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Iraqi military breakdown fuelled by corruption, politics

The Iraqi army that disintegrated under an onslaught by Islamist fighters this week was a hollow force, riven by corruption, poor leadership and sectarian splits - a shadow of the military Washington had hoped to leave in the war-ravaged country

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Syria weapons: Decades to build, years to destroy

If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, a

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Iraq war costs US more than $2 trillion

  The US war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thu

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Maliki acting like Saddam says Allawi

Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki is acting like Saddam Hussein in trying to silence opposition and he risks provoking a new fightback against dictatorship, one of Maliki's predecessors as prime minister said. Iyad Allawi, who leads the Sunni-backed I

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Iraq to pay for Saddam regime US abuse claims

Iraq has signed a deal with the United States to settle claims from Americans who say they were mistreated by Saddam Hussein's regime during the 1990-91 Gulf conflict, officials said. The payout -- to total $400 million according to a Chri

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Blair says no regrets over Iraq war

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said he had no regrets about the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, saying Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world who had to be disarmed or removed. Blair said the September 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the

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New death sentence for Iraq's 'Chemical Ali'

An Iraqi court sentenced Ali Hassan Al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein-era official widely known as "Chemical Ali", on Sunday to death by hanging for a 1988 gas attack that killed about 5,000 Kurds, a court official said. Majeed, a cousin of Sa

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Iraq seeks return of MIG fighters from Serbia

Iraq is negotiating the return of 19 fighter jets that Saddam Hussein's regime sent to Serbia for servicing at the end of the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said. A delegation had gone to Serbia to start the pro

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Tareq Aziz gets 15 years jail

Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, the public face of Saddam Hussein's regime, was sentenced to 15 years jail on Wednesday for his role in the execution of dozens of traders for breaking state price controls in 1992. The court

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Head of Saddam tribe killed in car blast

The head of Saddam Hussein's tribe was blown up by a bomb attached to his vehicle north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said. Major Hassan Emhimid, a police officer in the nearby town of Tikrit, said a bomb appeared to have been fixed to the

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