The most senior leader in Iraq's Kurdish region appeared to raise the stakes in the standoff over northern Iraq on Friday, warning Turkey that the region would defend itself against any cross-border military strike on rebel bases.
The Department of Veterans Affairs this week doubled the disability benefits of a West Virginia soldier who has been fighting for more compensation since he returned from Iraq, and assured him that he will receive immediate access to more mental health services to treat his post-traumatic stress...
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday expressed concern about possible Turkish military counter-strikes against Kurdish separatists based in Iraq but welcomed Ankara's readiness to discuss all outstanding issues with Baghdad.
Five of the seven Army National Guard brigades that were alerted Friday for likely deployments to Iraq in 2008 and 2009 did combat tours there earlier in the war, Army officials said.
WASHINGTON— Troubled military contractor Blackwater USA is likely to be eased out of its role of guarding U.S. diplomats in Iraq in the aftermath of a shooting last month that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, U.S. officials said Friday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuked a fellow San Francisco Bay-area liberal Friday for what she said were "inappropriate" comments about Iraq during a congressional debate.
As of Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at least 3,832 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 3,120 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Turkey's decision to allow the dispatch of troops over Iraq's border throws into relief a quandary for Iraq's leaders.
Seven army national guard brigades with 18,000 troops were alerted Friday to prepare for deployment to Iraq as replacement forces beginning next August, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Baghdad on Friday to shut down camps run by separatist Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq and to hand over guerrilla leaders.