September 1, 2010

News from the Front: 09/01/2010 - Iraq

A Fragile Turning Point - I remember an interview with an illiterate man who was a powerful member of a Shiite militia group in the summer of 2006. He was important, but he was also odious — a braggart and small-minded man who took pleasure in others’ pain. (READ MORE)

A Proverb That Resonates - Back in 2003, a friend told me a story, a proverb invoked by the elderly to illustrate misfortune. It resonated then, as now, times that are not all that much different. (READ MORE)

A Colleague Killed, a Conversation Cut Short - On my last afternoon in Iraq, in December 2008, I drove to a graveyard in Baghdad to have a conversation with Khalid Hassan, who had been dead for over a year. All I could do when I got there was kneel in the dust and say, over and over, “I’m sorry.” (READ MORE)

In Samarra, a Fruitless Raid - Two weeks after Saddam Hussein was captured in his coffin-like bunker on Dec. 13, 2003, the war was still getting started for the 150 soldiers of Company C, Fifth Battalion — part of the Army’s newest Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, Wash. (READ MORE)

Reflections on Iraq: A Vacuum of Authority - The morning of April 9, 2003, opened under a bright Baghdad sun. The American soldiers and Marines arrayed outside the capital stepped from the tents and palm groves where they’d slept and started the engines on their tanks. (READ MORE)

A Long-Awaited Day - At midnight on Tuesday, Baghdad time, nearly 90 months after the first American troops crossed the Iraqi border on their way to overthrow Saddam Hussein, Iraq and America will confront the moment of truth both have seen coming for years: (READ MORE)

Iraqis Judge America’s Seven Years in Their Country - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous dictum, “You break it, you own it,” resonates with Americans. There is an Iraqi variant, particularly prevalent in Sunni Arab areas. You broke it. It’s still broken. Fix it. (READ MORE)

PM Says Iraq Independent After US Combat Role Ends - Iraq's prime minister hailed the end of American combat operations Tuesday, saying Iraq is now an independent, sovereign country on equal footing with the U.S. (READ MORE)

Biden meets with top Iraqi politicians amid end of combat operations - Vice President Biden met Tuesday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and other senior politicians on the second day of a visit to the Iraqi capital and the last official day of U.S. combat operations in the country. (READ MORE)

Obama Declares an End to Combat Mission in Iraq - President Obama declared an end on Tuesday to the seven-year American combat mission in Iraq, saying that the United States has met its responsibility to that country and that it is now time to turn to pressing problems at home. (READ MORE)

President Obama on end of US combat mission in Iraq - President Barack Obama has hailed the end of US combat operations in Iraq, saying the US has paid "a huge price" to "put Iraq's future in its peoples' hands". (READ MORE)

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