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Very little in life is truly inevitable. When briefing policy makers, I would try to point out that a lot of it wasn't even predictable (at least in any scientific sense). But surely what is happening in Iraq, the increasingly darkening clouds of sectarian division, can hardly be described as unexpected.

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Cable reveals details about Saddam Hussein's 'hastily run' executionupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 06:24:00

A January 2007 State Department cable published by WikiLeaks reveals new details about what happened before and during the controversial execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Karzai declared elected president of Afghanistanupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 17:04:00

Afghan electoral officials Monday declared incumbent President Hamid Karzai the winner of another term in office, after canceling this weekend's second round of voting.

Afghan election official opposes presidential coalitionupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 14:16:00

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission vowed Saturday that he would not support a coalition government in Afghanistan.

Source: Afghan election talks break downupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 19:20:00

Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his election opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, have broken down, a Western source close to the Afghan leadership told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday.

Mourning in Iran and Iraq for dead Shiite leaderupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 23:08:00

A funeral procession for a senior Iraqi Shiite leader wound through the streets of Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Thursday.

Iraq reconstruction history details waste, failuresupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 16:04:00

Iraqis in Diyala province sarcastically call it "the whale."

'I'll never stop looking for him,' wife of vanished ex-FBI agent saysupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 11:16:00

Christine Levinson went to the United Nations on Monday to ask questions about her husband, Bob, a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran last year.

U.S. envoy's talks with Pakistan questionedupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 00:45:00

Bush administration officials are angrily questioning whether a senior U.S. diplomat has interfered in Pakistani politics.

U.S.: Russia trying to topple Georgian governmentupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:19:00

The United States on Sunday accused Russia of trying to overthrow the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where Russian troops have been battling Georgian forces over the breakaway territory of South Ossetia.

Georgia hopes for cease-fireupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:19:00

Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, lay in smoldering ruins after heavy fighting. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

Violence in 2nd Georgian breakaway territory concerns U.N.updated: Mon Aug 11 2008 02:35:00

As fighting continued Sunday between Russia and Georgia over the separatist province of South Ossetia, U.N. officials expressed concern about violence in another Russian-backed breakaway territory in Georgia.

Zimbabwe opposition leader calls for peacekeepers, new electionupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 10:11:00

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday called for armed international peacekeepers to secure a new presidential election in Zimbabwe, which has been racked by violence ahead of a Friday runoff.

Mugabe votesupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 22:37:00

Robert Mugabe casts his vote in Zimbabwe's one candidate presidential run-off election.

Opposition leader says voters forced to choose Mugabeupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 22:37:00

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said government supporters threatened Zimbabweans into voting for Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party Friday.

Myanmar crackdown: Global reactionupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 18:09:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "urgently dispatching" a special envoy to Myanmar, a statement from his office said Wednesday, following reports of violent clashes in that country between security forces and protesters.

China could influence Myanmarupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 18:09:00

CNN's Andrew Stevens discusses the political turmoil across Myanmar with Aung Din, an expert on the region.

The monks of Myanmarupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 18:09:00

The Buddhist monks leading the protests in Myanmar are held in high esteem by the population. CNN's Tim Lister reports.

U.N. envoy to Myanmar urged to meet junta amid protestsupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 19:17:00

United Nations diplomats called on the U.N. special envoy to Myanmar to meet with the country's military junta after Ibrahim Gambari briefed them Thursday on the political situation in the secretive Asian nation.

Analysis: Will U.S., Iran eat dessert together?updated: Fri Mar 09 2007 14:37:00

This weekend in Baghdad, Iraq's neighbors and members of the U.N. Security Council will meet to discuss how the international community can help the Iraqi government stop violence, build its economy and create a political process that can reverse its free-fall into civil war.

Scores killed as Shiite pilgrims targeted again in Iraqupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 02:05:00

Attacks on Shiite pilgrims en route to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala continued into a third day as bombings killed 15 people Wednesday in Baghdad, police said.

U.S., Iran say they may meet at Baghdad conferenceupdated: Sun Mar 04 2007 13:23:00

Iranian and U.S. representatives may meet on the sidelines of next weekend's regional conference on Iraq -- but it is unlikely that Iran's nuclear program will be among the topics.

Iraqi PM says he refused U.S. request to delay executionupdated: Tue Jan 09 2007 13:57:00

Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that he turned down a U.S. request to delay Saddam Hussein's hanging because he wanted to show Iraqis that no deal would let the former dictator escape punishment.

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.

Thursday, January 4updated: Thu Jan 04 2007 02:59:00

CHICAGO (CNN) -- A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a man who allegedly planned to set off several grenades in garbage cans at a Rockford, Ill., shopping mall during the busy holiday shopping rush, authorities said.

Bush transcript, part 4: More to election loss than Iraqupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 17:50:00

QUESTION: Thank you, sir.

Iraqi prime minister: 'I'm not America's man'updated: Sat Oct 28 2006 05:32:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday referred to the boundary between himself and the United States, telling U.S. President Bush that he answers first to the Iraqi government and people, according to an Iraqi official.

Iraqi control '12-18 months away'updated: Wed Oct 25 2006 01:11:00

The top U.S. commander in Iraq has said it will take another 12 to 18 months before Iraqi security forces are ready to take over in the country.

Khalilzad: Baghdad key to Iraq's futureupdated: Wed Aug 23 2006 13:18:00

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq warned Wednesday that "Iraq faces an urgent crisis in securing its capital."

Sunni official: Iraq may seek U.N. troopsupdated: Tue Jul 11 2006 01:43:00

Iraqi politicians are considering a formal request for U.N. troops to provide security, a Sunni official said on Tuesday, as attackers killed as many as 37 people across the country.

Bush: Generals, Iraqis will decide troop strengthupdated: Mon Jun 26 2006 11:35:00

President Bush said Monday the U.S. troop presence in Iraq will be determined by military commanders, the Iraqi government and "conditions on the ground."

Al Qaeda No. 2 mourns al-Zarqawiupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 16:40:00

Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, says in a videotape aired Friday that he grieves over the death of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Vehicle bombs rip through Baghdadupdated: Tue May 23 2006 08:44:00

Shootings and bombings Tuesday killed at least 30 people and wounded 52 in Iraq, and the U.S. ambassador acknowledged that Iraq's new government faces "a big challenge" from sectarian violence and the ongoing insurgency.

Iraq's new unity government sworn inupdated: Sat May 20 2006 01:04:00

Iraq's first permanent government since the fall of Saddam Hussein was approved by parliament and sworn in on Saturday, despite the failure to fill three ministry posts because of political disputes.

Iraq parliament elects new leaders updated: Sat Apr 22 2006 00:54:00

Iraq finally has names for its top jobs -- more than four months after its historic general election.

Carroll walks unharmed into Sunni party officeupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 06:27:00

Nearly three months after she was abducted in Baghdad, American journalist Jill Carroll walked into the office of a Sunni Arab political party Thursday and asked if she could call the U.S. Embassy, an official with the Iraqi Islamic Party said.

Rescue mission raises hopes for abducted journalistupdated: Fri Mar 24 2006 08:21:00

The rescue of three Western aid workers in Iraq raised hopes among friends and family of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, who has been missing for 11 weeks.

Transcript of Bush news conferenceupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 09:39:00

President Bush held a news conference Tuesday at the White House, focusing primarily on the war in Iraq.

Iraqi parliament: 30 minutes and outupdated: Thu Mar 16 2006 07:09:00

Three months after its members were elected, Iraq's parliament met briefly Thursday, but a major stumbling block to the creation of a national unity government remains for the legislative body.

Can he make peace bloom?updated: Tue Mar 14 2006 09:55:00

"Everyone wants me to solve their problems,"

Molly Ivins: You call this progress?updated: Thu Mar 09 2006 11:20:00

It was such a relief to me to learn we are making "very, very good progress" in Iraq. As the third anniversary of our invasion approaches, I could not have been more thrilled by the news reported by Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on a Sunday chat show. Vice President Dick Cheney's take was equally reassuring: Things are "improving steadily" in Iraq.

Khalilzad: Iraqis say Carroll aliveupdated: Mon Feb 27 2006 13:46:00

Iraqi officials believe kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll is alive and they are working toward her release, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Monday.

Age-old hostilities boil overupdated: Sun Feb 26 2006 11:47:00

( In spite of the Bush administration's continued calls to end the sectarian violence that has torn through Iraq since the explosion of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, another wave of killings shook the country today, spreading the dread of civil war like brush fire among both Sunnis and Shiites who are already on edge.

When can we leave?updated: Wed Feb 22 2006 14:13:00

Pentagon officials have been saying for some time that Iraqis must take more responsibility for securing their country. But can these local forces protect its critical infrastructure without U.S. help? Top American officials disagree, and that has caused friction between the State and Defense departments and may complicate the planned reduction of U.S. troops.

'Bin Laden ordered Israel strike'updated: Mon Jan 09 2006 16:40:00

A December rocket attack against northern Israel was ordered by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, an audio statement attributed to fugitive terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed Monday.

Suicide bombers kill at least 23 Iraqi policeupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 16:39:00

Two suicide bombers disguised as senior police officers killed at least 23 Iraqi police and wounded 21 others outside the main entrance of the Interior Ministry, Baghdad emergency police said.

International team to review Iraqi electionsupdated: Thu Dec 29 2005 13:42:00

An international team will review the work of Iraqi election officials, the International Mission for Iraqi Elections said Thursday.

'Significant increase' seen in Iraqi expatriate vote updated: Sat Dec 17 2005 10:55:00

A group that monitored the Iraqi parliamentary elections said preliminary findings show "there has been a significant increase in voter turnout" among Iraqi expatriates casting ballots in 15 countries across the globe.

Truck with allegedly fake ballots detainedupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 11:09:00

With the country's parliamentary elections slated for Thursday and early voting already under way, a truck carrying what are believed to be fake ballots was detained in the Iraqi border province of Wasit, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

Jail inspection finds 'number of problems'updated: Mon Dec 12 2005 06:50:00

Inspectors found "a number of problems" at a jail housing Iraqi detainees, the nation's Human Rights Ministry said Monday, while a report surfaced of possible torture of some of the inmates.

Iraq shuts down borders ahead of electionupdated: Sun Dec 11 2005 06:58:00

With parliamentary elections just days away, Iraq has closed its international borders and imposed a nighttime curfew around those boundaries, Iraq's interior minister said Sunday.

New York parade kicks off Thanksgivingupdated: Thu Nov 24 2005 11:05:00

Millions of spectators turned out for the 79th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, as its floats and giant balloons made their way through the streets of New York City.

Sunni groups join forces for Iraq voteupdated: Wed Oct 26 2005 15:10:00

Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who turned out in larger numbers for a constitutional referendum after boycotting January's parliamentary vote, are now flexing their political muscles for the December 15 assembly election, Sunni Arab officials told CNN.

Rice, Iraqi official optimistic about referendum updated: Sun Oct 16 2005 00:57:00

As election workers in Iraq counted millions of paper ballots cast in the constitutional referendum, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the measure "had probably passed" but cautioned she didn't know the final outcome.

Much rides on Iraqi constitution voteupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 07:44:00

As Iraqis vote Saturday on a new constitution, much more than a permanent government could be at stake, including peace between Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish factions and the future of the insurgency.

Power returning to Baghdadupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 07:12:00

Power and water began returning to parts of Baghdad early Saturday morning hours after an election-eve insurgent attack plunged 70 percent of the city into darkness.

Bush: 'America will stand with the Iraqi people'updated: Tue Sep 13 2005 11:57:00

Meeting Tuesday with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, President Bush renewed his pledge to assist Baghdad in building a democracy and to help the fledgling government defeat insurgents.

Iraq leader sees progress on constitution front updated: Tue Aug 23 2005 06:58:00

Iraq's interim prime minister said Tuesday that lawmakers have made great strides in writing the country's new constitution and have been able to bridge gaps on many issues.

Iraq delays vote on draft constitutionupdated: Mon Aug 22 2005 01:37:00

An Iraqi constitution draft was submitted to the National Assembly Monday minutes before a midnight deadline, but three more days are needed to resolve "outstanding" sticking points, the assembly speaker said.

U.S. ambassador downplays Iraq constitution delay updated: Tue Aug 16 2005 09:42:00

After U.S. officials had pushed Iraq's politicians for months to write a draft constitution by Monday, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq downplayed Tuesday the fact that the transitional government had extended the deadline by one week.

Iraq constitution deadline extendedupdated: Mon Aug 15 2005 11:05:00

Iraq's National Assembly voted unanimously Monday to extend for a week the deadline for negotiators to agree on a draft of the country's new constitution.

Car bombs kills 8 in Baghdadupdated: Sun Jul 24 2005 22:57:00

Eight Iraqis were killed Monday in two separate suicide car bomb attacks in the country's capital, police officials told CNN.

Baghdad car bomb kills 25 near police stationupdated: Sun Jul 24 2005 04:43:00

A suicide car bomb killed 25 people and wounded 33 others Sunday near al-Rashad police station in Baghdad, the city's emergency police said.

U.S. ambassador meets top Iraqi officialsupdated: Sat Jul 23 2005 11:06:00

The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq met Saturday with leaders of the Iraq's fledgling government and said that "security challenges" cannot be met with military might alone.

U.S. diplomat: Bin Laden not in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 16 2005 06:40:00

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday that he does not believe Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar are in the central Asian country.

Ukraine begins withdrawal from Iraqupdated: Sat Mar 12 2005 08:15:00

Ukraine has begun pulling troops out of Iraq as part of a phased withdrawal of its complete 1,650-man contingent, the sixth largest in the U.S.-led coalition.

U.S. military: At least 50 dead in Mosulupdated: Fri Mar 11 2005 07:02:00

The U.S. military said Friday the latest reports indicate Thursday's suicide bombing in Mosul killed at least 50 Iraqi civilians and wounded nearly 80 others.

Kabul blast on U.S. office kills 9updated: Sun Aug 29 2004 10:12:00

An explosion that destroyed a building in downtown Kabul killed 9 people -- at least three of them Americans -- and wounded at least seven others, witnesses said.

U.S. investigates Afghan abuse claimupdated: Wed May 12 2004 03:37:00

The U.S. military has launched an investigation into the suspected mistreatment of an Afghan police officer while in the custody of coalition forces.

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