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Bombing Bonanza in Iraq Leaves 200 Dead and Wounded

Bombing Bonanza in Iraq Leaves 200 Dead and Wounded

A run of coordinated attacks that spanned the length of the country killed at least 56 people today in assaults aimed at Iraqi army and police forces, one day after the U.S. announced that its combat troops had fallen below 50,000.

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Sadrists Set to Back Allawi?

Sadrists Set to Back Allawi?

We all know the broad strokes. The state of Iraq has been politically rudderless since March 7 elections for the Council of Representatives failed to produce a clear coalition winner. Although former PM Ayad Allawi’s  Iraqiya slate won a two-seat victory over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition, they didn’t score with sufficient […]

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That’s a Wrap: The Last US Combat Brigade Say Ma'a as-Salaama to Iraq

That’s a Wrap: The Last US Combat Brigade Say Ma'a as-Salaama  to Iraq

Here’s a brief outline of news and views from some of the major news outlets regarding the end of the US combat mission…taken from major media both in the States and abroad.

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Amid US Withdrawal, Iraq Suffers Deadliest Attack in Months

Amid US Withdrawal, Iraq Suffers Deadliest Attack in Months

More than 50 people were killed and some 115 wounded when a suicide bomber struck a Baghdad recruiting center for the Iraqi Army.

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Black Flags over Baghdad and the Return of al-Qaeda in Iraq

Black Flags over Baghdad and the Return of al-Qaeda in Iraq

A day after President Obama vowed no delays to the drawdown of troops in Iraq, synchronized car bombs killed 33 people and five police officers were murdered in Baghdad. In both cases, the attackers hoisted the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq — a clear sign that al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is […]

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The End of an Era — Obama Salutes End to Major Combat Mission in Iraq

The End of an Era — Obama Salutes End to Major Combat Mission in Iraq

We’ve hit an emotional milestone in Iraq. The end is in sight. Major combat is over and the troops are coming home. And we can expect many more of these talks, with appearances planned throughout the month by the president, Vice President Biden and other senior administration officials as they wax eloquent on Obama’s steadfast commitment to ending the war.

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Obama Announces End of Major Combat…A round-up of news and views

Obama Announces End of Major Combat…A round-up of news and views

President Obama has given formal assurances that U.S. forces in Iraq will drop to 50,000 by the end of the month – a reduction of 94,000 troops since he took office 18 months ago. The remaining troops will form a transitional force until a final U.S. withdrawal from the country by the end of 2011. […]

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A Boring Bourne? Immaterial Life in the Emerald City

I’d direct you all to read my fellow FPA blogger and global film critic, Sean Patrick Murphy, as he takes on the Iraqi war flick The Green Zone, based on Ray Chandresekaran’s excellent Imperial Life in the Emerald City. http://globalfilm.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/07/27/green-zone-2010/ Have a look before you catch it on the small-screen. Sounds like you might be better off […]

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First the Power…then the Water…now the Soccer? Political Gridlock Threatens Iraqi Football.

First the Power…then the Water…now the Soccer? Political Gridlock Threatens Iraqi Football.

Nearly five months after national elections were held, Iraq is still without a government. Now, they may be without a football team.

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Intermezzo…A Brief Aside to the Music of Iraq

Intermezzo…A Brief Aside to the Music of Iraq

To preface today’s post, I’ll be honest…there haven’t been a lot of “glass-is-half-full” stories coming out of Iraq, recently. Between the political impasse, and the precipitous rise in sectarian violence, it seems like forever since there’s been a plain-old feel good story to put the focus back on the good and decent Iraqi people who […]

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Iraqi Political Crisis: Day 134

Iraqi Political Crisis: Day 134

Although there are hopeful signs that coalition talks between Iraq’s two major Shi’a blocs, the question of leadership remains squarely focused on Prime Minister’s Nouri al Maliki’s incumbency…

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Flying the Friendlier Skies: Saudi Flight Lands in Iraq after 20 Years

Flying the Friendlier Skies: Saudi Flight Lands in Iraq after 20 Years

Although the news is yet to hit the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation’s state-of-the-art  website, Ayad Katheer Raheem, director-general of the Iraq’s aviation department, said Tuesday that Saudi Arabian Airlines tapped privately-owned Al-Wafeer Airlines to run daily flights between the two Arab nations.     Saleh A. Bogary, Alwafeer Air’s marketing director , confirmed the news, […]

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More Violence as America Draws Down

More Violence as America Draws Down

The New York Times is reporting General Odierno said Tuesday that he anticipates an uptick in violence against US troops as they begin to depart the country. Intelligence reports have suggested that Iranian-backed Shi’a militias plan to turn up the heat against American soldiers to lay stake to claims that they’ve driven off occupying forces. […]

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Sadly, Another Day, Another Deadly Bombing in Iraq

Sadly, Another Day, Another Deadly Bombing in Iraq

Sectarian conflict bloodies 12 more on final day of Shi’a pilgrimage.

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Moving in the Right Direction

Moving in the Right Direction

On September 1, the US mission will get a new name: “Operation Iraqi Freedom” will be reconstituted as “Operation New Dawn” as America’s involvement trends further away from combat duties. Let’s hope Biden’s trip marks the first crack of daybreak.

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Reid Smith
Reid Smith

Reid Smith has worked as a research associate specializing on U.S. policy in the Middle East and as a political speechwriter. He is currently a doctoral student and graduate associate with the University of Delaware's Department of Political Science and International Relations. He blogs and writes for The American Spectator.

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