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U.S. officer in Iraq on historic mission

US army Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Brooks is on his third tour inIraq, but his mission has not been a typical one: as an army historian, he is charged with documenting the history of the Iraq war. On his latest deployment, Brooks, 48, is the command historian for United States Forces – Iraq (USF-I), making him the…

Three police killed in Baghdad liquor store blasts

Successive bombings targeting an alcohol shop on Baghdad’s western outskirts killed three policemen at the beginning of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a security official said on Wednesday. An Iraqi policeman was also killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday, while an army officer and two…