December 12th, 2011
03:14 AM ET

U.S. bases remaining in Iraq dwindle to four

As of Monday, 6,000 U.S. troops and four military bases remain in Iraq, according to Col. Barry Johnson of the United States Forces – Iraq.

The  four bases are:
Kalsu in Iskandariya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad

Echo in Diwaniya, about 111 miles south of Baghdad

Adder near Nasiriya, about 198 miles southeast of Baghdad

Basra in Basra, about 340 miles southeast of Baghdad

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December 10th, 2011
02:22 PM ET

As Iraq war ends, families across U.S. welcome troops home

With virtually all American troops scheduled to be out of Iraq by the end of the year, thousands of them are coming home this month – many of them sooner than expected, to the delight of their families.

As of last week, more than 10,000 U.S. soldiers were deployed in Iraq, down from 170,000, and the number was dropping daily. Iraqi security forces, including army and police officers, are to assume full responsibility for the country's security by the end of the year under a deal agreed to by Iraq and the United States.

The withdrawal will bring to an end the war that began in 2003 with the toppling of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Only about 150 U.S. troops are expected to remain after the December 31 deadline, to assist in arms sales, a U.S. official told CNN, though a large private security force will protect the thousands of State Department workers and contractors staying behind after the withdrawal deadline.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced the troop withdrawal in October, cutting some units’ deployments short. His announcement followed news that negotiations to extend the deadline broke down after Iraq's top political leaders refused to grant U.S. troops legal immunity, opening up the prospect of soldiers being tried in Iraqi courts and being subjected to Iraqi punishment.

The following is a collection of reports from troop homecomings across the country:

Last large group of Lewis-McChord troops returns

The final large group of troops from Washington state’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord returned home from Iraq on Tuesday, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

One hundred seventy troops from the 17th Fires Brigade and 62nd Medical Brigade filed off a plane and into a building for a homecoming ceremony, reported.

One of the 170, Staff Sgt. Michael Welsh, told CNN he had ended his fourth deployment.

“Just proud of what we did, and hopefully we won’t have to do it again,” he said.

Over the course of the nearly nine-year war in Iraq, the base lost 200 soldiers and one airman as a result of combat, disease or accident in Iraq, reported.'

Home and Away: Coalition casualties in Afghanistan, Iraq

iReport assignment: Stories from the Iraq war

Maine ‘Troop Greeters’ welcome final waves of Iraq soldiers

A group that has been greeting troops at a Maine airport since 2003 is doing its part to give the final waves of Iraq soldiers a hearty welcome home.

The Maine Troop Greeters gather at the Bangor International Airport – a transfer stop for some military flights – whenever they hear of an inbound troop flight.

As soldiers leave their plane for a brief layover at the airport, greeters line up to shake their hands and welcome them to U.S. soil.

“It’s our pleasure to welcome them and to make their stay here as comfortable and as friendly as possible,” greeter Clayton Dodge said.

The group operates a lounge where troops can use prepaid cell phones to make calls to family and friends.

“It means a lot that people are supporting us. It shows that we’re doing something right, that somebody actually cares,” Spc. Stasha McDonald said.

A soldier's last day in Iraq

Fort Hood troops, families relieved Iraq deployments over

At a homecoming ceremony for troops early this month at Fort Hood, Texas, service members and relatives were excited not only for the return, but also because of the knowledge that the days of deployments to Iraq were over.

Troops were treated like rock stars, entering the ceremony room through a gate and manufactured smoke.

“Everyone tried to make the speeches very, very short, because the highlight was seeing these troops rush into the arms of their loved ones, hugging, kissing, trying to catch up over what’s been missed over the last 10 months,” CNN’s Chris Lawrence reported.

Maj. Mike Ianucilli said that there is “a sense of peace knowing there’s one less opportunity for us to be separated from our families.”

“We know we still have our operations going on in Afghanistan, and other contingency operations as they come up, but to know that what has consumed so much of our careers recently as a profession, to know that that’s not there looming over us is certainly peace of mind,” he said.

War in Iraq: What CNN reporters, producers will remember

National Guard welcomed home in San Mateo

In San Mateo, California, members of the California National Guard returned from Iraq to warm greetings from loved ones in early December.

“I can’t put it into words,” said Spc. Leonardo Ramirez, with an arm around his wife, Ria. “We’ve been gone for such a long time. Just happy to be back home.”

Texas soldier surprises daughter on field at football game

In early November, Sgt. Luis Cardenas – just home from Iraq - surprised his daughter at a high school football game in San Antonio, after not seeing her for a year. CNN affiliate KSAT reports in the video above.

A prison of his own making
The building with its roof damaged and askew sat silent and vacant -- only it wasn’t.
December 3rd, 2011
12:01 PM ET

A prison of his own making

The sprawling Victory Base Complex was America’s largest in Iraq, located near the Baghdad Airport.

It was essentially an American city, at one time home to more than 40,000 troops. 

Now as the United States ends its military mission and troops head home, the base has been turned over to the Iraqis.

There are nine of Saddam Hussein’s palaces here.

The grandest are the four that stand on an artificial lake.

Hussein was so impressed with the ones at Versailles, the story goes, he decided to build his own. 

And one of the four held a secret.


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On a highway to Hilla …
A U.S. convoy arrives at Camp Virginia, Kuwait.
December 3rd, 2011
11:51 AM ET

On a highway to Hilla …

It's rush hour on Hilla Highway, the main road out of Baghdad south to Kuwait, as U.S. forces close up shop on nearly nine years of war. And from what I’m hearing from U.S. military officials, Hilla can be a hell of a drive.

Since the U.S. downsizing began in October, the number of attacks on U.S. troops has been on the increase.

According to Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, chief spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, U.S. troops are attacked on average three times a day. Now that’s nothing compared to the bad old days of 2007 when U.S. and Iraqi forces were being hit 145 times a day.

But the concern of U.S. military leaders is that the level of violence against U.S. forces will increase, perhaps significantly, over the next two weeks just as the U.S. military cuts its numbers and ability to defend itself.

Buchanan says Iranian-backed militant groups such as Asaib Ahl-Alhaq want to give the illusion that U.S. troops are retreating under fire.  Bases have been struck by mortars and rockets.

The good news is there are fewer bases to hit - from 505 at the war’s peak down to six as of this writing.   The bad news is the bad guys know U.S. troops are now concentrated in just a half dozen places.

Then there are the moving targets called convoys.


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November 24th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

Iraqi police: 19 killed in Basra blasts

At least 19 people were killed and 67 others were wounded Thursday in three explosions in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, two police officials said.

A roadside bomb and a motorcycle exploded in quick succession in a busy commercial district that includes shops and restaurants, the officials said.

When curious onlookers and Iraqi security forces arrived to the scene to investigate, another motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated, causing most of the casualties, police said. A number of Iraqi police and army security officers were among the dead, the officials said.

The oil-rich, predominantly Shiite city of Basra is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Baghdad.

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November 1st, 2011
08:56 AM ET

Boat filled with asylum seekers capsizes

A crowded boat carrying asylum seekers capsized off the coast of the island of Java in Indonesia on Tuesday, leaving six people dead, officials said.

Another 37 were rescued, the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency said. Some others were missing.

A total of 70 people are believed to have been on board, officials said.

Search and rescue teams from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, are helping in the search.

The agency said the wooden ship left the town of Cilacap, West Java, and was bound for Australia. The asylum seekers were from Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, an agency official said.

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October 21st, 2011
02:50 PM ET

The Iraq war: A nine-year timeline

On Friday, President Barack Obama announced that American troops in Iraq will be home by the end of the year. That declaration means an end to a nearly nine-year war.

About 39,000 troops are in Iraq. The U.S. had wanted to wanted to keep between 3,000 to 5,000 troops there past 2011 for help with training and to maintain security. But the current Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq dictates that the U.S. troops leave by year's end. CNN learned exclusively that the U.S. and Iraq had been unable to come to an agreement on key issues regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops remaining in Iraq, an impasse that effectively ended discussion of maintaining a significant American force presence beyond 2011.

CNN looks back at the events leading up to the war and its developments over the years.

February 5, 2003: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell makes the case to the United Nations that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein poses an imminent threat.

February 14, 2003: U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix reports to the U.N. Security Council that his team has found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

March 17, 2003: President George W. Bush issues an ultimatum to Hussein and his family: Leave Iraq within 48 hours, or face military action.

March 19, 2003: At 10:15 p.m. EST, Bush announces that U.S. and coalition forces have begun military action against Iraq.

March 20, 2003: Hussein speaks on Iraqi TV, calling the coalition's attacks "shameful crimes against Iraq and humanity."

March 23, 2003: Members of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company are ambushed and captured outside Nasiriyah.

April 1, 2003: Pvt. Jessica Lynch is rescued from a hospital by U.S. forces.

April 9, 2003: Coalition forces take Baghdad, and a large statue of Hussein is toppled in Firdos Square. The White House declares "the regime is gone." FULL POST

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Obama: 'America's war in Iraq will be over' at year's end
U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment participate in a patrol on July 15, 2011, in Iskandariya, Iraq.
October 21st, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Obama: 'America's war in Iraq will be over' at year's end

[Updated at 1:13 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama, announcing Friday that "the rest of our troops will come home by the end of the year," said: "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over."

The new partnership with Iraq will be "strong and enduring" after U.S. troops leave the country, Obama said in the White House briefing room. The United States will continue its interest in a strong, stable Iraq after U.S. troops leave, the president said.

"Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," Obama said.

About 39,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq, and the U.S. had wanted to keep from 3,000 to 5,000 troops in Iraq past 2011 to aid in training and security. But the current Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq dictates the U.S. troops leave by year's end, and the United States and Iraq had been unable to come to an agreement on key issues regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops who would remain in Iraq, effectively ending discussion of maintaining a significant American force presence beyond 2011.

Of the 39,000 troops in Iraq, only about 150, a negligible force, will remain to assist in arms sales.

The negotiations were strained following WikiLeaks' release of a diplomatic cable that alleged Iraqi civilians, including children, were killed in a 2006 raid by American troops rather than in an airstrike as initially reported by the U.S. military.

U.S. troops have already started the drawdown - a brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, that was originally scheduled to be among the very last to leave Iraq was being pulled out of the country months ahead of its planned departure, military officials told CNN last week.

[Updated at 12:47 p.m. ET] The scheduled departure of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year will allow the United States to "say definitively that the Iraq war is over," a White House official said Friday.

[Initial post] Virtually all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year as the current Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq dictates, a U.S. official told CNN Friday.

A small number of U.S. troops will be attached to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

This month, the United States and Iraq had been unable to come to an agreement on key issues regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops who would remain in Iraq after the end of the year, effectively ending discussion of maintaining a significant American force presence beyond 2011.

About 39,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq, and the U.S. wanted to keep from 3,000 to 5,000 troops in Iraq past 2011.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement about Iraq around 12:45 p.m. Friday, according to a White House official.

October 15th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

U.S. combat brigade to leave Iraq well ahead of schedule

A brigade of U.S. troops originally scheduled to be among the very last to leave Iraq is being pulled out of the country months ahead of its planned departure, military officials said Saturday.

The announcement follows news this month that a deal to keep American troops in Iraq past a December 31, 2011, deadline to withdraw was on shaky ground after Iraqi leadership said any remaining U.S. forces would not be granted immunity from Iraqi prosecution. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other top brass have repeatedly said any deal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the withdrawal deadline must require a guarantee of legal protection for American soldiers.

The Fourth Brigade Combat Team, First Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss, deployed to Iraq in August to replace two withdrawing brigades. The troops were sent with the understanding they would be among the last to leave the country and were told to expect up to a 12-month deployment, though it wasn't clear how long they would stay in Iraq. But brigade officials informed hundreds of military families gathered Saturday at its headquarters that their troops would begin returning home within weeks.

When family members inquired why soldiers were returning early, they were told by a military official: "Basically, what's happened ... is that the United States and Iraq have not come to an agreement," according to a CNN reporter who attended the meeting.

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October 5th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

3 U.S. soldiers indicted in death of Spanish journalist

A Spanish judge has again indicted three U.S. soldiers in connection with the death of a Spanish TV cameraman in Iraq in 2003, according to a court order viewed by CNN Wednesday.

The long-running case stems from the death of the cameraman, Jose Couso in Baghdad in 2003. U.S. troops assaulted the Iraqi capital and directed tank fire against the Palestine Hotel, where journalists covering the war were staying.

The three U.S. soldiers were first indicted by the judge in 2007. The case was closed in 2008 but reopened last year after Couso's family appealed to Spain's Supreme Court.

The latest indictment, dated Tuesday but made public on Wednesday, alleges that the three U.S. troops were linked to U.S. tank fire directed against the hotel, where Couso was videotaping the battle. He died from his wounds shortly afterward.

The three, identified as Philip de Camp, Phillip Wolford and Thomas Gibson, were assigned to the U.S. 3rd Infantry, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

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U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last year
Iraqi security forces inspect a site after an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk after a series of bomb attacks across Iraq.
August 15th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last year

A barrage of deadly attacks struck across Iraq Monday, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 250 others, Iraqi officials said.

Twenty bombings and shooting incidents were reported. Some struck police and security forces, though a great many targeted civilians.

Casualty reports from police, Interior Ministry officials, and health officials put the number of wounded at 252 by early evening.

"Once again, murderers and criminals have carried out attacks against innocent civilians to add a new page to their black criminal record," Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement.

He called on security forces to "not let the killers catch their breath," and pursue them "until they finish them."

It was the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months, taking place on the halfway mark of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Today's attacks are eerily similar to the stream of large scale, complex attacks that occurred here last year during Ramadan on Aug. 25," said Maj. Angela Funaro, spokeswoman for United States Forces-Iraq.

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July 10th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta in Iraq

United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Baghdad, his first trip to Iraq since taking over the Pentagon.

The visit comes within days of Panetta, the former head of the CIA, saying that the U.S. is "within reach of strategically defeating al Qaeda." He made that statement on Saturday, shortly before landing in Afghanistan.

"I think we have them on the run," he said. "I think now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin Laden to put maximum pressure on them because I do believe that if we continue this effect that we really can cripple al Qaeda as a threat to this country."

In Afghanistan, Panetta met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus, currently head of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Panetta was sworn in less than a month ago.

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Man believed to be last Vietnam-era draftee set to retire after 39 years
Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger's military service stretched from the Vietnam era to Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 5th, 2011
11:33 AM ET

Man believed to be last Vietnam-era draftee set to retire after 39 years

When Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger got a draft card in the mail at his home in Eugene, Oregon, 39 years ago, the military wasn't exactly a popular option - or one he desired.

He told officials he had a job, he didn't need a new one. But he didn't have a choice. So on April 18, 1972, he donned a military uniform and prepared for service. And he's been doing it ever since.

That is, until now. Mellinger, believed to be the last of about 2 million men drafted in the Vietnam War era, is set to retire.

"I'm a relic," Mellinger told Time magazine in 2009.  "Most of them are surprised I'm still breathing, because in their minds I'm older than dirt.

"But they're even more surprised when they find out this dinosaur can still move around pretty darn quick."

Mellinger never expected his life to turn out this way.

Mellinger first was an office clerk in what was then West Germany, according to CNN affiliate KWTX-TV.  By his own admission, because of concerns about how the Army was working, he was looking forward to completing two years of service. As soon as his time was up, he would hang up his boots and head for the hills.

"I was dead-set on getting out," he told Time.

But then an opportunity arose that would change the course of his life. Mellinger was offered a spot in the coveted Army Rangers, according to the military. After being drafted during the Vietnam era, he continued on in the military. Years later, following the September 11 attacks, he would head down to ground zero to help out as part of the First Army.

He also served 34 months in Iraq, where he was the senior ranking enlisted man. KWTX reports he survived at least 27 roadside bombings there.

The accolades for the man known as "All Army" appear never-ending.


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On the Radar: Kabul attack planner killed, U.S. troops die in Iraq, teacher layoffs
The Hotel Inter-Continental in Kabul, Afghanistan, was attacked Tuesday.
June 30th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

On the Radar: Kabul attack planner killed, U.S. troops die in Iraq, teacher layoffs

Kabul hotel attack - A man suspected of helping to organize this week's deadly hotel attack in Kabul was killed Thursday in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said. The Taliban claimed credit for the carnage at the Hotel Inter-Continental, a place which has long been popular with politicians, foreign journalists and Westerners.  The alleged terrorist is Ismail Jan, the deputy to the senior commander of Haqqani, a group linked to the Taliban. Jan was killed along with several other fighters, ISAF said.

American troops killed in Iraq - Three U.S. service members were killed Wednesday in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said. The military is not giving information about how they were killed. Their deaths happened around the same time Secretary of Defense Robert Gates released his final goodbye to the military.

Wisconsin teacher layoffs - The Milwaukee Public Schools are laying off more than 300 teachers. Their last day is Friday. The move is blamed on $84 million in state budget cuts and the system's efforts to control costs.  The layoffs could be repeated throughout the country as states slash funds for education, social services and local governments.

Tropical Storm Arlene - The first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall on Mexico's eastern coast around 5 a.m. ET Thursday. It's moving at 9 mph with sustained winds of about 65 mph, slightly under hurricane status.  Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and mudslides.  On Wednesday, the storm caused heavy rains hundreds of miles away in Florida. News media there reported the drenching was a welcome respite from a long drought which has dropped water levels in the Everglades.

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Chess as a piece-keeping mission
June 22nd, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Ex-soldier's chess sets: Twin Tower rooks, putting Taliban in checkmate

Chess was originally brought to Europe via Spain from the Arab world. Now, a Canadian veteran is sending Chess sets back to the Middle East – with kings modeled after President Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden.

Jeff Train, who had been in the Canadian military until 1989, was working as a military contractor in Afghanistan when he noticed soldiers buying chess sets from local vendors. Train said he was concerned those vendors, in transporting their wares from Pakistan, were actually aiding the enemy.

“They have to drive through Taliban country and they have to pay the toll,” Train said. “So basically the soldiers were funding the insurgency.”

Train, 48, who lives in the Philippines, said he wanted to develop an alternative product for soldiers, one that would document the history they have lived. In 2009, he began making and selling sets of Canadian and American soldiers that played opposite Taliban chessmen under the company name Hobby Leisure Manufacturing. Then he began getting requests from soldiers from other countries and now manufactures British, Finnish, Norwegian, German and Australian soldiers as well. He also makes a set of Iraqi soldiers that fight Americans.

As Americans anticipate Obama’s impending announcement of troop withdrawals, Train is thinking ahead to how the soldiers will remember and represent their experiences in the Middle East. He said he wants them to be able to use the game to demonstrate actual events of the past decade.

“When a soldier gets older, he can sit down with his kids and his wife, who really don’t understand what’s going on, use the board and say, ‘The world went to war against this guy and these people,’ ” Train said.


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Troop deaths show reduced U.S. forces still facing danger in Iraq
U.S. forces are seen training their Iraqi counterparts in Kirkuk, Iraq in November 2010.
June 6th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Troop deaths show reduced U.S. forces still facing danger in Iraq

Five U.S. service members were among 25 people killed in Iraq on Monday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.  Twenty Iraqis were killed in a series of explosions across the country, including a suicide bombing in Tikrit that killed 11.

The U.S. death toll is the highest in a single incident in two years, and it comes after the U.S. has drastically cut troop strength in Iraq. Only 46,000 U.S. troops remain in the country, down from 170,000 in 2007, during the peak of sectarian violence in Iraq.

U.S. troops have transitioned from a combat role to a support role in Iraq, training Iraqi soldiers and helping secure the country's borders and airspace.

That mission is scheduled to end, and those 46,000 troops to come home, by the end of the year under a plan set by a security agreement negotiated by the U.S. and Iraqi governments in 2008 that governs the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq.

Monday's deaths raise questions about that timeline. Iraq has been seeing an increase in violence that coincides with protesters calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is struggling to fill top security postings. The Iraqi government remains without ministers of defense, interior and national security.

Al-Maliki has given Cabinet ministers until Monday to reduce corruption and improve basic services, an ultimatum imposed after February demonstrations over corruption and lack of personal freedoms turned deadly.

While there may be a need for U.S. forces to remain in Iraq after January 1, the prospect of such a move is controversial - among U.S. and international politicians, military families and Iraqis.

In April, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced in a statement read by another cleric on his behalf that he would "escalate armed resistance and lift the freeze on (the) Mehdi Army" if U.S. forces were to remain. His reference to lifting the freeze referred to the August 2007 suspension of activities by the Mehdi Army, which is al-Sadr's militia.

Those threats essentially leave two options for the U.S. and Iraqi governments: Keep U.S. troops past the deadline to help make sure the Iraqis can secure and protect themselves, but risk radical protests over a longer U.S. presence; or have U.S. troops do as much as they can in Iraq ahead of the deadline and pull out as scheduled.


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June 6th, 2011
06:22 AM ET

5 U.S. servicemembers killed in Iraq

Five U.S. servicemembers were killed Monday in central Iraq, the U.S. military said in a written statement.

The names of the servicemembers were being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the military said. The statement did not say how they were killed.

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June 6th, 2011
05:12 AM ET

12 killed in Iraq attacks

At least 12 people were killed and dozens other wounded in a series of explosions across Iraq on Monday, police said.

Monday marks Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's 100-day deadline for Cabinet ministers to make reforms or be fired.

The deadline has raised concerns of mass protests if it passes without some sign of improvement.

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June 1st, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

Watch Live for continuing coverage of the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony continues in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.


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Monday's live video events
April 25th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Easter may have come and gone, but the White House has one more holiday event on its calendar today.  Watch Live for coverage of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

9:30 am ET - Wartime contracting hearing - The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan holds a hearing on contract waste and obstacles to reform.


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