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"Did Anyone Survive the War?"

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

No soldier fully survived Vietnam, and no one will survive the current wars unscathed.

Fear Keeps Iraqis Out of Their Baghdad Homes

New York Times | Sabrina Tavernise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Jabbar, an elderly Shiite man, stormed out of his house here in June wanting to know where all his furniture had gone, the sharp look of the youn...

Officials: Deal calls for troop pullback in Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Iraqi and U.S. negotiators have completed a draft security agreement that would see American troops leave Iraqi cities as soon as June...

Justice Department Close To Charging Blackwater Guards In Iraq Shooting

Washington Post | Del Quentin Wilber and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal prosecutors have sent target letters to six Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a September shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians...

Iraq Contracts Have Cost Taxpayers At Least $85 Billion Since Invasion

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Military contracts in the Iraq theater have cost taxpayers at least $85 billion, and when it comes to providing security, they migh...

Government Payroll Sustaining Iraq Economy As Private Sector Falters

New York Times | Campbell Robertson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hampered by years of violence, a decimated infrastructure, a lack of foreign investors and a flood of imports that undercut local businesses, Iraq's p...

Meet the Bloggers: Darcy Burner Can End the Iraq War Responsibly

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

When it comes to the Iraq war, the question is no longer whether the U.S. should end it, but how.  On yesterday's Meet the Bloggers, special guest Darcy Burner made the case for A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, which she co-authored earlier this year. 

In Jabal al-Jofa, Iraq Vets Sow Seeds Of Hope

Karin Zeitvogel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Zeitvogel

Welcome to Jabal al-Jofa, one of Amman's poorest neighbourhoods, and home to Ahmed Thahir and his family, refugees from Iraq. We had chosen Amman, Jordan as the venue of the mission, and tonight's visit was aimed at giving us greater insight into how the most destitute of refugees live.

Iraq Government Has $79 Billion in Unspent Cash

New York Times | James Glanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The soaring price of oil will leave the Iraqi government with a cumulative budget surplus of as much as $79 billion by year's end an American federal ...

Iraqi Oil Disputes Threaten The Country's Stability

The Wall Street Journal | Gina Chon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BAGHDAD -- A political turf war is threatening the stability of Iraq's biggest cash cow: the embattled but so-far dependable South Oil Co. After chas...

Suicide Hot Line Received Calls From 22,000 Veterans

AP | KATHARINE EUPHRAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — More than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hot line in its first year, and 1,221 suicides have been averted,...

Gunmen In Iraq Kill 7 Shiites En Route To Shrine

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Seven Shiite pilgrims traveling to a shrine in Baghdad were shot to death in an ambush in a Sunni town south of the capital Sunday as ...

En Route To Germany, Obama Praises Petraeus And Crocker

Politico | Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In advance of his Thursday address in Berlin, Obama chats with reporters on the plane, Carrie Budoff Brown reports: Asked if he expected a million sc...

British Troops To Pull Out Of Iraq Next Year

Times Of London | Philip Webster, Political Editor, Deborah Haynes in Baghdad and Tim Reid in Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Most of Britain's troops will be out of Iraq in a year, six years after the American-led invasion, Gordon Brown indicated yesterday. British Forces w...

Canada Deports First U.S. Army Objector Who Fled North

The Guardian | Suzanne Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Canada yesterday deported to the US the first American army deserter fleeing the Iraq war across the US-Canadian border. Robin Long, 25, faces a poss...

Obama: Troops In Afghanistan Need Help

New York Times | Jeff Zeleny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Barack Obama is proposing that the United States deploy about 10,000 more troops to battle resurgent forces in Afghanistan, a plan intended to...

US-Funded Effort To Win Over Sadr City Residents

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of women in black abayas crowd outdoor food markets, snapping up groceries and fresh vegetables. Stores are open again. Child...

In Break With Bush, Iraq PM Demands US Withdrawal Timetable

Times Of London | James Hilder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq said for the first time yesterday that it wanted to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from its territory. President Bush has long ...

US Funded Mideast Satellite Channel al-Hurra Plagued By Missteps And Low Viewership

Washington Post | Craig Whitlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Egyptian bureau of al-Hurra, an Arabic-language television network financed by the U.S. government, boasts a spectacular view of the Nile River an...

General Who Probed Abu Ghraib: Bush Officials Committed 'War Crimes'

McClatchy Newspapers | Warren P. Strobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing "wa...

House Leaders Reach Iraq War Funding Deal Without Deadline For Withdrawal

New York Times | Carl Hulse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House leaders struck a bipartisan deal on Wednesday night on a major spending measure that would provide money for the war in Iraq through the end of ...

Army Official Ousted For Refusing To Approve $1 Billion In Questionable Iraq Funds

New York Times | James Risen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Army official who managed the Pentagon's largest contract in Iraq says he was ousted from his job when he refused to approve paying more than $1 b...

America's Prison For Terrorists Often Held The Wrong Men

McClatchy Newspapers | Tom Lasseter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The militants crept up behind Mohammed Akhtiar as he squatted at the spigot to wash his hands before evening prayers at the Guantanamo Bay detention c...

Buried In A Senate Report, New Revelations About Pre-War Deception

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A previously undisclosed CIA report written in the summer of 2002 questioned the "credibility" and "truthfulness" of an Al Qaeda detainee who became a...

Abuse Of Detainees Routine At U.S. Bases In Afghanistan... Developing...

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McClatchy Newspapers is set to report Monday: The American detention camp at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul, which the U.S. military set up starting ...