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WAR: About that War

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AntiWar blog

"We begin now to find the misfortune of entering into war without a declaration of war—without a declaration setting forth to the people the causes of the war, and one upon which they may hold the Government responsible."

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Checkpoint Bahgdad

Visiting a U.S. military base in Iraq can feel a little like a trip down Alice’s Wonderland rabbit hole. Inside the barbed-wire fences and flood lights, and just past the tanks and attack helicopters, is a slice of Americana. In between their dangero

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AFP

British artillery fire on Saturday slammed into a disused oil facility in Iraq's southern city of Basra, causing an extensive blaze and sending thick black smoke into the air, the military said.

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AP

Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings — leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions.

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Christian Science Monitor

When Najaf unplugged its power station from the national grid last week, it was a sign of provincial dissent over the unequal distribution of electricity. But it also indicates a new assertiveness in the south, as Iraq's regional leaders seek to

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Press TV

Turkish commandos have entered the Iraqi border region of Dahuk, in an operation aimed at eradicating Kurdistan Workers Party rebels. According to a security official, about 350 Turkish commandos crossed the Iraqi border on Sunday.

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AP

Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings - leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions. Meanwhile

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McClatchy Newspapers

The sign taped to the men's latrine is just five lines. "US MILITARY CONTRACTORS CIVILIANS ONLY!!!!" It needed only one: "NO IRAQIS." Here at this searing, dusty US military base about four miles west of Baqouba, Iraqis

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Washington Post

Inside a brightly lit room, the walls adorned with memorials to 23 dead American soldiers, Lt. Col. Robert Balcavage stared at the three Sunni tribal leaders he wanted to recruit. Their fighters had battled US troops. Balcavage suspected they might

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Wired

Robots have been roaming the streets of Iraq, since shortly after the war began. Now, for the first time -- the first time in any warzone -- the machines are carrying guns. After years of development, three "special weapons observation rem

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AP

Just a day after approving a medal claiming former NFL player Pat Tillman had been cut down by "devastating enemy fire" in Afghanistan, a high-ranking general tried to warn President Bush that the story might not be true.

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Washington Post

Adel al-Ardawi, a spokesman for the Baghdad city government, said that even with sufficient electricity "it would take 24 hours for the water mains to refill so we can begin pumping to residents. And even then the water won't be clean for a

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USA Daily

South Korea's frustration over the plight of Christian volunteers seized by the Taliban is starting to focus on the United States, a frequent target of resentment here. Politicians and citizens are increasingly calling on Washington to help resol

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by Jim Lobe (AntiWar)

Does former UN Amb. John Bolton – now with the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute — still speak for Dick Cheney? The new British government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown must be scratching its collective head over that question given the

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Cincinnati Post

As it leaves town for its August vacation with critical legislation left unfinished, the U.S. Congress is criticizing the Iraqi parliament for going on an August vacation with critical legislation left unpassed. The Iraqis tend to do the same as t

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by Patrick J. Buchanan (AntiWar)

With Hillary Clinton's lead growing, Barack Obama appears to be overreaching to keep the spotlight and highlight their differences.

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AFP

The US government cannot account for 190,000 weapons issued to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, says the Government Accountability Office. According to its July 31 report, the military "cannot fully account for about 110,000 AK-47 assaul

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Washington Post

President Bush's nominee to be top military adviser said the US would be in Iraq for "years not months" and a Pentagon official said the war was costing even more than expected. Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, picked as chairman of the Joint

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Muckracker Report

Does it matter why the United States invaded Iraq? According to Senator Lindsey Graham, it does not. In his editorial titled U.S. should move ahead in Iraq, which appeared in the July 24, 2007 edition of Charleston, South Carolina’s daily newspaper

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Boston Globe

The war in Iraq could ultimately cost well over a trillion dollars -- at least double what has already been spent -- including the long-term costs of replacing damaged equipment, caring for wounded troops, and aiding the Iraqi government, according t

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Wall Street Journal

The largest Sunni Arab political bloc quit Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's cabinet Wednesday, saying Mr. Maliki didn't respond to demands including pardoning detainees not charged with specific crimes and disbanding militias.

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Bloomberg.com

Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John P. Abizaid, former head of U.S. forces in the Middle East, and former Special Operations commander General Bryan Douglas Brown testified today under oath with Rumsfeld.

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Counterpunch

Two thousand Iraqis are fleeing their homes every day. It is the greatest mass exodus of people ever in the Middle East and dwarfs anything seen in Europe since the Second World War.

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