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Colin Powell: A trailblazing legacy, blotted by Iraq war

Oct. 19, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A child of working-class Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, Colin Powell rose from neighborhood store clerk to warehouse floor-mopper to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It was a trailblazing American dream journey that won him international acclaim and trust. ...

Colin Powell dies, trailblazing general stained by Iraq

Oct. 18, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, the trailblazing soldier and diplomat whose sterling reputation of service to Republican and Democratic presidents was stained by his faulty claims to justify the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A...

Lieberman book details help he received from GOP in 2006

Oct. 18, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut details in a new book how aid from top Republicans — including strategist Karl Rove — helped him win reelection against a more left-leaning Democrat and a Republican. Lieberman ran as an...

'He lied': Iraqis still blame Powell for role in Iraq war

Oct. 18, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — For many Iraqis, the name Colin Powell conjures up one image: the man who as U.S. secretary of state went before the U.N. Security Council in 2003 to make the case for war against their country. Word of his death Monday at age 84 dredged up feelings of...

Officials: Iraq arrests mastermind of deadly 2016 bombing

Oct. 18, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said Monday it has detained the mastermind behind a deadly 2016 bombing in a Baghdad shopping center, which killed around 300 people and wounded 250. The suicide car bombing in the central Karradah district was the deadliest attack by a single...

Syrian allies vow response to Israeli strike, also blame US

Oct. 14, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense ministry said on Thursday that one of its soldiers has been killed and three injured in an overnight Israeli airstrike on a telecommunication tower in the central province of Homs. A military official said the strike shortly...

Sacramento pays $3M to man shot, wounded by police

Oct. 12, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento is paying $3.25 million to an Iraq veteran who was shot and seriously wounded by police during a 2017 standoff, it was reported Tuesday. Kristopher Velez was hit at least four times in the chest, shoulder, arm and leg. He suffered...

Analysis: Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran's role

Oct. 12, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq’s election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq’s strongest political figure. ...

Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election

Oct. 11, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighboring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country’s national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also...

Iraq says it has arrested top leader in Islamic State group

Oct. 11, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jasim, who oversees the...