President Bush surrounded himself with military families on Monday to push anew for a war-funding bill that isn't tied to pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. The Senate's Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, responded that Bush must choose between holding to "discredited policies" in Iraq or working with lawmakers on a new course.
The Defense Department directed a private contractor to hire the companion of Paul D. Wolfowitz to study issues related to setting up a new government in Iraq.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived here Monday to encourage U.S. allies in the Middle East to bolster cooperation with Iraq's fledgling government and counter Iran's growing influence in the region.
As of Monday, April 16, 2007, at least 3,308 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 2,682 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Paul Wolfowitz took over the World Bank in mid-2005 carrying a legacy as an architect of the Iraq war that never ceased to trouble his critics inside and outside the poverty-fighting institution.
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his ministers to quit Iraq's coalition government on Monday in protest at Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's refusal to set a timetable for U.S. troops to withdraw.
The founder of the group that claimed responsibility for last week's deadly Algiers bombings called on militants to put down their weapons under a government amnesty and stop trying to turn Algeria into a "second Iraq."
Seven American service members were killed and six others were wounded in five attacks in Iraq, the U.S. military announced today.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, prodding Congress to extend the Iraq war without calling troops home, said Monday that Democratic leaders owe it to veterans and their families to pass the war-spending bill he wants.
President George W. Bush and Democrats in charge of the U.S. Congress set themselves on a collision course on Monday over Bush's $100 billion funding request for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.