Supporters of the privately-run American University of Iraq hop that it will stand as a symbol of positive change that is possible at least in Iraq?s Kurdish north.
Nick Sloan, a captain in the Air Force, was $68,021.35 in debt when he decided to go to Iraq, where he receives extra pay and has minimal living expenses.
As of Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at least 3,738 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 3,061 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
British troops were quitting the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday night in another step towards handing over the province to Iraqi control and paving the way for an eventual withdrawal of British forces from Iraq.
The British backlash over the United States's handling of post-invasion Iraq grew Sunday as another top military commander blasted what he called Washington's "fatally flawed" policy.
US President George W. Bush is gaining support among both wavering Republicans and anti-war Democrats for his embattled Iraq strategy, a top White House aide said Sunday.
U.S. plans for handling Iraq after the 2003 invasion were "fatally flawed," a retired British general said, adding that the U.S. administration had refused to listen to British concerns about postwar planning.
LONDON-- The general who headed the British army during the 2003 Iraq invasion said that former U.S. defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's handling of postwar Iraq was "intellectually bankrupt" and pointed to Rumsfeld as "one of those most responsible for the current situation in Iraq."
Leaders gathered last week for the groundbreaking for the American University of Iraq, a private institution that they hope will one day grow to mirror the better known American universities in Beirut and Cairo.
US President George W. Bush will leave Washington's politics for six days next week to attend the APEC summit in Sydney, with the rumbling domestic row over the Iraq war ringing in his ears.