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Iraq Drawdown

Iraq War: Not Over and Danger Ahead

James Zogby | Posted 02.23.2012 | World
James Zogby

America leaves an Iraq that is deeply divided. After decades of ruthless rule, Iraqis endured an invasion and occupation, suffered from terror and ethnic cleansing, and while the trappings of a democracy have been set-up, it remains in a gestational state.

Vietnam War's Biggest Opponent Says He Told Obama To End Iraq War

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

A slew of comparisons have been made between the wars in Iraq and Vietnam. So it should come as no surprise that George McGovern, former Democratic pr...

Immunity: Disastrous Decisions in 2007 Return to Haunt 2012

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It was the 2007 Nisour Square Blackwater killings, not Wikileaks, that derailed plans for U.S. troops to stay on in Iraq.

GOP Candidates' Ignorant, Dangerous Responses to Iraq

Ashwin Madia | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

When it comes to the drawdown in Iraq, the Republican candidates for president have gone from outlandish to ignorant and irresponsible. If any of them actually believes what they've said, they should immediately be disqualified from being commander-in-chief.

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.

South Iraq: Where The War Is Not Over

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 11.15.2011 | World

COS GARRY OWEN, Iraq — Soldiers at this base sleep with their shoes on so they don't cut their feet running under rocket fire. Elsewhere in Iraq...

Advice for a President Hoping for No Change

Frank Dwyer | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Get troops down to Bush levels by 2012, and then run against Bush!...

The Mayors Have Had Enough of These Useless, Costly Wars

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors is expected to pass a resolution calling for a speedy end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so we can use those funds here at home. The mayors are exactly right.

Biden Makes Unannounced Iraq Visit To Discuss Troop Exit

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq early Thursday for talks with the new government's leaders about the future of American troop...

The Stimulus Package in Kabul (I Was Delusional -- I Thought One Monster 'Embassy' Was the End of It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Few in the U.S. notice the stimulus package in Kabul, Islamabad, Baghdad, and elsewhere is going great guns. Nowhere is it clear that Washington is committed to packing up its tents, abandoning its billion-dollar monuments, and coming home.

Obama: 'Our Commitment In Iraq Is Changing'

AP | JULIE PACE and JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ATLANTA — Nearing a milestone in the long and divisive Iraq war, President Barack Obama on Monday hailed this month's planned withdrawal of all ...

Boehner Hits, Then Praises Obama Over Iraq Strategy

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner appeared to be sending mixed messages Monday on whether to support or bash President Barack Obama over his Iraq War...

The American Way of War Quiz

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Here is the very first TomDispatch American Way of War Quiz. Admittedly, it covers only the last four weeks of war news you wouldn't believe if it weren't in the papers, but we could have done this for any month since October 2001.

COMBAT CONTINUES: U.S. Troops Exchange Fire With Iraq Militants

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq's ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves ba...

Ryan Grim

John Boehner Hits Obama, Reid, Pelosi For Opposing Iraq Surge (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

America Out Of Iraq Now! Oh Wait

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Morford

Calmly, quietly, with little fanfare or media attention, after more than seven years and thousands of soldiers dead, the U.S. has officially ended its combat presence in Iraq.

U.S. Troop Level In Iraq Hits Lowest Level Since 2003

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in...

General: Iraq Combat Duty Over For U.S. Troops, Barring 'A Complete Failure'

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — It would take "a complete failure" of the Iraqi security forces for the U.S. to resume combat operations there, the top American co...

General: Iraq Combat Duty Over For U.S. Troops, Barring 'A Complete Failure'

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — It would take "a complete failure" of the Iraqi security forces for the U.S. to resume combat operations there, the top American co...

Last U.S. Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait — As their convoy reached the barbed wire at the border crossing out of Iraq on Wednesday, the soldiers whooped and che...

Obama Sticks To A Fast-Approaching Deadline In Iraq

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When President Obama approved a plan to withdraw combat forces from Iraq this summer, it was based on the assumption that a newly elected government ...

US Troops Reductions May Slow or Stop

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is sending strong signals that U.S. troop reductions in Iraq will slow or stop altogether this summer, a mo...

Military: Less Troops In Iraq, More Troops In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Michael Abramowitz, Peter Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With violence on the decline in Iraq but on the upswing in Afghanistan, President Bush is facing new pressure from the U.S. military to accelerate a t...