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Los Angeles Times Staff Writer-- The U.S. Embassy on Tuesday banned diplomats and other civilian government employees indefinitely from traveling by land outside the heavily protected Green Zone as American and Iraqi officials debated the legal status of foreign security contractors...
Tags: Government, David Petraeus, Bombings, Armed Conflicts, Travel
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiled for the cameras. At ease, he parried with reporters, sitting alone at a simple table Monday inside the Iraqi presidential compound here. The visiting Iranian patiently called on raised hands without even the...
Tags: Government, Travel, Armed Forces, Death, Defense
PETER W. GALBRAITH, author of "The End of Iraq," was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff in the 1980s and 1990s, with responsibility for Iraq.THIS WEEK, a Baghdad court convicted Ali Hassan Majid of genocide against the Kurdish people and sentenced him to hang. The verdict was supported by overwhelming evidence, much of which he never bothered to deny. I first encountered the handiwork of...
Tags: Government, Children, Weaponry, Death, Defense
Colombia has its human rights problems, but in one respect it's a poster child for law-enforcement progress. Once the kidnapping capital of the world, Colombia claims to have slashed its snatching-for-profit business by 88% since President Alvaro Uribe...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersThe body of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop who was abducted by gunmen last month was discovered Thursday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, and a car bomb killed 18 people in Baghdad. Mosul Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho's body was found by police in...
Tags: David Petraeus, Bombings, Armed Conflicts, Armed Forces, Death
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTIKRIT, Iraq — Iraqi insurgents and sectarian militias are funding their deadly activities by muscling in on Mafia-style rackets involving everything from real estate and oil to cement and soft drinks, U.S. commanders say. U.S. diplomats and senior...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterONE OF modern warfare's founding fathers, the 19th century Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke, was of the opinion that no military plan, however well and carefully conceived, could survive its first contact with the enemy. The same might be said...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersA meeting Thursday aimed at sowing faith between Iraq's government and leaders of U.S.-funded paramilitary forces instead highlighted distrust between the sides, three weeks before Iraq takes control of the armed groups. Leaders of the so-called Sons...
Tags: Government, Al-Qaeda, Armed Conflicts, Armed Forces, Death
When President Obama looks into the eyes of foreign leaders in the months ahead, he should search out their interests, not the depths of their souls. President Bush found himself basing foreign policy too much on personal relationships rather than on the...
Tags: Georgia, Afghanistan, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Diplomacy
++++++++++++++++++++ || || ++++++++++++++++++++ Despite what you may have heard, there is no "war" in Iraq. Rather, there are many wars raging through the Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni territories. These wars are complicated and deep-seated, with roots that,...
Tags: Government, Armed Conflicts, Armed Forces, Death, Defense
Today, former White House policy aide Rivkin and Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, debate the formation of a legitimate Iraqi government. Previously they discussed the apparent decline of Sunni Islamism in Iraq, troop...
Tags: Government, Hamas, September 11, 2001 Attacks, Death, Elections
FINDING IN THE DEBACLE of the Vietnam War a rationale for sustaining the U.S. military presence in Iraq requires considerable imagination. If nothing else, President Bush's speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars earlier this week revealed a hitherto...
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