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Monday 19 December 2011
Not long after the "liberation" of 2003, the US-led coalition was preparing the Iraqi public for their ultimate departure. A television advert showed a bunch of boys in an excited football match, while their parents looked on with fond smiles – the portrait of a happy and contented land. In a swirl of dust, came Western troops in their armoured cars; they stopped beside the young players for a brief exchange of greetings, and then the convoy disappeared into the desert.
Sunday 18 December 2011
The last US soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak today, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy's exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast US ally.
Thursday 15 December 2011
Brent crude tumbled by more than $2 a barrel after Opec agreed to maintain oil production at its present, relatively high, level next year. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed a new supply target of 30 million barrels a day.
Monday 29 August 2011
Tensions between Iraq and Kuwait appear to have escalated to violence after several rockets struck the border area between the two countries, where a controversial new mega-port project is under construction.
Tuesday 02 August 2011
On 2 August 1990, Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces, battle-hardened by eight years of war with Iran, crossed the border with Kuwait and swiftly overran its meagre armed forces.
Wednesday 06 July 2011
Monday 28 March 2011
Airport authorities say they have detained two men who attempted to smuggle 40 pythons on board a flight to Dubai.
Wednesday 23 February 2011
David Cameron was forced to recalibrate his approach towards authoritarian regimes across the Middle East yesterday as he put democratic reform ahead of winning trade orders for the first time.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Wednesday 05 January 2011
Sunday 01 August 2010
Wednesday 07 July 2010
The US Army has charged an American soldier suspected of leaking a military video of an attack in Iraq with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data and putting national security at risk.
Saturday 29 May 2010
Friday 28 May 2010
Twenty years after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, tensions between the two countries continue to run high over borders, war reparations and civil disputes that culminated this week in the closure of Iraq's state airline.
Thursday 27 May 2010
Iraq's government has dissolved its state airline Iraqi Airways in the latest move of a bitter dispute with Kuwait over war reparations allegedly owed since Saddam Hussein's invasion of the emirate in 1990.
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