August 23, 2010

News from the Front: 08/23/2010 - Iraq

Embedding in Iraq During the Invasion and the Drawdown - At dusk one day in late March 2003, an editor got through on my satellite phone somewhere out in the desert north of Najaf, where I was embedded with the First Brigade of the Army’s Third Infantry Division as it pushed toward Baghdad. (READ MORE)

As Mission Shifts in Iraq, Risks Linger for Obama - The official end of America’s combat mission in Iraq next week will fulfill the campaign promise that helped vault President Obama to the White House, but it also presents profound risks as he seeks to claim credit without issuing a premature declaration of victory. (READ MORE)

As U.S. scales back role in Iraq, attacks and political deadlock persist - As the last U.S. combat brigade pulled out of Iraq amid fanfare last week, Iraqis remained embroiled in a battle for stability. (READ MORE)

U.S. troops in Iraq could do battle, but it's very unlikely, says top official - The top American military commander in Iraq, seeking to reassure those concerned about the completed withdrawal of U.S. combat units, expressed confidence Sunday in Iraqi security forces and said 50,000 American troops would remain in Iraq in a mentoring role with the capability of resuming battle operations if necessary. (READ MORE)

US troops unlikely to resume combat duties in Iraq - It would take "a complete failure" of the Iraqi security forces for the U.S. to resume combat operations there, the top American commander in Iraq said as the final U.S. fighting forces prepared to leave the country. (READ MORE)

Fatality in Iraq Is First After Deadline - An American soldier was killed in Iraq’s southernmost province on Sunday, marking the first American fatality since the military declared last week that the last combat unit had pulled out of the country, the military said. (READ MORE)

Combat brigades in Iraq under different name - As the final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., entered Kuwait early Thursday, a different Stryker brigade remained in Iraq. (READ MORE)

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