Australia admitted for the first time on Thursday that securing an oil supply is a key factor behind its involvement in the US-led war in Iraq.
Attempts to pass a key oil law sought by the U.S. were snarled once more Wednesday by deep differences among Iraq's Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders, delaying parliament debate despite the prime minister's claims of a breakthrough.
U.S. diplomats in Iraq, increasingly fearful over their personal safety after recent mortar attacks inside the Green Zone, are pointing to new delays and mistakes in the U.S. Embassy construction project in Baghdad as signs that their vulnerability could grow in the months ahead.
Associates of Bilal Abdulla say he was a religious zealot and a lone wolf whose anger about political developments in Iraq may have driven him to an act of terrorism.
William G. Halicks, who is stationed in Hillah, Iraq, was runner No. 1 the 2007 Peachtree Road Race, a race normally run a world away.
As of Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at least 3,586 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 2,947 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Generals, diplomats, and politicians gathered in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces on Wednesday to celebrate the birth of American-style democracy, wondering if Iraq will one day do the same.
William G. Halicks in Iraq was runner No. 1 in the 2007 Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10K run in the world, normally run a world away in Atlanta.
President George W. Bush sought on Wednesday to rally support for the war in Iraq, appealing to Americans on Independence Day for "more patience, more courage and more sacrifice."
BAGHDAD - Leading Sunnis in Iraq's parliament continued on Wednesday to snub a set of U.S.-supported oil laws many see as key to ending sectarian killing.