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WAR: About that War

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The Nation

Karzai, who when he is in the U.S. is expected to act as a puppet of the Bush administration, made the mistake of actually speaking his mind. The Afghan president said terrorism in Afghanistan is getting worse, the hunt for Osama bin Laden is at a st

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Daily Telegraph

America is preparing to pour thousands of extra troops into southern Iraq amid fears that Gordon Brown is committed to withdrawing British troops from the region early next year. Plans to secure the vital "umbilical cord" link road between

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The Guardian

Exhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis

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USA Today

There are now nearly as many private contractors in Iraq as there are U.S. soldiers — and about half of them are private security guards equipped with automatic weapons, body armor, helicopters and bullet-proof trucks. They operate with little or no

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NY Times

[Just after Hillary's second term.] Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years.

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AFP

The Iranian government on Sunday announced that Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh had stepped down, the second resignation from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet within a day.

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Newsweek

In 1943, US servicemen statioined in Iraq were issued a pocket-sized 41-page book entitled "A Short Guide to Iraq." In straightforward prose, the book gave American soldiers a primer to help them through the cultural snarls and byways of t

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Telegraph

America is preparing to pour thousands of extra troops into southern Iraq amid fears that Gordon Brown is committed to withdrawing British troops from the region early next year. The White House and the Pentagon are understood to have drawn up

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STEVE FAINARU, Washington Post

Costs rose in line with the Corps of Engineers' security demands, including a request for additional armored vehicles that cost roughly $150,000 each and are manned by guards who earn $15,000 a month. -- The Army Corps of Engineers is made up pri

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Scotsman

A British commander in Afghanistan has asked the US military to withdraw its special forces from his areq because the high level of civilian casualties they have caused are turning people against coalition soldiers. The International Herald Tribune

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AntiWar blog

US officials keep insisting that the Iraqi government pass the laws the US wants. But what would happen if Iraqi legislators pass some of the laws the US has for itself. Specifically the Third Amendment to the US Constitution: No Soldier shall, in

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AFP

President Bush has sternly warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against cozying up to Iran, amid what Washington sees as unsettling signs of warming relations between Baghdad and Tehran. Mr Bush was not surprised at pictures showing cordial mee

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McClatchy News

President Bush charged Iran continues to arm and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and he threatened action if that continues. Iran had been warned of unspecified consequences if it continued its alleged support for anti-America

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American Prospect

On July 2 and 3, The New York Times and the AP, among other media outlets, came out with sensational stories saying that either Iranians or Iranian agents had played an important role in planning the operation in Karbala, Iraq last January

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Reuters

An end to violence in Iraq depends on the United States withdrawing its troops, Iran told Iraq's prime minister, seeking to deflect the blame for bloodshed that Washington directs at Tehran. Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki won pledges of support f

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AP

akistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government is not ruling out imposing a state of emergency due to “external and internal threats” and deteriorating law and order in the volatile northwest near the Afghan border, a spokesman said

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USA Today

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney defended his 5 sons' decision not to enlist in the military, saying they're showing their support for the country by "helping me get elected." Romney, who did not serve in Vietnam due to h

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The Hill

Congress’s failure to secure a timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq has split anti-war activists on the tactical question of whether to attack Democrats, who now control Capitol Hill. [Arguing over two sides of the same coin.]

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NY Times

William Kristol published a manifesto, “Why Bush Will Be a Winner,.” It reassured the Bush presidency would “probably be a successful one” and that “we now seem to be on course to a successful outcome” in Iraq. The president liked this piece so much

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Nieman Watchdog

Sig Christenson of the San Antonio Express-News ridicules comments by politicians, laments the lack of reporters covering the war, and cites ground rules that are crippling for photojournalists. He says the media aren't pressing for answers

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AFP

US troop levels in Iraq hae hit their highest point of the more than four year old war, with the numbers swelling to nearly 162,000 because of overlapping unit rotations, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman

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Reuters

Georgia said jets flown from Russia fired a missile on its territory, narrowly missing hitting a village, but Russia's military denied any involvement. The missile landed without exploding in a vegetable field near Tsitelubani, west of the capita