McCain says Maliki needs to 'reach out' to Iraq's Sunnis

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain said Sunday Iraq's prime minister would have to reach out to his rivals if he wanted to improve the country's security situation.
Ryan Crocker faces hit-run, DUI charges

Ryan Crocker faces hit-run, DUI charges

SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and other countries, was charged with drunken driving and hit-and-run in Spokane, Wash., police said.

Envoy nominees face confirmation hearings

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Richard Olson, nominated as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, says taking up the issue of the Haqqani network would be his most urgent task in his new job.

New envoys named to Pakistan, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama named two senior diplomats as ambassadors to Pakistan and Afghanistan, both difficult assignments in the current environment.
Obama: Afghan troop reduction 'at a steady pace'

Obama: Afghan troop reduction 'at a steady pace'

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama, speaking Tuesday in Afghanistan in a televised address to Americans, said Afghans will be "fully responsible" for their security by 2014.
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U.S. ambassador blames Haqqani for Kabul attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan blamed the Haqqani Network for this week's attacks in Kabul and said Thursday the group is also a threat to Pakistan.

Taliban boast their attacks show strength

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 18 (UPI) -- A series of attacks in Afghanistan this week was intended to show enemies that they can hit secure locations, a spokesman for Taliban insurgents said.

Attacks on Kabul defeated; meaning unclear

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 15 (UPI) -- The commander of Western forces in Afghanistan said officials were analyzing the significance of Sunday's blunted Taliban raid on Kabul.
Commentary: Afghan war fundamentals

Commentary: Afghan war fundamentals

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A fundamental flaw in geostrategic judgment is the erroneous belief that Taliban and al-Qaida are one and the same; they aren’t.
Karzai: All in Afghanistan want peace

Karzai: All in Afghanistan want peace

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday officials were deceived by "good messages" from the extremists who killed Burhanuddin Rabbani in a suicide attack.

Crocker meets with Kurdish leaders

ERBIL, Iraq, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The people of Iraqi Kurdistan are pleased with emerging developments in the new Iraq, Kurdish leaders told departing American envoy Ryan Crocker.

Bush awards Medal of Freedom; lauds State

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker received the Medal of Freedom Thursday for helping build "a more peaceful world," President George W. Bush said.

Man throws shoes at Bush in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- An Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush Sunday during a news conference in the Iraqi prime minister's office in Baghdad.

U.S.-Iraqi pact needs changes, Sunni says

BAGHDAD, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Reaching an agreement on the legal framework for a U.S. troop withdrawal may not be possible without some amendments, a Sunni lawmaker said.

Bush praises Iraqi reconstruction teams

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush spoke with top military leaders and state reconstruction teams in Iraq via teleconference before departing for Michigan Wednesday.
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Ryan Crocker
Ambassador elect to Iraq Ryan Crocker testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination, in Washington on February 15, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

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 currently is the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan. 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. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011 and was confirmed to the post by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on June 30, 2011.

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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