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WAR: About that War

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Bloomberg News

The US and Russia have agreed to dismantle the UN agency that searched Iraq for weapons of mass destruction and affirm that Saddam Hussein's government had no such arms at the time of the American invasion in March 2003.

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Asia Times

Sixteen US gallons -- more than 60 liters - of oil. That's how much the average American soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan consumes on a daily basis - either directly, through the use of Humvees, tanks, trucks and helicopters, or indirectly, by cal

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AP

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Saturday that if he's elected, he wants "to carry the big stick" by increasing the size of the nation's military. The former Massachusetts governor said his plans include boosting

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by Georgie Anne Geyer

During this whole excruciating war in Iraq, one of the journalist's few acts of creativity has been reading the tea leaves left in whatever our generals have been swigging before getting us into such a disaster. At first, they were still fille

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Washington Post

Private security companies, funded by billions of dollars in U.S. military and State Department contracts, are fighting insurgents on a widening scale in Iraq, enduring daily attacks, returning fire and taking hundreds of casualties that have been un

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Washington Times

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refocused his antiwar crusade as his and Congress' job-approval ratings plummet to all-time lows. Mr. Reid began the week Monday by vowing to "push very, very hard" for troop withdrawal from Ir

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Christian Science Monitor

A bumper crop of poppies in Afghanistan is prompting Congress to push a reluctant US military into a bigger role to rid the country of the illegal trade. The reason? Officials have long suspected that the centuries-old opium industry is funding th

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Boston Globe(Andrew J. Bacevich)

Responsibility for the disaster of Iraq lies not only with the President of the United States, but also with the Joints Chiefs of Staff. The president needs expert and candid military counsel. Not yes-men in uniform.

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Washington Post

Here's a surprise: Remember how we were told that if we just waited until the fall, we'd see that George W. Bush's "surge" was working in Iraq? Well, now it turns out that we shouldn't expect answers in September after all.

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LA Times

"Everything is worse now," he groused. The bombing of a major Shiite Muslim shrine a day earlier, he added, is sure to make conditions worse. Asked who was to blame, he was quick to respond. "The American occupation," he said.

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Washington Times

New intelligence reveals China is covertly supplying large quantities of small arms and weapons to insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, through Iran.

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Wired Blog

The Pentagon doesn't just want to blast any target on Earth, in an hour. The military wants to strike everywhere and anywhere, just about instantly, with "cans of whup-ass." Let me explain. For the last few years, the Defense Dept ha

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Washington Post(David Ignatius)

The US is losing the war in Iraq because it cannot combat these makeshift weapons. An army with unimaginable firepower is being driven out by guerrillas armed with a crude arsenal of explosives and blasting caps, triggered by cellphones and garage-d

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Daily Telegraph

Tony Lagouranis conducted mock executions, forced men and boys into agonising stress positions, kept suspects awake for weeks on end, used dogs to terrify detainees and subjected others to hypothermia. But he confesses that he was deeply scarred b

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Breitbart.com

Fighting first started just before midnight Monday between Taliban militants and Afghan police, and two hours into the battle U.S. forces arrived and mistakenly opened fire on the police, said Zurmai Khan, the Khogyani district chief.

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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly…”(Thomas Paine, The American Crisis. Dec. 19, 1776.)

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AP

Suspected al-Qaida bombers stepped up attacks on key transportation arteries, striking a bridge north of the capital Monday a day after shutting the superhighway south of Baghdad with a huge explosion that collapsed an overpass and killed three U.S.

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alternet

After Blackwater lost a series of appeals all the away to the U.S. Supreme Court, Blackwater has now changed its tactics and is suing the dead men's estates for $10 million to silence the families and keep them out of court.

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AP

As of Sunday, June 10, 2007, at least 3,505 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,864 died as a resu

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Washington Post

The American soldiers in Amiriyah have allied themselves with dozens of Sunni militiamen who call themselves the Baghdad Patriots -- a group that American soldiers believe includes insurgents who have attacked them in the past -- in an attempt to dri

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LA Times

A staff sergeant testified Thursday that he was ordered to destroy grisly pictures of women and children killed by Marines so that the images would not be part of a statement being prepared for an investigative officer and a magazine reporter. The

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NY Sun

American diplomats are quietly urging the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq to take steps that would help ease the alarm over the Turkish troops amassed on Iraq's border. Ankara, Washington, and Baghdad all rushed yesterday to deny an Asso

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