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Maliki blames rise of Iraq violence on Syrian civil war

Maliki blames rise of Iraq violence on Syrian civil war

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking in Washington, blamed his country's surging violence on Syria's civil war and al-Qaida-aligned groups.
Command flag cased, Iraq war formally over

Command flag cased, Iraq war formally over

BAGHDAD, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The United States formally ended its nearly nine-year military mission in Iraq Thursday in a solemn ceremony at Baghdad's international airport.

General: Middle East goes as Iraq goes

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- A stable and self-reliant Iraq is essential to stability in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, a top military commander told U.S. lawmakers.

Iraqi militia leaders expected to return

BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. military leaders in Iraq say they are prepared for the return of militia leaders who fled to Iran for training and equipment.
U.S. troop levels in Iraq may drop

U.S. troop levels in Iraq may drop

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Improved security in Iraq means more U.S. troops will leave in 2009 regardless of which political party occupies the White House, a U.S. military expert says.
Austin: Surge draw down not hurting effort

Austin: Surge draw down not hurting effort

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Withdrawing U.S. troops in Iraq to pre-surge levels hasn't hurt the war effort, the U.S. Army's No. 2 commander in Iraq says.

May shows fewer deaths, injuries in Iraq

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- May could be among the least violent months of the Iraq war, with 18 military personnel killed during the month so far, the U.S. Defense Department said.

Report: Bush apologizes for shot-up Koran

BAGHDAD, May 20 (UPI) -- Iraqi television said President George Bush telephoned Iraq's prime minister to offer a personal apology for the desecration of a Koran by a U.S. soldier.

Odierno leaves Iraq command with praise

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A top commander in Iraq left his post Thursday lauded by top officials for instituting what the U.S. Defense Department hails as the successful troop surge.
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