BAGHDAD -- U.S. military officials here are increasingly envisioning a "post-occupation" troop presence in Iraq that neither maintains current levels nor leads to a complete pullout, but aims for a smaller, longer-term force that would remain in the country for years.
For many if not most members of the class of 2007, the war in Iraq has been the constant background of their college years. And so as seniors graduated from thousands of colleges and universities in recent weeks, the war was on the mind of many commencement speakers. Some criticized its prosecution, others commended the sacrifices of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers serving in the armed ...
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday issued a formal protest to Turkey over cross-border shelling into northern Iraq directed at separatist Kurdish rebels.
As of Saturday, June 9, 2007, at least 3,503 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.
US President George W. Bush sought Saturday to reassure Pope Benedict XVI over the plight of Iraq's minority Christians and also to mend fences with Italy's premier Romano Prodi after months of bilateral tensions.
June 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration's proposal to keep a U.S. force in Iraq similar to the American military presence in South Korea shows that President George W. Bush and the Republican Party ``simply do not get it,'' Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said.
US President George W. Bush sought Saturday to reassure Pope Benedict XVI over the plight of war-torn Iraq's minority Christians, while later an otherwise peaceful protest against the US leader's visit turned violent.
President Bush, deeply unpopular here and met by boisterous protests, sought to impress Pope Benedict XVI and the Italian public on Saturday with his humanitarian record and downplayed differences with the Vatican over Iraq.
VATICAN CITY, June 9 -- President Bush met Saturday for the first time with Pope Benedict XVI, who the Vatican said expressed concern about "the worrying situation in Iraq," especially the deteriorating plight of Christians there.
Pope Benedict XVI raised the "worrying situation in Iraq" with President Bush on Saturday, but the two leaders provided few details about their first meeting.