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Iraq Troops

Washington in Wonderland

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For more than a decade and at very considerable expense, the United States has been attempting to create an Iraqi government that governs and an Iraqi army that fights; the results of those efforts speak for themselves: they have failed abysmally.

U.S. General Says Allies To Send About 1,500 Troops To Iraq In Training Role

Reuters | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

(Adds details) By Phil Stewart KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. allies have committed to send about 1,500 forces to ...

5 Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For decades now, the first four of these assertions have formed the foundation of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The events of 9/11 added the fifth, without in any way prompting a reconsideration of the first four.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Divided Over Prospect Of Sending More Troops To Iraq | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Americans are split on President Barack Obama's decision to authorize the sending of up to 1,500 more noncombat troops to Iraq, according to a new Hu...

There's Always Hope in Washington -- For Getting It Wrong Yet Again

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In my childhood, we used to say three strikes and you're out. But in Washington, there's evidently no magic number at all when it comes to how many disbanded Iraqi armies is too many for another step to the plate and another whiff.

What Could Possibly Go Right?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The latest American war was launched as a humanitarian mission. Within weeks, however, a full-scale bombing campaign was underway against IS across Iraq and Syria with its own "coalition of the willing" and 1,600 U.S. military personnel on the ground. Slippery slope? It was Teflon-coated.

Ashley Alman

Obama Authorizes Sending Additional Troops To Iraq | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama has authorized a State Department request for additional troops in Iraq. Obama ordered approximately 350 additional military...

Obama Administration May Announce More Troops To Iraq, Officials Say

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The Obama administration may announce on Tuesday a decision to send more military advisers to Iraq, U.S. officials sa...

Obama Orders More Troops To Iraq

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and ...

Hawks Pushing for U.S. Troops in Iraq

Tom Hayden | Posted 02.22.2012 | World
Tom Hayden

American hawks are blaming President Obama for a premature withdrawal from Iraq, as if a few thousand American troops could prevent the country's current sectarian convulsion.

The Iraq War In Numbers

Posted 12.15.2011 | World

When 2011 draws to a close, the U.S. will have withdrawn nearly all its troops from Iraq. "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over...

Inside the Mind of the Atari Ayatollah

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Stanley Weiss

If the future of Iraq seems confusing, it is in part due to the fact that nobody seems to know the mind of Moqtada al-Sadr -- including Sadr himself.

Sam Stein

Boehner Responds To Gibbs, Reaffirms Support For Iraq Troop Drawdown | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Bohner's (R-Ohio) office reaffirmed on Tuesday that he supports the removal of combat troops from Iraq after White House of...

Ryan Grim

John Boehner Hits Obama, Reid, Pelosi For Opposing Iraq Surge (VIDEO) | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Boehner released a gloating Iraq war video in advance of President Obama's Oval Office address on the drawdown of combat troops in Iraq. The yo...

Jarrett Taylor, U.S. Soldier, Found Guilty Of Abusing Troops In Iraq | Joe Sterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A U.S. military court demoted and jailed a soldier for mistreating troops in Iraq, behavior discovered during the investigation of another soldier's s...

Iraq Troops Sing Karaoke, Join Book Clubs, Rarely Go To War

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new USA Today article has some interesting details about how U.S. troops stationed in Iraq are spending their time these days. Soccer makes the lis...

Gen. Odierno Says Troop Reductions In Iraq May Quicken | THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON �" The senior American commander in Iraq said Tuesday that he could reduce American forces to 50,000 troops even before the end of next s...

15 Iraqi Soldiers 'Killed In Accidental Blasts'

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) �" Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were killed accidentally during what were meant to be controlled explosions in a town outside the northe...

Iraq Troops' PTSD Rate As High As 35 Percent | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The Veterans' Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers antici...

"Coalition Of The Willing" Comes To An End As Last British Troops Leave Iraq

New York Times | ROD NORDLAND and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Commanders of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, as the American-led military coalition here is formally called, have a looming nomenclature problem....

Sam Stein

Biden: No Additional U.S. Soldier Will Die For Iraq (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Should violence in Iraq spike with the removal of American troops, military commanders and administration officials have cautioned a policy of wait an...

Sam Stein

White House Hails Iraq Troop Withdrawal But Won't Claim Victory | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House hailed on Tuesday the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops out of Iraq's cities but declined to qualify the benchmark as a victory, or eve...

Anti-War Groups Will Back Obama's Withdrawal Delay

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is reportedly preparing to announce that he will order American combat troops to be out of Iraq by August of 2010, a deadline that's m...

Sam Stein

Gates Praises Obama, Outlines New Defense World | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Newly re-appointed Defense Secretary Bob Gates took questions from the press on Tuesday, outlining some agenda items that the Obama administration is ...

What's Bringing Together 50 Cent, Kid Rock, and Beyoncé? Showing Real Support for the Troops

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Every time the media ignores the Iraq War in favor of stories about wardrobe malfunctions and who's in rehab this week, I blow a fuse. So why am I talking celebrities?