France is ready to act as a mediator in Iraq, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday, calling for the United Nations and Iraq's neighbours to take a more active role in helping to end the crisis in the war-torn country.
Iraq's top Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish political leaders announced on Sunday they had reached consensus on some key measures seen as vital to fostering national reconciliation.
As of Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at least 3,728 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 3,049 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
When a suicide bomber attacked US Marine Sergeant Ty Ziegel's unit in Iraq, the heat from the blast melted the skin on his face while the explosion shattered his skull and destroyed one arm.
GOP Sen. John Warner, who wants U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq by Christmas, said Sunday he may support Democratic legislation ordering withdrawals if President Bush refuses to set a return timetable soon.
The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq accused Iran on Sunday of stepping up support for anti-American Shi'ite militants in Iraq as U.S. policymakers await a crucial assessment of the violence-torn country.
Under pressure to withdraw troops from Iraq, the White House this week will try to iron out differences among top U.S. officials over how large a force the U.S. military can sustain into next year, a key Republican senator said on Sunday.
Iraq's top Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders announced on Sunday they had reached consensus on some key laws that Washington views as vital to fostering national reconciliation.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki lashed out on Sunday at U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton who had called for him to be replaced.
The GOP senator says Iraq's leaders aren't close to any reconciliation.