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Ten years after Iraq war began, Iran reaps the gains

Iraq - LA Times

The influence of Tehran on its neighbor is growing, while the U.S., Iraqi officials and analysts say, pursues a policy of near-total disengagement... Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the geopolitical winner of the war appears to be their common enemy: Iran.


Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study

Iraq War - Reuters

The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.


GOP rep suggests Cheney will go to hell for Iraq war

Walter Jones

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., suggested to a libertarian group that former Vice President Dick Cheney will likely end up in a fiery place for his role in the Iraq War.


Cheney: Obama 'one of our weakest presidents'

Dick Cheney's new heart has not softened his attitude toward President Obama... Of course, the feeling is no doubt mutual; Obama and his backer say the policies of Cheney and President George W. Bush in Iraq and elsewhere lowered U.S. standing in the world.


US auditors: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training

U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted. The Police Development Program -- which was drawn up to be the single largest State Department program in the world -- was envisioned as a five-year, multibillion-dollar push to train security forces after the U.S. military left last December. But Iraqi political leaders, anxious to keep their distance from the Americans, were unenthusiastic.


Afghan exit will cost U.S. billions, Pentagon's No. 2 says

Moving the mountain of U.S. military gear out of Afghanistan after more than a decade of war will cost billions of dollars and prove far more difficult than last year's withdrawal from Iraq, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Tuesday.


Obama highlights end of Iraq war during Memorial Day commemoration

Paying tribute to dead soldiers and their families, President Obama said Monday that the nation had reached a "milestone” of relative peace, noting the end of the Iraq war and plans to end America’s role in the Afghan war.


More Americans died at work in '09 than in Iraq war

Steel Plant

A Center for Public Integrity examination of a steel plant worker's death illustrates how even fatal accidents can have few consequences for employers, and how federal investigations can be cut short by what some call a de facto quota system.


In military-rich battlegrounds, Obama targets new group: veterans

President Obama has wound down America’s war in Iraq, ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and set in motion the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. He also has focused particular attention on veterans and military families, increasing funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs, implementing the post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill and launching job programs for returning troops.


Times correspondent Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose dispatches captured untold stories from Baghdad under "shock and awe" bombing to Libya wracked by civil war, died Thursday of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president....


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