In an effort to root out Kurdish separatist guerrillas, Turkey is stepping up its presence along its border of Iraq.
The four-year U.S. military death toll in Iraq passed 3,500 after a soldier was reported killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. A British soldier was also shot to death Thursday in southern Iraq, as Western forces find themselves increasingly vulnerable under a new strategy to take the fight to the enemy.
Nearly 200 people were victims of Baghdad's sectarian violence in the first week of June, with 32 bodies dumped around the capital on Thursday, an Iraq Interior Ministry official said.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives and a bus bomb exploded minutes apart near a police station in northern Iraq.
President Bush's nominee to be war czar said yesterday that conditions in Iraq have not improved significantly despite the influx of U.S. troops in recent months and predicted that, absent major political reform, violence will continue to rage over the next year.
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney on Thursday parted ways with President Bush over the vision of a decades-long U.S. troop presence in Iraq similar to the one in South Korea.
BAGHDAD, June 7 -- Suicide attackers and car bombs struck targets in central, western and northern Iraq on Thursday, leaving at least 24 people dead and 42 wounded, Iraqi security officials said.
A large-scale invasion of Northern Iraq by Turkish forces would be a nightmare for the United States and could destabilize the one part of the country that is relatively calm, analysts said on Thursday.
The escalation of U.S. troops in Iraq has produced mixed results, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, President Bush's choice as top White House war adviser, told a Senate panel Thursday.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday rejected the Bush administration's vision of a decades-long U.S. troop presence in Iraq akin to South Korea and suggested a need for public benchmarks to gauge progress.