US: Insurgents Trying To Make Withdrawal Appear As Soldiers Fleeing Iraq

At least three Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in light violence. Two U.S. soldiers were also wounded in one of several attacks staged, possibly, to make it appear the U.S. military is fleeing Iraq. Meanwhile, one protest in support of giving Salah ad Din province region status took place, while politician Ayad Allawi raised concerns that such designations could destabilize the country.

Iraq: US Soldier Killed as Lawmakers, Military Argue over Continued Involvement

Even as U.S. military officials and lawmakers argued over continued U.S. involvement in Iraq, another U.S. soldier was killed while conducting military operations in central Iraq. Separately, at least three Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in other attacks. Also, the debate over granting region status to more provinces rages on.

US Soldier Dies In Iraq, First American Death In Two Months

At least two Iraqis were killed and 12 more were wounded in the latest attacks. A U.S. soldier also died, but it was in a non-hostile event. Meanwhile, U.S. troops helped locals in Halabja disarm a chemical rocket, and the controversial arrests of several Sunnis following a Shi’ite massacre took odd, new twists.

Iraq: US Troops Suffer No Deaths In August, But Iran Still To ‘Blame’

At least four Iraqis were killed and four others were wounded in light violence. Because of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, reports are scant this week. U.S. troops, meanwhile, reported no deaths during the month of August.

Stop Sacrificing American Lives for Afghan Debacle

The 38 dead in Saturday’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan include 31 Americans, making this the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the war began. The tragic loss of American lives might be worth the sacrifice if it were making America safer, or if our presence were significantly improving the well-being of the Afghan people. But … Continue reading “Stop Sacrificing American Lives for Afghan Debacle”

Truth Emerges About IED Carnage

Gen. David Petraeus has been gone but a month from his role as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, yet we’re already seeing the paint on his Potemkin village peel away to reveal an unseemly rot underneath. That may sound a bit harsh, but there is no better way to describe one of the greatest … Continue reading “Truth Emerges About IED Carnage”

Sunday: US Soldier, 4 Iraqis Killed, 5 Iraqis Wounded

Just 10 days after taking over his new post, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Iraq to pressure leaders into deciding whether they will ask for U.S. troops to remain in Iraq after a year-end withdrawal deadline but that decision will likely not happen for another couple of weeks. Not only have four Iraqis been killed today, so has one U.S. soldier. Another five Iraqis were wounded in the latest violence. Also, Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has rescinded his threat to reactivate the Mahdi Army.

Monday: 1 US Soldier, 6 Iraqis Killed; 27 Iraqis Wounded

At least six Iraqis were killed and 27 were wounded in the latest violence, which also left one U.S. soldier dead. Because of a Shi’ite religious observance that climaxes tomorrow, reports are likely undercounting casualties to a greater extent than normal.