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Pentagon official sees ‘difficult road’ in Iraq

August 10, 2018
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A top Pentagon official told lawmakers Thursday that the United States’ work in Iraq is not done after Sunday’s elections, while post-election violence there killed more than two dozen people in a two-day period. (CNN — 4 February, 2005)
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An Italian journalist was snatched from her car Friday in Baghdad, police said. (CNN — 5 February, 2005)
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Preliminary results from Iraq’s election released Friday show that the predominantly Shiite Muslim south backed the party of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, over the secular party of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (CNN — 5 February, 2005)
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Resisting calls to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces, the Bush administration yesterday outlined plans to keep at least 135,000 troops in Iraq for the next 12 months. (The Australian — 7 February, 2005)
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Buoyed by a higher turnout and less violence than expected in Sunday’s Iraqi elections, Pentagon authorities have decided to start reducing the level of U.S. forces in Iraq next month by about 15,000 troops, down to about 135,000, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said Thursday. (MSNBC — 6 February, 2005)
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Most of the 136,000 members of Iraqi security forces trained by the United States are not ready for the most challenging missions, two top Pentagon officials said. (New York Times — 4 February, 2005)
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Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says that with the election in Iraq over he believes 15,000 U.S. troops can be withdrawn, reducing the American military force to 135,000. (CNN — 4 February, 2005)
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Iraqi insurgents have staged a major ambush on a road near Baghdad killing two policemen wounding 14 and leaving at least 16 missing on the worst day of violence since last Sundays election (ABC News — 4 February, 2005)
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Iraq’s security forces are losing men because of “severe intimidation” by rebels, a US general says. (BBC News — 6 February, 2005)
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As officials released partial returns on Thursday from Sunday’s elections, insurgents shattered a brief period of calm with attacks across Iraq that killed at least 28 people in a 36-hour period. (Washington Post — 4 February, 2005)
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