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Army officer recounts violent Manning incident

FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US Army officer who served in Iraq with Bradley Manning, blamed for one of the biggest intelligence breaches in US history, told a court Sunday that she had asked he be removed from duty after allegedly striking another soldier. Captain Casey Fulton said she also…

Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

Iraq took control of the last American military base in the country on Friday, a day after US forces marked the end of their mission, bringing a divisive war to a low-key conclusion. The transfer of the sprawling installation on the outskirts of the southern city of Nasiriyah is a…

US forces lower flag in Iraq ahead of pullout

US forces held a formal ceremony to lower the flag in Iraq on Thursday, ahead of their withdrawal from the country nearly nine years after the controversial invasion to topple Saddam Hussein. The ceremony marking the closure of the US military’s headquarters near Baghdad comes after US President Barack Obama…

Iraqis burn U.S. flags to celebrate troop pullout

FALLUJAH, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqis set alight US and Israeli flags on Wednesday as they celebrated the impending pullout of American forces from the country in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah. Shouting slogans in support of the “resistance,” the demonstrators held up banners and placards inscribed with phrases…

U.S. to sell Iraq 18 more F-16 warplanes

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to sell Iraq 18 more F-16 fighter jets as Baghdad seeks to secure its airspace after the full withdrawal of US forces this month, a US official said Monday. “Today the administration notified Congress of its intent to sell Iraq a second tranche of…

Iraq has ‘enduring partner’ in U.S., Obama vows

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Monday vowed an “enduring” partnership with a “self reliant” and sovereign Iraq, touting his promise kept to end a wrenching war as he met Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Obama said the last US soldiers would leave Iraq this month “with heads held high” but left…

NATO to halt Iraq mission at year-end

LONDON — NATO will withdraw its Iraq training mission at year-end after Baghdad refused to grant it legal immunity, Iraq’s top security adviser said on Sunday, mirroring the nearly-complete pullout of US forces. The decision, which “surprised” Iraq, means NATO’s troops will depart in the coming weeks for the same…

Shared sacrifices allow Iraq war to end: Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden, in Iraq as the last American soldiers prepare to depart, thanked troops from both sides for their shared sacrifices, saying they helped to end the war. But even as Biden spoke of the conflict drawing to a close, 18 people were killed in attacks in Diyala province,…

U.S. vice president visits Iraq as troops depart

US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit on Tuesday, during which he is due to meet top Iraqi officials, as American troops depart Iraq ahead of a year-end deadline. Biden was met at the airport by US ambassador James Jeffrey and General Lloyd Austin, the commander of United States Forces –…

U.S. soldiers see Iraq convoys safe to Kuwait

US soldiers put on body armour and check vehicles and weapons at a base near Baghdad, preparing for 10-plus hours on the lookout for danger as they escort a convoy to Kuwait. Final checks complete, the soldiers climb aboard their MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) armoured vehicles, falling into a long line of…

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