August 19, 2010

News from the Front: 08/19/2010 - Iraq

Lebanon militants: Leader slain en route to Iraq - An al-Qaida-inspired group says its leader and a top commander were heading to Iraq to join insurgents there when Lebanese security troops killed them over the weekend, according to a U.S. terror-monitoring firm. (READ MORE)

Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Wednesday 18 August, 2010 - The daily Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers Special Correspondents in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. (READ MORE)

Last U.S. Combat Brigade Pulls Out of Iraq - Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was crossed the Kuwait-Iraq border on before dawn today. (READ MORE)

Last US combat brigade heads home - A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history. (READ MORE)

U.S. mission in Iraq switches from combat to assist - The U.S. military is on track to cut numbers in Iraq to 50,000 by end August, when the 7-1/2-year combat mission launched by former President George W. Bush ends and operations switch to assisting Iraq's armed forces. (READ MORE)

Insurgents Kill 5 Govt Employees Around Iraq - A series of attacks and roadside bomb explosions killed five Iraqi government employees on Wednesday as insurgents maintain a steady campaign of attacks against the country's institutions and security forces just two weeks before the formal end of the U.S. combat role in Iraq. (READ MORE)

U.S. Says Troop Numbers In Iraq At 56, 000 - The U.S. troop strength in Iraq is 56,000, a senior Obama administration official said on Wednesday evening, correcting his earlier statement the troop level was down to the 50,000 level Washington has targeted for the end of the month. (READ MORE)

Iraq in the rear-view mirror - Their Stryker, hulking in the dark like a dinosaur, is prepped with coolers full of water and Gatorade. The iPod is wired into the communications system. Now all they can do is wait for the ride their commanders have named "the last patrol." (READ MORE)

Civilians to Take U.S. Lead After Military Leaves Iraq - As the United States military prepares to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, the Obama administration is planning a remarkable civilian effort, buttressed by a small army of contractors, to fill the void. (READ MORE)

U.S. withdrawal not end to mission in Iraq - The Pentagon is officially ending its seven-year combat mission in Iraq on Aug. 31, but the remaining 50,000 U.S. troops will still carry out missions against terrorists and the CIA will continue cooperation with Iraq's now-unified intelligence service. (READ MORE)

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