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Iraq: $60 billion and nothing to show

Iraq: $60 billion and nothing to show

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A top Iraqi minister said you can't find a single project in Iraq today that was built and completed by the United States during the past decade.
U.S.-Iraq announce security transfer

U.S.-Iraq announce security transfer

BAGHDAD, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. officials announced Wednesday that security for the Qadisiyah Province has been handed over to Iraqi responsibility.
Senators skeptical of Iraq progress

Senators skeptical of Iraq progress

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Senators pressed hard when Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

Petraeus: Iraq progress 'reversible'

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus called progress in Iraq "fragile and reversible" during an appearance Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

U.S. Iraq ambassador plans to retire

BAGHDAD, March 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker is expected to depart from Baghdad in January 2009, soon after the head U.S. military commander plans to leave Iraq.

Foreign ministers meet to stabilize Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers meeting in Turkey say an Iranian proposal to replace U.S. troops in Iraq would do nothing to stabilize the region.

Gates, Rice discuss contractors

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- In a meeting at the Pentagon Tuesday Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed private contractors in Iraq.

U.S. Iraq embassy costs rise again

BAGHDAD, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Shabby workmanship, poor planning and bureaucratic infighting has pushed the cost of the U.S. embassy in Iraq to an estimated $736 million.

White House: Hands off Iraq testimony

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Some Republican aides are upset the White House has declined to brief them on this week's congressional testimony on Iraq, it was reported.

U.S. soldiers seen in Iraq until '09

BAGHDAD, July 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. top command in Baghdad foresees a significant American military role in Iraq for at least the next two years, it was reported Tuesday.

U.S. visas urged for Iraqi staff

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- There is growing concern Iraqis employed by the U.S. government will flee Iraq if they are not guaranteed eventual safe passage to the United States. 

Bush announces new ambassador nominees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Monday said he wants to move the U.S. ambassador to Iraq to the United Nations and put the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan in his place.

Rumsfeld: Bin Laden no longer in charge

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday he doubts Osama bin Laden is in a position to lead al-Qaida's world operations. Rumsfeld, en route to Pakistan, told journalists that bin Laden could be hiding somewhere on the Afghan-Pakistan border,

Bush nominates new ambassador to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush announced his intention Friday to nominate Ryan C. Crocker as ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
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U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Ryan C. Crocker (center right), meets with U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael A. Lefever (center left), at the Pakistan Air Force base in Chaklala Pakistan, to discuss the progress of earthquake relief efforts on October 15, 2005. Rear Adm. Lefever, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1, has been designated as coordinator, Disaster Assistance Center, Pakistan. The United States government is participating in a multinational humanitarian assistance and support effort lead by the Pakistani Government to bring aid to victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the region Oct. 8, 2005. (UPI Photo/Timothy Smith/Navy)
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Ryan Clark Crocker (born June 19, 1949) is a Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was the United States Ambassador to Iraq until 2009; he previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007, to Syria from 1998 to 2001, to Kuwait from 1994 to 1997, and to Lebanon from 1990 to 1993. In January 2010 he became Dean of Texas A&M University's George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Crocker "one of our very best foreign service officers"; President George W. Bush called him America's Lawrence of Arabia and noted that General David Petraeus had said that "it was a great honor for me to be his military wingman."

Crocker was born in Spokane, Washington. Growing up, Crocker had family members in the U.S. Air Force and in Turkey. He lived in Morocco, Canada and Turkey. Crocker attended University College Dublin and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he received a B.A. in English literature in 1971 and was initiated into Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

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