A triple suicide bombing attacked Iraq police and a hospital killing at least 30 and wounding 40, defying heightened security and stoking sectarian fears ahead of the Iraq election scheduled for Sunday.
A Wall Street Journal story on the apparent ability of Iraqi insurgents to intercept video surveillance taken by the US military's $4 million predator drones has attracted intense interest. But the vulnerability of the transmissions has long been understood, and the intercepts weren't really "hacks."
As the US speeds the transfer of detainees in its custody, many appear headed into a notoriously violent system. Inmates at Abu Ghraib rioted Thursday and Friday.
The troops will form 'belts' around volatile cities like Mosul, where some fear gains in stability will be lost when US troops pull out on June 30.
The attack came in Mosul, the most dangerous city in Iraq.
Gen. Raymond Odierno outlines the challenges facing US forces as they continue to tamp down violence while working toward a June deadline to withdraw from Iraqi cities.
Combat outposts – some 75 small bases credited with playing a crucial role in turning the tide of the war – are being shut down.
The top commander of ground forces in Iraq says that US troops may stay longer than the June deadline in Baquba and Mosul.
Most of Iraq's internally displaced people are unable to return to their houses. The lack of basic services and an inability to rebuild their war-damaged homes keeps them away.
The two combat brigades that would have replaced them will go to Afghanistan instead.