So far, the only overt sign of the group's chemical weapons program has been the apparent use of mustard gas against Iraqi
Two groups normally at odds may work together.
About 320 U.S. Marines are training members of the Iraqi 7th Division at the base, which has been struck by mortar fire on
In January of 2004 I visited "Bucca Camp," a U.S.-run POW camp near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq. This was a year before the capture of Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, who, starting in 2005, would spend four years in the camp under the name Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Dominating swathes of territory in an arc from Aleppo in Syria to near the western edge of Baghdad, the caliphate aims to
Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.
A year later, sensing opportunity when the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted, Baghdadi sent an aide