The United States and Britain Thursday presented a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to enhance and expanded the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that the Bush administration might have misjudged the difficulty of achieving reconciliation between Iraq?s sectarian factions.
Britain said Thursday that it expects quick approval of a resolution that would expand the U.N. mandate in Iraq to promote political reconciliation, settle disputed internal boundaries, and plan for a national census.
The Government Accountability Office has been mandated to report to Congress by Sept. 1 on the Iraqi government's progress toward stabilizing the nation. The office's 15-member international affairs team has been working in Iraq since 2003 and has produced at least 90 reports on topics including the...
House Democrats voted on Thursday to limit how quickly American troops can be sent back to Iraq after serving a rotation there.
Russia signaled its assent on Thursday to a U.S.-British draft resolution that would expand the political role of the United Nations in Iraq, making its approval by the Security Council almost certain.
As of Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at least 3,659 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 3,000 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
ABOARD A U.S. AIR FORCE PLANE— Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, returning from a four-day trip to the Middle East, offered a pessimistic view of Iraq's political progress Thursday, saying he thought that the United States had underestimated the level of distrust between the Shiite Muslim-led government and other ethnic groups.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to require more leave for U.S. troops in Iraq, defying a veto threat from the White House that said it infringed on President George W. Bush's authority as commander in chief.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton Thursday warned that a US withdrawal from Iraq must not duplicate the "arrogance and incompetence" she said marred the 2003 invasion.