The U.S. Army has agreed to reconsider the bids of companies that were eliminated from the competition to win the largest private security contract in Iraq, according to sources familiar with the matter.
More than 50 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on Friday, including 14 who died when gunmen stormed a police chief?s home northeast of Baghdad.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he was replacing General Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to avoid a divisive showdown in Congress focusing on the Iraq war.
The top U.S. military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, will retire because any attempt to renominate him would have been a "divisive ordeal" focused on Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday.
As of Friday, June 8, 2007, at least 3,501 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 2,864 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
U.S. forces have begun arming nationalist guerrillas and former Saddam Hussein loyalists -- and coordinating tactics -- in a marriage of convenience against al Qaeda radicals in one of Iraq's most violent provinces, senior U.S. commanders tell CNN.
In the dusty battlegrounds of Iraq where open-air food shopping poses a security threat, new technology is allowing US troops to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, even in remote desert locations.
Inside the bloody kaleidoscope called Iraq, the list of enemies and allies is long, shifting and motley, running from "revolution brigades" and Baathists, to Salafists, secularists and suicidal zealots. But one group alone gets routinely tagged "Public Enemy No. 1" by the Americans.
The Bush administration said on Friday it would not renominate Gen. Peter Pace as the top U.S. military officer, avoiding a contentious debate with the Democratic-led Congress over unpopular Iraq war.
General Peter Pace, who is stepping down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a central military figure in US wars from Afghanistan to Iraq over the past six years.