Iraqi and U.S. officials interviewed for the report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said the $60 billion the U.S. spent on reconstruction efforts in Iraq "should have accomplished more." The findings could portend what lies ahead for the U.S. in Afghanistan where it is also engaged in reconstruction.
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The Soviet soldier, missing since 1980, was nursed back to health by locals after being wounded in battle. He later converted to Islam and married an Afghan woman.
The Syrian National Coalition says it won't attend meetings in Moscow, D.C., and Rome in protest of the continued violence. The announcement comes as fighting in Aleppo intensifies.
About 100 U.S. troops will help France gather information on Islamist fighters in neighboring Mali, many of whom escaped from French troops who've retaken towns from the militants.
Gunfire and heavy explosions are heard in Gao, freed by France from Islamist militants' control in early February.
French and Malian troops are searching houses in Gao, Mali, for explosive materials left by retreating Islamist militants, who regrouped to attack the town again last weekend.
A year ago, there was speculation that Kim Jong Un might be different from his father and grandfather. North Korea's nuclear muscle-flexing has all but silenced that discussion.
One of the Islamist leaders is accused of enforcing harsh punishments against Malians under his control, such as stoning, amputations and beatings.
Francois Hollande visits the northern city of Timbuktu six days after French and Malian troops liberate it; he says France is prepared to hand over command of the battle against Islamists in Mali to an African-led military force.
The French-led intervention against Islamist rebels is gaining strength. African military chiefs say a minimum of 5,000 regional troops are needed to join the intervention against the rebels.
Algerian special forces stormed a gas installation where militants were holding several hostages on Saturday, according to Algeria's state media. The reports claim 11 militants and seven hostages were killed during a final assault to end the four-day crisis.
The blasts occurred inside a university campus in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. The government and opposition blamed each other for the explosions that wounded more than 150.
Lebanon has had some of the worst winter weather in decades. First, record rainfalls flooded the low-lying part of the country, then ice and snow bent trees and blocked roads. The frigid conditions are making it even harsher for Syrian refugees trying to take shelter from the violent conflict back home.
The president outlined a plan that includes a new constitution, but said it could only take place once other countries stop funding the opposition. He maintained his assertions that the violence is fueled by terrorists and gave no hint he would step down.
Syrian activists are reporting that a government airstrike has killed tens of people at a bakery near the central city of Hama. As the situation continues to worsen, special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is arriving in Damascus for talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian rebels have long been pleading for more powerful weapons in their fight against the Syrian regime. Now, sources say they are being trained to shoot down Syrian military aircraft.
The Associated Press and the BBC are reporting that a joint U.S.-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan was attacked at that fighting is taking place.
Islamist rebels in Mali force out secular Tuareg rebels from towns close to Mauritania and Niger's border; the U.N. Secretary General says any international intervention force sent to Mali must be well trained in human rights obligations.
The conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip continues to escalate after Israeli airstrikes flattened key targets in Gaza and Palestinian rockets threatened deeper into Israel than ever before.
U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says there's so much warfare that Syria may be broken for years. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron suggests Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be given safe passage out of his country.