Four U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Friday, underlining U.S. President George W. Bush's grim prediction of "a very difficult August" for U.S. troops in Iraq.
As of Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at least 3,663 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 3,002 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
BAGHDAD— Iraq's championship national soccer team came home Friday to a chaotic private welcoming ceremony that stood in sharp contrast to the public embrace the team had received outside this war-torn country.
There were no cheering crowds or ticker tape parade Friday along the dangerous airport road to greet Iraq's Asian Cup soccer champs. And the team's captain, a Sunni who scored the winning goal, didn't even return because he feared for his life.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) -- Weeping tears of joy and pride, Iraq's soccer champions arrived home on Friday to celebrate the Asian Cup victory that inspired their nation, but heavy security meant few Baghdadis were able to join the party.
Most American voters continue to favor plans that would remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq early next year. But, most also say that's not likely to happen. That ongoing disparity is a key ingredient in the wave of pessimism gripping the country. At the same time, the Administration's Iraqi policy has made some slight gains in the Court of public opinion.
Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- For Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the difference between ``real'' and ``reasonable'' is the distance he's traveled on President George W. Bush's Iraq war policy.
Iran, the United States and Iraq will hold expert level talks next week to define the work of a security committee they agreed to set up in July to help restore security in Iraq, an Iranian news agency reported on Friday.
Schofield Barracks held a ceremony on Friday for about 360 soldiers leaving Hawaii for deployment to Iraq over the next few weeks.
This week, the faucets of Baghdad residents went dry. There's virtually no drinking water in large parts of the capital and there's not enough power to run the pumping stations Allen Pizzey reports that it's a problem all over Iraq.