LastDayWatchers the results to the so-called "Success of the Surge" will continue to manifest themselves as
Iraq's security forces, trained by the United States at a cost of billions of dollars, have been unable to dislodge the militants and instead are fighting pitched battles.
The United Nations said 2013 was the deadliest year in Iraq since 2008, with more than 8,800 people killed, most of them civilians.
The sectarian conflict has also been exacerbated by the war in Syria, which borders Anbar.
Failure to defeat the insurgency will likely increasingly erode already fragile power-sharing deals with the country's Kurds as well.
The worms eats away
The father of an Iraq war veteran who kidnapped two California women says he tried unsuccessfully to get the court to commit his son after the 23-year-old was "psychologically devastated" in combat.
"He came back completely emotionally, psychologically and spiritually devastated," Jeffrey Middlebrook told NBC Bay Area. "He even said, numerous times, he said, 'I lost my soul in Iraq.'"
Kenneth Middlebrook, 23, is accused of kidnapping two women in separate incidents Sunday. His father, Jeffery Middlebrook, apologized to the women and said his son has not been the same since he returned from war two years ago.
There were 5,061 reports of sexual assault in fiscal year 2013 compared with 3,374 in 2012, "Today's report is deeply troubling and shows the scourge of sexual assaults has not been brought under control and our current military justice system remains broken,"
And the curse compounds
Average rainfall at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport through April 29 is 11.22 inches. This year, the total is 3.93 inches.
Year-to-date rainfall is already the third-lowest on record in Dallas, with less than 4 inches between Jan. 1 and April 29, “I’ve been disappointed in the trend we’ve seen so far, I’m working on the seven-day forecast now, and I don’t have one chance of rain on there." said Rick Mitchell, meteorologist at KXAS (NBC5).
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