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Perry: ‘I would send troops back into Iraq’

At the Republican presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire on Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that the U.S. should not have withdrawn its forces from Iraq. “I would send troops back into Iraq,” he said. “Because I will tell you, I think we start talking with…

Opening statements delayed at U.S. war crimes trial

A jury has been selected for the court-martial of the last US Marine charged over a notorious 2005 killing of civilians in Iraq, paving the way for opening statements next week. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich pleaded not guilty Thursday at Camp Pendleton, California, where the first day of proceedings was…

Last US Marine faces trial over 2005 Iraq killings

After years of appeals and delays, the last US Marine charged over the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha faces a court martial on Thursday in California. United States troops may have left Iraq, but there is still unfinished business in the legal arena with…

Maliki declares ‘Iraq Day’ to mark U.S. pullout

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared “Iraq Day” on Saturday to mark the end of a pact allowing US forces to stay in the country, two weeks after they left and with Iraq mired in a political row. Maliki called for Iraqis to unite, and said the country’s days of dictatorship…

Rockets hit Iran dissident camp in Iraq: officials

BAQUBA, Iraq — Multiple rockets over the past 24 hours hit a camp in Iraq housing Iranian exiles, officials and the group based there said on Wednesday, after Iraq and the UN signed a pact to resettle residents. The latest strikes, the third in four days, occurred at about 8:15…

Iraq will overcome ‘heinous’ attacks: U.S.

WASHINGTON — The United States insisted Thursday that an increasingly tense Iraq would be able to overcome attacks like the “heinous” rash of strikes that killed 67 people earlier in the day. The attacks took place less than a week after the last US soldiers left Iraq, and as US…

Attacks kill 67 as Iraq mired in political crisis

A wave of attacks across Iraq killed 67 people Thursday as it faced a political crisis, with its vice president accused of running death squads and the premier warning he could break off power-sharing. Apparently coordinated blasts in the capital and the slaughter of a family of five in restive Diyala province…

Bombs kill 57 as Iraq mired in political crisis

A wave of attacks in Baghdad Thursday killed 57 people as Iraq faced a political crisis, with its vice president accused of running death squads and the premier warning he could break off power-sharing. The apparently coordinated blasts and the murder of a family-of-five in restive Diyala province were the…

Romney: Bush wouldn’t have invaded Iraq if he knew there were no WMD

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney insisted on Wednesday that President George W. Bush would never have invaded Iraq if he had known that were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country. “If we knew at the time of our entry into Iraq that there were no weapons of…

Iraq row deepens as PM calls for VP handover

Iraq’s government marked its first anniversary Wednesday in turmoil as its premier urged Kurd officials to hand over the Sunni vice president on terror charges, in a row that has raised communal tension. Washington has urged calm, but Prime Minister Nuri al-Malikithreatened to replace ministers belonging to the Sunni-backedIraqiya bloc if they…

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