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Column: A general’s farewell

August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — I’ve observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.
Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.
It was the burial of Harold …continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Confronting ISIS — ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid.
Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last Friday that the U…continue reading on dglobe.com

Oil hits 9-month high at $115 a barrel: Record comes on heels of Iraqi conflict

June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK — Brent crude hit a nine-month high of more than $115 a barrel on Thursday as the United States said it would send military advisers to Iraq, raising concerns about the escalating conflict.
Government forces continued to battle Sunni mili…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

U.S. is reviewing its options to help Iraq fight insurgency

June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States is reviewing other options to help assist Iraq deal with an insurgency but that any U.S. action would need to be accompanied by efforts from Iraqi leaders and other neighboring coun…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

U.S. is reviewing its options to help Iraq fight insurgency

June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States is reviewing other options to help assist Iraq deal with an insurgency but that any U.S. action would need to be accompanied by efforts from Iraqi leaders and other neighboring coun…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

A South Dakotan in Iraq: Erbil residents gain ‘boring’ life others long for

August 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

One month after United States and coalition forces left Iraq, I moved there to be a legal consultant at an airport. Continue Reading

Iraqi refugee wants America to remain welcoming place

June 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Hussam Al-Kayali, who in 2007 became the first Iraqi refugee to settle in Grand Forks, said in a 2010 interview that he still sometimes wanted to cry over all he had lost, including his professional identity, but he also had found much here: work, friends, peace and security. Continue Reading

Al-Qaida in Iraq claims wave of attacks

March 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BAGHDAD An al-Qaida in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bloody attacks that killed 65 people across the country a day earlier, underscoring the terror group’s potency a decade after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. Continue Reading

Wave of Iraq blasts kill 65 decade after invasion

March 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BAGHDAD A wave of bombings tore through Iraq on Tuesday, killing 65 people on eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion and showing how unstable Iraq remains more than a year after the withdrawal of American troops. Continue Reading

FOTB: Kentucky father, son look for fresh start in Oil Patch

April 21, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

WILLISTON David Knuckles is proud of the time he spent training Iraqi police officers and helping that country rebuild, but it meant spending a lot of time away from his son. Continue Reading