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McCain: Sex assaults so bad I advise women to avoid military

McCain: Sex assaults so bad I advise women to avoid military

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain told the top U.S. military chiefs he could not advise women to join the service with a sexual-assault scourge the military has not contained.

Iraq disengagement on track

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, told President Obama Wednesday there's no reason to stop the troops drawdown, an Obama spokesman said.

Iraqi forces officially take over from U.S.

BAGHDAD, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Iraqi security forces officially took over control of combat operations from U.S. military forces Saturday, with the top U.S. commander promising ongoing help.

Pentagon calls off Iraq troop deployment

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. defense officials say the improving security situation in Iraq has prompted the cancellation of a planned deployment of 3,500 soldiers.
Petraeus: Iraq security changes going well

Petraeus: Iraq security changes going well

BAGHDAD, July 24 (UPI) -- Army Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Friday the security duties changeover in Iraq appears to be progressing in a good manner.

Odierno: U.S. withdrawal on schedule

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- The American military is on track to have its troops withdrawn from Iraq by August 2010, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday.

U.S. military role in Iraq still unsettled

SAMARA, Iraq, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The question of whether U.S. military forces will remain in Iraq next year, and, if so, how they will conduct operations, is still unsettled between Washington and Baghdad as wrangling continues over a proposed Status of Forces Agreement.
RICHARD TOMKINS, UPI Correspondent
Odinero gives odds of troop pact's success

Odinero gives odds of troop pact's success

BAGHDAD, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, says chances are as high as 30 percent a U.S.-Iraqi security deal won't be reached.

Polish military leaving Iraq

BAGHDAD, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Poland officially ended its military mission in Iraq with a farewell ceremony Saturday at the southern base where its troops have been deployed.
Odierno now leads U.S. troops in Iraq

Odierno now leads U.S. troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. Raymond Odierno took over as the top U.S. officer in Iraq Tuesday, taking the reins during a ceremony from Gen. David Petraeus.
Petraeus to hand command to Odierno soon

Petraeus to hand command to Odierno soon

BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus will turn over command in Iraq to Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno before taking over Central Command, the military said.

Analysis: Petraeus upbeat on Iraq

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Gen. David Petraeus told an admiring Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that the improving security situation in Iraq will likely allow him to recommend further U.S. troop reductions this fall, beyond the planned drawdown to about 140,000 in July.
MELISSA SCHMITT

Homeland security: The week ahead

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Foreign policy, and in particular relations with so-called rogue states like Iran and Syria, has taken center stage in the presidential election campaign this week -- with the row over President Bush's comments in Israel about appeasement. What other security-type stories are we going to see on the news agenda over the next seven days?
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Analysis: Petraeus on Iraq vs. Afghanistan

Analysis: Petraeus on Iraq vs. Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- If Gen. David Petraeus is confirmed as commander of U.S. Central Command, his broader responsibilities may force him to reconsider his thinking about U.S. commitments in Iraq in order to properly resource the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, say some analysts and military observers.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Petraeus nominated for Central Command job

Petraeus nominated for Central Command job

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- The White House announced Wednesday that U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, has been nominated to lead U.S. Central Command.

U.S. general points to Iraqi future

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The departing U.S. commander in Iraq said the situation there is coming to the point where the past gains are irreversible.

Bush praises departing general

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush praised Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who served as a commander of U.S. troops in Iraq for 15 months.

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.
Promotion proposed for U.S. Army's Odierno

Promotion proposed for U.S. Army's Odierno

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The Bush administration proposed promoting U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno to a four-star general after his tour in Iraq ends, The Washington Post reported.
Iraqi meeting discusses new offensive

Iraqi meeting discusses new offensive

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi and U.S. leaders held a strategy session Saturday in the northern city of Mosul to prepare for a new offensive.

Iraqis praised in Phantom Phoenix

BAQUBAH, Iraq, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The commander of the Multinational Corps in Iraq highlighted various developments from a recent al-Qaida and reconstruction operation called Phantom Phoenix.

U.S. pushes for Sunni-Shiite coalition

BAGHDAD, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. military embraced a new strategy to bridge the sectarian divide by persuading Iraq's Shiite leaders to embrace Sunni-led grassroots security forces.

Iraq security improving, top official says

BAGHDAD, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A top U.S. commander in Iraq says gradual improvements to the Iraq security forces have resulted in 28 straight weeks of declines in attacks.

U.S. Humvees won't be pulled from Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. commanders in Iraq said improved security in Baghdad lessens the need for expensive, heavily armed vehicles to replace the fleet of Humvees.

Iraq security forces in sectarian disarray

BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Building a self-sustaining security force in Iraq is being hobbled by concerns of creating a sectarian Sunni force, the Washington Post reported Monday.
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