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Iraq, Afghan Refugees Start Over in US (01 October 2009)
Farhad Kareem Faraj and his wife eat mahshi, stuffed vegetables Iraqi-style, in their sparse one-bedroom apartment on Watt Avenue, and try to map a future in the country of their dreams.

Pentagon Plays Down Iraq War-planning (01 April 2008)

55 Dead in Basra, Baghdad Fighting (26 March 2008)
At least 55 people have died in two days of fighting between Shiite militias and U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad and the southern city of Basra, officials say. Some 300 people were reported wounded in the clashes, which present the gravest challenge to the Iraqi government in months.

Haditha Killings Trial Set to Start (26 March 2008)
A U.S. Marine faces a court martial March 27 in the long-awaited first trial of Marines involved in the killing of 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha three years ago.

Two Kidnapped Contractors Found Dead (25 March 2008)
The remains of two U.S. contractors kidnapped in Iraq more than a year ago have been recovered, the FBI said Monday, weeks after families of several long-missing men gained hope that they might be found alive.

Iraqi Forces, Militias Clash in Basra (25 March 2008)
Iraqi forces clashed with Shiite militias in the southern oil port of Basra on March 25 as a security plan to clamp down on violence between rival militia factions in the region began.

Marine Reunited with Stray Iraqi Dog (25 March 2008)
A San Diego-based Marine major was reunited on Saturday with one of his closest war buddies -- a 2-year-old dog named Nubs.

Iraq War May Thin Captain Ranks (24 March 2008)
As the war in Iraq continues into its sixth year, the Army has been seeing captains leaving the service in large numbers -- at a time when it says it needs thousands more.

Kin Torn by Citizenship for Fallen (24 March 2008)
A young, ambitious immigrant from Guatemala. A Nigerian medic. A Soldier from China who boasted he would one day become an American general. An Indian native whose headstone displays the first emblem of the Sikh faith to appear in Arlington National Cemetery. These were among more than 100 foreign-born members of the U.S. military who earned American citizenship by dying in Iraq.

US Death Toll in Iraq Hits 4,000 (24 March 2008)
U.S. officials said they will press forward in the fight against extremists in Iraq a day after the U.S. death toll in the five-year conflict rose to 4,000. The White House called the grim milestone "a sober moment" and said President Bush spends time every day thinking about those who lost their lives.

Marines Say They See a Safer Iraq (24 March 2008)
Convoy supply routes vary, but this one will be primarily along Bronze, which is a relief to everyone. Bronze is smoother, and in the back of the Marines' new armored vehicle, the much-delayed MRAP, that means a lot less bouncing around. More important, Bronze is calm.

Pentagon Rules Out Fallon Testimony (22 March 2008)
Fallon's abrupt announcement that he was resigning, effective March 31, as chief of U.S. Central Command overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan triggered accusations by Democrats in Congress that he was being forced out for publicly opposing launching a war against Iran.

Corps Plans Humanitarian Task Forces (21 March 2008)
Marines and sailors are not diplomats and they can't make foreign policy, but at sea and in foreign ports they have practiced a kind of diplomacy through emergency and non-emergency visits. So the Corps is looking to form new task forces designed specifically for humanitarian duty.

DoD Talks U.S. Force Levels for Iraq (21 March 2008)
Top U.S. military leaders on March 20 presented Defense Secretary Robert Gates with their strategy for future force levels in Iraq, including expected recommendations for a pause in troop cuts for as much as six weeks later this summer.

Case Dismissed: Judge Leaves for Iraq (21 March 2008)
Charges that a New Hampshire man assaulted a teenager by whipping him with a belt have been thrown out because the judge had to leave the trial to serve in Iraq.

Navy Specialists Lead IED Fight (21 March 2008)
Navy Lt. Mark Dye hadn't seen combat before a helicopter dropped him at the deadliest forward operating base for roadside bomb attacks in northern Iraq with an urgent task.

Iraqi Says Final Battle For Basra Near (21 March 2008)
Gen. Mohan al-Furayji, the Iraqi commander in charge of security in the south of Iraq, has warned his troops they must prepare for the final battle to defeat the Shia militias terrorising Basra.

Iraqi Aides Hope for New Life in U.S. (20 March 2008)
Ali Qassim has three pieces of shrapnel lodged in his left eye and metal shards scattered elsewhere in his body. He believes the wounds from his service with the U.S. military in Iraq entitle him to a fresh start in America, where he hopes medical care may help him regain his eyesight.

Panel Probes Electrocutions of GIs in Iraq (20 March 2008)
Rep. Henry Waxman has begun an investigation into the electrocutions of at least 12 service members in Iraq. Also Wednesday, the parents of one electocuted soldier filed a wrongful death lawsuit against KBR Inc., the contractor responsible for maintaining barracks at the camp.

China Pours Troops into Tibet (20 March 2008)
China ramped up security on March 20 to quell a Tibetan uprising, with hundreds of military trucks and thousands of heavily armed soldiers seen pouring into the remote Himalayan region.

Hagel: Iraq War a Top Historic Blunder (20 March 2008)
U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel writes in a new book that the United States needs independent leadership and possibly another political party, while suggesting the Iraq war might be remembered as one of the five biggest blunders in history.

Obama Lays Out Plan to End War (20 March 2008)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said March 19 that the Iraq war must end to free up the U.S. military's resources to fight al-Qaida.

Marine Charged in Detainee's Death (19 March 2008)
A Marine was charged March 18 with murder and dereliction of duty in the death of a detainee in Fallujah, Iraq, after authorities say his involvement came to light during a lie-detector test for a job with the Secret Service.

Gene May Help Explain Stress Disorder (19 March 2008)
Groundbreaking research suggests genes help explain why some people can recover from a traumatic event while others suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study found that specific variations in a stress-related gene appeared to be influenced by trauma at a young age.

Lynndie England: 'Blame the Media' (19 March 2008)
Lynndie England, the public face of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, told a German news magazine that she was sorry for appearing in photographs of detainees in the notorious Iraqi prison, and believes the scenes of torture and humiliation served as a powerful rallying point for anti-American insurgents.

Protesters Target Iraq 'War-Profiteers' (19 March 2008)
On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, protestors took to the streets of San Francisco to show their objection to the war and corporations that financially support the conflict. The anti-war demonstration in San Francisco is one of dozens conducted around the country.

Britain May Delay Iraq Withdrawal (19 March 2008)
Britain will delay its planned withdrawal of around 1,500 soldiers from Iraq until the end of this year, The Daily Telegraph reported on March 19

Study Calls for 'Soft Power' Tactics (19 March 2008)
Conflicts like that in Iraq, against small groups of radical Muslim jihadists, are likely to be the principal threat to U.S. safety for the foreseeable future, according to a new study by The Rand Corp., commissioned by the Pentagon. But America should not fight those wars as it has fought in Iraq, a growing chorus of uniformed and civilian military analysts contends.

Obama Tells Vets No Lower Drinking Age (18 March 2008)
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) promised Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans help with their grievances -- save one. "I know it drives you nuts. But I'm not going to lower the drinking age," the presidential candidate told veterans during a round-table discussion in Pennsylvania.

Five Years and Counting in Iraq (18 March 2008)
The U.S. combat role in Iraq could have another half decade ahead, depending on the resilience of the insurgency and U.S. political will. For the Pentagon, it's about trying to build up a credible Iraqi security force while struggling to support its own troop levels in a military strained by nonstop warfare since 2001.

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