The Cougar leads a booming market for a new family of military trucks known as Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs. Force Protection's climb from struggling start-up to big-time defense contractor has shown how even the smallest of companies can strike gold by providing an answer to the evolving IED threat in Iraq.
A proposed Security Council resolution circulated late Wednesday would expand the U.N. mandate in Iraq to help promote political reconciliation, settle disputed internal boundaries and plan for a national census.
In Iraq the news emerging from the American counterinsurgency campaign can seem contradictory.
The United States and Britain proposed on Wednesday a greatly expanded political role for the United Nations in Iraq to try to heal the sectarian divide that has riven the country since the U.S.-led invasion.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at least 3,656 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 2,998 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
A military jury found a Marine guilty on Wednesday of larceny, housebreaking and conspiracy in the 2006 murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi grandfather in Hamdania, Iraq.
Many Americans serving in the military cast absentee ballots, but Maine Republican Charlie Summers is waging an unusual campaign as an absentee candidate. The lawyer and Navy reservist is running in Maine’s open 1st Congressional District — his third try for the Down East seat — even though his deployment to Iraq will run past the June 2008 GOP primary.
BAGHDAD— American hopes that sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq would cut violence and lead to political reconciliation suffered two major blows on Wednesday when the largest coalition of Sunni Muslim political parties withdrew from the Shiite-dominated government and car bombs killed at least 76 people in the capital.
The White House downplayed Wednesday the resignation of Iraq's largest Sunni bloc from the government, calling the move "internal politicking" while political leaders continue negotiations.
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional Republicans say their support for the war in Iraq may hinge on a September report by General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander; equally important may be the verdict of a former Navy petty officer third class: Senator John Warner of Virginia.