An ex-insurgent Iraqi Sunni leader reports 18 al Qaeda fighters killed in clash with his group near Samarra<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2007, 7:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Abu Ibrahim ,head of the Islamic Army which includes former Baathists, said he would not hand over the 16 al Qaeda prisoners captured in the battle, but instead offer them in a prisoner swap for some of its members held by al Qaeda.
US-Iraqi forces launch massive new assault on al Qaeda -"Task Force Iron" - in four northern provinces<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2007, 11:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three US brigade combat teams and three Iraqi army divisions are taking part in the offensive, which was launched Monday, Nov. 5, to trap al Qaeda in new areas after they were driven out of former strongholds in Anbar and Diyala provinces and reduced in Baghdad.
Coalition forces in Iraq deny ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 7, 2007, 7:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
The soldiers died in two separate roadside bomb attacks on their vehicles in Kirkuk and Anbar provinces north and west of Baghdad. The sailor died of injuries from an explosion in the northern Salahuddin province. With two months to go, 2007 US military deaths in Iraq total 853, the highest ...
Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders from Anbar send in a multibillion compensation bill for cooperating with US forces against al Qaeda<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2007, 5:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
Provincial tribal leader Sheikh Ahmed Abureeshah called Friday for $2 billion to rebuild roads, communications networks and other infrastructure destroyed in heavy fighting during the years that the western province was an al Qaeda stronghold.
"The people of Anbar united with the American army to fight al Qaeda together and ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2007, 10:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Dorko was injured by a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad Monday. Commander of the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gen. Dorko, is the highest ranking American soldier to be wounded in the Iraq War. His injuries were not life threatening ...
Iraqi government reports dramatic reduction in violence since June, a 50% drop in civilian deaths across the country from August to September<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2007, 5:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
In Baghdad, car bombs decreased by 67 percent and roadside bombs by 40 percent from June with a 28 percent drop in bodies found dumped in the capital. In former insurgent hotbed of Anbar, where Sunni Arab tribes are fighting al Qaeda alongside US forces, violent deaths have dropped 82 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2007, 9:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
The 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, deployed in Diyala province north of Baghdad, will leave at the end of the year and not be replaced. Instead, the US soldiers serving in neighboring Salahuddin province will expand into Diyala, the scene of hard fighting in recent months. This shift ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2007, 10:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ret. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, labeling US political leaders as "incompetent" and "corrupted," said the best that can be expected from the current strategy is to "stave off defeat." Addressing journalists in Arlington, near Washington, he said "America is living a nightmare with no end in sight."
The White House spokesman commented: ...
At least one child killed, 13 hurt by suicide bomber in playground of northern Iraq town of Tuz Khurmato<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2007, 4:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
The bomber hid the explosive in a cart full of children's toys. One of the fathers of the children tried to stop him. Tuz Khurmato is a predominantly Shiite Turkmen town
At least 22 killed, 30 wounded in two early-Tuesday blasts targeting Baiji police chief and tribal leader
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2007, 12:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
The attacks on the refinery town north of Baghdad came a day after some two dozen Iraqis were killed in a fresh wave of bombing violence. Baiji's police chief Col. Saad Nifous was wounded in his home and four bodyguards killed by the first bomb. The second targeted a tribal ...
Suicide bomber in Basra kills three policemen, wounds 20 Tuesday - second attack on Iraqi police officers in two days <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2007, 9:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
Basra police chief Maj. Gen. Abdu-Jalil Khalaf blamed al Qaeda for the attack. He said the suicide bomber's legs were tied to the steering wheel in an attempt to prevent him running away.
Monday, a suicide bomber burst into a militia reconciliation meeting outside Baquba, killing 24 people including three Iraqi ...
US Army in Iraq reports finding more advanced Iranian weaponry - while in New York its president denies armed conflict with the US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2007, 12:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
In addition to the deadly EFP roadside bombs, US military spokesman Rear Adm. Mark Fox reports the troops were continuing to find Misagh 1, a portable anti-air missile that uses an infrared guidance system and could seriously impair US air operations. Other advanced weapons supplied to Iraqi insurgents and terrorists ...
Iraqi government expands its probe into six other violent Blackwater operations while admitting it cannot enforce ban<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2007, 8:15 AM (GMT+02:00)
Friday, Blackwater-protected US convoys resumed travel from the Green Zone in Baghdad three days after the US issued a ban on American civilian movement outside the fortified government center.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2007, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Lt Gen Ray Odierno, dep. comm. of US troops in Iraq, said civilian casualties had dropped from 32 to 12 a day from the start of the year, but remained too high. The drop in violence is attributed to the surge of extra troops between February and June which raised ...
Three US soldiers killed in a blast near their patrol in Diyala Province Tuesday, after 17 Iraqis die in separate attacks<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2007, 12:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Fourteen were killed by three car bombs in Baghdad, three more in gunfights with insurgents in Tikrit. Further north, near Baiji, huge quantities of oil spilled into the Tigris River after a bomb blew up a pipeline. Al Qaeda was blamed for the sabotage.
US Iraq commander and ambassador face congressional cross-examination Monday and Tuesday on the surge strategy in Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 13, 2007, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
The diagnosis delivered by Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker to the Senate foreign affairs committee and a joint House hearing will form the basis of President George W. Bush's decisions on the next phase of his Iraq strategy.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 316 listed eight security obstacles still to be overcome ...
Top US Iraq commander says "tangible political progress" has not unfolded as hoped during the "surge" and military progress has been "uneven"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2007, 11:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
Gen. David Petraeus therefore urged the need to keep the troops levels up until 2008. He made these comments in a letter Friday to multinational force troops in Iraq, ahead of his report to Congress next week.
On Aug. 31, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 316 listed eight reasons why the "surge" program ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2007, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
No matter how cleverly the US Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker fine-tune their conclusions in their report to Congress in September on their surge strategy in Iraq - conditional success, partial achievements, limited progress - they are all evanescent. Words cannot pin down the harsh, fast-moving ...
Seven US soldiers killed in Iraq Thursday - four in combat in Anbar, three in an explosion in northern Nineveh<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2007, 12:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Also in western Iraq, insurgents blew up two suspension bridges on roads leading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday, six US troops and at least 15 Iraqi civilians died in separate attacks in Baghdad Wednesday. Three of the American deaths and two injuries were caused by an explosively-formed penetrator in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2007, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
The civilian toll reached 1,773, seven percent up from 1,653 killed in July. It is not clear if this figure includes the estimated 500 Yazidis killed in truck bomb attacks in northern Iraq. Seventy are still missing. The number of Iraqi police and army personnel killed in August was 87, ...