CNN Fact Check: Comparing costs of Iraq, Libya missions
October 23rd, 2012
06:57 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Comparing costs of Iraq, Libya missions

(CNN) - President Barack Obama asserted during Monday's presidential debate that it cost the United States less to help oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi than it did to run two weeks of the 2003-2011 war in Iraq

Obama, debating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, made the comment while touting his decision to involve the United States in a NATO no-fly-zone operation that helped rebels overthrow Gadhafi over seven months in 2011.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fact Check • Iraq • Libya • Presidential Debates
CNN Fact Check: Romney, Obama and Iraq
October 23rd, 2012
06:53 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Romney, Obama and Iraq

(CNN) – Although it has been over for nearly a year now, the war in Iraq continued to be a flash point in Monday night's debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"You say that you're not interested in duplicating what happened in Iraq," said Obama, a Democrat who opposed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. "But just a few weeks ago, you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now. ... You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day."

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At VFW, Obama talks about promises kept
July 23rd, 2012
04:35 PM ET
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At VFW, Obama talks about promises kept

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday emphasized the fulfillment of his promise to end the war in Iraq and pointed to his administration's work for veterans over the last three and a half years.

"Four years ago I made you a promise. I pledged to take the fight to our enemies and renew our leadership in the world. As president, that's what I've done," he said while speaking in Reno, Nevada at the 113th convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech
July 23rd, 2012
09:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's presidential campaign touted the candidate's achievement of ending U.S. involvement in Iraq in a web video Monday, hours ahead of Obama's address at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.

The video also came the same day attacks across Iraq killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens more. While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the United States withdrew its troops in December.
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Nominee for ambassador to Iraq withdraws from consideration
June 18th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
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Nominee for ambassador to Iraq withdraws from consideration

Washington (CNN) - Brett McGurk, President Obama's pick to be ambassador to Iraq, has withdrawn from consideration following revelations about questionable conduct, an administration official said Monday.

"We greatly appreciate Brett's years of service on behalf of the United States, to include tireless and effective leadership in Iraq from the height of the war to the moment our last troops left Iraq in December and through the challenging transition earlier this year," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

READ MCGURK'S LETTER OF WITHDRAWAL HERE.

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McGurk's wife: I've become 'collateral damage'
Brett McGurk testified before the Senate on Thursday.
June 15th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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McGurk's wife: I've become 'collateral damage'

Washington (CNN) – The wife of Brett McGurk, the president's pick to be ambassador to Iraq, whose nomination is in jeopardy following recent revelations of questionable conduct, said Friday she feels "targeted" over recent reports that led to her resignation as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

"I've never felt so vulnerable, so targeted and so exposed as I have in the last two weeks," Gina Chon wrote in an email to friends, obtained by CNN. "I feel like I have become collateral damage in this process."
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Affair, racy emails may jeopardize Obama's Iraq ambassador pick
June 14th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
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Affair, racy emails may jeopardize Obama's Iraq ambassador pick

Washington (CNN) - The nomination of the president's pick to be ambassador to Iraq appeared to be in jeopardy Thursday as Senate Democrats raised concerns about recent revelations of questionable conduct.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he is "evaluating" controversies surrounding Brett McGurk and may postpone a scheduled committee vote on the nomination next Tuesday.
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GOP senators oppose choice of nominee for Iraq envoy
June 14th, 2012
07:35 AM ET
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GOP senators oppose choice of nominee for Iraq envoy

Washington (CNN) - Six Republican senators are recommending Brett McGurk's name be withdrawn from consideration for the Iraq ambassador post a week after racy emails emerged suggesting he allegedly had an affair with a reporter.

"Recent information has surfaced to call into question the prudence of moving forward with the nominee at this time," said the letter to President Barack Obama signed by six GOP members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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March 1st, 2012
07:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama honors Iraq war veterans at White House dinner

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama hosted a dinner to salute soldiers recently back from Iraq - marking his first major tribute to the veterans since officially withdrawing all troops from the nation.

The White House said it invited more than 100 veterans and one guest each to the event Wednesday night, and a few veteran groups and Gold Star families.

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White House to have dinner honoring Iraq vets
February 6th, 2012
10:47 AM ET
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White House to have dinner honoring Iraq vets

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a dinner on February 29 honoring Iraq war veterans, the fallen and their families, the White House announced Monday.

"This dinner, an expression of the nation's gratitude for the achievements and enormous sacrifices of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq war and of the families who supported them, will include men and women in uniform from all ranks, services, states and backgrounds, representative of the many thousands of Americans who served in Iraq," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a written statement.

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