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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 | Wednesday, January 26 | 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 | Tuesday, January 25 | 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 | Tuesday, January 25 | 11:17 pm

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

| | Thursday, January 20 | 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?

| | Wednesday, January 19 | 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.

| | Tuesday, January 18 | 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.

| | Wednesday, January 12 | 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.

| | Wednesday, January 12 | 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.

| | Tuesday, January 11 | 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.

| | Monday, January 10 | 11:03 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.

| | Wednesday, January 5 | 11:15 pm

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

| | Wednesday, January 5 | 11:13 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.

| | Monday, January 3 | 11:00 pm

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

| | Sunday, January 2 | 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 | Wednesday, December 29 | 11:47 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.

| | Wednesday, December 22 | 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 | Tuesday, December 21 | 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.

| | Sunday, December 19 | 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 | Sunday, December 19 | 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 | Thursday, December 16 | 11:22 pm

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

| | Tuesday, December 14 | 11:32 pm

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 | Sunday, December 12 | 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 | Friday, December 10 | 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 | Thursday, December 9 | 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 | Thursday, December 9 | 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 | Tuesday, December 7 | 10:56 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 | Thursday, December 2 | 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 | Wednesday, December 1 | 11:39 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 | Sunday, November 28 | 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 | Thursday, November 25 | 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 | Thursday, November 25 | 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 | Sunday, November 21 | 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 | Thursday, November 18 | 10:58 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 | Sunday, November 14 | 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.

| | Thursday, November 11 | 10:45 pm

U.S., Iraqi forces gear up to retake Fallujah
An imminent offensive to break the resistance in Fallujah, a rebel stronghold about 35 miles west of Baghdad, could be one of the most decisive battles since the fall of Baghdad 18 months ago.

| USA TODAY | Wednesday, October 20 | 11:50 am

Put to test, 300 Iraqi troops fled
About 300 Iraqi soldiers abandoned their 750-man unit after being deployed to Samarra last month for a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation to retake the militant-controlled city, according to a British coalition official.

| USA TODAY | Tuesday, October 19 | 11:48 pm

Iraqi TV delivers twists on reality and reality shows
"Caricateera" or Caricatures is Iraq's answer to "Saturday Night Live," a variety show driven by biting political satire. It's must-see TV for millions of Iraqis.

| USA TODAY | Thursday, October 14 | 12:32 am

Iraq water treatment plants to go online
After 12 years without sewage treatment, Baghdad's water treatment plants will be soon be in operation a big step toward addressing health problems caused by contaminated water.

| USA TODAY | Friday, October 1 | 7:07 pm

Security is deteriorating in Baghdad, some say
Some people who live and work in Iraq's capital including U.S. civilian contractors, security firms and charity groups see a deteriorating security situation.

| USA TODAY | Tuesday, September 28 | 11:37 pm

Travel is still far away for many in Iraq
The right to travel was one of the most enticing of the freedoms Iraqis looked forward to after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. It has also been one of the most agonizingly elusive.

| USA TODAY | Thursday, September 16 | 11:20 pm

Dozens dead after synchronized attacks shake Iraq
Insurgents hammered central Baghdad on Sunday with one of their most intense mortar and rocket barrages ever in the heart of the capital, heralding a day of violence that killed nearly 60 people nationwide as security appeared to spiral out of control.

| USA TODAY | Saturday, September 11 | 11:13 pm

U.S., Iraqi forces move to regain control of cities
U.S. and Iraqi government forces launched simultaneous operations Thursday aimed at regaining control of areas that have fallen to insurgents.

| USA TODAY | Thursday, September 9 | 11:15 pm

Iraq hospitals under siege
When Iraqi physician Mahmud Thamer stepped down from the U.S. military helicopter that carried him into Baghdad on June 6, 2003, after 34 years of exile, he found Iraq's health system in shambles wrecked not only by war, but by decades of neglect and corruption.

| | Wednesday, August 18 | 11:35 pm

Chaotic picture of Abu Ghraib emerges
No one disputes that chaotic conditions existed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq before the prisoner-abuse scandal erupted there.

| | Sunday, August 8 | 11:15 pm

Al-Sadr's intentions, ambitions unclear
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his spokesmen have been issuing conciliatory statements about working with the interim Iraqi government which took power two weeks ago. But it is still unclear whether the firebrand cleric is willing to play a constructive role or to disband his Mahdi Army.

| | Thursday, July 15 | 11:02 pm

Iraqi police collar hundreds of criminal suspects
More than 500 criminal suspects were in jail Tuesday after Iraqi police launched the largest anti-crime offensive since the country regained sovereignty two weeks ago.

| | Tuesday, July 13 | 11:28 pm

Fight for Ramadi exacts heavy toll on Marines
In a violent city where more Marines have died than anywhere else in Iraq, one was thought to be blessed with good fortune. Until the day his luck ran out.

| | Tuesday, July 13 | 11:26 pm

U.S. troops face deadly challenges in Iraqi city of Ramadi
Ramadi may be the most dangerous city in Iraq. Though battles in places such as Fallujah and Najaf have gotten more attention, the Marine battalion in this provincial capital has encountered the most deadly combat fighting and logged the highest number of casualties of any U.S. battalion since the war in Iraq began.

| Gregg Zoroya | USA TODAY | Monday, July 12 | 10:40 am

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America has work to do on image

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | May 7, 2004 | 2:49 pm

War images paint landscape of death

The Arizona Republic | April 26, 2004 | 12:38 pm

In Clarksville, Tenn., many say it's about time Saddam nabbed

The (Nashville) Tennessean | December 15, 2003 | 10:04 am

Saddam's capture cheers Army recruiters

The (Nashville) Tennessean | December 15, 2003 | 10:00 am

'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

(Mansfield, Ohio) News Journal | December 15, 2003 | 9:33 am

Mansfield, Ohio, residents want troops to come home early

(Mansfield, Ohio) News Journal | December 15, 2003 | 9:33 am

Ohio soldiers' families relieved

The Cincinnati Enquirer | December 15, 2003 | 9:30 am

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

Lansing (Mich.) State Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:19 am

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