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WAR: About that War

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Reuters

The US military said it was investigating whether civilians, including 2 children, were killed during a fierce gunbattle in Ramadi that ended with air strikes destroying several buildings. Iraqi officials said 26 people were killed, including women a

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Mother Jones

“What’s the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” Our leaders—should have learned back before they signed us up for this crash course in Middle Eastern geopolitics. Let’s do the math on what the war really costs in blood and dollars.

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The Guardian

While Iraqis struggled in the chaos of Baghdad after the invasion, the Americans sent to rebuild the nation led a cocooned existence in the center of the capital - complete with booze, hot dogs and luxury villas. New book exposes life in the Green Zo

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AP

Insurgents exploded a truck carrying chlorine gas canisters — the second such "dirty" chemical attack in two days — while a U.S. official said ground fire apparently forced the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter. All nine aboard the aircraf

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NY Times

The Pentagon is planning to send more than 14,000 National Guard troops back to Iraq next year, shortening their time between deployments to meet the demands of President Bush’s buildup, Defense Department officials said.

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by Robert Parry (Consortium News)

Despite the sacrifices in lives, treasure and liberties, the painful reality is that the US is losing the “war on terror” – in large part because too many people in the Middle East and across the globe view George W. Bush as a bully and a hypocrite.

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by Justin Raimondo (AntiWar)

Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington was recently sentenced to a mere 8 years in jail for the wanton, planned murder of an Iraqi man, in return for his testimony against the other monsters who participated in the crime. He told the judge, at his sentencing,

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by Robert Dreyfuss (Washington Monthly)

Much of Washington assumes that leaving Iraq will lead to a bigger bloodbath. It’s time to question that assumption.

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NBC News

Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks. Blair will also tell the House of Commons that a total of about 3,000 British soldiers will have left sout

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NY Times

Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, acc

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NY Times

In a remote patch of the Anbar desert just 20 miles from the Syrian border, a single blue pillar of flanges and valves sits atop an enormous deposit of oil and natural gas that would be routine in this petroleum-rich country except for one fact: this

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by Martin Sieff (Am. Conservative)

The more US forces come into conflict with the Shi’ite militias in Baghdad, the more they run the risk the guns they provide to the new Iraqi army and police will be turned on them, in “random incidents” and eventually a general uprising.

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by Andrew Cockburn (LA Times)

Last month out of 3,000 IEDs directed at occupation troops, only 2.5% were EFPs. But a further statistic explains why these particular weapons are so feared by soldiers: Despite the relatively tiny number deployed, they accounted for 15% of casualti

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by Eric Margolis (Lew Rockwell)

During the 14 months he ran Iraq, Paul Bremer committed 2 enormous follies: He dissolved Iraq’s army and police, then fired all government employees who were members of Saddam’s Ba’athist Party. Iraq was left without security forces or functioning go

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NY Times

When Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his top officers gathered in August 2002 to review an invasion plan for Iraq, it reflected a decidedly upbeat vision of what the country would look like 4 years after Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.

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