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Iraq War End

A Year After US Troops Withdraw From Iraq, Fog of War Thickens

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Andrew Lam

The war in Iraq started with Operation Shock and Awe but ended in a fizzle. Neither victory nor defeat was clear. Instead, with the last of the American troops gone, the meaning of the war is muddled, leaving in its wake more questions than answers.

Was There a War in Iraq?

John Tirman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
John Tirman

Common to all the commentators is a failure to mention that there was a war, started by the United States, pursued in violation of international law, and resulting in the deaths and displacement of more people than virtually anyone cares to acknowledge.

St. Louis Hosts First Parade For Returning Iraq War Soldiers

Maryland Heights Patch | Posted 01.30.2012 | Good News

Grassroots organizers and The Mission Continues collaborated on a parade welcoming home troops from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Swarms of people...

Some Final Thoughts About the War In Iraq

Al Eisele | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

With the final withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, I remember the four young Marines and a Navy corpsman I met in Baghdad in March 2005 at Camp Victory.

Thinking for Ourselves -- Sacred Sacrifices

Shea Howell | Posted 02.29.2012 | Detroit
Shea Howell

This season is an opportunity for us to reflect on the horrors of war and the costs of empire. It is a time to turn our hearts and imaginations toward the creation of real peace.

Happy Xmas (But War Is Not Over)

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

By having a more conscientious consensus on cause, cost and consequence, we're more likely -- though not guaranteed -- to avoid other Vietnams and Iraqs.

In Search of Meaning: Hitchens, Whitman and War

Josh Rushing | Posted 02.17.2012 | Books
Josh Rushing

Is there significance in the fact that Hitchens died on the last day of the war he was so vilified for supporting? Is there a metaphorical link between two people dying on the same day?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the Pentagon marked the official end to the war in Iraq with a brief ceremony in a secure part of the Baghdad airport -- helicopters hovering protectively overhead. Although Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later declared that the cost paid by America was "worth it," a look at the price tag offers a more sobering assessment: 4,487 U.S. military personnel killed, over 2,000 U.S. government contractors killed, over 40,000 American troops wounded, over 100,000 Iraqis killed, at least 2 million Iraqis displaced from their homes, and a final tab that could ultimately reach $4 trillion doled out by U.S. taxpayers (a far cry from the $50 billion to $80 billion the Defense Department originally predicted it would cost). And beyond the cost in lives and treasure are the less quantifiable costs we'll be paying for years to come, including the strengthening of Iran and the weakening of America's moral standing in the world.

PHOTOS: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq

Posted 12.15.2011 | World

On Thursday the United States officially ended its war in Iraq, nine years after it first invaded the country. In a closing ceremony attended by Defen...

Half an Ending for the Iraq War

Richard Klass | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics
Richard Klass

Sometime before the end of the month, probably by Christmas, the last American troops will leave Iraq and the U.S. military venture in Iraq will come to a close with a whimper, not a bang.

Iraq -- a Trillion Dollars Worth of Nothing

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 12.22.2011 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

All American troops will come home from Iraq in time for Christmas this year with their heads held high, President Obama told the nation as he announced the end of American presence in Iraq. The troops are the only ones who have earned the right to hold their heads high on this momentous occasion.

Playing Politics with Iraq

Richard Klass | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

This should be a time of celebration and reflection, of healing wounds and drawing lessons. Instead, the Republican presidential field, almost to a person, decided to play politics.

President Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Should Silence the Naysayers

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Wars are always easy to start, but never easy to end, especially when they are inherited from another administration, an administration of the opposing party.

Politicians React To Obama's Iraq Troop Withdrawal Announcement

Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year. "As a candidate for president, ...

Occupying Iraq, State Department-Style: A Frat House With Guns in Baghdad

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.07.2011 | World
Peter Van Buren

To the extent that any attention is paid to Iraq here, the debate over whether eight years of war entitles the U.S. military to some kind of Iraqi squatter's rights is the story that will undoubtedly get most of the press in the coming months.