Bremer defends move to disband Iraq's army

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- The disbanding of the Iraqi military following the U.S.-led invasion was based on "practical" considerations, U.S. official L. Paul Bremer told a war inquiry.

U.S. ignored pleas on Baathists -- inquiry

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. strategists did not consult their British counterparts on disbanding the Iraqi army and removing Baath Party leaders from power, a London inquiry heard.

Iraq Press Roundup

The independent Addustour newspaper said Monday, speaking on the occasion of the June 25 death of three Iraqi civilians at the hands of the security firm Blackwater, that the Iraqi government has been oblivious to the crimes committed by foreign private security companies -- a fact that encourages these firms to be more careless.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Dogs of War: Blackwater, Najaf -- Take Two

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- One aspect of private military and security contractors that is relatively ignored is their relationship with regular military forces. Such discussion, as there is, is generally limited to sound bites about the reported envy that soldiers have for allegedly better paid security contractors.

Garner advocated federalized Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, April 3 (UPI) -- Jay Garner, the first U.S. administrator in Iraq following the ouster of Saddam Hussein, likened the Kurdish region to a potential federalized Iraq.

Commentary: Topic A on the Net

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- About 1,700 German companies are active in Iran ($7 billion in trade), where most companies are equipped with German technology. Under U.S. pressure, Germany’s three main commercial banks have closed their Tehran offices and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from the U.N. rostrum, urged a hard line against Iran’s nuclear program. But this finds little favorable echo in the Bundestag. Thus, EU sanctions would most likely be watered down to where neither Iran nor Germany would feel much pain.

Analysis: Iraq, who is to blame?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- With the situation in Iraq becoming more complicated amid increasing setbacks so too is the political recrimination becoming more apparent. Meanwhile, attributing blame for the failures in Iraq is turning into something of a national pastime.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Report: U.S. policy led to Iraq insurgency

WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. method of pacifying Iraq after Saddam Hussein's fall actually may have spurred an anti-American insurgency, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Tenet, Bremer, Franks given freedom awards

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Three key figures in the War on Terror were praised Tuesday for their service to the nation and were awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Kerry camp says Bush desperate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The campaign of Sen. John Kerry scoffed at a new, more pointed attack Wednesday by President George W. Bush, saying it was a sign of desperation.

U.S.: move to reopen Sadr paper is Iraqi

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Monday the interim Iraqi government had decided to reopen a newspaper operated by radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Iraq investors face danger, opportunity

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Amid continuing violence and an insurgency in Iraq, a Department of Commerce official Thursday touted the potential for increased foreign investment in the coun
DEREK O. SANDS, UPI Correspondent

Bremer imposes U.S. influence on Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 27 (UPI) -- The United States is to hand power to Iraqi officials Wednesday, but legal changes recommended by administrator L. Paul Bremer will retain U.S. influence.

Iraq governing talks deadlock on president

BAGHDAD, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S., Iraqi and United Nations officials deadlocked Saturday on the selection of an Iraqi president, but appeared to strike a deal on cabinet ministers.

Interim Iraqi government may be delayed

BAGHDAD, May 27 (UPI) -- U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is not expected to meet a self-imposed May 31 deadline for naming members of an Iraqi interim government.
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L. Paul Bremer
U.S. President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 14, 2004. Bremer was the chief U.S. person in Iraq until sovereignty was granted in June. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Lewis Paul "Jerry" Bremer III (born September 30, 1941) is an American diplomat. He is most notable for being the U.S. Administrator to Iraq charged with overseeing the country's reconstruction after the 2003 invasion. In his role as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, he reported primarily to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and exercised authority over Iraq's civil administration. He served in this capacity from May 11, 2003, until limited Iraqi sovereignty was restored on June 28, 2004.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Bremer was educated at New Canaan Country School, Kent School and Phillips Academy. Bremer's father was president of the Christian Dior Perfumes Corporation in New York. His mother was a lecturer in art history at the University of Bridgeport. Bremer graduated from Yale University in 1963 and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard University in 1966. He later continued his education at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, where he earned a Certificate of Political Studies (CEP).

That same year he joined the Foreign Service, which sent him first to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a general officer. He was assigned to Blantyre, Malawi, as economic and commercial officer from 1968 to 1971.

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