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Violence spikes in Iraq amid first national elections after U.S. departure

Iraqis cast their votes on Saturday in the country’s first polls since US troops departed, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives. But the credibility of the provincial elections has come into question, with attacks on…

Iraq executes 21 men in one day on ‘terror’ charges

Iraq put 21 men to death on Tuesday, a senior justice ministry official told AFP, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation. All of the men were Iraqis and had been convicted on anti-terror charges, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The…

Ten years after war, Iraq emerges as a major arms buyer

Ten years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and smashed Iraq’s military, the country has become a major buyer of military equipment, spending billions to rebuild its armed forces. In doing so, Iraq has become a customer of some of the same companies that supplied the weapons used to…

Ten years later, U.S. officer’s Iraq diary tells grim tale

US Lieutenant Timothy McLaughlin’s Iraq diary is not an introspective journal, but 10 years after the invasion its terse, staccato account of a young man’s war holds a powerful charge. The telegraphic style of the entries, jotted in a small notebook embossed with the Marine Corps seal, leaves the reader…

Iraq war killed 120,000 and cost $800 billion, study estimates

At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimate. Its involvement in Iraq has so far cost the United States $810 billion (625 billion euros) and could eventually reach $3…

Iraq’s pain has only intensified since 2003

The country of my birth, already so damaged, is now crippled by fear of all-out civil war. But in the people there is hope It has always been painful for me to write about Iraq and Baghdad, the land of my birth and the city of my childhood. They say…

Iraqi Christians wonder if their days are numbered

After 10 years of attacks on Iraqi Christians, Monsignor Pios Cacha wonders if the ancient community’s days are numbered. “Maybe we will follow in the steps of our Jewish brothers,” he says. The priest’s reference to Iraq’s Jewish population — once a thriving community numbering in the tens of thousands…

Rand Paul backtracks on Clinton criticism: Iraq war actually worst tragedy since 9/11

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) toned down his criticism of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday afternoon, admitting on CNN that the Iraq war was a greater tragedy than the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. At a hearing on the attack in Benghazi earlier that day, Paul…

Blasts temporarily shut down Iraq-Turkey pipeline

Overnight blasts in southeastern Turkey on Thursday temporarily shut down a pipeline pumping oil from Iraq, with Kurdish rebels suspected to be behind the explosions, authorities said. Three blasts hit the section of the pipeline running near the border city of Idil in the Sirnak province, sparking a fire, said a statement by the Sirnak regional…

Iraq VP demands probe into bodyguard’s ‘torture’

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s fugitive vice president on Sunday called for an urgent neutral inquiry into the death of his bodyguard, who was allegedly tortured while in custody. Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni the authorities have accused of running death squads, said his lawyers had been restricted access to the…

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