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  • ‘The blown-up guy’ rebounds

    SAN ANTONIO – His first glimpse in the mirror was largely a blur. Sgt. Darron Mikeworth had just come out of a drug-induced coma – his mind was still in …


  • Clinton pledges continued support for Iraq

    BAGHDAD – On a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to reassure anxious Iraqis that the U.S. would not abandon them despite …


  • Deadly suicide bombs revive fears in Iraq

    BAGHDAD – Two large suicide bombings Thursday renewed fears among Iraqis that Sunni insurgents are regaining strength and lethality as the U.S. military has started disassembling its massive wartime architecture. …


  • Ex-official: Search for Iraq, al-Qaida link led to abuse

    WASHINGTON – The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al-Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator …


  • Sunni Iraqi wins speakership

    BAGHDAD – After months of infighting, Iraq’s parliament Sunday elected a prominent Sunni Arab Islamist as its new speaker. Ayad al-Samarrai, who heads the parliament’s main Sunni bloc, won by …


  • Students turn skills into pens for soliders

    Shadle Park High School senior Quintyn Boomer spends five hours an evening on a computer. But he’s not a complete geek. On Saturday, Boomer and 11 other Shadle Park woodworking …


  • Iraqi Christians hold Easter services

    BAGHDAD – Iraq’s embattled Christians took advantage of improved security and gathered Sunday to celebrate Easter, even as roadside bombings killed a U.S. soldier and wounded four other Americans in …


  • Iraqi merchant snatches infant from flaming car

    BAGHDAD – A salesman rescued a baby from a blaze ignited by a car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood Tuesday, reaching through the shattered window and grabbing the boy after …


  • Obama in Baghdad tells troops Iraq must take over

    Cheered wildly by U.S. troops, President Barack Obama flew unannounced into Iraq on Tuesday and promptly declared it was time for Iraqis to “take responsibility for their country” after America’s …


  • Series of bombings kill 37 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD – Anger boiled over in Baghdad streets at Iraqi soldiers and police after they failed to prevent a stunning series of coordinated bombings across the city Monday that left …


  • Washington’s 81st Brigade to return this summer

    The Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team is already making plans to return home this summer. It mobilized last August for a yearlong deployment in Iraq.


  • Iraqis ponder life after U.S. leaves

    WASHINGTON – Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, Americans and Iraqis for the first time have starkly different views about the country’s future. Americans are ready to close the …


  • Roadside bomb kills U.S. troops

    KABUL – A roadside bomb killed four American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday – new evidence of rising violence in a region where clashes and attacks in the first …


  • Aziz sentenced to 15 years

    Tariq Aziz, who once represented Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to the world, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his involvement in the 1992 killing of 42 merchants accused …


  • Ceremony held for Guard

    Family, friends and fellow National Guard soldiers said goodbye Saturday to 50 members of Spokane-based 1041st Washington Army National Guard Transportation Company. The soldiers are deploying in support of Operation …


  • Iraqi Shiites protest vote results in tense province

    BAGHDAD – About 2,000 Shiites staged their first significant street protests against provincial election results Sunday, marching in tense Diyala province. The demonstrators in the Shiite enclaves of Muqdadiyah and …


  • Obama sets end to U.S. combat in Iraq by Aug. 2010

    Declaring “I have come to speak to you about how the war in Iraq will end,” President Barack Obama on Friday moved to fulfill the defining promise of his campaign, …


  • Army: Enemy fire caused copter collision in Iraq

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Enemy fire caused two U.S. Army helicopters to collide in Iraq last month, killing four American pilots from Fort Drum, including one from Colville, military officials …


  • Iraqi police fire on U.S. soldiers

    BAGHDAD – Two Iraqi policemen opened fire on four American soldiers and two Iraqi interpreters inside a police station in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, the third deadly …


  • 4 U.S. troops, 1 Afghan killed

    KABUL – A roadside bomb killed four U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, inflicting the year’s deadliest single attack on international forces a week after Washington set plans to …


  • Officials: Troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war that helped define his …


  • Three U.S. troops dead in attack

    BAGHDAD – Three U.S. soldiers and an interpreter were killed Monday during fighting north of Baghdad, the military announced. The combat took place in the Diyala province, an area northeast …


  • Revived Iraqi museum reopens

    BAGHDAD – Iraq’s restored National Museum reopened Monday with a red-carpet gala in the heart of Baghdad nearly six years after looters carried away priceless antiquities as American troops largely …


  • World in brief: Seoul: N. Korea deployed missile

    North Korea recently deployed a new type of medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching northern Australia and the U.S. territory of Guam, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said today. The report …


  • In trial, shoe flinger cites Bush’s ‘icy smile’

    BAGHDAD – It was the hottest ticket in town, drawing spectators from as far away as Sweden and sparking a scramble for choice seats. Police formed human chains to block …


  • Protesters demand release of Iraqi reporter

    BAGHDAD – About 100 people staged a protest in Baghdad on Wednesday to demand the release of the Iraqi who threw his shoes at ex-President George W. Bush on the …


  • Iraqis admit election fraud

    BAGHDAD – Iraqi officials acknowledged Sunday that there was some fraud in last month’s provincial elections but not enough to force a new vote in any province. Faraj al-Haidari, chairman …


  • At least 22 killed in Iraq attacks

    More than a dozen Iraqis were killed and 43 were wounded Wednesday in back-to-back car bombings at a bus station in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in south Baghdad, police said. …


  • Iraqi women’s minister quits

    BAGHDAD – Iraq’s state minister for women’s affairs has quit to protest a lack of resources for a daunting task: improving the lives of “a full army of widows” and …


  • Community says goodbye

    COLVILLE – Benjamin Todd was remembered Friday as a high-spirited man with a sense of adventure, an unassuming guy whose attitude about life was not hardened by multiple combat tours …

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