine Corps.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Yet everywhere there were reminders of Saddam's presence: larger-than-life posters smiled ominously from roundabouts, walls of hotel lobbies and even shrines; Iraqi men sported his trademark brush moustache. Saddam, from the minority ruling Sunni ...
The US-led coalition has confirmed that its aircraft targeted ISIS fighters in Mosul's al-Jadidah neighbourhood on 17 March, at Iraq's request. But a statement issued by the Iraqi military's joint command on Sunday said there was no sign of an ...
As the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Iraq, the battle to retake Mosul began in October 2016 and Iraqi security forces and their allies have now successfully regained control of the section of the city east of the Tigris River.
Beirut, Lebanon (3:45 P.M.) - The Iraqi Army and Federal police liberated another district in the western sector of Mosul on Sunday, forcing the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists to retreat further north in order to avoid being overrun.
This is because we have yet to come to terms with our involvement in the last major US-led war, that in Iraqi from 2003. Australia's position stands in sharp contrast to that of the UK.
As we pass the 14th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, its chief progenitor is suddenly beloved by the mainstream media again.
1st Lt. Sarah Siekman and Sgt. Henry Johnson run in a Mike to Mike Half Marathon shadow run at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The two soldiers, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, were among hundreds to complete All American Marathon ...
It was 2005 and he was on his first tour of Iraq. Bosse is now a junior policy studies and history dual major at Syracuse University.
WASHINGTON - An unspecified number of combat soldiers from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division have been ordered to northern Iraq, marking the Pentagon's latest escalation in what's been a slow-moving campaign to flush Islamic State fighters from ...
soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division are deploying to help Iraqi forces recapture Mosul. The troops are "deploying to Iraq on a non-enduring temporary mission to provide 'advise and assist' support to our Iraq partners," an Operation Inherent ...
The Islamic State group used the school as part of its programme of indoctrination until it lost control of the area during a major Iraqi offensive launched last month, and it is now used to treat people wounded in the ongoing battle for the western ...
A non-profit organisation that tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the Middle East said it has shifted nearly all of its resources to track a surge of ...
Cobb County, GA. - Friends and loved ones of a missing Iraq war vet gathered Saturday night to pray for his safe return, some three years after he ...
The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq said it might be responsible for an airstrike in Mosul on March 17 that local civil defense officials said killed at least 200.
... at all" in meetings between the top Kurdish and Iraqi officials, when asked about succession. "If the Americans want a united Iraq, in practical terms it doesn't exist anymore," adding that "if they want stability, they have to deal with the core ...
Sara Pursley, author and professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, will discuss Iraq's complex history and uncertain future during a lecture at the UNM Continuing education Auditorium in Albuquerque on ...
There were reports Saturday that Iraqi forces had halted operations across Mosul in response to the airstrike, but officials said that wasn't true.
The disgraced lawyer who led the witch hunt against Iraq war veterans failed to convince a disciplinary tribunal that he was too unwell to attend, it has been ...
Baqouba, Iraq, 25 March 2017 - The United Nations took its "Iraq: youth and Coexistence" Forum to Diyala Governorate, hoping to enrich the discussions aimed at gauging the opinions of the young generation on reconciliation with experiences from an area ...
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said on Saturday the market is a decisive factor in deciding whether to extend into the second half of this year a global agreement on reducing oil output.
The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an Islamic State-held area of the Iraqi city of Mosul where residents and officials say dozens of civilians have been killed as result of an air raid.
The two countries raised the prospect of broadening the scope of the Joint Investigative Mechanism during a council discussion about the battle of Mosul, where Iraqi forces are fighting Daesh group jihadists. Security Council members expressed ...
Speaking to the Catholic Herald on Wednesday, Rasche said: "The future really does hang in the balance." He added: "Much of it depends on the continued support and assistance that [Iraqi Christians] receive from the West over the next six to 12 months.
He volunteered to return to Iraq in 2006-'07 and was the chief of staff for a 1,000-member team training Iraqi police.
By many accounts, those grievances and local distrust of the Iraqi military under Maliki's command contributed to the ease with which the Islamic State was able to take control of western Iraq in 2014. Now that the Islamic State's territory is receding ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced a plan to establish safe zones in war-torn countries to allow refugees to return home, setting the stage for a dramatic shift in refugee policy and a greater U.S.
Turkish Armed Forces jets hit 16 PKK targets in northern Iraq and in the southeastern Hakkari province of Turkey on Friday, according to the military.
Volunteers Andrew Hannon of Florence, left, and Josh Schroeder of Northampton assemble furniture March 16, 2017 for Iraqi refugee family Jasimiyah Hussein and her sons Yousuf and Ayoob Al-Dulaimi in their new home at Village Hill Northampton.
Religiously named streets and neighbours similarly mirror this ideological shift, from the top down. In the same spirit, the Iraqi statue of Abu Nawas mysteriously lost his drinking cup several years ago. Responsibility for the defacement was not ...
In this interview with the Register, Archbishop Warda explains why the Iraqi government needs to urgently turn its attention to reconstruction of the once-occupied towns, how the international community is crucial to the reintroduction of a rule of law ...
On Monday, President Donald J. Trump welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to the Oval Office to reaffirm America's support for Iraq and the Iraqi people in our shared fight against the terrorist group ISIS/Da'esh. President Donald Trump greets ...
Local news reports indicate ISIS may have used the civilians as human shields to prevent airstrikes on the buildings, and the Iraqi military's media operations center claims ISIS was responsible for the civilian deaths. "The coalition has opened a ...
Several ministers and military experts in Trump's government with substantial expertise after direct interaction with Iraqi officials seem to form the current administration's opinion on what should be done. Trump believes that Iran took over Iraq ...
By many accounts, those grievances and local distrust of the Iraqi military under Maliki's command contributed to the ease with which the Islamic State was able to take control of western Iraq in 2014. Now that the Islamic State's territory is receding ...
"What we're seeing really has to do with internal Iraqi politics. [Sadr's] been campaigning on an anti-corruption platform - how politicians and the electoral commission are corrupt.
A woman caught in conflict zones, war within, war outside - Sameera (Parvathy) stands as the central figure in film editor Mahesh Narayanan's stunning directorial debut film Take Off.
Joseph Dunford Jr. agreed with Mattis, stating that Iraqi security forces will need US support "for years to come." The comments come as the brutal battle continues for Mosul, the self-proclaimed capital of IS in Iraq. Around 400,000 civilians are ...
Addressing members of America's imperial war coalition in Washington Wednesday, Rex Tillerson said Washington intends establishing "interim zones of stability" in Syria and Iraq - without further elaboration. US-installed Iraqi puppet leader Haider al ...
Erbil, Iraq - Rosaries and broken crucifixes strewn across the floor, upturned furniture and littered belongings greeted us as we entered the former rectory in Karemlash, an Iraqi Christian town liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS) last October ...
Isis is resorting to claiming responsibility for atrocities like the Westminster attack in efforts to disguise its huge losses in Syria and Iraq, analysts have said. Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old from Kent, was hailed as a "soldier of the Islamic State ...
Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake with an eight-month-old infant who lives with his family in Alsamah neighbourhood, Iraq.
'Saeed', who was denied asylum, was allegedly denied contact with his lawyer in transfer to Sydney detention centre.
Baghdad - An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric addressed thousands of anti-government protesters who filled the streets of downtown Baghdad on Friday, threatening to boycott the country's upcoming provincial elections if the committee overseeing the ...
Iraqi forces are stalled and suffering heavy casualties in their assault on the last ISIS fighters defending close-packed buildings in the Old City of Mosul.
Cracks are emerging in Iraq's ruling National Alliance coalition concerning the participation of members of Hashd al-Shaabi militias in local elections set to take place in September, Iraqi political sources have revealed. Prime Minister Haider al ...
Baghdad, Iraq - Recognizing the significance of food security in Iraq, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently concluded a major workshop for a number of government ministries and stakeholders on the collection and analysis ...
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has just completed a secret visit to Kiwi forces currently stationed at Camp Taji, where they have been training the Iraqi Army combatting the Islamic State in key cities like Mosul. Brownlee wants to see New Zealand ...
In Group B, Australia escaped with a nerve-wracking 1-1 draw against Iraq amid dreadful conditions in Tehran to leave their qualification hopes in the balance.


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