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American snipers ‘bait’ Iraqis

Army snipers hunting insurgents in Iraq were under orders to "bait" their targets with suspicious materials, such as detonation cords, and then kill whoever picked up the items, according to…

New focus on cyber-terrorism

A report showed up on a password-protected terrorist Web site in the summer of 2006 detailing the supposed susceptibility of the Army's Stryker vehicles to rocket-propelled grenades. The terrorists found it…

U.S. and Iraq may restrict mercenaries

An Iraqi official conceded Sunday that Blackwater USA's exit would create a "security vacuum" in Baghdad and said U.S. and Iraqi officials were instead working on revamping regulations governing private…

General claims violence down in Iraq

The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday that a seven-month-old security operation has reduced violence by 50 percent in Baghdad but he acknowledged that civilians were still dying…

Petraeus: Limited troop withdrawal

Gen. David Petraeus told Congress on Monday he envisions the withdrawal of roughly 30,000 U.S. troops by next summer, beginning with a Marine contingent later this month. In long-awaited testimony, the…

Report: Troop withdrawal in five years

The United States should halve its military presence in Iraq within three years and completely pull out within five years, the latest US report on the war-scarred country said Sunday. Only…

Seven more Americans die in Iraq

Four U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said Friday. The four Marines assigned to…

Winning hearts and minds in Iraq

As the world awaits Gen. David Petraeus' progress report on President Bush's troop surge, even war critics concede that deploying 30,000 additional GIs has improved Iraq's security. Largely overlooked, however,…

Don’t give in to al Qaeda

As the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, we should be grateful: al Qaeda has not successfully attacked Americans a second time on American soil. We also should be…

Patraeus hints at troop cuts

Iraq war commander General David Petraeus hinted at US troop cuts there by March, setting the stage for his pivotal testimony next week before Congress on President George W. Bush's…