PM Vows Offensive Against Al-Qaida
PM Nouri al-Maliki gestures as he announces during a press
conference in Karbala, Iraq that the government is
sending troops to Mosul. Iraq’s
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says Iraqi forces will mount a major offensive
against al-Qaida elements in the northern city of Mosul.
He says the
fight there will be "decisive," with the help of
Mosul’s population. An
Interior Ministry spokesman says an extra 3,000 police are
to the city. Bombings
in Mosul this week killed nearly 40 people and wounded more
On the political
front, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee
urged Iraq’s leaders on Friday to reach compromise.
Jack Reed, who just returned from a trip to Iraq, said the
security gains resulting from President Bush’s troop surge
in Iraq could erode without progress toward political reconciliation.
news, a U.S. television network says Iraq’s Saddam Hussein
told his American interrogator he did not think the United
States would invade Iraq.
The CBS network
quotes George Piro, the FBI agent who questioned Saddam, as
saying the late Iraqi leader claimed he allowed the world to
believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction to prevent Iran
from invading his country.