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Blackwater looking to return to Iraq

Four years after Blackwater’s license to operate in Iraq was revoked over the killing of 17 Iraqis, Xe Services LLC — the company formerly known as Blackwater — wants to return to the country. In an interview published Thursday, Xe President and Chief Executive Ted Wright told The Wall Street…

U.S. forces ‘still attacking Iraq Shiite insurgents’

US forces are carrying out operations against Shiite insurgents, almost a year after the military announced a formal end to its combat operations in Iraq, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. “We have to unilaterally be able to go after those threats. We’re doing that,” Panetta told reporters,…

U.S. combat troops may stay in Iraq beyond 2011, Gates admits

CAMP MAREZ, Iraq (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that American forces were prepared to stay in any role beyond a scheduled pullout late this year, but time was running out for Iraq to ask. Gates, who arrived in Baghdad late Wednesday on an unannounced visit, met…

Iraqis protest government for more services, water, food

BAGHDAD – Hundreds of Iraqis took part in scattered demonstrations on Sunday, calling for an improvement in basic services and the resignation of local government officials as unrest sweeps much of the Arab world. In Baghdad, around 250 people gathered in the impoverished district of Bab al-Sham to protest against…

Tea Party backing candidate who allegedly shot unarmed Iraqis 60 times

A Tea Party-backed candidate who allegedly murdered two unarmed Iraqis could win a seat in the House of Representatives, The Guardian reports. Thirty-nine-year-old Ilario Pantano, who is running for North Carolina’s 7th congressional district as a Republican, was charged with the premeditated murder of two Iraqi civilians in 2005 while…

WikiLeaks to publish 15,000 more Afghan war papers

WikiLeaks to publish 15,000 more secret documents on the war in Afghanistan. Whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks says it will soon publish 15,000 more secret Afghan war documents. The group has already published some 77,000 U.S. intelligence reports about the war in Afghanistan, and just released almost 400,000 alleged secret U.S. documents…

4 prisoners linked to al-Qaida escape US custody in Iraq

4 Iraqis linked to al-Qaida escape US custody in Baghdad maximum-security prison Four prisoners with links to al-Qaida being guarded by American troops escaped from a maximum-security prison in Baghdad and are still at large, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. The breakout from Karkh Prison, formerly called Camp Cropper,…

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

AP IMPACT: Hundreds of abandoned, incomplete projects as US hands off to Iraqis. A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children’s hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than…

Majority of Iraqis say ‘wrong time’ for US withdrawal: poll

A majority of Iraqis believe it was the wrong time for a major withdrawal of US combat troops, a poll said on Tuesday, with more than half also warning that it would have negative consequences. When asked if it was the right time for American soldiers to leave — the…

Odierno: ‘Complete failure’ of Iraqi forces could bring combat troops back

US still has ‘a little bit of terrorism’ in Iraq to deal with, general says The commander of US forces in Iraq doesn’t foresee the need for the US to resume combat missions in Iraq, but he isn’t entirely ruling it out either. “We have several different contingency plans for…

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