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WAR: About that War

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Washington Post

[Middle East domino theory] "Iran will follow very carefully what happens in the UN Security Council after the North Korean test. If the UN is not able to act forcefully, then Iran will think the path is clear to act with impunity."

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New York Times

James A. Baker III, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan panel reassessing Iraq strategy for President Bush, said Sunday that he expected the panel would depart from Mr. Bush's repeated calls to "stay the course, "

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National Interest

Despite past objections about multiple requests for defense funds and inadequate justification for parts of the spending request, the defense bill that Congress approved Friday is no different. Either the clamor has not been loud enough

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New York Post

NATO's top commander in Afganistan warned on Sunday that a majority of Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if their lives show no visible improvements in the next 6 months. Gen. David Richards, a British o

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Reuters

[so hand them guns and ammo] Five years after U.S. forces launched their offensive to oust Afghanistan's Taliban, Shakeela Jan says she is happy to have the freedom to work but that she travels to her job every day in fear.

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London Times

[well duh] An independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President Bush may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions, according to well informed sources.

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by Robert Dreyfuss (Tom Paine)

Like the other too-clever-by-half stratagems of the Bush people in Iraq, the installation of Maliki created more problems than it solved, and it now looks like Maliki has utterly lost the confidence of the White House. Given up on democracy in Iraq

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AP

Tucked away in fine print in the military spending bill for this past year was a lump sum of $20 million to pay for a celebration in the nation's capital "for commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Washington Times

Congress has set a 2007 termination date for the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction at the behest of the Bush administration, removing the source of a series of audit reports that have emboldened critics of the president's war poli

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Washington Post

Since late August, British commandos in the deserts of far southeastern Iraq have been testing one of the most serious charges leveled by the US against Iran: that Iran is secretly supplying weapons, parts, funding and training for attacks on U.S.-le

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AP

A Navy corpsman testified that Marines in his patrol seized an Iraqi civilian from his home, threw him into a hole and put at least 10 bullets in his head after growing frustrated in their search for an insurgent.

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Reuters

NATO assumed responsibility for security across the whole of Afghanistan on Thursday when it took command in the east of the country from US led coalition forces. On Thursday it took command of about 12,000 US troops in the east.

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Washington Post

Today, barely a dozen members of the 2,600-year-old Jewish community in Baghdad remain to observe Yom Kippur. Most are afraid to gather for holidays, and besides, they figure, how can one rejoice in a place like this?

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San Francisco Chronicle

Peeling away these various layers of rationalization ultimately reveals the nub of the pro-invasion argument: pure geopolitics. This argument, unlike the others, could not be made publicly to justify a war of choice. It was based on a long-held belie

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Daily Star

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will urge the US to take concrete action to crack down on Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq, as a unilateral rebel cease-fire went into effect. Amid growing violence in Turkey's southeast and a diplomatic push

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AP

With profits from this spring's record opium crop fueling a broad Taliban offensive, Afghan authorities say they are considering a once unthinkable way to deal with the scourge: spraying poppy fields with herbicide.

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AP

"There were lots of stupid questions and accusations with no proof," said the 56-year-old veteran of combat against the Soviet occupation. He insists he was there only because Afghan rivals lied about him to the U.S. Army.

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London Times

BRITISH troops battling the Taliban are to withdraw from one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan after agreeing a secret deal with the local people. Over the past two months British soldiers have come under sustained attack defending a remo

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Demanding that a war be stopped is serious business. I would have thought making the decision to initiate that war would have been considered the same. What I see exhibited by our leaders everyday is far from serious behavior.

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