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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIraqi army units reached the northern city of Mosul on Sunday in preparation for what the government said would be a major offensive there against Al Qaeda in Iraq and other Sunni militants. The reinforcements included Iraqi aircraft and tanks. "The...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterEager to cement the security gains of last year's troop buildup, the U.S. military has shifted its strategy from the streets to the corridors of power in a high-stakes effort to persuade Iraq's wary Shiite leaders to put thousands of predominantly Sunni...
Tags: Politics, Government, Rebellions, Defense, Coup d'Etat
Special to The TimesKurdish separatists said Monday that they would stop their cross-border attacks on Turkish forces if the Ankara government dropped its threats to launch an offensive on their remote mountain enclaves in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey, stung by a weekend raid by...
The Iranians are riding high these days. While the United States is hemorrhaging $5 billion a month in Iraq trying to stabilize Iran's flattened former enemy, Tehran is hauling in $5 billion a month in oil revenues. Iran is making life miserable for the...
Tags: Politics, Nuclear Weapons, Government, Tehran (Iran), Rebellions
There is a gathering storm on Iraq's horizon. Over the last several weeks, its central government has embarked on what appears to be an effort to arrest, drive away or otherwise intimidate tens of thousands of Sunni security volunteers -- the so-called...
Tags: Government, Terrorism, Rebellions, U.S. Military, Civil Unrest
Times Staff WriterSULAYMANIYA, Iraq -- The night is young. The women are pretty. Danyar Farok, wearing a sparkly gray shirt and skin-tight acid-washed jeans, and a buddy are strutting along this Kurdish city's main drag. Maybe they will wind up at one of the outdoor...
Army Spec. LINCOLN M. LEASE has been deployed in Iraq twice for a total of 18 months.TODAY I READ a newspaper article that filled me with rage and contempt. It was about the "reconciliation" that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki plans to offer the Sunni armed factions here. Maliki is reportedly considering granting a limited amnesty to...
Tags: Crimes, Rebellions, Civil Unrest, Defense, Criminals
HENRI J. BARKEY, a former State Department official, is chairman of the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University.THE NEW IRAQI government is considering giving amnesty to some insurgents, including those who committed attacks against the United States, other coalition forces and the Iraqi military. It's understandable that many U.S. soldiers and other Americans...
Times Staff WriterWASHINGTON — Democrats poised to take control of Congress said Sunday that they would press to begin a phased U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq within four to six months, part of an agenda aimed at overhauling key aspects of U.S. policy in the...
Tags: Politics, Government, Laws, Syria, NBC (tv network)
Times Staff WriterBALAD, IRAQ — There were no heroes here. When gunmen murdered dozens of people in this once peaceful Shiite market city over two days last month, no one stepped in to stop the killing. Not U.S. forces, whose stated purposes in Iraq include...
Tags: Crimes, Muqtada Sadr, Government, Sociology, Rebellions
It's beginning to look a lot like 1998 in the Middle East. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister from 1996 to 1999, has a shot at taking over again after a very close election Tuesday. In Iran, Mohammad Khatami, the country's president from 1997 to...
Tags: Politics, Likud, Saddam Hussein, Government, Benazir Bhutto
With rhetoric that would stir any patriot but logic that should persuade few, President Bush on Wednesday waded into the historical quagmire of the Vietnam War. Then, as now, Bush said, "people argued the real problem was America's presence and that if we...
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