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Bush seeks support in Iraqi political process
A day after Iraq's historic elections, President Bush reached out to overseas skeptics of his Iraq policy Monday to try to enlist their help.

| USATODAY.com | January 31, 2005 | 11:42 pm

General: Iraqi troops improve
The top U.S. general in Iraq said Wednesday that once Iraqi government forces take the lead in the war, the insurgency can be defeated and the American troop level reduced.

| USA TODAY | January 26, 2005 | 11:40 pm

Parties waging a polite battle to control Najaf
In this city, the holiest in Iraq to the country's Shiite Muslim majority, political rhetoric is heating up. But unlike in some places in Iraq, the debate here isn't focused on religion or historic ethnic divisions, and there's little violence.

| USA TODAY | January 25, 2005 | 11:34 pm

In Iraq, the question is: To vote or not to vote
A recent survey by the International Republican Institute found that 80% of Iraqis say they will probably vote this weekend. But unrelenting insurgent violence, the specter of post-election sectarian strife and confusion over complex ballots threaten to snuff out democracy before it can take hold.

| USA TODAY | January 25, 2005 | 11:17 pm

Politics popular in Shiite areas
In Basra and other parts of heavily Shiite southern Iraq, people are embracing politics.

| USATODAY.com | January 20, 2005 | 11:51 pm

Lengthy ballots, ad blitzes contribute to confusion
Less than two weeks before Election Day, many Iraqi voters still are unsure about some basics, such as: Who are they electing?

| USATODAY.com | January 19, 2005 | 11:44 pm

Sunni leaders urge talks with insurgents to end 'stalemate'
Moderate Sunni leaders are urging the United States and Iraqi governments to change course and seek a cease-fire and negotiations with insurgents.

| USATODAY.com | January 18, 2005 | 11:46 pm

Female Iraqi candidates risk lives
Members of Congress who traveled to the Middle East over the weekend got a harrowing lesson on the high price of democracy.

| USATODAY.com | January 12, 2005 | 10:57 pm

U.S.: Elections will be credible
The Bush administration will consider the results of Iraq's elections credible even if most Sunni Muslims minority don't vote on Jan. 30.

| USATODAY.com | January 12, 2005 | 10:57 pm

2 Iraq cities, separated by politics, await election
Sadr City and Fallujah illustrate both the hopes and risks of Iraq's march toward democracy.

| USATODAY.com | January 11, 2005 | 10:58 pm

Polling places planned in Iraq's problem areas
The Iraqi Election Commission plans to set up polling stations in problem areas in Iraq despite insurgent attacks.

| USATODAY.com | January 10, 2005 | 11:03 pm

Court-martial begins for Abu Ghraib figure
The court-martial of Army reservist Spc. Charles Graner, the man portrayed as the ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal in Iraq, is set to begin Friday at Fort Hood in Texas.

| USATODAY.com | January 6, 2005 | 11:47 pm

Iraqi expatriates fear being left out of elections
Iraqi-American groups say disorganization and overly stringent requirements are plaguing an ambitious effort to allow expatriates worldwide to vote in Iraq's Jan. 30 elections.

| USATODAY.com | January 6, 2005 | 10:48 pm

Allawi: Elections will go on
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Wednesday rejected growing calls for postponement of the national elections set for Jan. 30.

| USATODAY.com | January 5, 2005 | 11:15 pm

Fallujans reluctant to return
So far, Fallujans are not lining up to return to what's left of their devastated city.

| USATODAY.com | January 5, 2005 | 11:13 pm

Congress expects $100 billion war request
Congress expects the White House to request as much as $100 billion this year for war and related costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, congressional officials say.

| USA TODAY | January 3, 2005 | 11:30 pm

More contracts steered to Iraqi firms
The U.S. government is shifting more reconstruction contracts toward Iraqi companies as violence makes it harder for American contractors to work.

| USATODAY.com | January 3, 2005 | 11:00 pm

Iraqi election candidates crave coverage
As Iraq moves toward elections scheduled for Jan. 30, the media campaign is intensifying.

| USATODAY.com | January 2, 2005 | 10:57 pm

Gas shortage fuels resentment in Iraq
Buying gasoline in Iraq is a serious undertaking. Determined motorists get up before their dawn prayers to join 2-mile-long lines. Sometimes they don't get to fill their tanks until evening. A black market is thriving.

| USA TODAY | December 29, 2004 | 11:47 pm

Soldiers saw giant tent as inviting target for insurgents
Soldiers at the Forward Operating Base Marez near Mosul, Iraq base had long complained of feeling defenseless in the fabric-covered hall, which lately has been the target of mortar and rocket attacks almost daily.

| USA TODAY | December 22, 2004 | 11:42 pm

U.S. contractor pulls out of Iraq rebuilding project
A Virginia company this week became the first large contractor to withdraw from the multibillion-dollar Iraq reconstruction drive, saying work there was too dangerous and costly.

| USA TODAY | December 22, 2004 | 11:35 pm

Mosul attack showcases insurgents' intelligence
The implications of the audacious suicide attack in the center of a heavily guarded U.S. military base in Mosul go beyond a failure of base security.

| USATODAY.com | December 22, 2004 | 11:11 pm

Mosul blast hits U.S. hard
A massive lunchtime explosion struck a flimsy mess tent filled with soldiers Tuesday at a military base near Mosul. It was one of the deadliest attacks yet against Americans in Iraq. Mlitary spokesmen in Baghdad and at the Pentagon said 19 U.S. soldiers were killed.

| USA TODAY | December 21, 2004 | 11:45 pm

Soldiers who led invasion must return
Continuing insurgent attacks have forced the United States to boost its force in Iraq toward 150,000, its highest level yet.

| USATODAY.com | December 19, 2004 | 11:08 pm

Chaplain, others look to lift Christmas spirit in war zone
Across Iraq, military chaplains will enter makeshift chapels on the morning of Dec. 25 and pray for peace on earth in a land where peace continues to be in short supply.

| Gordon Trowbridge | Marine Corps Times | December 19, 2004 | 6:41 pm

Troops can't beat deals at PX
Flush with hazardous-duty pay and tax-free earnings, U.S. troops in combat zones often have more money to spend than things to buy. That's where the PX, or post exchange, comes in, providing a taste of home if only for the time it takes to eat a bag of Doritos.

| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 16, 2004 | 11:22 pm

Army spending billions on new armored vehicles
The Army said Wednesday that it is spending $4.1 billion to armor all military wheeled vehicles in Iraq by June.

| USATODAY.com | December 15, 2004 | 11:23 pm

Air Force boosts number of supply flights
Roads have become too dangerous for American convoys, the top Air Force general said Tuesday.

| USATODAY.com | December 14, 2004 | 11:32 pm

Army Guard now says its Iraq troops figure was inaccurate
The Army National Guard said Monday it had given USA TODAY an inaccurate count of the total number of Guard troops in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003, but still could not provide a precise count.

| Dave Moniz | USA TODAY | December 14, 2004 | 10:29 am

Fair vote possible in Anbar, top Marine says

The U.S. military believes Iraq's rebellious Anbar province can be brought into national elections scheduled for January.

| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 12, 2004 | 11:05 pm

U.S. military preparing restive Iraqi province for elections
The top U.S. officer in Iraq's rebellious Anbar province believes the region can be settled and brought into national elections scheduled for Jan. 30. Anbar, a hotbed of insurgent unrest, stretches from west of Baghdad to the Syrian border and poses perhaps the toughest challenge to the U.S. mission in Iraq.

| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 10, 2004 | 9:09 pm

Weather wages own war in Iraq
For commanders in war, fighting the enemy can sometimes be only half the battle. Weather can be just as challenging. Consider Mosul. Daily temperatures can shift 40 degrees or more, and rain clouds or dust storms can pop up without warning.

| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 9, 2004 | 11:47 pm

Combat engineers improvise to armor troop transport
There's a huge Army dump truck here that's unlike any other in the U.S. arsenal, a virtual Frankenstein's monster truck, bulging and rippling at its spot-welded seams. The soldiers from the 276th Engineer Battalion (Combat), an Army National Guard unit from Richmond, Va., know about improvising.

| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 9, 2004 | 11:38 pm

Fallujah residents may return home within days
Military officials will be prepared within days for the return of civilians to the battle-scarred city of Fallujah, and local companies will soon begin clearing the way for reconstruction, the military official responsible for rebuilding efforts said Tuesday.

| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 7, 2004 | 10:56 pm

Translators' fears disrupt Iraq communications
In recent weeks, insurgents have been waging a terror campaign in Mosul, assassinating police or individuals suspected of working with the U.S.-led coalition.

| USATODAY.com | December 7, 2004 | 10:47 pm

Troops wary of Baghdad airport route
Soldiers call the road between Baghdad and the international airport "RPG Alley," a reference to rocket-propelled grenades and the frequency of attacks.

| Steven Komarow | USA TODAY | December 2, 2004 | 10:59 pm

Insurgency leaves Mosul ill-prepared for elections
With only two months to go until Iraq's general elections, the local government in Mosul has yet to devise a plan for registering voters in one of the country's largest cities. Insurgents torched most of the city's records during an uprising last month.

| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 1, 2004 | 11:39 pm

U.S. will boost troop levels in Iraq
The Pentagon will increase U.S. forces in Iraq to their highest level yet to provide security for upcoming elections. More than 10,000 soldiers and Marines who expected to head home before the Jan. 30 vote will now stay until March and 1,500 troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division will be soon join them.

| USA TODAY | December 1, 2004 | 11:19 pm

U.S. faces daunting `Sunni problem'
The challenge for U.S. and Iraqi forces now is to get control of the insurgency in time for the elections without killing and alienating so many Sunnis that they feel rebellion is their only option.

| John Yaukey | GNS | November 30, 2004 | 3:28 pm

Mosul's militants fight mostly from shadows
About 40 dead bodies turned up across Mosul last week. The message from insurgents to the public was simple: We're here, and we're watching.

| C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | November 28, 2004 | 10:17 pm

Bittersweet Thanksgiving for troops in Iraq
For U.S. service members, Thursday was a day for remembering family and friends far away.

| Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | November 25, 2004 | 10:46 pm

Police lack training, firepower in fighting insurgency
Iraq's fledgling police force has enough to do battling crime, but it is also on the front lines of an insurgency. When police chase off criminals or insurgents, the suspects reappear before the cops return to their station.

| USA TODAY | November 25, 2004 | 10:35 pm

U.S. sees no pressure to return civilians to Fallujah
Fallujah has been freed from ``a sick, depraved culture of violence,'' but it is unclear when the thousands of residents who fled the city in recent weeks can return to their homes, Marine officials said Sunday.

| Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 21, 2004 | 9:43 pm

Marines find enemy GPS device
After a fierce firefight between the Marines of Alpha Company's 3rd Platoon and more than 30 anti-U.S. insurgents in Fallujah, one Marine discovered a gold mine: a detailed layout of the enemy's defenses. A handheld Global Positioning System receiver apparently left by fleeing rebels.

| Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 18, 2004 | 10:58 pm

Humvees go high-tech for soldier safety
The military has been spending millions to develop better weapons and vehicles, with a focus on the Humvee. Soldiers and Army officials say upgrades have been valuable because they've already helped save lives.

| Frank Oliveri | GNS | November 15, 2004 | 7:50 pm

Marine unit sweeps Fallujah, tries to quell 'reinfestation'
U.S. troops occupying this rebellious city are engaged in a dangerous house-by-house effort to root out insurgents fighting the American-backed Iraqi government.

| Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 14, 2004 | 7:28 pm

Wedding bells ringing for more Iraqis
Iraq is a dangerous place, but not all the shooting is hostile. Much of the noise on weekends comes from wedding celebrations.

| USATODAY.com | November 11, 2004 | 10:45 pm

VA seeks prosthetic support for amputees
Erick Castro of Santa Ana, Calif., who lost his left leg in Iraq to a rocket-propelled grenade, is among the 25,000 amputees who have received artificial limbs. Finding a prosthetic technician near his home to keep it working is a problem but when Castro finds one, the VA will pick up the bill.

| Dennis Camire | GNS | November 10, 2004 | 10:45 pm

Fallujah key to salvaging Iraq
The battle for Fallujah certainly won't end Iraq's Sunni Arab-led insurgency. But the mission the Iraqis are calling the ``new dawn'' is widely viewed as a bellwether for the country's future and a powerful indicator of when U.S. forces might be able to start leaving.

| John Yaukey | GNS | November 9, 2004 | 9:49 pm

Relieved commander did not support troops, state soldiers' kin say
The commander of an Army Reserve unit whose soldiers refused a fuel convoy order in Iraq last week has been relieved of her duties, the military confirmed.

| The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | October 21, 2004 | 11:43 pm

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'Rat hole' fitting for tyrant, Iraqis and Kurds in Tenn. say

The (Nashville) Tennessean | December 15, 2003 | 9:59 am

Tenn. church members rejoice for rebuilding, capture

The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun | December 15, 2003 | 9:43 am

Ft. Campbell, Ky., soldiers return to post, news of capture

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | December 15, 2003 | 9:40 am

Kurdish South Dakotans rejoice at Saddam's arrest

The (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader | December 15, 2003 | 9:37 am

Saddam's capture raises spirits at Ore. Guard gathering

(Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal | December 15, 2003 | 9:36 am

At Ohio Guard base, guarded optimism

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Mansfield, Ohio, residents want troops to come home early

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Ohio soldiers' families relieved

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Cincinnati residents react to Saddam's arrest

The Cincinnati Enquirer | December 15, 2003 | 9:29 am

Capture delivers relief for 1001st, families

Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette | December 15, 2003 | 9:27 am

News of Saddam's arrest brings feeling of relief to N.C. soldier's family

(Asheville, N.C.) Citizen-Times | December 15, 2003 | 9:25 am

Westchester, N.Y., Muslim leaders hail capture

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | December 15, 2003 | 9:22 am

Westchester, N.Y., military, families encouraged by capture

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | December 15, 2003 | 9:21 am

Capture thrills Utica, N.Y., region's Muslim

The (Utica, N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch | December 15, 2003 | 9:19 am

Capture buoys outbound N.Y. Guard troops

(Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle | December 15, 2003 | 9:18 am

Rochester, N.Y., Iraqis celebrate 'big day'

(Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle | December 15, 2003 | 9:17 am

N.Y. activists, academics hail capture

The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal | December 15, 2003 | 9:16 am

N.J. general oversaw capture

(Morristown, N.J.) Daily Record | December 15, 2003 | 9:13 am

'It's a good day for the Iraqi people,' says ex-POW's N.J. family

(Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier Post | December 15, 2003 | 9:12 am

South Jersey residents: Some call for torture, others say trial

(Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier Post | December 15, 2003 | 9:10 am

Central Jersey residents doubtful Iraq violence will slow

The (Bridgewater, N.J.) Courier-News | December 15, 2003 | 9:09 am

N.J. Muslims cautiously hopeful for Iraq's future

Asbury Park (N.J.) Press | December 15, 2003 | 8:35 am

For GIs, families in N.J., 'truly a great day' in America

Asbury Park (N.J.) Press | December 15, 2003 | 8:34 am

Nev. congressman warns of possible increased attacks on U.S. forces

The Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:29 am

Nev. military officials discuss ramifications

The Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:28 am

Montana troops feel morale swell

Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune | December 15, 2003 | 8:27 am

Military families in Ozarks happy, but realistic about dangers ahead

The (Springfield, Mo.) News-Leader | December 15, 2003 | 8:25 am

Miss. churches abuzz with talk about capture

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | December 15, 2003 | 8:23 am

Mid-Mich. residents hit phone lines after news of arrest

Lansing (Mich.) State Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:20 am

Capture boosts Mich. troops' spirits

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