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One of America's most prominent diplomats over the past 25 years, Ryan Crocker, was charged this month with drunken driving and being responsible for a hit and run in Washington state, according to documents obtained Thursday by CNN.

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Karzai calls civilian casualties 'unacceptable'updated: Tue May 08 2012 03:01:00

A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai expressed dismay Monday over four airstrikes in recent days by international forces in which dozens of civilian casualties have been reported.

Hamid Karzai exclusive: Part 1updated: Tue Apr 17 2012 20:20:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is incredibly frank in his first interview since the massacre of 17 Afghan villagers.

Taliban: Afghanistan attackers were well-trainedupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 20:20:00

The Taliban militia said Tuesday the series of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan this week was well-planned and intended to show its enemies, including NATO, that it can strike secure locations.

U.S., Afghanistan reach night raids dealupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 13:13:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on a new deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan on ending U.S. led raids on local homes.

U.S. diplomat: Taliban needs to renounce terror for Qatar officeupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:07:00

The opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar is contingent on the renunciation of international terror and the backing of a peace process to end the Afghan conflict, an American diplomat said Tuesday.

The Haqqani Network, a family and a terror groupupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 17:50:00

A senior U.S. official is blaming the Haqqani Network for this week's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. If the group claims credit, it will be only the latest attack on its resume of terror.

Kandahar mayor killed in suicide attack; Taliban claim responsibilityupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 13:18:00

The mayor of Afghanistan's restive southern city of Kandahar -- a resolute and proud public official who was regularly surrounded by armed guards and long under threat of death -- was slain Wednesday in a suicide bombing.

How safe is Afghanistan?updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 13:18:00

A parliament member in Afghanistan struggles with the prospect violence, after a string of recent assassinations there.

Crocker assumes post as new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 06:55:00

Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker was formally sworn in as the new United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday, just as the first U.S. soldiers began departing the country after nearly 10 years of war.

Senate approves Crocker as new ambassador to Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 20:12:00

The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Ryan Crocker to be the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

Senate report urges Obama to rethink U.S. aid to Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 06:13:00

The United States' nation-building projects in Afghanistan can claim only limited success and the troubled nation risks sinking into deeper crisis after a U.S. troop withdrawal, according to a congressional report issued Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Oil industry reassured on Middle East stabilityupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 18:41:00

A longtime American diplomat to the Middle East provided some reassuring words to the oil industry Wednesday: The situation in Libya and Egypt may remain tumultuous for some time, but the major oil producing countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Iraq will likely stay stable.

Security experts urge reconciliation in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 13:35:00

The United States should negotiate with insurgent leaders in Afghanistan to stop fighting -- if it can do so from a position of strength, security experts told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

Allawi aims to quickly form Iraqi governmentupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 00:33:00

Hours after insurgents killed dozens of people on Tuesday in a new wave of bomb attacks in Baghdad, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said he hopes to soon form a new government after claiming victory in the March 7 ballot.

Al Qaeda in Iraq 'shifting its tactics'updated: Tue Dec 15 2009 21:16:00

The former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, blames al Qaeda for Tuesday's coordinated bomb attacks in Iraq, saying al Qaeda is now targeting the Iraqi government.

Surge in Iraq violenceupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 21:16:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at a string of suicide bombings highlighting the fragile state of security in Iraq

Double car bombing targets Shiite pilgrims; 16 killedupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 13:55:00

A double car bombing killed 16 people and wounded 43 others Wednesday at a Baghdad bus station where Shiite pilgrims had gathered ahead of an upcoming holy day, according to an official with Iraq's Interior Ministry.

Source: U.S. envoy to North Korea to get new post -- Iraqupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 22:09:00

The Bush administration's lead negotiator on North Korea will now be the Obama administration's top envoy to Iraq, a senior administration official told CNN Monday.

Driver killed in Iraqi truck blasts as provincial elections nearupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 13:49:00

Explosives attached to trucks carrying concrete barriers to makeshift polling stations for next week's Iraqi provincial elections exploded and killed a driver, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Friday.

Rebuilding Iraqupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 13:49:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on some of the risk investors are taking while helping to rebuild Iraq.

U.S. envoy warns against 'precipitous' withdrawal from Iraqupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 19:07:00

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Thursday warned against an abrupt American military departure from Iraq, saying "a precipitous withdrawal" could run severe risks.

New American Embassy opens in Baghdadupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 13:49:00

Just days after the U.S. military formally handed authority of Baghdad's "Green Zone" over to the Iraqis, the new American Embassy opened in Baghdad.

Car bomb kills nine in Baghdad marketupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 14:11:00

A parked car bomb detonated Sunday in an outdoor market in Baghdad, killing nine civilians and wounding 13 others, an Interior Ministry official said.

Rice: Iraq 'harder' than she 'personally imagined'updated: Mon Oct 06 2008 15:22:00

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday the road for the U.S. in Iraq has been "harder, longer, and more difficult than I personally imagined" and warned that despite some recent progress, success in Iraq is "not a sure thing."

Find journalists' killers, Iraqi PM orders militaryupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 10:30:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday ordered security forces to "find the perpetrators" who abducted and killed four Iraqi journalists in the northern city of Mosul.

Time.com: Last Chance at an Iraqi Prosecution? updated: Mon Jun 16 2008 15:00:00

No one has been brought to account for the violence that wracked the country two years ago. The U.S. is pushing for one official to be tried but Maliki pushes back

Time.com: At Odds Over Iraqi 'Sovereignty' updated: Fri Jun 06 2008 16:00:00

Negotiations between Washington and Baghdad over a long-term U.S. military presence there is raising friction over the extent of Iraqi control

Time.com: The Return of Iraq's Ayatollahupdated: Sun May 25 2008 10:00:00

Eclipsed by the rise of Muqtada al-Sadr, Ali al-Sistani, long an advocate of moderation, is re-emerging from his refuge in the holy city of Najaf

Time.com: Playing the Iraq Oil Cardupdated: Fri May 09 2008 16:00:00

Commentary: The administration is once again preying on people's fears, says Robert Baer, by making the dubious case that ending the war will mean $10-a-gallon gas

Months-delayed U.S. Embassy ready in Baghdadupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 22:49:00

After months of delay, the United States has established an embassy in Baghdad, the State Department said Monday.

Clinton challenges McCain, Obama on warupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 04:05:00

Sen. Hillary Clinton on Wednesday argued that she is the only presidential candidate capable of ending the war in Iraq.

Clinton's anti-war viewsupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 04:05:00

Sen. Hillary Clinton appears to be getting more aggressive on the Iraq issue. CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look.

Time.com: What Al-Qaeda Learned from Petraeusupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 15:00:00

Analysis: The general's testimony revealed some important aspects to US strategy -- and vulnerabilities -- in Iraq

Petraeus, Crocker criticize Iran, call for halt to troop pulloutupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 02:05:00

The top U.S. officials in Iraq told Senate committees Tuesday that Iranian agents and weapons are fueling the ongoing strife there and that further U.S. troop withdrawals will have to wait.

Petraeus: Progress 'fragile'updated: Wed Apr 09 2008 02:05:00

Gen. David Petraeus testifies before the Senate about the progress made in Iraq during the last several months.

Candidates grill Petraeusupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 02:05:00

All three presidential contenders were on Capitol Hill Tuesday as Gen. David Petraeus discussed the progress in Iraq.

Time.com: Setting the Terms of the Iraq Debate updated: Wed Apr 09 2008 01:00:00

The three candidates staked out their positions questioning Petraeus and Crocker, bringing to light hard choices ahead

Candidates question Petraeusupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 22:13:00

Presidential hopefuls return to the Senate to grill the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports

Time.com: Has Sadr Got the Upper Hand?updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 15:00:00

As Washington debates the future of its troop surge, the Shi'ite cleric who wants the U.S. out faces down the Iraqi government

Officials: Petraeus unlikely to recommend troop cutsupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 21:10:00

Pentagon officials told CNN on Monday they do not expect Gen. David Petraeus to recommend or predict additional U.S. troop cuts in Iraq when he testifies before Congress this week.

Top general cites Iraq gainsupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 21:10:00

Gen. David Petraeus says security and political gains have been made in Iraq.

Time.com: What the Candidates Will Sayupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 17:00:00

America's top general in Iraq has more to brag about than a year ago when he testifies in Senate hearings. But this time he'll have two presidential candidates vying for the spotlight

Sources: Bush to address nation on Iraq, but not in prime time updated: Sun Apr 06 2008 17:17:00

President Bush is planning to address the nation Thursday morning about the Iraq war, according to sources in the Bush administration and on Capitol Hill.

Petraeus on Capitol Hillupdated: Sun Apr 06 2008 17:17:00

With Iraqi government raids in Basra, what questions will Petraeus face on Capitol Hill? CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Democrat: Report on Iraq 'too rosy' updated: Sat Apr 05 2008 20:48:00

Senior Democratic senators challenged a new intelligence report's assessment of President Bush's "surge" strategy Friday, saying the troop increase in Iraq has failed to achieve its strategic goals.

Time.com: In a Calmer Baghdad, Maliki Cavesupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 19:00:00

The Iraqi Prime Minister calls off hostilities against Mahdi Army strongholds, but Moqtada al-Sadr is still planning a huge anti-U.S. rally next week

Cheney: Five years in Iraq a 'successful endeavor'updated: Mon Mar 17 2008 12:16:00

Vice President Dick Cheney told reporters Monday in Baghdad that the five years in Iraq since the war's start has been "well worth the effort."

McCain arrives in Baghdad with fellow senators updated: Sun Mar 16 2008 18:46:00

Sen. John McCain arrived in Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. Embassy confirmed, marking his first trip to the war-ravaged nation since becoming the presumed Republican candidate for president.

Time.com: Will Iraq Return as a Campaign Issue?updated: Sat Jan 12 2008 13:00:00

The surge's success has quieted critics, but the war's place in US politics may change as new troop levels are assessed

Time.com: Crocker to Turkey: Stay Out of Iraq updated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:00:00

Exclusive: The US ambassador to Iraq tells TIME that any Turkish action against the Kurds could destabilize the region

Republicans fire back at Sanchez for Iraq war criticismupdated: Sun Oct 14 2007 22:59:00

Republicans reacted with surprise and recrimination Sunday to blistering criticism of the Iraq war from former coalition commander retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez.

Time.com: Access Deniedupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 19:10:00

The U.S. has taken in few Iraqi refugees, and that's no accident. To do more means admitting the catastrophe

Time.com: Iraq Limits Blackwater's Operationsupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 16:00:00

The Maliki cabinet shrinks the security firm's range to the Green Zone, curtailing its ability to protect U.S. personnel

White House report shows meager gains in Iraqupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 22:47:00

The White House report to U.S. lawmakers on progress in Iraq showed meager gains on benchmarks that Congress established for the Iraqi government.

Bush buys time in Iraq speechupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 09:02:00

The address was a chance to tout good news on the eve of a report to Congress with bad news. CNN's Ed Henry reports

Bush: 5,700 troops to return home by Christmasupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 09:02:00

President Bush said Thursday night conditions on the ground in Iraq have improved sufficiently to start bringing some U.S. troops home, and urged Americans divided over the war to "come together."

Time.com: A Bush Speech That Could Backfire updated: Fri Sep 14 2007 00:00:00

The President tries to rally the country with good news on Iraq, but some Republicans question why he took the risk

Time.com: Treading Water in Iraqupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 15:00:00

Viewpoint: In his speech, Bush will endorse General Petraeus's plan for a small troop drawdown. But it's hard to escape the impression that we're just treading water in Iraq

CNNMoney: Iraq progress reportupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 05:23:00

Iraq progress report

Al-Maliki: Iraq testimony was realisticupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 21:43:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called testimony given by the U.S. top commander in Iraq and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq "realistic and objective."

On the ground with U.S. troop surgeupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 21:43:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman joins U.S. soldiers heading into Iraq as part of the surge, some for their first time in battle.

Time.com: Hiding Behind the Generalupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 18:00:00

Bush has made Petraeus the arbiter of Iraq policy when it should be set by the President

Time.com: Petraeus Under Heavy Fireupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 04:00:00

On his second day of testimony, the general failed to reassure skeptical Senators from both parties

Iraq is now the central front on the war on terror, general saysupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 22:49:00

Defending the "surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq and insisting that a stable and democratic society there was still within reach, the top two U.S. officials in the war zone ended their second contentious day of testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Iraqi security adviser expects U.S. combat role to declineupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 09:06:00

Iraq's government expects fewer combat operations for U.S.-led coalition troops in the near future, the country's national security adviser said Tuesday.

Surge 'meeting objectives'updated: Tue Sep 11 2007 08:21:00

Gen. David Petraeus delivers his opening statement to Congress on the state of Iraq.

Petraeus: Troop withdrawals by year's endupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 08:21:00

The 30,000 additional troops deployed to Iraq in January could come home by next July, but further American withdrawals would be "premature," the U.S. commander there told a fractious congressional hearing Monday.

Petreaus, Pentagon reaxupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 23:19:00

A close look at testimony from Gen. David Petreaus and Amb. Ryan Crocker. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Petraeus Report? Not exactlyupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 01:09:00

Lawmakers talk up 'Petraeus Report,' Pentagon says there's 'no such thing.' CNN's Josh Levs explains.

Sources: Petraeus wants no troop cuts until springupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 17:51:00

The top U.S. commander in Iraq will recommend to President Bush that current U.S. troop levels be maintained in Iraq through next spring, according to U.S. military officials.

Cafferty: 'Kicking ass' in Iraqupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 17:51:00

CNN's Jack Cafferty takes e-mails on President Bush's recent comment about Iraq while attending a summit in Australia.

Time.com: Bush's Surprise Iraq Visitupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 11:00:00

The President stopped by for "first hand" intelligence, but promised soldiers that a drawdown will only be "from a position of strength and success"

Time.com: Why Baghdad's Latest Deal Is No Dealupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 16:00:00

A move to bring more Sunnis back into the government gave the U.S. something to brag about, but already is running into trouble

U.S. officials rethink hopes for Iraq democracyupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 21:02:00

Nightmarish political realities in Baghdad are prompting American officials to curb their vision for democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security.

U.S. rethinks vision for Iraqupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 21:02:00

U.S. rethinks vision for Iraq

Time.com: The Next War in Iraqupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 15:00:00

Even if Maliki is replaced, says Joe Klein, the country will remain in chaos. And there's little the US can do but stand by

Time.com: Iraq PM Rejects U.S. Criticismupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 11:00:00

Iraq's prime minister lashed out Wednesday at U.S. criticism, saying no one has the right to impose timetables on his elected government

Bush sees progress, but speaks of 'frustration' with Iraq's leadershipupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 22:05:00

President Bush acknowledged a mood of "frustration" hanging over Iraq's fractious, paralyzed government Tuesday.

Time.com: A Last Chance for the Surgeupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 16:55:00

The military strategy is mostly working, but Iraq must salvage its deteriorating political situation for the effort to succeed

Poll: Majority mistrustful of upcoming Iraq reportupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 04:05:00

A majority of Americans don't trust the upcoming report by the Army's top commander in Iraq on the progress of the war and even if they did, it wouldn't change their mind, according to a new poll.

Time.com: U.S., Iraq, Iran Discuss Securityupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 15:50:00

The United States, Iran and Iraq have agreed to set up a security subcommittee to carry forward talks on restoring stability in Iraq, the U.S. envoy said Tuesday

U.S., Iran, Iraq to form group to address Iraq's security problemsupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 00:13:00

The U.S., Iran and Iraq will set up a subcommittee to address issues related to Iraq's security, including the activities of extremist militias, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker announced Tuesday.

U.S., Iran to discuss chaos in Iraqupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 08:40:00

The U.S. and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq will meet Tuesday to discuss security issues in the war-torn country, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Time.com: Baghdad? Can You Hear Me Now? updated: Fri Jul 20 2007 16:50:00

A bad connection hampers a Senate hearing with the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. But one disappointing answer came through loud and clear

Missed Iraq briefing irks some Senate Democratsupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 08:39:00

Senate Democratic leaders are accusing the Bush administration of mishandling invitations to classified Pentagon briefings about the Iraq war, causing many colleagues to miss the event.

Lowering the bar in Iraqupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 00:30:00

Lowering the bar in Iraq

Time.com: Why Maliki Is Still Aroundupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 16:55:00

Analysis: No one seems happy with the Iraqi Prime Minister, but he has held on for two reasons: his political acumen and the lack of a good alternative

Rescuers help survivorsupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 23:47:00

Rescuers help survivors

27 killed in Baghdad area attacksupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 23:47:00

Attackers targeting Iraqi police and civilians in and around Baghdad on Sunday killed 27 people and wounded 45 others, Iraqi officials said.

Time.com: In Iraq, Operation Last Chanceupdated: Fri Jun 29 2007 03:00:00

General David Petraeus believes his Iraq strategy is working. But convincing Congress is another story

U.S. tells Iran face to face: Stop supporting militiasupdated: Mon May 28 2007 02:47:00

The United States told Iran on Monday its support for militias fighting in Iraq needs to cease, said Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

Administration reportedly studying Iraq troop-reductionupdated: Sat May 26 2007 15:44:00

The Bush administration could reduce U.S. combat forces in Iraq to about 100,000 next year under various options being weighed, according to a report published Saturday that quotes senior administration officials.

Cheney sees greater sense of urgency in Iraq updated: Wed May 09 2007 02:13:00

Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that he believes there's a "greater sense of urgency" among Iraqis to make progress on all fronts in the war-wracked nation.

Market bombs kill 119 across Iraqupdated: Thu Mar 29 2007 06:58:00

Bombers launched two deadly strikes Thursday in crowded Shiite marketplaces in Baghdad and a town north of Iraq's capital, killing 119 people and wounding 171. At least 17 others died in other bombings and gunfire around the country.

Sources: U.S. Iraq ambassador in line for U.N. job updated: Thu Jan 04 2007 18:11:00

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, is the leading candidate to be the next American ambassador to the United Nations, three Bush administration officials told CNN Thursday.

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