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WAR: About that War

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Financial Times (link to poll)

Despite persistent disillusionment with the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans supports taking military action against Iran if that country continues to produce material that can be used to develop nuclear weapons. [even if = $6/gal. gas?]

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Associated Press

President Bush will use his new budget to propose cutting the size of the Army Reserve to its lowest level in 3 decades come as the Defense Department struggles to trim personnel costs and other expenses to pay for the war in Iraq and a host of othe

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St. Petersburg Times

Bucklew also hailed Burke, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. "This is a bad thing, but he certainly has a past he can be proud of." That past, and his cooperation with investigators looking into a bribery scam at SOCom, helped Burke get a

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Associated Press

The top US commander in Iraq acknowledged that the Army was stretched but insisted forces here were capable of accomplishing their mission and any recommendation to reduce troops further would be dictated by the situation on the battlefield.

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The Guardian

Courts martial and equipment failures fuel rank and file discontent. A groundswell of discontent among members of the armed forces is leading to calls for the formation of a federation to campaign for the rights of the 250,000 servicemen and women in

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Christian Science Monitor

The US might now seem hypocritical to many Arabs - encouraging democracy in the Middle East, while rejecting the choices that result from its exercise. Is Mr. Bush's campaign for democracy encouraging the empowerment of Islamist militants

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BBC

Canadian Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper has defended plans to send military ice-breakers to the Arctic in defiance of criticism from Washington. US ambassador David Wilkins said that Washington opposed the plan and, like most other countries, d

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Los Angeles Times

Soldiers prosecuted in the abuse or even deaths of detainees rarely have paid a heavy price, an indication of the difficulties the U.S. military has had sorting out right from wrong during the war on terrorism. Charged with murder in an Iraqi general

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Knight Ridder

Iraq's top Sunni Muslim political party called on its followers to use any means necessary to defend their homes, saying the government is too weak to protect Sunni neighborhoods from violent raids by the Shiite Muslim-dominated police.

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Aljazeera

Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, who turned out to be right about Iraq not having unconventional weapons, says the US should offer Iran a range of inducements to keep it from developing nuclear weapons.

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The News International

"We don’t want interference in Pakistan ... only Pakistan forces will act," said Musharraf, wearing a dark suit rather than his military uniform. Pakistan had demanded assurances that US forces would not attack again across the border from

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Associated Press

Water supplied to a U.S. base in Iraq was contaminated and the contractor in charge, Halliburton, failed to tell troops and civilians at the facility, according to internal documents from the company and interviews with former Halliburton officials.

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Associated Press

Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, will preside at the trial. His appointment comes as a surprise. The prior Judge Amin's deputy in the trial was expected to replace the judge in line with the Iraqi law running the tribunal. But he was accused o

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Asia Times

The US attack on Iraq then provided al-Qaeda with a trump card as it was able to reactivate members and sympathizers in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Morocco and beyond. In fact the success of the Iraqi resistance, in which al-Qaeda i

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Los Angeles Times

Neither the Shiites nor the Kurds trust the Sunnis enough to want to make them real players in the new government, diplomats say, and it is unlikely they will get any key ministries, especially those controlling the security services. But without Sun

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Aljazeera

Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi cleric, has said his al-Mahdi Army will help to defend Iran if it is attacked. Al-Sadr's comments could be seen as a message that Tehran has allies who could make things difficult for US forces in the region if Iran

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Alternet (film interview)

I've got a long memory, and it was only a couple of years ago. I know why I was sent to Iraq; I know why I went to war. And when that proved to be false, I think that's when we lost our credibility and our world standing. And ultimately we

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