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Army commander speaks in Crookston about cleaning up mess of Abu Ghraib prison

March 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The scandal of abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad nearly a decade ago “was primarily due to failure of leadership,” said an officer who exerted leadership there shortly after the incidents. Retired Col. Martin Breaker spoke to about 40 people Monday night at a Sons of Norway meeting. Continue Reading

Wave of at least 14 Baghdad bombings leaves at least 60 dead

December 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

BAGHDAD A wave of at least 14 bombings ripped across Baghdad this morning, killing at least 60 people in the worst violence in Iraq for months. The apparently coordinated attacks struck days after the last American forces left the country and in the midst of a major government crisis between Shiite and Sunni politicians that has sent sectarian tensions soaring. Continue Reading

US formally ends Iraq War

December 15, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

BAGHDAD There was no “Mission Accomplished” banner. No victory parade down the center of this capital scarred by nearly nine years of war. No crowds of cheering Iraqis grateful for liberation from Saddam Hussein.
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Icon of US military is now in Iraqi hands

December 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Inside palace walls built by Saddam Hussein, U.S. generals plotted the war’s course, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens under gaudy glass chandeliers. Just outside the palace, American troops whacked golf balls into man-made lakes or fished for carp, while others sat down with a cigar and a can of nonalcoholic beer hoping for a respite from incoming rockets or mortar shells. Continue Reading

Former Baghdad airport, icon of U.S. military, now in Iraqi hands

December 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ever since the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division fought their way into the Baghdad airport grounds nearly nine years ago, the sprawling area they renamed Camp Victory has held a special place in the American military experience in Iraq. Today, the base that at its height was home to 46,000 people was handed over to the Iraqi government as part of American efforts to move all U.S. troops out of the country by the end of the year. Continue Reading

French Embassy convoy hit by bomb in Baghdad

June 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A roadside bomb exploded this morning next to a French Embassy convoy traveling through downtown Baghdad, wounding seven Iraqis, officials said. Continue Reading

Baghdad Catholic church siege ends with 52 dead

November 1, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving at least 52 people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said today. Continue Reading

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Baghdad suicide bomb hits army recruits, kills 60

August 17, 2010 in INFORUM

BAGHDAD A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in an attack officials said killed 60 and wounded 125, one of the bloodiest bombings in months in the Iraqi capital. Continue Reading