US military death toll tops 3.300 in Iraq


As of Monday, April 16, 2007, at least 3,308 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians.

Baghdad car bombs spread death in market


Two car bombs exploded minutes apart in a busy Baghdad market in a mainly Shiite district Sunday, killing at least 18 people. North of the capital, two British helicopters crashed after an apparent collision in air, killing two soldiers.

Violence rocks Iraq; at least 56 dead


A car bomb blasted through a busy bus station near one of Iraq’s holiest shrines on Saturday, killing at least 56 people, police and hospital officials said. Separately, a suicide car bomb killed 10 people on a major bridge in downtown Baghdad — the second attack on a span over the Tigris river this week, police said. The Jadriyah bridge suffered little damage.

Insurgents strike Green Zone as surge falters

At least 10 died in bridge bombing (AP)

A bomb exploded in the Iraqi parliament’s cafeteria in a stunning assault in the heart of the heavily fortified, U.S.-protected Green Zone Thursday, killing at least two lawmakers and wounding 10 other people.

Pentagon extends Iraq deployments to 15 months

041107iraq.jpgU.S. soldiers will serve up to 15 months in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of one year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday, the latest sign of the strain the wars have placed on the U.S. military.

Gates said the move would allow the military to sustain the boost in U.S. forces in Iraq, ordered by President George W. Bush in January, for about a year if desired but it was too early to say how long the increased troop levels actually would be needed.

Pentagon set to extend combat tours

040907soldiers.jpgWith military resources running dangerously thin, the Bush administration and the Pentagon may extend the combat tours of some 15,000 troops currently in Iraq.

The news comes as notices go out to National Guard units ordering them for new deployments to Iraq. The orders increase the public’s anger over an Iraq war that most military experts say cannot be won.

More Guard troops headed for Iraq


Several National Guard brigades are expected to be notified soon that they could be sent to Iraq around the first of next year, according to a senior Defense Department official.

If their assignment to Iraq is ultimately approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, it would be the first time full Guard combat brigades were sent back to Iraq for a second tour.

Helping military families cope


Joanna Lopez, 29, says it’s never easy when her husband, Ernesto, is deployed overseas for Army service.

The first time he was deployed, Lopez’s three children, now ages 10 years, 6 years and 4 months, who live at Fort Bragg, N.C., didn’t understand how long their father was going to be away. They expected him to be home after a few days or weeks, she said.

"It was hard," she said. "I didn’t know what to expect, or what the kids were going to ask me."

U.S. under fire for mistreatment of detainees


The U.N. human rights chief expressed concern Wednesday at recent U.S. legislative and judicial actions that she said leave hundreds of detainees without any way to challenge their indefinite imprisonment.

Louise Arbour referred to the Military Commissions Act approved by Congress last year and last month’s federal appeals court ruling that Guantanamo Bay detainees cannot use the U.S. court system to challenge their detention. The case is likely to go to the Supreme Court.

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