Albright acted as model, mentor for generations of women
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s death from cancer this week sparked American women to reflect on the 84-year-old diplomat’s sweeping influence on their lives, 25 years after Bill Clinton made her the United States’ representative to the world.
Iran holds mass funeral for '80s war dead amid nuclear talks
It was the first time in recent years that Iran honored the interment of so many 1980s war dead at once. This week, hard-liners have been pumping out photos and slogans on Twitter to show solidarity with the recovered Iranian war dead. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the soldiers and offered his support to the family members of victims, Iranian media reported. None of the victims' remains returned Thursday were identified. ___Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.wftv.com
Richardson adds to diplomatic wins with journalist's release
Bill Richardson’s success in helping secure the release of journalist Danny Fenster from a Myanmar prison is the latest demonstration of the former New Mexico governor’s knack for flying into some the most closed societies on earth and persuading those in charge to do Washington a favor.
EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq's elections matter to the world?
Iraq Elections Explainer Followers of a political movement called "Al-Fateh Alliance" chant during a rally before the parliamentary elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (Hadi Mizban)BAGHDAD — (AP) — Iraq's elections on Sunday come with enormous challenges: Iraq’s economy has been battered by years of conflict, endemic corruption and more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. “Iraq’s elections will be watched by all in the region to determine how the country’s future leadership will sway the regional balance of power,” said Marsin Alshamary an Iraqi-American research fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. ___MANY FIRSTSThe elections are being held early, in response to mass protests that erupted in 2019. Randa Slim, of the Washington-based Middle East Institute, said Iraq’s regional mediation role is al-Kadhimi's achievement, a result of his success at balancing between U.S. and Iranian interests in Iraq.wftv.com
Death and suffering in Iraq a painful legacy of 9/11 attacks
The U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, unleashing a war that led to an insurgency, sectarian violence and tens of thousands of deaths. (AP Photo/John Moore, File) (JOHN MOORE)BAGHDAD — (AP) — Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. After decades of conflict, Iraq today has a relatively stable government, and the car bombings, suicide attacks and death squads have subsided. Tens of thousands more Iraqis were killed before the last pockets of those militants were defeated in 2017. “This corrupt network is capable of killing Iraqis to survive, the same way Saddam killed Iraqis to stay in power.wftv.com
Bill repealing Iraq war powers advances in Senate
Congress Biden War Powers Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, right, speaks to Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., left, before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. In testimony before the committee Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman encouraged repeal of the 2002 measure. Ending the war authorization against Saddam's Iraq made clear that the Iraq government of today was a partner of the United States, and removed a grievance for rival Iran to exploit, Sherman said. “The ayatollah is listening to this debate,” Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, said of Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Top lawyers for the State Department and Pentagon told committee members on Tuesday that the Biden administration believes it has adequate legal authority for any similar strike, even with repeal of the Iraq war measures.wftv.com
Videos: Protests, gunfire in oil-rich, restive Iran province
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — (AP) — Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets late Thursday in an oil-rich, restive province in southwestern Iran and police apparently fire weapons to disperse the crowds, online videos showed. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone had been wounded or arrested in the protests across multiple cities in Khuzestan province, including its capital, Ahvaz. The province is home to ethnic Arabs who complain of discrimination by Iran's Shiite theocracy. Arab separatists long have operated in Khuzestan, which Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein tried to seize in his 1980s war with Iran. Water worries in the past have sent angry demonstrators into the streets in Iran.wftv.com
Among Iraqis, the name Rumsfeld evokes nation's destruction
Iraq Rumsfeld FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2006, file photo, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asks for another question following his Landon Lecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. News of the death of former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has hit far differently in Baghdad than in the U.S. capital. Rumsfeld, whose service under four U.S. presidents was stained by the ruinous U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Rumsfeld, the defense secretary for President George W. Bush, was one of the architects of the invasion that ousted Saddam on what turned out to be baseless accusations he was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Rumsfeld is also linked to the abuse and torture of detainees in U.S. custody in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad — an episode Rumsfeld later referred to as his darkest hour as defense secretary. He said Rumsfeld is responsible not just for the U.S. occupation of Iraq, but for decisions that had calamitous effects on Iraq’s future.wftv.com
American diplomat Joseph Wilson dies at age 69
Former US diplomat Joe Wilson, who challenged the Bush administration on the reasons to go to war with Iraq, has died of organ failure. Wilson, who died on Friday at the age of 69, turned up in the middle of two of America's biggest stories in recent history. Days later Saddam Hussein's army invaded neighboring Kuwait and the first Gulf War was on. CNN producer Ingrid Formanek remembers Wilson "showing up to a briefing with the American press corps one morning impeccably dressed. After the Iraq war, Wilson returned to Africa and was posted for three years in Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe.
U.K. inquiry blasts Blair for following Bush into Iraq War
Long-awaited report from independent inquiry says Tony Blair "chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options had been exhausted" based on a deeply flawed presentation of the evidence available on Saddam Hussein's weapons stockpiles. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports from London.cbsnews.com
Trump unleashes on Clinton over FBI decision, praises Saddam Hussein
Republicans are expected to unveil Wednesday the full slate of speakers for the party's national convention, now less than two weeks away. Donald Trump spoke to a rally of nearly 3,000 people Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. He bashed Hillary Clinton's judgment and accused her of an "Enron-style purge" of her email. Major Garrett reports.cbsnews.com
U.S. commandos capture ISIS chemical weapons expert
CBS News has learned the U.S. may have dealt ISIS' chemical weapons program a serious blow in a raid last month, capturing an Iraqi who once worked for Saddam Hussein's regime. Investigators in London are also looking into a potential trove of intelligence about ISIS. CBS News' partners at Sky News received the names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 20,000 suspected ISIS fighters from at least 51 countries, including the U.S. David Martin reports from the Pentagon.cbsnews.com
ISIS digs in as fight for Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit escalates
ISIS digs in as fight for Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit escalates ISIS is pushing back against Iraqi forces who are trying to recapture the city of Tikrit. The militants are littering routes into the hometown of Saddam Hussein with mines and bombs. Holly Williams reports from Erbil, Iraq.cbsnews.com
Battle for Tikrit: Fierce fight for Saddam Hussein's hometown
Battle for Tikrit: Fierce fight for Saddam Hussein's hometown Iraqi army troops are battling Sunni Muslim forces in Tikrit, the biggest counter-attack since the ISIS army and its allies went on the offensive. Charlie D'Agata reports from Baghdad.cbsnews.com