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  • Violence spiraling in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD – Bombings gutted a market and destroyed at least five buildings in working-class Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing dozens as violence following last month’s election continued …


  • Amid explosions, Iraqis turn out for vote

    BAGHDAD – Throughout Iraq, fear gave way to defiance Sunday as voters, even in the most volatile areas, cast ballots in landmark parliamentary elections that militants tried their best to …


  • Crocker at City Forum: U.S. commitment must continue

    The United States needs to commit to involvement and assistance in Afghanistan for years to come, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told the Spokane City Forum today.


  • U.S. says Iraqi officials linked to Iran

    WASHINGTON – The top American commander in Iraq said Tuesday that the U.S. has “direct intelligence” that two senior Iraqi officials in charge of keeping Saddam Hussein loyalists out of …


  • Navy offers help to Seabee families

    Families of some 50 Afghanistan-bound Navy Seabees will be offered a variety of assistance at a daylong event Feb. 21 in Spokane. Speakers and service provider booths will have information …


  • Iraq tells private guards to surrender guns, leave

    BAGHDAD – Iraq has given hundreds of guards linked to the private security company formerly known as Blackwater a week to leave the country or face arrest, Interior Ministry officials …


  • Suicide bomber kills 54 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD – A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives inside a way station for Shiite pilgrims Monday, killing 54 people and rattling security officials who are struggling against a possible …


  • Militants foil Iraqi security in bombings

    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Militant groups are finding new ways to foil Iraqi security – hiding explosives in the chassis of vehicles or tucking them into secret compartments, the top U.S. …


  • Baghad blasts kill 37

    BAGHDAD – Suicide bombers struck in quick succession Monday at three Baghdad hotels favored by Western journalists in well-planned assaults that killed at least 37 people and wounded more than …


  • Iraq’s ‘Chemical Ali’ to hang

    BAGHDAD – Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin “Chemical Ali” was convicted Sunday and sentenced to hang for ordering the most infamous of his crimes, the attacks against the Kurdish town of …


  • Iraqi holy city hit by series of blasts

    NAJAF, Iraq – Three bombs exploded in quick succession after sunset Thursday in the southern holy city of Najaf, killing up to 25 people and wounding scores of others, Iraqi …


  • $33 billion war request likely

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 …


  • Editorial: Finally, military lifts stigma of stress illness

    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created nearly 1 million veterans and about 20 percent of them are being treated or have been treated for mental health conditions. But …


  • Blackwater plaintiffs agree to settlement

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The security firm formerly known as Blackwater has reached a settlement in a series of federal lawsuits in which dozens of Iraqis accused the company of cultivating …


  • Trudy Rubin: New realities limit U.S. options

    Over the holidays, I worked on a disturbing project. It reminded me that American power abroad is shrinking, even as threats to our security grow. It involved my Iraqi driver, …


  • Judge dismisses all charges in Blackwater shooting

    A federal judge dismissed all charges Thursday against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007.


  • Iraqi Shiite group frees British man held since 2007

    BAGHDAD – A British hostage held for 2 1/2 years by a militant Iraqi Shiite group was freed Wednesday in a move his family hailed as “the best Christmas present …


  • Deadly explosions rock Iraq’s capital

    BAGHDAD – As Iraqi officials prepared to announce a date for long-delayed national elections, car bombs detonated at government buildings and in crowded Baghdad streets Tuesday, killing at least 127 …


  • Iraq OKs elections rules

    BAGHDAD – Iraqi lawmakers approved plans Sunday to hold parliament elections early next year that are seen as an important step toward political reconciliation and easing the pullout of U.S. …


  • Editorial: War funding merits same scrutiny as health costs

    What if costs were removed from the health care debate? Everybody is covered and nobody pays more. Insurers and providers get more customers without giving anything in return. That $800 …


  • Battle looms over bill for wars

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s decision to send more than 30,000 troops to Afghanistan ensures what was already inevitable: The cost of the wars in that country and Iraq are …


  • Britain begins Iraq inquiry

    LONDON – The British government was aware of “drumbeats in Washington” in early 2001 calling for a change of regimes in Iraq but steered clear of such an aggressive policy …


  • Editorial: War backers must think, act upon its human costs

    While soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are not dying at the rate they did in the Vietnam War, they are amassing nightmares that could haunt them, their families and society …


  • Blackwater payoff plan alleged

    Former top executives at Blackwater Worldwide say the U.S. security contractor sent about $1 million to its Iraq office with the intention of paying off officials in the country who …


  • Checkpoints go up in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD – The Iraqi government launched a massive security operation in Baghdad as Iraqis buried their dead Monday, a day after a pair of suicide attacks against government buildings killed …


  • Bombings shake Baghdad’s core

    BAGHDAD – A pair of suicide car bombings Sunday devastated the heart of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 147 people in the country’s deadliest attack in more than two years. …


  • Baghdad embassy errors, overruns cited

    WASHINGTON – The main builder of the sprawling new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad made so many design and construction errors that the State Department should seek to recover $132 million …


  • Rash of insurgent bombings may postpone Iraq elections

    BAGHDAD – A triple bombing aimed at a reconciliation meeting in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens Sunday, highlighting fears that …


  • Reserve families brace for long haul

    As Pfc. Nicholas Adams held five-day-old Connor against his camouflage uniform Monday, he and his wife, Angela, talked about preparing for the one-year separation they’re about to endure. They’ve known …


  • Copter crash kills two in Iraq

    BAGHDAD – A Black Hawk helicopter crashed at a major American air base in Iraq, killing one U.S. service member and injuring 12 others, the military said Sunday. The UH-60 …

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