Posts Tagged ‘US’

Still raw wounds greet US medics in Iraq’s Fallujah

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on August 8, 2012. It can be found in full here. FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) – In an Iraqi city where US military offensives levelled entire neighbourhoods in 2004, a hospital has turned to American doctors to treat children with heart problems that residents blame on [...]


A Katie Couric sighting in Baghdad

A Katie Couric sighting in Baghdad

Among the many bizarre sights you see while driving around Baghdad — remember ‘Pizza Hat’ and ‘Facebook Coffee’? — one of the stranger ones is this banner from the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity that strangely features, of all people, Katie Couric, the well-known US television journalist. The banners are distributed throughout the city and advertise [...]


Iraq violence to rise if leaders row: experts

by Prashant Rao Prashant’s note: This article was published by AFP on January 17, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – While the chances of all-out sectarian war in Iraq appear slim, violence will remain high and at risk of worsening if the country’s leaders do not end their political standoff, experts [...]


AFP’s coverage of the US withdrawal from Iraq

Agence France-Presse has put out several stories in recent days about the US withdrawal from Iraq, and now that it is complete, I wanted to put together a one-stop-shop of all the articles AFP has published. Without further ado, a summary of AFP‘s coverage of the US withdrawal from Iraq: December 18, 2011 US forces [...]


Baghdad Diary: Basketball at the Border

Prashant’s Note: This blog post was published by AFP on December 17, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao One of my favourite books is ‘Big Game, Small World’. In it, the author, a columnist for Sports Illustrated, travelled the world just playing basketball, meeting people and interacting with them by [...]


The US withdrawal from Iraq by the Numbers

The US Pullout from Iraq by the Numbers – RTE World Report Based on the terms of a 2008 security agreement signed by the United States and Iraq, all American forces must withdraw from the country by the end of this year. Though Iraqi politicians have said they will open negotiations with Washington on keeping [...]


Where Iraq stood in August 2010

Where Iraq Stood in August 2010 – RTE World Report August 2010 was a busy month in Iraq. Along with US forces gearing up to declare an official end to combat operations, and get troop numbers below 50,000 (from a peak of around 170,000 during “the surge”), a suicide bomber blew himself up amid a [...]


US takes on Iraq pullout ‘one bite at a time’

US takes on Iraq pullout 'one bite at a time'

Prashant’s Note: This article was originally published by AFP on July 25, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (AFP) — From flyers warning troops the post office will shut soon to disused housing units waiting to be dispatched to their new destination, the signs are [...]


US deaths in Iraq a bid to torpedo troop stay: experts

Prashant’s note: This article was originally published by AFP on June 7, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao BAGHDAD (AFP) – An attack that killed five American soldiers Monday was the deadliest in an increasing spate of bids by insurgent groups to ensure Iraq and the US do not agree [...]


Iraq military lacks resources for Iran frontier

Iraq military lacks resources for Iran frontier

by Prashant Rao This article was originally published by AFP on December 23, 2009. It can be found here. AL SHIB PORT, Iraq (AFP) — Iraq’s border forces lack the resources to properly police the country’s long frontier with Iran and keep out insurgents and smugglers, US soldiers engaged in training them say. The soldiers [...]


Baghdad Diary: Dealing with the damage of Abu Ghraib

by Prashant Rao Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on June 27, 2009. It can be found here. Perhaps no single revelation in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq was more notorious than that of prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad. It led to courts martial for [...]