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August 23rd, 2010

Highway bandits in Iraq kill five, steal millions of dinars

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- For the second time in as many days, armed robbers in Iraq made off with hundreds of millions of dinars (hundreds of thousands of dollars) Monday after waylaying a vehicle full of money intended to pay Iraqi government employees' salaries -- and this time, the gunmen ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Gunmen kill 5 Iraqi oil workers, steal payroll

BAGHDAD — Gunmen ambushed a car with five Iraqi oil refinery employees carrying the company payroll, killing them and fleeing with $300,000 in cash on Monday, Iraqi officials said.The brazen attack just outside Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, hit the employees right after they had picked up the payroll for ... continue reading

August 21st, 2010

Antiwar activists rally around suspected leaker

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Army private suspected in one of the largest unauthorized disclosures of classified information in U.S. history has become a hero to many anti-war activists who have joined an international effort to free him.At demonstrations this month in New York, Oklahoma City and Quantico, Va., where Army ... continue reading

August 20th, 2010

Withdrawal Reports Anger Families and Soldiers Fighting in Iraq

Recent reports have been touting the end of combat operations in Iraq, saying the last of the combat troops have left, but the reports are angering some of the tens of thousands of troops who are still there and will remain there. Just Thursday morning, Capt. Christopher Ophardt, spokesman for ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

Baghdad suicide bomb hits army recruits, kills 61

A suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home. Bodies of bloodied young men, some still clutching job applications in their ... continue reading

August 12th, 2010

Two Colorado residents among recent combat deaths

The Defense Department on Monday announced the deaths of two Coloradans serving on separate fronts in the war on terrorism, including a 23-year-old woman with ties to Colorado Springs.Killed were Army Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, of Monte Vista, and Marine Cpl. Max W. Donahue, 23, of Highlands Ranch.Both died Saturday – ... continue reading

August 12th, 2010

Lewis-McChord soldier dies in Iraq

She was a former high school cheerleader described by her grandmother as sweet and gentle. She also was an Army specialist in the highly secretive field of gathering human intelligence. Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, 23, who came to Joint Base Lewis-McChord two years ago, died Saturday after insurgents attacked her ... continue reading

July 27th, 2010

Audit: US can't account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

BAGHDAD — The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday. The report by the U.S. Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction offers a ... continue reading

Ethan McCord

Iraq Vet

July 21st, 2010

Feces, Urine, Blood, Smoke, and Something Indescribable

The smell was unlike anything I've smelled before, a mixture of feces, urine, blood, smoke, and something else indescribable. That day started out much like many days in Iraq. We were woken up about 2:30 am to prepare for a mission, one of many that seemed pointless. Our Battalion commander ... continue reading

July 19th, 2010

Suicide bombers attack Iraq militia and kill over 40

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber attacked government-backed Sunni militia on Sunday as they lined up to be paid on Baghdad's southwestern outskirts, killing at least 39 and wounding 41, Iraqi security sources said. In a second attack, a suicide bomber killed four and wounded six at a meeting of local ... continue reading

July 5th, 2010

Bomb Blasts Overshadow Biden Speech In Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden urged rival Iraqi politicians Sunday to end months of delays and select new leaders for their wobbly democracy, predicting a peaceful transition of power even as suicide bombers struck government centers in two major cities. The attacks in Mosul and Ramadi underscored persistent fears that insurgents ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

Al-Qaida front group says it bombed Baghdad bank

An al-Qaida front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bombing a state-run investment bank, gloating over its ease in penetrating security in an attack that killed at least 18 people.Sunday's attack on the Trade Bank of Iraq was meant to expose the weakness of the country's stalled government, according to a ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

Al-Qaida in Iraq adopting Taliban tactics

BAGHDAD – An al-Qaida in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Thursday for an unusual attack more typical of the Taliban in Afghanistan — a commando-style assault in which suicide bombers wearing military uniforms stormed the Central Bank during rush hour in Baghdad.The hours-long attack differed from the Iraqi terror network's ... continue reading

June 16th, 2010

WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video

Julian Assange, who the Feds fear may release State Dept. secrets, denies having them—but he’s readying video of a deadly U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan.After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Gates confident of gains in Afghanistan this year

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he was confident enough battlefield and development gains would be made to allow the Afghans to take over security in parts of the country this winter, before next year's planned drawdown is supposed to start.U.S. concerns are growing about allies dropping out of ... continue reading

June 1st, 2010

American Onboard Attacked Flotilla Describes Chaos

Ambassador Edward Peck, 80 years old, and the former  Chief of Mission in Baghdad decided to take the trip to Gaza because they were trying to get materials to “Gazans need and are denied.”  Peck, who returned from his mission by way of Israel – who ‘deported’  him remains “disappointed ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

More US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – For the first time, more US forces are deployed in Afghanistan than Iraq, amid a buildup of American troops in the Afghan war, the Pentagon said on Monday.About 94,000 US troops are now in Afghanistan, while 92,000 remain in Iraq, where commanders are gradually scaling back the US ... continue reading

May 11th, 2010

APNewsBreak: US reviewing Iraq troop pullout pace

BAGHDAD — Worries over increased violence fueled by Iraq's political instability have forced U.S. commanders to reconsider the pace of a major pullout this summer without overstepping a deadline to cut the military's presence by nearly half by the end of August.More than two months after parliamentary elections, the next ... continue reading

May 10th, 2010

At least 99 killed in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a textile factory Monday in a crowd that gathered after two cars bombings at the same spot in the worst of a series of attacks killing nearly 100 across Iraq, the deadliest day this year.The government blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for ... continue reading

May 4th, 2010

Shiite militia reviving in post-election Iraq

BAGHDAD – A once-feared Shiite militia that was crippled two years ago by defections and a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown has quietly started to regroup, adding street muscle to the Shiite party that emerged strongest from Iraq's parliamentary elections.The revival of the Mahdi Army, loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, could be ... continue reading

April 17th, 2010

US soldier dismissed for threats in Iraq protest

BAGHDAD — The U.S. Army has dismissed a soldier who threatened fellow troops and sent the Pentagon a violent rap song he wrote to protest his Iraq redeployment orders, officials said Saturday.The dismissal for misconduct means Spc. Marc A. Hall will avoid criminal charges but lose all military benefits earned ... continue reading

April 5th, 2010

U.S. pilot seen firing on people in Iraq

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. military official on Monday confirmed as authentic a gritty war video that shows U.S. forces firing repeatedly on people — including a Reuters photographer, his driver and two children — along a Baghdad street.The official confirmed that the video posted Monday at was of ... continue reading

February 10th, 2010

U.S. contractor abducted in Iraq

The Pentagon has acknowledged that an American contractor for the Defense Department is missing in Baghdad, an apparent confirmation of a Shiite militant group's claim last week that it abducted an American in Baghdad in January.The case marks the first reported kidnapping of an American citizen in Iraq in more ... continue reading

February 10th, 2010

Iraq oil pipeline sabotaged

BAGHDAD (AFP) – A pipeline carrying crude oil to a refinery in Baghdad has been sabotaged only days after going back online following years of being the target of attack, the oil minister said on Wednesday. "Yesterday (Tuesday) evening, criminals sabotaged the pipeline with a bomb at Rashidiya, north of ... continue reading

January 5th, 2010

‘Coalition of willing’ is an Army of one now

BAGHDAD — The British said cheerio back in July, around the same time the Romanians cleared out “Camp Dracula,” their compound on a U.S. base in southern Iraq. Tonga and Kazakhstan left ages ago, and no one seems to remember if any Icelandic forces ever made it to Iraq.It doesn’t ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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Mar 31st
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Mar 19th
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