August 30, 2010

News from the Front: 08/30/2010 - Iraq

No letup in Iraq for some military forces - As U.S. military forces continue to stream out of Iraq, formally ending combat operations on Tuesday, one of the most effective elements of those forces missed the drawdown completely. (READ MORE)

U.S. Commander Fears Political Stalemate in Iraq - The departing commander of American forces in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, said Sunday that a new Iraqi government could still be two months away and warned that a stalemate beyond that could create demands for a new election to break the deadlock, which has lasted since March. (READ MORE)

U.S. troops in Iraq go from shock and awe to 'advise and assist' - The soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team are, as their designation implies, trained and equipped to fight. (READ MORE)

Iraqi PM Issues High Security Alert - Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has issued a high security alert for possible terror attacks, as the U.S. moves to formally end its combat mission in the next few days. (READ MORE)

Qaeda in Iraq Says It Was Behind Latest Attacks - Insurgents affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility on Saturday for a wave of car bombings, roadside mines and hit-and-run attacks this week in at least 13 Iraqi cities and towns, a deadly and relentless campaign whose breadth surprised American military officials and dealt a blow to Iraq’s fledgling security forces. (READ MORE)

Iraq conflict leaves officers weary and humbled - In the summer of 2006, Maj. Walt Cooper was convinced that his Special Forces team's work was only contributing to the violence spiraling out of control in Baghdad. (READ MORE)

As US Military Bases Close, Iraqis Left Behind - Just about every man from the village of al-Faris has worked at the nearby Taji military base. The American money and influence is seen in the new cars, the additions to houses, even the billiards hall with a guitar from an American soldier. (READ MORE)

As U.S. Withdraws, Iraqis Still Live In Crisis - Kareem Hassan Abboud's family of seven share a two room house in a makeshift squatter camp in the mainly Shi'ite district of Chukook in northwestern Baghdad. Sewage muddies the dirt road outside. (READ MORE)

Iraqis Say War "Not Ending" Despite U.S. Drawdown - U.S. President Barack Obama's message this weekend that Iraq would "chart its own course" may have been welcome news for war-weary Americans, but it has fuelled anxieties about the future among Iraqis. (READ MORE)

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