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Bid to shut Guantanamo roils Pentagon, White House, Congress Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey, who spent more than three years as a commander in Iraq, continues to be very cautious in his recommendations for transfers. His opinions carry a lot of weight.According...
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Major piece of anti-IS strategy is stalled by Iraq's Shiite-dominated, Iranian-influenced political system.Emma Sky, who advised senior U.S. commanders in Iraq through much of the eight-year war, says she sees Washington repeating its mistakes of the past by using military...
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My Turn: The mirage of WMDs

...weapons production but which lack any trace of the weapons materials themselves. Some British and U.S. military commanders in Iraq have indicated they are clueless about where these weapons might be or else don't think there are any weapons to...
Fort Wainwright Stryker Brigade to remain in Iraq

...question our resolve. We will complete the mission and do it well." According to defense officials, military commanders in Iraq are developing a plan to move as many as 5,000 U.S. troops with armored vehicles and tanks into Baghdad to try...
Alaska editorial: Sen. Stevens fails to see beyond military part of Iraq mission amount of troops in no amount of time will make much of a difference." Sen. Stevens has hailed the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, as a potential Eisenhower. Here's what Gen. Petraeus said in June, speaking to the...
My turn: Surge or denial: Contradictions between president's war strategy and follow-through

...facts on the ground that we need to fully understand. Yet it appears the reality there has either been repressed by commanders in Iraq or manipulated at higher levels. The Iraq Study Group claims that "there is significant underreporting of the violence...
Outside editorial: Iraqi voters go to the polls as US crosses its fingers

...the darling of the U.S. neo-conservative movement, he recently was accused by Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. commander in Iraq, of campaigning to increase Iran's influence in Iraq. Chalabi may turn out to have outsized influence in the...
Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results constantly on what is truly needed."Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, who was the top U.S. military commander in Iraq from 2008 to 2010, said "it would have been better to hold off spending large sums of money" until the country...
Defense secretary praises soldier on extra duty in Iraq

...he said in an interview with reporters during a flight to Fairbanks. If it turned out that by December, U.S. commanders in Iraq felt they needed an unscheduled infusion of troops, "our first choice obviously would be to have them be someone...
This Day in History

...eastern Afghanistan, mistakenly killing nine children. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with senior American commanders in Iraq, and was assured that a recent switch to more aggressive anti-insurgency tactics had begun to pay off. Ireland's...


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