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Iraq's economy hurt by IS war, low oil prices's needs, forcing residents and business to rely on diesel generators.Reeling from the Islamic State advance, Iraq's government now has stopped spending money on construction projects to fund its military."Since the deterioration in security...
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Biden reassures Iraqi PM of support

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks...
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Obama pledges support to Iraqi leader in fight against IS

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama brought Iraq's prime minister to the White House Tuesday to pledge U.S.
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Outside editorial: Good news in Iraq*

...strategy possible. And too, while the military goals of the surge have been met, its political goals haven't. Iraq's government still is badly divided and shot through with corruption, incapable or unwilling to take advantage of the opportunity...
Alaska editorial: Sen. Stevens fails to see beyond military part of Iraq mission

...Cartwright spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee along with Adm. Mullen. Asked how the continuing chaos in Iraq's government and civilian life was affecting troops' morale, Gen. Cartwright said: "They believe in their mission...
Outside editorial: An empty measure

The U.S. House launched a welcome debate this week on the Iraq war. It's too bad three days of points and counterpoints will end in a vote on a pointless resolution.
Congressional delegation's reaction to Iraq plan mixed

...that can be run by and secured by the Iraqi people," Young said. Any troop increase should be aimed at making Iraq's government responsible for security, Murkowski said. "Any increase to our troop levels must contain a clearly defined mission...
Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

...more than two decades of war, sanctions and dictatorship. That works out to about $15 million a day.And yet Iraq's government is rife with corruption and infighting. Baghdad's streets are still cowed by near-daily deadly bombings. A...
Whose democracy is it?

...Mowaffak al-Rubaie wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece, "The removal of foreign troops will legitimize Iraq's government in the eyes of its people." Then a draft of a 28-point reconciliation plan developed by the Iraqi government...
Top general opposes timetable for Iraq exit

...start pulling out. Sound off on the important issues at Gen. John Abizaid instead urged quick action to strengthen Iraq's government, predicting that the vicious sectarian violence in Baghdad would surge out of control within four to six months...


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