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WAR: About that War

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Newsweek

The Americans were getting close. It was early in the winter of 2004-05, and Osama bin Laden and his entourage were holed up in a mountain hideaway along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Suddenly, a sentry, posted several kilometers away, spotted a p

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The Independent

The scale of the human disaster in the Iraq war has become clearer from statistics collected by two humanitarian groups that reveal the number of Iraqis who have fled the fighting has more than doubled since the US military build-up began in Februar

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AP

This year's U.S. troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago. Some of the recent bloodshed ap

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AFP

US-led and Afghan troops struck Taliban posts inside Pakistan, which denied giving permission, as new clashes left more than 30 rebels dead and there were claims of civilian casualties. The US-led coalition received the go-ahead from Pakistan to stri

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LA Times

As military and political leaders prepare to deliver a progress report on the conflict to Congress next month, many soldiers are increasingly disdainful of the happy talk that they say commanders on the ground and White House officials are using in t

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by Radley Balco

So for months now we've been told to "just wait." Wait until September, when General Petraeus issues his report on the surge. Then we'll reevaluate. That report hasn't come out yet--it still being August and all--but the adminis

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NY Times

The number of detainees held by the American-led military coalition in Iraq has swelled by 50% under the troop increase ordered by President Bush, with the inmate population growing from 16,000 in February to 24,500 today. Nearly 85% of the detainees

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NBC

[Or imminent attack on Iran.] For the Pentagon, getting out Iraq information will now include a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week Iraq Communications Desk that will pump out data from Baghdad — serving as what could be considered a campaign war room.

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Reuters

The chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff denied a newspaper report that he will urge President Bush to cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year. "The story is wrong," Marine Gen. Peter Pace said through a spokesman.

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LA Times

Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely to convey concerns by the Joint Chiefs that keeping well in excess of 100,000 troops in Iraq through 2008 will severely strain the military. [He'll be retiring.]

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Raw Story

A new 'super-weapon' being supplied to British soldiers in Afghanistan employs technology based on the "thermobaric" principle which uses heat and pressure to kill people targeted across a wide air by sucking the air out of lungs

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AP

Intentionally or not, a new assessment of Iraq's political and military prospects landed just in time to bolster President Bush's case that the US should maintain its troop buildup in the country and stand by its beleaguered government.

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PEGGY HARRIS - Huffington Post

"Many things have changed since Pat decided to join the Army. And unfortunately, leadership on many levels has come into question," Marie Tillman said. "We are in need of authentic leadership on many levels, social, economic and politi

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AFP

A top Taliban commander said Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden is alive and well, according to US-based analysts monitoring extremist publications. "All praise be to Allah, he is extremely healthy and active," the commander Mansour Dad

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AP

A Black Hawk helicopter went down Wednesday in northern Iraq, killing all 14 U.S. soldiers aboard, the military said, the deadliest crash since January 2005. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, lashed out at American criticism a day after P

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Reuters

Slowly but deliberately, U.S. forces are enlisting groups of armed men -- many probably former insurgents -- and paying cash, a strategy they say has dramatically reduced violence in some of Iraq's most dangerous areas in just weeks. It is a r

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AP

"The prime minister is a tool for the Americans, and people see that clearly. It will probably be the Americans who decide to change him when they realize he has failed. We don't have a democracy here, we have a foreign occupation."

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The Agitator

Though President Bush has been telling us for months we need to listen to our military leaders about what's going on in Iraq, we now learn that General Petraeus won't actually be writing this report. The White House will...

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AFP

US troops are holding nearly 800 children and teenagers on a Baghdad base, boys who are largely illiterate and picked up for allegedly planting bombs and now the focus of a multi-million-dollar education project. Dressed in orange jumpsuits remini

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