August 11, 2010

News from the Front: 08/11/2010 - Iraq

Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq, Wednesday 11 August, 2010 - The daily Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers Special Correspondents in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported. (READ MORE)

Fears of al–Qaida return in Iraq as US–backed fighters defect - Al-Qaida is attempting to make a comeback in Iraq by enticing scores of former Sunni allies to rejoin the terrorist group by paying them more than the monthly salary they currently receive from the government, two key US-backed militia leaders have told the Guardian. (READ MORE)

U.S. and Iraqi Interests May Work Against Pullout - At the moment, five months after national elections, there is still no Iraqi government to begin talking about what any post-2011 arrangement might entail. (READ MORE)

State Dept. Faces Skyrocketing Costs as it Prepares to Expand Role in Iraq - As the last U.S. combat troops prepare to leave Iraq this month, the State Department is struggling to implement an expanded mission that it has belatedly realized it might not be able to afford. (READ MORE)

U.S. Commander Stresses Importance of Funding Iraq Security Forces - The outgoing commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Tuesday that Iraqi security forces will continue to rely heavily on American funding as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, forcing them to take on more responsibility. (READ MORE)

Directing Traffic While Dodging Bullets in Baghdad - In one week, 11 traffic cops have been killed and two dozen injured in shootings and bombings deliberately aimed at them. 'We will never stop our work,' one vows. (READ MORE)

Attacks Target Iraq Security Forces, Killing 6 - Explosions and gunmen in Iraq killed six people Tuesday, including two members of an anti-al-Qaida group and two policemen, officials said. (READ MORE)

Bomb Kills Eight Iraqi Soldiers, Wounds Four - A bomb explosion killed eight Iraqi soldiers in the restive northern Diyala province and wounded four others on Wednesday, police said. (READ MORE)

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