Found this one buried in a story about an Iraqi Army general – and friend to our troops – under arrest in Baghdad for alleged corruption. Seems like some US SOF heading home wanted to pay the general a courtesy call on their way out of country:
In April, Iraqi officials say, American troops [...]
The Castle’s BillT has had quite a role mentoring the nascent Iraqi Air Force in fixed-wing trainers and fling-wing aircraft. The time has just about come for things to get serious (WSJ subscription required):
Iraq has quietly started negotiations to buy U.S. fighter jets and air-defense systems worth billions of dollars, a purchase Washington [...]
When he led the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta largely eschewed public pronouncements outside his speeches to Congress. Now that he’s Secretary of Defense, he has a larger platform from which to speak, and a horde of followers in the Pentagon press corps at his heels.
He may have to learn to stick to [...]
DoS reveals its plan to secure their personnel in Iraq after the troops come home:
The State Department is preparing to spend close to $3 billion to hire a security force to protect diplomats in Iraq after the U.S. pulls its last troops out of the country by year’s end.
In testimony Monday before [...]
The Status of Forces agreement George Bush negotiated with the government of Iraq expires in December, in anticipation of a withdrawal of US troops. The USG has dropped heavy hints over the last six months that the Department of Defense was amenable to leaving behind some significant military forces in Iraq to safeguard the [...]
Headlines out of Iraq have been significant only by their absence, in part because of the wars kinetic military actions, revolutions and unrest elsewhere in the region.
But it may at least be partly because the US Special Forces training their Iraqi counterparts in country are satisfied that their work in country is largely [...]
McClatchy reports on a made-for-television exposition by the Iraqi police detailing the round-up of an Islamic State of Iraq cell that was responsible for the October assault on a Syrian Catholic Church in Baghdad that left 58 people dead:
(The) operation was jump-started in mid-November, when police officers at a checkpoint routinely halted a [...]
Increased government regulation and a generally declining job market has had its impact on special operations forces in Iraq, too:
Elite counterterrorism units in Iraq are running half as many operations this year as they have annually since 2008, in part because of a nationwide drop in violence, senior U.S. military officials said Wednesday…
It took eight months from the last Iraqi national election before the Iraqi parliament could form a government. Most of that time, the various parties refused to speak to one another, even as the country backslid into violence. In a culture where the power/challenge dialectic runs from bedroom to boardroom, from playground to parliament, [...]
Not quite ready to play nice in Baghdad:
Iraqi antiterrorist forces stormed a church where gunmen had taken close to 100 hostages on Sunday in an afternoon of chaos that became a bloodbath. At least 30 hostages and 7 security officers were killed, and 41 hostages and 15 security force members were wounded, according [...]