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CBS News (video link)

A U.S. military helicopter crashed north of the Iraqi capital Monday — the third American chopper to go down in 10 days — killing the two crew members. A resident said he saw the smoke trail of a missile before the aircraft plunged to the ground.

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Associated Press

At least four foreign terrorists died in the purported U.S. airstrike aimed at al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in a Pakistani border village, the provincial government said. Between 10 and 12 foreign extremists had been invited to the dinner at the villa

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USA Today

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said al-Qaeda can't be treated lightly as anti-American protests raged in Pakistan following a purported U.S. attack on a village that may have harbored members of the terrorist network.

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Washington Post

The U.S. Agency for International Development paints a dire and detailed picture of the Iraq security situation in its request for contractors to bid on its $1.32 billion, 28-month project to help stabilize 10 major Iraqi cities.

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Reuters

Republican and Democratic senators said on Sunday the United States may ultimately have to undertake a military strike to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but that should be the last resort.

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Associated Press

Now, at 1:13 a.m., under a light drizzle, 25-year-old Lt. Mark Brogan and 13 men from his platoon crouch behind a wall, waiting for the signal to storm the house. The informant claims the financier and his son are inside. The two bodyguards, almost c

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CBS News (incl. video link)

“I think the vast majority [of troops] will be out by the end of the year and I’m hopeful it will be sooner than that,” Murtha tells Mike Wallace. Mounting pressure from constituents in this election year will force Congress to pass his withdrawal pl

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New York Times

The duffel bag landed on the floor with a thud. The Army medic, looked around. The walls of his apartment were full of holes. The bathroom did not have any toilet paper. The floors were fuzzy with dust. Just returned from a year in Iraq, but no one h

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Los Angeles Times

US officials confirm an aggressive role by Saudi fighters in the insurgency in Iraq, where they accounted for more than half of all Arab militants killed. Millions of dollars continue to flow from wealthy Saudis to Al Qaeda and other suspected terror

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Christina Lamb

The attack took place in the early hours of Friday, when CIA-operated Predator drones circled the village of Damadola in the Bajaur area in northwest Pakistan before launching four Hellfire missiles at a mud-walled compound. Three houses were razed t

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by Arianna Huffington

Now it is clear that the Shiites were just saying what the Bush administration wanted to hear, never meant it, and never intended to follow through. "We will stop anyone who tries to change the Constitution," said al-Hakim yesterday.

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by Sanjay Suri (AntiWar.com)

Western powers are already planning use of the military option in the face of Iran's insistence that it will go ahead with what it calls its nuclear research program. ''The military option is being considered already, they are just not ta

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BBC News

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that his country does not need a nuclear weapon. Mr Ahmadinejad said they were needed only by people who "want to solve everything through the use of force".

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New York Times

[What is next? Health care package for suicide bombers?] Federal prosecutors released an application to join a training camp of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan that they say was filled out by Jose Padilla. The "Mujahideen Data Form" bears the signa

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Agence France Presse

"We were asleep when the first missile hit another house. We came out but my 3 children were buried under debris in a second explosion," said Mohammed Khan. His children all died. "The US cannot do this without Pakistan's support.

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Reuters

Confusion rippled around the court trying Saddam Hussein on Saturday after the chief judge made it clear he wanted to step down, casting an already turbulent process into further disarray.

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Military Review (a PDF article)

There can be few acts more galling than a soldier from one country publicly assessing the performance of those from another. However, this is not an arrogant exercise in national comparisons: there is no other Army in the world that could even have a

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Associated Press

The Army closed a criminal investigation of abuse allegations by an Iraqi detainee last year, finding no reason to believe his claims, even though no Americans involved in the case were questioned

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The Australian

A US soldier who sued the military to protest against the involuntary extension of his service has lost his challenge of the "stop-loss" policy Washington has used to maintain troop levels. US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest uph

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