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Afghan minister: Give NATO the boot

Ismail KhanA former Afghan warlord turned government minister said the country should not agree to further U.S.-led military operations there.

Water and Energy Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan, marking the ninth anniversary of his son's death, told residents in the city of Herat that NATO forces in the country are not making things any safer and leaders should seek to end deals with nations that intend to "dominate" Afghanistan, Khaama Press said Saturday.

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The Last Letter A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

The Last LetterI write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives.

I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

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America’s Lost Decade in Iraq: A Marine Officer Looks Back

Amerca's Lost DecadeToday marks the 10-year anniversary of our second invasion of Iraq, and the questions that were never answered about our nearly nine-year occupation are no longer being asked. Americans, our allies, and the Iraqi people are still owed an honest answer from the leaders who created the war and kept us in it: why were we there?

Hundreds of thousands of Americans protested at the start of the war, but bombing inevitably began on March 19, 2003. The next day U.S. and British forces drove through a breach in the high berm dividing Kuwait from Iraq. I entered as part of the invasion force sent to disarm Iraq. Colin Powell told the U.N. that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and was linked to 9/11.

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Iraq: War's Legacy of Cancer

Iraq War Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq.

Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination is also connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.

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MI6 and CIA were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD

Shock and AweFresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein's foreign minister and his head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction.

Tony Blair told parliament before the war that intelligence showed Iraq's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programme was "active", "growing" and "up and running".

A special BBC Panorama programme tonight will reveal how British and US intelligence agencies were informed by top sources months before the invasion that Iraq had no active WMD programme, and that the information was not passed to subsequent inquiries.

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Poll: Majority says Iraq invasion mistake

Iraq war pollAs Americans mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a majority said the country erred in sending troops there, a Gallup poll indicated.

Fifty-three percent of Americans said they believe the country "made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq" while 42 percent said it wasn't, poll results released Monday indicated. Gallup said it was the first time it asked this question since U.S. troops pulled out in December 2011.

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U.S. pledge to help Iraqis who aided occupation largely unfulfilled

Iraqis betrayed by USTen years after the United States’ invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and set off a sectarian war that continues to this day, thousands of Iraqis are eligible for resettlement to the U.S. because they risked their lives to help the war effort as interpreters, cultural advisers and other support staff.

But of the legislated allotment of about 25,000 “special immigrant visas” – which offer permanent residency as a reward to Iraqis who worked with the U.S. government – just 4,669 cases have been approved since 2008, and the program is scheduled to end in September.

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