Iraq–United States relations http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29295/all en COLUMN - Make allies, not kill lists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/column-make-allies-not-kill-lists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(David Rohde is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own)</p> <p>By David Rohde</p> <p>Feb 1 (Reuters) - Viewers of Thursday's confirmation hearing of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel can be forgiven for thinking they were watching a years-old C-SPAN rerun. The importance of America's intercontinental ballistic missiles dominated initial questioning. Then the war in Iraq was debated. In the end, the issue that most concerned senators from both parties was Hagel's loyalty to Israel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/column-make-allies-not-kill-lists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beret Contemporary history Disaster Iraq–United States relations Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:46:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743255 at http://www.globalpost.com Attack on north Iraq police HQ kills 30 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/attack-north-iraq-police-hq-kills-30 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An assault on a police headquarters in a disputed city in north Iraq involving a car bomb set off by a suicide attacker followed by gunmen trying to storm the compound killed 30 people on Sunday.</p> <p>The vehicle that was detonated in central Kirkuk was painted to appear as though it was a police car, and the militants who sought to seize the compound were dressed as policemen, witnesses said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/attack-north-iraq-police-hq-kills-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda Disaster Iraq Iraqi insurgency Iraq–United States relations Politics War AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:15:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744377 at http://www.globalpost.com French journalist held in Iraq to appear in court http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/french-journalist-held-iraq-appear-court <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A French journalist arrested for taking photos without permission in Baghdad is to be brought before a judge Monday but will "hopefully" be freed this week, the head of the Iraqi journalists' union said.</p> <p>Nadir Dendoune, 40, was arrested late January while visiting Iraq to compile a series of stories on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country for French monthly magazine Le Monde Diplomatique.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/french-journalist-held-iraq-appear-court" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Invasion of Iraq Iraq–United States relations Lami AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:30:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745084 at http://www.globalpost.com Mortar attacks 'kill several' at Iran exile camp in Iraq http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/mortar-attacks-kill-several-at-iran-exile-camp-iraq-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mortar attacks on a camp housing Iranian dissidents near Baghdad killed a number of people early on Saturday, an Iraqi security official and a United Nations spokeswoman said.</p> <p>The mortars "led to a number of deaths and injuries among the residents," said Eliana Nabaa, spokeswoman for the UN mission in Iraq. "Also a number of Iraqi policemen were injured... We cannot confirm exactly how many."</p> <p>An interior ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the toll at five dead and 40 wounded from around 40 rocket and mortar attacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/mortar-attacks-kill-several-at-iran-exile-camp-iraq-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Camp Ashraf Iraq–United States relations Occupation of Iraq War AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 07:00:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750814 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraq to sign prisoner swap deal with Britain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/iraq-sign-prisoner-swap-deal-britain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Baghdad said Tuesday it has authorised the justice minister to sign a prisoner swap deal with Britain that could see a British security guard convicted of murder in Iraq head home to serve the rest of his life sentence.</p> <p>Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari and British officials have been discussing the deal, which would allow the transfer of convicts between the two countries, since at least January.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/iraq-sign-prisoner-swap-deal-britain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq–United States relations AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:00:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753637 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi beauticians conquer fear at Baghdad festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/iraqi-beauticians-conquer-fear-at-baghdad-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Long targeted during the country's sectarian war, Iraq's best hairdressers and beauticians have held a festival in central Baghdad to show their talents, a symbolic move to break with years of fear.</p> <p>The event, officially called the Make-up, Hairdressing and Fashion Show, was organised over the weekend in the small Sadeer Hotel in Andalus Square, the first of its kind since the 2003 US-led invasion and its violent aftermath.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/iraqi-beauticians-conquer-fear-at-baghdad-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq–United States relations Politics War AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:47:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754130 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Iraq frees French reporter held for taking photos: watchdog http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/urgent-iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos-watchdog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraqi authorities have freed on bail a French reporter held for three weeks after taking unauthorised photos in Baghdad, Press rights group Reporters without Borders (RSF) said Thursday.</p> <p>RSF said a French embassy source in Baghdad said Nadir Dendoune was met by the ambassador on his release. He was in Iraq to write a series of stories on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country.</p> <p>tup/rm/txw</p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq–United States relations AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:03:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755535 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraq frees French reporter held for taking photos http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraq has freed on bail a French reporter held for three weeks after taking unauthorised photos in Baghdad, an Iraqi security official and the head of the Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate said on Thursday.</p> <p>"We released him, but still have many doubts about him," the senior Iraqi security official said on condition of anonymity.</p> <p>A translator and a man who allowed Nadir Dendoune to stay at his home were also freed, with each paying bail of 10 million Iraqi dinars (about $8,330), the security official added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iraq–United States relations Occupation of Iraq Politics of Iraq AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:38:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755570 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraq frees French reporter held for taking photos http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraq on Thursday freed on bail a French reporter held for three weeks for allegedly taking unauthorised photographs of security installations in Baghdad.</p> <p>Nadir Dendoune was in good health and is set to leave for Paris on Friday, a diplomat said, in a case that sparked uproar in France with press freedoms groups and the French government calling for the journalist's release.</p> <p>But although Dendoune, who also holds Australian and Algerian passports, is likely to depart for France, the fate of two Iraqi associates who were released on bail with him is unclear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq–United States relations Politics AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:23:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755924 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraq frees French reporter held for taking photos http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraq on Thursday freed on bail a French reporter held for three weeks for allegedly taking unauthorised photographs of security installations in Baghdad.</p> <p>Nadir Dendoune was in good health and is set to leave for Paris on Friday, a diplomat said, in a case that sparked uproar in France with press freedoms groups and the French government calling for the journalist's release.</p> <p>But although Dendoune, who also holds Australian and Algerian passports, is likely to depart for France, the fate of two Iraqi associates who were released on bail with him is unclear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/iraq-frees-french-reporter-held-taking-photos-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hoshyar Zebari Iraq–United States relations Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards Politics AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:04:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756046 at http://www.globalpost.com Families of dead British soldiers begin legal challenge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/families-dead-british-soldiers-begin-legal-challenge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Costas Pitas</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Relatives of British soldiers killed in Iraq began a legal challenge against their government on Monday, saying they could have survived had the army provided them with better equipment to protect themselves.</p> <p>The families of three soldiers killed by road-side bombs while patrolling in armoured vehicles between 2005 and 2007 believe their deaths represented a breach of their right to life under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/families-dead-british-soldiers-begin-legal-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Invasion of Iraq Iraq–United States relations Law Politics War Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5759230 at http://www.globalpost.com French reporter free to leave Iraq soon: security official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/french-reporter-free-leave-iraq-soon-security-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A French reporter released after being held for three weeks in Iraq will be free to leave in two days, when his case is closed after bail proceedings are finalised, a security official said Tuesday.</p> <p>Nadir Dendoune, who was detained in January for allegedly taking unauthorised photographs of security installations but freed earlier this month, is currently at the French embassy in Baghdad, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/french-reporter-free-leave-iraq-soon-security-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Iraq–United States relations AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:16:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766771 at http://www.globalpost.com Ten years on, Blair admits Iraq is not as he'd hoped http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/ten-years-blair-admits-iraq-not-hed-hoped <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former British prime minister Tony Blair admitted on Tuesday that the situation in Iraq is "not nearly" what he hoped it would be when Britain joined the US-led invasion to depose Saddam Hussein ten years ago.</p> <p>He said he had made the best of an "ugly" choice between taking action against the Iraqi dictator in 2003 or running the risk that Hussein would launch chemical and biological attacks against his own people or the outside world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/ten-years-blair-admits-iraq-not-hed-hoped" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Iraq War Iraq–United States relations Politics War AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:01:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767461 at http://www.globalpost.com Baghdad beats: Iraqis look to revive traditional music http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/baghdad-beats-iraqis-look-revive-traditional-music <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hussein Abdullah clutches his oud, long the symbol of Iraqi music, and sighs. "Iraqis do not care for their musical heritage," he laments. "On TV, all you see are singers who have no voice."</p> <p>While his contemporaries may have chosen to play the drums or guitar, or belt out modern lyrics, the 25-year-old has instead opted for the oud, part of an attempted revival of Iraqi traditional music, long in decline.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/baghdad-beats-iraqis-look-revive-traditional-music" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq–United States relations AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 04:45:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770484 at http://www.globalpost.com Car bombs in Iraq kill five http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/car-bombs-iraq-kill-five <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two car bombs exploded in a sheep market south of Baghdad on Friday, killing five people and wounding dozens of others, officials said.</p> <p>Brigadier General Abdul Jalil al-Assadi, the police chief of Diwaniyah province, said the bombs went off about 7:30 am (0430 GMT) in the market, south of the province's eponymous capital.</p> <p>Dr Adnan Turki, the director of the Diwaniyah health department, put the toll from the blasts at five dead and 45 wounded.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/car-bombs-iraq-kill-five" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Invasion of Iraq Iraq–United States relations Islamic terrorism Politics AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:33:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770568 at http://www.globalpost.com