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WAR: About that War

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Stephen Lendman

I can't match the famous Chinese general Sun Tzu who wrote his masterful Art of War 2400 years ago and won't even try. But I've seen the modern day script played out enough times and think I've gotten the hang of it now. First, some

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The Independent

"The fighting will only stop when a new balance of power has emerged," Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish leader, said. "Sunni and Shia will each take control of their own area." Sectarian cleansing h

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The Guardian

An Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News when he was wounded and detained by the U.S. military will be tried next month, CBS officials said Wednesday. Freedom's Phoenix has learned the charge will be 'willful doing of one's job.'

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Associated Press

[Nice, but not much of a story.] US and Iraqi forces freed a British and 2 Canadian hostages in a military operation, ending a 4 month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street.

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By Mark LeVine - Asia Times

The United States supports Israel not because of "shared values" and "democracy", but rather because for four decades Israel's actions - particularly those that ostensibly harm the chances for peace - have served US goals in t

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Christian Science Monitor

Yet the region 3 years on is experiencing heightened sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, expanding Islamic militancy, high levels of anti-Western hostility, and authoritarian regimes still clinging to power, analysts say.

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Time magazine

Interior Minister Bayan Jabr has turned the U.S.-trained force into violent Shi'ite shock troops. Growing evidence that the massacres and others like it are being tolerated and even abetted by Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated police forces, overs

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Asia Times

With the lid nearly off, the incipient civil war is capsizing the failing Iraq project, complicating the formation of a government, turning the armed forces into just another militia, and transforming Iraq into a bigger, meaner version of Lebanon 197

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Associated press

In Iraq, the concrete goes on forever, vanishing into the noonday glare, 2 million cubic feet of it, a mile-long slab that's now the home of up to 120 US helicopters, a "heli-park" as good as any back in the States. At another giant bas

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Reuters

China and Russia are united in pushing for more diplomacy to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, China said, a day after the 2 deflected Western moves to authorize UN Security Council threats against Iran. Unable to agree on telling Iran to stop enric

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Associated Press (video link)

A videotape taken by an Iraqi shows the aftermath of an alleged attack by US troops on civilians in their homes in a western town last November: a blood-smeared bedroom floor and bits of what appear to be human flesh and bullet holes on the walls.

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Agence France Presse

Rebels stormed an Iraqi police station in a pre-dawn raid to free inmates, triggering the deadliest firefight this year that left at least 18 police and 10 insurgents dead. The fighting also left 13 members of the government forces wounded and led to

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Boston Review

The Americans came for Sabah one night. His house on the western outskirts of Baghdad, stood in a dry, yellow field surrounded by brick walls. 3 cars were parked in front the day I came to visit, 2 weeks after Americans had shot him.

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Time magazine

At Gitmo General Miller was unaware a canine had been used to intimidate alleged "20th hijacker" who was forced to don women's underwear and perform dog tricks—even though Miller was intimately involved in planning al-Qahtani's inte

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St. Louis Today

Pew Research Center poll showed that two of three Americans disapprove of the way Bush is handling the war. For the first time, the Pew poll found that half of Americans support an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

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Associated Press

It's Joe who mans the M-240 atop a Humvee, warily watching the sides of the road, an unlikely Army corporal at 48, a father who came here for revenge, a Christian missionary on a crusade against Islam, and after 6 months at war, is ready to go ho

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Daily Telegraph

Iran held secret talks with Shia militant leaders from Iraq and Lebanon only days before the country's nuclear negotiators threatened America with "harm and pain", independent sources in Teheran have revealed.

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Bloomberg

Spending will rise to $9.8 billion a month from the $6.8 billion a month the Pentagon said it spent last year, the research service said. "Substantial'' expenses to replace or repair damaged weapons, aircraft, vehicles, radios and spare

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Associated Press

The 3-day-old sweep through villages 60 miles north of Baghdad stirred growing unease among leading Sunnis. A needless "escalation" at a time of difficult negotiations over forming a broad-based government representing all of Iraq's com

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