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WAR: About that War

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Times Online

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, today denied any immediate plans to authorise a military invasion in northern Iraq. But he hinted that once elections have taken place later this month that he would reassess Turkey's options.

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LA Times

Neighborhood outposts the U.S. military launched with great fanfare in Baghdad this year were supposed to put more American patrols on the streets and make residents feel safer. Soldiers stationed at the posts and Iraqis who live nearby say they are

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NY Times

AS domestic support for the war in Iraq continues to melt away, President Bush and the United States military in Baghdad are increasingly pointing to a single villain on the battlefield: Al Qaeda.

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NewsMax.com

Sheehan, a Californian, officially announced that she intends to run as an independent against Pelosi in 2008 if the San Francisco congresswoman doesn't move to impeach Bush by July 23, the day she expects to reach Washington.

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UPI

Well-informed sources in Washington fear a confrontation between Syria and Israel may happen this summer. The sources say that Syrian intelligence is abuzz with activity reports of an imminent Israeli attack across the Golan Heights

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Iraq Slogger

A number of mortar rounds struck the Green Zone on Tuesday, with estimate ranging from 10 to more than 30. Eyewitnesses reported smoke rising near the US embassy compound. A US spokesman initially reported no fatalities

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Mother Jones Blog

Before a packed house including Vice Presidential daughter Liz Cheney and former VP aide Mary Matalin, Iraq surge godfathers Frederick Kagan and Gen. Jack Keane faced off against a proponent of a phased withdrawal from Iraq at a discussion

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Christian Science Monitor

A Sunni tribal sheikh was on the phone. Sixty Al Qaeda fighters had returned to a nearby village Friday. Could the Iraqi Army commander in western Diyala Province please send help? But Col. Ali Mahmoud's 750 soldiers were tied up, struggling to s

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AP

Turkey has massed a huge military force on its border with Iraq bolstered fears that an invasion targeting hideouts of Kurdish rebels could be imminent. But how deeply into Iraq is the Turkish army willing to go, how long would it stay and what kind

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AP

A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reforms, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said.

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Crooks&Liars.com

Six weeks after announcing her departure from the peace movement, Cindy Sheehan said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.

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New York Times

It is time for the US to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit. Like many Americans, we have put off the conclusion, waiting for a sign that President Bush was seriously trying to dig the US out of th

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Wired Blog

It's not just the troops that are surging. War costs are up for American operatioins in Iraq and Afghanistan -- way up, more than a third higher than last year. In the first half of this fiscal year, the Defense Dept's "average monthly

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Eastern Star News

A statement by an Islamic group that calls itself the Islamic Emirate of Mosul threatened to kidnap or kill all Christians whether students or employees in Mosul University if they did not leave the univerisity campus in 3 days.

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Times Colonist(Canada)

US President George W. Bush's efforts to maintain Republican support for the war in Iraq was dealt another major blow yesterday when Sen. Pete Domenici, a GOP stalwart, split with the White House and called for the withdrawal of American troops.

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Wasington Times

President Bush yesterday used a July Fourth speech to airmen in West Virginia to brace Americans for another year of war in Iraq, saying the U.S. struggled for six years in the Revolutionary War to win independence from Britain. "Our first Indep

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Reuters

Up to 10 U.S. Marines are under investigation for the deaths of eight Iraqi prisoners during the November 2004 battle for Fallujah, marking the third war crimes probe of Marines at California's Camp Pendleton, a government spokesman said.

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Cernig

A picture provided by Multi-National Corps-Iraq of Iranian explosives seized in Iraq. There are good reasons to look twice at it. Not least that the picture's C-4 block looks uncannily like the standard US-military issue M-112 Demolition Charge.

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Sydney Herald Tribune

The government admitted the need to secure oil supplies is a factor in Australia's continued military involvement in Iraq. Defense Minister said oil was a factor in Australia's contribution to the unpopular war, as "energy security"

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Baltimore Sun

The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, new figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campai

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Washington Post

U.S. diplomats in Iraq, increasingly fearful over their personal safety after recent mortar attacks inside the Green Zone, are pointing to new delays and mistakes in the U.S. Embassy construction project in Baghdad as signs their vulnerability could

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McClatchy News

Leading Sunnis in Iraq’s Parliament snub a set of U.S.-supported oil laws that would regulate Iraq’s oil industry and govern how to distribute oil revenue. The Bush administration contends passage would draw Sunnis into the Shiite-led government and

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AP

When the United States invaded Iraq more than four years ago, war opponent David Gross asked his bosses for a radical pay cut, enough so he wouldn't have to pay taxes to support the war. "I was having a hard time looking at myself in the