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Preparations for U.S. Iraq withdrawal in full swing

COS KALSU, Iraq — At a US base south of Baghdad, trucks plod in either direction amid a hive of activity: with the clock ticking on a year-end withdrawal from Iraq, preparations are in full swing. Located in the centre of Iraq, just 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the…

Iraq’s Sadr orders halt to attacks on U.S. troops

NAJAF, Iraq — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers not to launch any attacks on US troops before a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, in a statement seen on Sunday. Sadr’s remarks came just days after he backtracked on a call for popular anti-government rallies. American forces have…

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