Archive | August, 2007

Families of Detainees Losing Hope

BAGHDAD — Hopes are fading for early release of the large number of Iraqis detained under the so-called surge.

The ‘surge’ is the new effort by U.S.-led coalition forces to crack down on terror suspects.

The number of detainees held by the U.S. military has increased by more than 50 percent since the U.S. administration announced the surge six months ago, bringing the detainee population to at least 24,500, according to U.S. military officers in Iraq. The officers have said the detainee population was 16,000 in February of this year.

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Another U.S. Military Operation, More Unrest

BAGHDAD — New U.S. military operations across Iraq appear to be worsening the situation.

On Aug. 13 about 16,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops began a massive new military operation north of Baghdad. According to the U.S. military, the goal of the operation, named Lightning Hammer, is to “target insurgents who have fled a crackdown in the restive city of Baquba.”

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Iran Ties Weaken Government Further

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s increasing ties with Iran have triggered a splintering of his government.

Several groups, both Sunni and Shia, have followed the Sunni al-Tawafuq bloc (Iraqi Accord Front) in quitting the U.S.-backed government. But Maliki refuses to make the concessions necessary to bring his “unity” government back together.

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