BLITZER'S BLOG: Civil war dangers in Iraq
President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington, DC, December 12, 2011.
December 22nd, 2011
04:41 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Civil war dangers in Iraq

(CNN) – It's not even a week since all U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, but the situation there is quickly deteriorating. I don't think it's by any means out of the question that civil war is possible.

The terror attacks in the country today were brutal – scores dead, many more innocents wounded. The pictures are horrendous.

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Filed under: Iraq • TV-The Situation Room
CNN Poll: Americans agree on bringing troops home from Iraq
December 21st, 2011
11:55 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans agree on bringing troops home from Iraq

(CNN) – Most Americans agree with the decision to end the war in Iraq, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday. Almost eight in ten said they support removal of combat troops from that country by the end of this year.

And although 96% are proud of U.S. troops who served in Iraq, just one in three consider the war a victory and more than half call it a stalemate.
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Filed under: CNN poll • Iraq • Polls • President Obama
Obama: End of war reminds us of debt to troops
December 17th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama: End of war reminds us of debt to troops

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Saturday the end of the war in Iraq should serve as a reminder of the common bond that unites all Americans.

"There's a reason our military is the most respected institution in America," Obama said in his weekly address. "They don't see themselves or each other as Democrats first or Republicans first. They see themselves as Americans first. For all our differences and disagreements, they remind us that we are all a part of something bigger; that we are one nation and one people."
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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
Obama welcomes troops home from Iraq
December 14th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama welcomes troops home from Iraq

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed home returning troops from Iraq, hailing their service to help a people they didn't know as an example of what makes America great.

"As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree - welcome home. Welcome home," Obama told cheering troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
BLITZER'S BLOG: Why I’m worried about Iraq
December 12th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Why I’m worried about Iraq

(CNN) - President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were upbeat in discussing the future of Iraq. I hope they are right but like so many U.S. officials and outside experts in both Washington and the region I am deeply worried about the future direction of that embattled country.

Item: The Iraqi government rejected U.S. requests to leave even a modest number of U.S. troops on the ground. That’s because Iran’s allies in the Iraqi government would have none of that.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama • TV-The Situation Room
Obama, Iraqi prime minister meet amid U.S. troop withdrawal
December 12th, 2011
12:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Iraqi prime minister meet amid U.S. troop withdrawal

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki amid the ongoing withdrawal of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq, a process to be completed by the end of this month.

Speaking to reporters after their Oval Office meeting, Obama said Monday that the end of the Iraq war means a new chapter in U.S.-Iraq relations, with a focus now on a "normal relationship between sovereign nations."

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
90,000 new holiday wreaths spark reflection on war
December 10th, 2011
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

90,000 new holiday wreaths spark reflection on war

(CNN) - Joanne Gutcher sits on the cold ground at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday. For the first time, she is seeing her son's headstone.

Around her, family and friends hold each other, touch the headstone. Among the visitors is Gena Hernandez, who served with Gutcher's son in Iraq. Hernandez believes she wouldn't have made it back without him. He was an excellent gunner.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • President Obama • Washington D.C.
Biden honors U.S., Iraqi troops for sacrifices in Iraq
December 1st, 2011
07:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden honors U.S., Iraqi troops for sacrifices in Iraq

Baghdad (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to the sacrifices of U.S. and Iraqi troops Thursday at a ceremony for service members from both nations.

He and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki addressed about 120 U.S. service members and 100 Iraqi troops gathered at al-Faw Palace, the Baghdad palace which once belonged to toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

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Filed under: Iraq • Joe Biden
Biden says U.S. 'stands ready' to help Iraq
November 30th, 2011
07:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden says U.S. 'stands ready' to help Iraq

Baghdad (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the United States is geared up for a "new and comprehensive civilian relationship" with Iraq after American troops are withdrawn by the end of the year.

"We are absolutely committed to be your partner to the extent you want us to be," Biden told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki. "We stand read to provide assistance.

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Filed under: Iraq • Joe Biden
Biden makes surprise visit to Iraq
November 29th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden makes surprise visit to Iraq

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday on a previously unannounced trip to Iraq, according to reporters traveling with the vice president.

Biden's visit comes in the midst of an increasingly rapid U.S. military withdrawal from the Middle Eastern country. Virtually all American troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of this year, according to the terms of the most recent U.S.-Iraqi security pact.

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Filed under: Iraq • Joe Biden
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