Anti-war Democrats on Thursday accused President George W. Bush of plotting to lace a potentially pivotal report on his Iraq troop surge strategy with "White House spin."
The number of coalition military deaths in the war in Iraq has reached 4,000.
The number of U.S. troops in Iraq could jump to 171,000 this fall — a record high for the war — as military leaders expect stepped-up insurgent attacks timed to a progress report from American commanders in Baghdad.
The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing for deployment to Iraq next year. Capt. Beau Biden, a Judge Advocate General in the Delaware National Guard and the state's attorney general, is part of the 261st Signal Brigade that has been told to prepare for duty in Iraq in 2008. They have not been given a date of deployment yet.
As of Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at least 3,703 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 3,036 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
A September report on the U.S. troop build-up in Iraq is expected to show a mixed picture of military progress but shortcomings on political reconciliation, triggering a new debate over whether a pullout is warranted.
The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing for deployment to Iraq next year.
A majority of Americans don't trust the upcoming report by the Army's top commander in Iraq on the progress of the war and even if they did, it wouldn't change their mind, according to a new poll.
The death toll from four suicide truck bomb attacks in northern Iraq has risen to 400, a top official said Thursday, making it by far the deadliest attack since the fall of Saddam Hussein four years ago.
Iraq launched the sale of three licenses to operate mobile phone services on Thursday in a country where millions of Iraqis rely on their cell phones after war and sanctions hit the landline network.