Iraq's Shiite-dominated government is attempting to establish an intelligence agency that would rival the U.S.-backed organization created shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton separately declared their support Tuesday for a March 31, 2008 cutoff in funds for the Iraq war, two Democratic presidential front-runners abruptly shifting positions on the issue at the heart of the 2008 race.
The capture of three 10th Mountain Division soldiers by terrorists in Iraq will only unite America and strengthen the military?s determination, soldiers said Tuesday.
Iraq and abortion loom large as 10 Republican presidential candidates debate a second time Tuesday. On one issue — the four-year-old war — the GOP field is largely in sync, backing President Bush in opposing Democratic calls for beginning a withdrawal of U.S. forces. But the candidates are split on social issues, most notably a women's right to terminate a pregnancy.
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) announced yesterday that they will support a symbolic vote to cut off funding for combat troops in Iraq within a year, an important shift for both Democratic presidential candidates as the war debate on Capitol Hill intensifies.
As of Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at least 3,398 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 2,772 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
President George W. Bush, ending a long search, chose Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute on Tuesday as White House "war czar" for Iraq and Afghanistan to coordinate policy among sometimes competing agencies and try to implement Bush's war strategy.
The war in Iraq hit home for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a former aide who also was a son of a war critic was killed while serving in Iraq.
Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a fierce critic of President George W. Bush over Iraq, said Tuesday a United Nations mediator should be appointed to take the US "face" off the war.
One of four U.S. soldiers feared captured by al-Qaida in Iraq is from Massachusetts.