Marines probed in fatal shootings
(By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press, 3/21/2006)
BAGHDAD -- After a US Marine died in a roadside bombing in western Iraq, American troops went into nearby houses and killed 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old-girl, residents said yesterday.
Bush asks US to look beyond Iraq bloodshed
(By Tom Raum, Associated Press, 3/21/2006)
CLEVELAND -- Beginning the fourth year of an unpopular war, President Bush defended his Iraq record yesterday against skeptical questioning. He said he could ''understand people being disheartened,'' but appealed to Americans to look beyond the bloodshed and see signs of progress.
Bush marks Iraq date, omits using 'war' word
(By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, 3/20/2006)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush marked the anniversary of the Iraq war yesterday by touting the efforts to build democracy there and avoiding mention of the daily violence that has raged, three years after he ordered an invasion.
Letter says Hussein sought chemical attacks
(By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press, 3/20/2006)
BAGHDAD -- Saddam Hussein ordered plans drawn up for a chemical weapons attack on Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq in 1987, according to a letter signed by his personal secretary that is among documents recently declassified by the US military.
Clashes, charges mark anniversary of war's start
(By Ellen Knickmeyer, Washington Post, 3/20/2006)
BAGHDAD -- Clashes between US forces and suspected insurgents, and fresh allegations of American troops killing Iraqi noncombatants, marked the third anniversary yesterday of the start of the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq.
Libby defense may point to US intelligence failures on Iraq
(By Pete Yost, Associated Press, 3/19/2006)
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby, are signaling they may delve deeply at his criminal trial into infighting among the White House, the CIA, and the State Department over intelligence shortcomings before the Iraq war.
Change of heartland
(By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff, 3/19/2006)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The third anniversary of the Iraq invasion unleashed a surge of pessimism at a local farmers' market here, where stalwart Republicans, standing amid aisles of produce and miracle cures, said President Bush has messed up a war that looks more like Vietnam every day.
World protests mark third anniversary of war in Iraq
(By Paul Burkhardt, Associated Press, 3/19/2006)
NEW YORK -- Thousands of antiwar protesters took to the streets around the world yesterday, marking the third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq with demands that coalition troops leave immediately.
Iraq referendums split Wisconsin voters
(By Peter Slevin, Washington Post, 3/19/2006)
WATERTOWN, Wis. -- In an exercise that one side calls democracy and the other describes as a disservice, voters in 30 Wisconsin towns will cast ballots next month on whether the Bush administration should withdraw US troops from Iraq.