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  • British PM makes surprise visit to Iraq as gunmen stage mass kidnapping Open this result in new window
    USA Today - 2 hours, 46 minutes ago
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to Iraq on Sunday and voiced strong support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's struggling government.
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  • American Recalls Torment as a U.S. Detainee in Iraq Open this result in new window
    New York Times - Dec 17 6:37 PM
    An American detainee?s story illuminates the haphazard system of detention and prosecution that has evolved in Iraq.
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  • U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 2,946 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 5:28 PM
    As of Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at least 2,946 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 2,359 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
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  • Powell Says U.S. Losing in Iraq, Calls for Drawdown by Mid-2007 Open this result in new window
    Washington Post - Dec 17 2:18 PM
    Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell said yesterday that the United States is losing what he described as a "civil war" in Iraq and that he is not persuaded that an increase in U.S. troops there would reverse the situation. Instead, he called for a new strategy that would relinquish...
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  • Blair vows to support Iraq, aid workers seized Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 1:06 PM
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged on Sunday to support Iraq's government as it battles instability underscored when gunmen carried out a mass kidnapping at a Red Crescent office in the capital.
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  • Powell, Democratic leaders reject boosting Iraq troop levels Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 1:52 PM
    Former US secretary of state Colin Powell and top Democratic lawmakers rejected reported White House plans to hike US troop levels in Iraq, with Powell calling the US military "about broken" by the pressure on their numbers.
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  • Blair urges support for Iraq government Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 1:30 PM
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair took his Middle East peace tour to Iraq on Sunday, urging support for its fragile government and seeking to draw the violence-wracked country into his vision of a global battle against extremism.
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  • Reid: Brief troop increase OK in Iraq Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 1:01 PM
    The Senate's top Democrat offered qualified support Sunday for a plan to increase U.S. troops in Iraq, saying it would be acceptable as part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by 2008.
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  • Powell Says U.S. Forces Are Overstretched in Iraq Open this result in new window
    New York Times - Dec 17 11:52 AM
    The former secretary of state said today that a temporary increase in troop levels in Iraq probably would not help.
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  • Reid backs temporary rise in troops in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 12:58 PM
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday he would support a short-term increase in U.S. troops in Iraq being weighed by President George W. Bush if it is part of a broader withdrawal plan.
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  • Colin Powell: US losing Iraq war Open this result in new window
    BBC News - 2 hours, 10 minutes ago
    Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell says overstretched US troops are losing the conflict in Iraq.
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  • UK troops to stay in Iraq until job done: Blair Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 9:20 AM
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday British troops would stay in Iraq "until the job is done" and pledged to support the country's weak government as it battles sectarian violence and a raging Sunni Arab insurgency.
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  • U.S. forces 'losing' in Iraq, Powell says Open this result in new window
    International Herald Tribune - Dec 17 1:49 PM
    The former secretary of state Colin Powell said Sunday that badly overstretched U.S. forces in Iraq were losing the war there and that a temporary U.S. troop surge probably would not help.
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  • British will stay in Iraq, Blair says Open this result in new window
    International Herald Tribune - Dec 17 1:46 PM
    The prime minister pledged his support for the Iraqi government in a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday and declared that British troops would remain in Iraq "until the job is done."
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  • Brief troop surge OK in Iraq, Reid says Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 8:47 AM
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday he would support a temporary troop increase in Iraq only if it were part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by early 2008.
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  • Letter From New York: Should neocons take the fall for Iraq? Open this result in new window
    International Herald Tribune - Dec 17 1:42 PM
    Neoconservatives advocated the war and had some influence inside the administration, but actually, the war in Iraq was by no means the exclusive brainchild of one faction in American political life.
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  • U.S. to triple number of military trainers in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 8:59 AM
    The U.S. military plans to speed up the training of Iraq's army by tripling its number of embedded trainers to about 9,000, while keeping a close eye on units' sectarian loyalties, a U.S. general said on Sunday.
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  • Suzanne Nossel: The Iraq War's Worst Casualty Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 17 6:39 PM
    It's a truism today that America's position as the world's superpower is shakier than it used to be. The nation's military is overstretched and unable to take on new commitment. And Washington has made little progress on urgent foreign policy objectives, including stabilizing Iraq, curbing Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs, expanding global trade, and ending anti-American extremism in ...
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  • Blair says UK troops to stay in Iraq till job done Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 6:05 AM
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair said British troops would stay in Iraq "until the job is done" and pledged full support for the country's weak government during an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Sunday.
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  • Reid: Short-term rise in U.S. troops to Iraq Open this result in new window
    MSNBC - Dec 17 5:59 PM
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered qualified support Sunday for a plan to increase U.S. troops in Iraq, saying it would be acceptable as part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by 2008.
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  • Iraq out of time, needs troops by Pamela Hess Washington (UPI) Dec 15, 2006 Open this result in new window
    Space War - Dec 17 6:26 PM
    A leading U.S. military analyst is advocating the addition of some 30,000 U.S. forces to Iraq, with a new mission: to protect the Iraqi people.
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  • US Military Too Strained For Iraq Troop Increase: Colin Powell Open this result in new window
    Space War - Dec 17 6:25 PM
    by Staff Writers Washington (AFP) Dec 17, 2006 Former US secretary of state and top army general Colin Powell said Sunday the US military was "about broken" and too strained to sustain an increase in US troops in Iraq. Speaking on CBS television's Face the Nation program, Powell said he had not seen anything that would justify a reported White House plan to increase US forces in Iraq by 20,000 or ...
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  • Blair Urges Support for Iraq Government Open this result in new window
    ABC News - Dec 17 1:48 PM
    British PM Blair Urges Support for Iraq's Fragile Government
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  • Iraq's al-Maliki reaches out to Sunnis Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 17 12:59 AM
    Iraq's prime minister reached out to Sunni Arabs at a national reconciliation conference on Saturday, urging Saddam Hussein-era officers to join the new army and a review of the ban against members of the former dictator's ruling party. But key players on both ends of the Sunni-Shiite divide skipped the meeting, raising doubt that the conference will succeed in healing the country's wounds.
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  • Powell: Draw down Iraq troops Open this result in new window
    Newsday - 12 minutes ago
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that the United States is losing what he described as a "civil war" in Iraq and that he is not persuaded that an increase in U.S. troops there would reverse the situation.
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  • Powell: We Are Losing In Iraq Open this result in new window
    CBS News - Dec 17 11:10 AM
    The United States is losing the war in Iraq but sending more troops to Baghdad is not the best way to change course, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Face The Nation . "We are losing," Powell said, but "we haven't lost."
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  • Powell Says U.S. Army `About Broken' Because of Iraq (Update1) Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 17 11:04 AM
    Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the U.S. Army is ``about broken'' from the Iraq conflict and cast doubt on whether the military could or should boost the number of troops in the country.
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  • Iraq's Maliki Says Troop Departure Won't Be `Sudden' (Update1) Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 17 9:58 AM
    Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq won't be ``sudden,'' Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said, as U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged continuing support to the establishment of democracy and stability in the nation.
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  • Powell says U.S. losing in Iraq Open this result in new window
    The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 17 5:58 PM
    Posted: 6:16 PM- WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Sunday that the United States is losing what he described as a "civil war" in Iraq and that he is not persuaded that an increase in U.S. troops there would reverse the situation. Instead, he called for a new strategy that would relinquish responsibility for Iraqi security to the government in Baghdad sooner rather than ...
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  • Blair: UK troops to stay in Iraq until job done Open this result in new window
    The Star Online - 1 hour, 22 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday British troops would stay in Iraq "until the job is done" and pledged to support the country's weak government as it battles sectarian violence and a raging Sunni Arab insurgency.
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  • Powell Says U.S. Army `About Broken' Because of Iraq Commitment Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 17 9:04 AM
    Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the U.S. Army is ``about broken'' and he cast doubt on whether the military could or should sustain boosting the number of troops in Iraq to speed up training of local forces and help suppress sectarian fighting.
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  • Gunmen kidnap aid workers in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Long Beach Press-Telegram - 3 minutes ago
    World: Employees of Red Crescent offices, guards at the Dutch embassy are seized. BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two dozen employees at Red Crescent offices in downtown Baghdad on Sunday, highlighting the threat to humanitarian workers swept up in Iraq's lawlessness.
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  • Iraq's legal system staggers beneath the weight of war Open this result in new window
    International Herald Tribune - Dec 16 9:38 PM
    The system in Iraq for detaining, charging and trying suspects has become another weak link in the rule of law.
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  • Biden opposes Iraq troop surge Open this result in new window
    Boston Globe - Dec 17 12:41 PM
    Likely presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden said Sunday that he opposes sending additional troops to Iraq, even as the idea seemed to gain support from the Senate's leading Democrat, incoming majority leader Harry Reid.
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  • Blair snubbed by Bush move to send more troops to Iraq Open this result in new window
    Times Online - Dec 17 4:31 PM
    President Bush is set to recommend that America sends up to 50,000 additional troops to Iraq in a last effort to stabilise the country, but will reject Tony Blairs entreaties to start a new Middle East peace initiative.
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  • Wolfeboro soldier killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    New Hampshire Union Leader - 25 minutes ago
    A New Hampshire soldier serving his second tour of duty in Iraq was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb, his family said. Army Spc. Matthew Stanley, 22, of Wolfeboro was among three soldiers who lost their lives in the explosion while they rode in a Humvee in Baghdad, his stepbrother said.
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  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq at 2,946 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! Asia News - Dec 17 5:28 PM
    As of Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at least 2,946 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
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  • Iraq Study Group report is a good start Open this result in new window
    Gazette.Net - 1 hour, 39 minutes ago
    The report by the Iraq Study Group provides a good base from which Congress and the president can build a new policy to end the war in Iraq and dramatically change the course of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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  • Iraq: Top Dem Wants More Troops Open this result in new window
    Newsweek - Dec 17 6:22 AM
    As the debate over Iraq intensifies, leading Democrat Silvestre Reyes is calling for the deployment of more U.S. troops.
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  • Bush Cites Body Counts as Proof of Success in Iraq Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 17 8:35 AM
    President Bush has resisted comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, but this week, he started citing body counts as evidence of U.S. effectiveness in Baghdad and elsewhere. That raised a comparison with a PR tactic generally discredited after Vietnam.
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  • Biden opposes Iraq troop surge Open this result in new window
    WHNT-TV Huntsville - 55 minutes ago
    MANCHESTER, N.H. Likely presidential hopeful Joe Biden told a New Hampshire audience that those who support sending thousands more American troops to Iraq have it...
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  • Biden opposes Iraq troop surge Open this result in new window
    KTRE-TV East Texas - 56 minutes ago
    MANCHESTER, N.H. Likely presidential hopeful Joe Biden told a New Hampshire audience that those who support sending thousands more American troops to Iraq have it backward.
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  • Army sergeant from LA killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    KESQ - 50 minutes ago
    LOS ANGELES A 22-year-old Army sergeant from Los Angeles has been killed in Iraq.
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  • Our troops won't leave yet, Blair tells Iraq Open this result in new window
    Daily Telegraph - 2 hours, 41 minutes ago
    Tony Blair conceded yesterday that British and allied troops were now in a battle to save Iraq's fledgling democracy from insurgents as he flew into Baghdad amid a new and intense wave of sectarian violence.
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  • Texas Marine Dies In Iraq Open this result in new window
    CBS 42 Austin - 1 hour, 21 minutes ago
    A Texas marine has died in the battle for Iraq. 20-year-old Lance Corporal Luke Yepsen from Kingwood was killed during combat patrol in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.
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  • Iraq victim 'worried over fatal attacks' Open this result in new window
    AAP via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 17 2:59 PM
    A Brisbane father of three killed in Iraq when his armoured vehicle was hit by an explosive device had worried about such deadly attacks, his friend says.
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  • 300th Californian Killed In Iraq Open this result in new window
    CBS 2 Los Angeles - 2 hours, 0 minute ago
    As the Bush administration considers whether to increase troop levels in Iraq, a soldier from La Crescenta has become the 300th Californian killed in the war-torn country.
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  • Aussie killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Sydney Morning Herald - Dec 17 3:18 PM
    Australian resident and father of three killed while in Iraq.
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  • Its Christmas in Iraq, too Open this result in new window
    Orange Leader - 1 hour, 36 minutes ago
    St. Mary Parish has shipped 70 packages to PFC Shawn Fregia in Iraq.
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  • MORE US TROOPS NEEDED TO STOP SUNNI 'CLEANSING', SAYS IRAQ VICE-PRESIDENT Open this result in new window
    Financial Times - Dec 17 6:19 PM
    Vice-president Tariq al-Hashimi, Iraq's most senior politician from the Sunni Arab minority, said yesterday that more US troops were needed in Baghdad to stop the "systematic cleansing" of the Sunni community by Shia militias, reports Guy Dinmore in Washington.
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  • A Rumsfeld Critic's Rumsfeldian Iraq Plan Open this result in new window
    CBS News - Dec 17 5:10 AM
    Military historian Fred Kagan's plan for Iraq seeks to essentially re-fight the invasion of Iraq and is agnostic to the point of indifferent about what political settlement follows military operations, American Prospect argues.
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  • Bush Takes Slow Pace on New Iraq Policy Open this result in new window
    Newsweek - Dec 17 6:23 AM
    The White House has postponed the unveiling of a new Iraq policy until after the holidays. Here's why.
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  • Army sergeant from LA killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    The San Francisco Examiner - 1 hour, 20 minutes ago
    LOS ANGELES - Army Sgt. Angel de Jesus Lucio Ramirez was serving his second tour in Iraq when he called home last month to say he was going on a two-day mission and would call again when he returned.
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  • SA govt in bid to save abducted nationals in Iraq Open this result in new window
    SABC News - 42 minutes ago
    Foreign affairs says negotiations to secure the return of four South Africans abducted in Iraq are continuing and are at a delicate stage. Ronnie Mamoepa, the spokesperson, says he cannot reveal any further details at this stage.
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  • Area Soldiers Honored for Service in Iraq Open this result in new window
    WNEP 16 Pennsylvania - 2 hours, 46 minutes ago
    More than 280 soldiers in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard were honored during several ceremonies Sunday afternoon for their service in Iraq.
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  • Former A&M Student Killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    KBTX 3 Bryan/College Station - 2 hours, 26 minutes ago
    A Texas A&M student who left the university as a freshman to join the Marine Corps has been killed in Iraq. Lance Corporal Luke Yepsen of Kingwood was killed Thursday. The infantryman was conducting combat operations in Al-Anbar province when he died.
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  • Blair vows to stay course in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Independent - Dec 17 4:15 PM
    Tony Blair made his fourth and final pre-Christmas, morale-boosting visit to British troops in Iraq yesterday, only hours after masked men staged a mass kidnapping in Baghdad.
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  • Blair vows to support Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - Dec 17 1:04 PM
    Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged on Sunday to support Iraq's government as it battles instability underscored when gunmen carried out a mass kidnapping at a Red Crescent office in the capital.
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  • Experiences of civil workers in Iraq Open this result in new window
    KTBS Shreveport - 2 hours, 13 minutes ago
    They go there for many reasons, such as big money, high adventure, and even grand ideas like patriotism and sacrifice. No one knows for sure how many civil workers are in Iraq. But, some estimates run as high as 20,000. For some it's the experience of a lifetime.
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  • Bush Considers Iraq Options Open this result in new window
    Voice of America - Dec 17 1:21 PM
    A new era is beginning at the Pentagon. President Bush will be present Monday for ceremonies marking the start of Robert Gates' tenure as secretary of defense. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports Gates comes in to office at a crucial time as the president considers a revised strategy for Iraq.
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  • Ephron: Can Iran Help Stabilize Iraq? Open this result in new window
    Newsweek - Dec 17 3:12 AM
    The Baker-Hamilton panel hopes Tehran can be persuaded to help Washington get out of Iraq. Thats unlikely.
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  • Iraq: What the Generals Say Open this result in new window
    Newsweek - Dec 17 3:12 AM
    Three retired U.S. Army officers discuss their views on the Iraq Study Group recommendations.
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  • Powell: 'We Are Losing' In Iraq Open this result in new window
    KGO-TV Bay Area - Dec 17 5:26 PM
    President Bush's former secretary of state also voices skepticism about a possible U.S. troop surge to secure Baghdad and western Iraq.
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  • New manual at odds with key Iraq tactics Open this result in new window
    Los Angeles Times - Dec 17 3:46 AM
    The counterinsurgency doctrine warns about practices still in use, such as big bases that may signal occupation. WASHINGTON The U.S. military's new counterinsurgency doctrine takes issue with some key strategies that American commanders in Iraq continue to use, most notably the practice of concentrating combat forces in massive bases rather than dispersing them among the population.
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  • We are losing in Iraq: Powell Open this result in new window
    ABC via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 17 12:12 PM
    Former US secretary of state Colin Powell says the US is losing the war in Iraq.
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  • Harleton native is welcomed home from Iraq Open this result in new window
    The Marshall News Messenger - 35 minutes ago
    Sunday, on his return from Iraq. For the past five years, Carl has been stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 1st Infantry 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat team, and had been serving in Mozul, Iraq, and Baghdad, Iraq, for the last 16 months.
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  • Local Girl Scout Troop 164 send gifts to soldiers in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Allen American Star - 4 minutes ago
    Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Councils troop 164 worked hard this past month to collect and send gifts of thanks to soldiers stationed in Iraq. Troop 164 collected numerous items for these well deserving men and women including movies, books, stationary, and edibles.
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  • #9 - Out of Iraq Open this result in new window
    Colorado Daily - 1 hour, 0 minute ago
    It wasn't horribly suspenseful to wonder if Boulder's City Council would adopt a resolution calling for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, and it did so on June 3, 2006.
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  • Bush Cites Body Counts as Proof of Success in Iraq Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 17 8:18 AM
    Weekend Edition Sunday , December 17, 2006 President Bush has resisted comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, but this week, he started citing body counts as evidence of U.S. effectiveness in Baghdad and elsewhere. That raised a comparison with a PR tactic generally discredited after Vietnam.
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  • British PM Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq Open this result in new window
    Los Angeles Times - Dec 17 2:43 AM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Baghdad Sunday on an unannounced visit to meet political leaders and show support for fragile attempts to stem the country's seemingly unstoppable bloodshed.
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  • Ex-diplomats want Aussies out of Iraq Open this result in new window
    UPI - Dec 17 4:06 PM
    MELBOURNE, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Two former Australian ambassadors in Baghdad have urged the government to pull Aussie troops out of Iraq.
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  • U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 2,945 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 16 4:20 PM
    As of Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at least 2,945 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 2,359 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
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  • Red Crescent workers taken in Iraq Open this result in new window
    China Daily - 2 hours, 43 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms burst into Red Crescent offices on Sunday and kidnapped more than two dozen people at the humanitarian organization in the latest sign of the country's growing lawlessness.
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  • Lawmakers speak about proposed troop increase in Iraq Open this result in new window
    WNCT Greenville - 1 hour, 27 minutes ago
    (AP) - There are varying opinions about whether the president should increase US troops in Iraq. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on ABC's "This Week" that he would support a temporary troop increase in Iraq as part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by early 2008.
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  • Iraq travel warning is now 'extreme' Open this result in new window
    AAP via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 17 10:37 AM
    The federal government has stepped up its travel warning for Iraq, which now states even journalists should stay away.
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  • Iraq PM reaches out to Saddam supporters Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 16 2:20 PM
    Iraq's embattled prime minister offered an olive branch to former supporters of Saddam Hussein, including the army, calling for them to join a peace process in the war-wracked country.
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  • Bush's Iraq Open this result in new window
    Pravda - Dec 17 4:14 PM
    Let us have a look at the practical results of George W. Bush's ridiculous foreign policy and his misguided, evil, sinister and criminal campaign in Iraq, where his armed forces committed war crimes by targeting civilian structures to hand out billionnaire rebuilding contracts to his cronies.
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  • Bush's No-Exit Options For Iraq Open this result in new window
    KGO-TV Bay Area - Dec 17 2:10 PM
    President Bush has taken the most dramatic options off the table as he tries to change direction in Iraq, leaving him with a list of modest military and diplomatic moves to announce.
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  • Area Marine major says Iraq mission needs time Open this result in new window
    Mount Shasta News - 2 hours, 53 minutes ago
    With the recent election appearing to show that Americans are dissatisfied with the Iraq war and the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the future of the United States' mission in Iraq has been thrown into a new level of debate.
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  • Blair pledges support for Iraq; Gunmen stage mass kidnapping Open this result in new window
    Chicago Sun-Times - Dec 17 5:54 AM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms burst into Red Crescent offices on Sunday and kidnapped two dozen employees and visitors at the humanitarian organization in the latest sign of the country's growing lawlessness.
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  • Talks for freeing S. African abductees in Iraq deadlocked: report Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 17 4:38 PM
    The negotiations for releasing four South African security guards abducted in Iraq one week ago went into a deadlock due to disputes over ransom, South African newspaper reported on Sunday.
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  • Wolfeboro soldier reported killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Boston Herald - Dec 17 10:39 AM
    WOLFEBORO, N.H. - The war in Iraq is hitting home again in New Hampshire. The Army notified the family of Matthew Stanley, 22, from Wolfeboro that Stanley had been killed in Iraq this weekend. There...
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  • Kerry: Iraq visit helped focus his views Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 16 2:15 PM
    Sen. John Kerry said meeting with American and British troops in Iraq on Saturday helped clear his thoughts about what needs to be done to stabilize the country and he looked forward to hearing ideas from Iraqis.
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  • Kennedy: More Troops Equals More Problems In Iraq Open this result in new window
    The Boston Channel - Dec 17 11:17 AM
    Sen. Edward Kennedy says he thinks sending more troops would only add to the problems in Iraq.
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  • Iraq PM calls on Saddam officers to return to army Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 16 1:43 PM
    Iraq's Shi'ite prime minister called on Saturday for the return of all officers of Saddam Hussein's disbanded army in a political overture to disaffected Sunni Arabs aimed at reducing sectarian violence.
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  • Iraq Qaeda-linked group calls for war on Shi'ites Open this result in new window
    AlertNet - Dec 17 12:08 PM
    Source: Reuters DUBAI, Dec 17 (Reuters) - An Iraqi militant group linked to al Qaeda urged Iraq's Sunni Muslims in a Web recording posted on Sunday to wage war on the country's Shi'ite Muslims. "Stand like one ...
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  • Blair meets British troops in Iraq Open this result in new window
    PA via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - Dec 17 10:40 AM
    Tony Blair has met British troops in Basra after pledging to "stand four square" behind democracy in Iraq.
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  • Clinton's defense chief warns of Iraq 'quagmire' Open this result in new window
    CNN.com - Dec 16 1:21 PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Defense Secretary William Perry, a member of the Iraq Study Group, said Saturday that Iraq could turn into a "quagmire" if the Bush administration fails to change strategy.
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  • Bush May Back Sending More Troops to Iraq Open this result in new window
    KGO-TV Bay Area - Dec 17 2:13 PM
    President Bush is likely to support a plan for a "surge" of additional U.S. troops to Iraq, officials close to the process told ABC News.
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  • Blair visits Iraq, urges democratic supporters victory over terrorists Open this result in new window
    CP via Yahoo! Canada News - Dec 17 8:25 AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a surprise visit to Iraq, said Sunday the task of the international community is to ensure democracy is not defeated by terrorism.
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  • Dem. leader backs temporary rise in troops in Iraq Open this result in new window
    AlertNet - Dec 17 12:09 PM
    Source: Reuters (Edits) By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday he would support a short-term increase in U.S. troops in Iraq being weighed by ...
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  • Powell, Democratic leaders reject boosting Iraq troop levels Open this result in new window
    TODAYonline - Dec 17 2:20 PM
    Former US secretary of state Colin Powell, pictured September 2006, and top Democratic lawmakers rejected reported White House plans to hike US troop levels in Iraq, with Powell calling the US military "about broken" by the pressure on their numbers.
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  • Troops prep for third Iraq tour Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 16 12:10 PM
    With two combat tours under his belt and an unprecedented third fast approaching, Army Sgt. Steve Butcher gets a lot of questions about Iraq from his 6-year-old daughter, Molly.
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  • UK forces to stay in Iraq, says Blair Open this result in new window
    Dawn - 2 hours, 10 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD, Dec 17: Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday British troops would stay in Iraq until the job is done and pledged to support the country's weak government as it battles sectarian violence and a raging insurgency.
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  • Lawmakers speak about proposed troop increase in Iraq Open this result in new window
    KTRE-TV East Texas - Dec 17 2:04 PM
    WASHINGTON There are varying opinions about whether the president should increase U-S troops in Iraq.
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  • Kuwait: First Stop In Iraq Troop Surge? Open this result in new window
    CBS News - Dec 16 11:40 PM
    The Pentagon plans to send 3,500 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division to Kuwait after the holidays, available should President Bush order a surge into Iraq. Meanwhile, the Iraqi army has "opened its doors" to former supporters of Saddam Hussein.
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  • Powell, Democrats reject boosting Iraq troop levels Open this result in new window
    Japan Today - Dec 17 2:22 PM
    WASHINGTON Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and top Democrat lawmakers on Sunday rejected reported White House plans to hike U.S. troop levels in Iraq, with Powell calling the U.S. military "about broken" by the pressure on their numbers.
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  • Rumsfeld exits, warning about 'weakness' / At Pentagon farewell, he hints Iraq pullout 'provocative' to foes Open this result in new window
    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 17 4:11 AM
    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld bade farewell to the Pentagon on Friday with a combative valedictory in which he warned against hoping for "graceful exits" from Iraq and said it would be wrong to regard the lack of new attacks on American soil as a sign...
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  • Brisk market for burial shrouds in Iraq holy city Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 16 1:01 PM
    Najaf, home to the golden domed shrine of the Imam Ali, is Iraq's holiest Shiite city and has long lived off a constant flow of pilgrims.
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  • Gunmen steal Blairs Iraq thunder Open this result in new window
    The Telegraph - Dec 17 1:54 PM
    Baghdad, Dec. 17 (AP): British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a surprise visit to Iraq, said today that the task of the international community is to ensure that democracy is not defeated by terrorism.
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