Republicans reacted with surprise and recrimination Sunday to blistering criticism of the Iraq war from former coalition commander retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez.
Turkish troops shelled farmland around a half-dozen villages in northern Iraq from across the tense border, an Iraqi Kurdish official said Sunday, in what the Turkish military called retaliation for weekend attacks by Kurdish rebels.
In a major reconciliatory gesture, a leader from Iraq's largest Shiite party paid a rare visit Sunday to the Sunni Anbar province, delivering a message of unity to tribal sheiks who have staged a U.S.-backed revolt against al-Qaida militants.
As of Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at least 3,828 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 3,115 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
A Washington Post correspondent in Iraq was shot and killed on Sunday while on assignment in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadiyah, the newspaper said on its Web site.
The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.
Influential Shiite cleric Ammar Hakim held talks in Ramadi on Sunday with a powerful Sunni tribal sheikh, which observers said were highly symbolic for reconciliation in war-torn Iraq.
A wave of violence across Iraq, including the bombing of a minibus filled with Shiite worshippers and a suicide truck bomb attack on a police station, has killed 32 people, officials said Sunday.
Prime Minister John Howard on Sunday called general elections in Australia for Nov. 24, cautioning voters about his opponent's plans for a withdrawal from Iraq and reminding them he has overseen the country's long economic boom.
U.S. officials are reportedly debating whether to declare victory over al-Qaida in Iraq amid signs the military has dealt severe blows to the organization.