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  • Gates: Failure in Iraq will haunt U.S. Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 15 minutes ago
    On his first day as defense secretary, Robert Gates warned Monday that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" that would haunt the United States for years. Underscoring eroding security there, a Pentagon report said the number of insurgent and sectarian attacks had risen to the highest level in years.
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  • Gates warns against failure in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - 58 minutes ago
    Robert Gates, sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Monday, said he understood the desire to bring troops home but that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" that haunts and threatens America for decades.
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  • U.K. official: Iraq fuels terror threat Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - 56 minutes ago
    Britain's support for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has put the public at greater risk of terrorist attacks, the main opposition Conservative party leader David Cameron said Monday opening a division on the issue with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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  • Pentagon: Attacks on troops rise in Iraq Open this result in new window
    USA Today - 1 hour, 3 minutes ago
    Attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops and Iraqi civilians jumped sharply in recent months to the highest level since Iraq regained its sovereignty in June 2004, the Pentagon told Congress on Monday in the latest indication of that country's spiraling violence.
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  • Ex-Iraq minister flees police station Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 16 minutes ago
    Private guards in SUVs helped Iraq's former electricity minister escape from a police station just outside the heavily fortified Green Zone where the dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen was being held on corruption charges, officials said Monday.
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  • Violence in Iraq at highest level Open this result in new window
    USA Today - 2 hours, 19 minutes ago
    Violence in Iraq is at an all-time high, confidence in the government is fading, and the economy is faltering, the Pentagon told Congress in a report released Monday.
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  • Poll: Approval for Iraq handling drops to new low Open this result in new window
    CNN.com - Dec 18 6:09 PM
    Support for President Bush's management of the Iraq war has dropped to an all-time low even as his overall approval remains tepid but steady, according to a CNN poll released Monday.
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  • Attacks in Iraq at record high: Pentagon Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 4:37 PM
    Attacks in Iraq on U.S.-led forces, local security personnel and civilians have surged 22 percent to record levels, the Pentagon said in its latest quarterly report on Iraq published on Monday.
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  • Syria and Iraq to cooperate on crime Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 3:24 PM
    Syria and Iraq signed on to a plan Monday to cooperate in combating terrorism and crime, the official SUNA Syrian news agency said.
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  • U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 2,949 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 3:55 PM
    As of Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at least 2,949 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 2,360 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
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  • Gates: Iraq failure would be 'calamity' Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 1:33 PM
    Robert Gates assumed the helm at the Pentagon on Monday, warning in his first public remarks as defense secretary that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" that would haunt the United States for years.
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  • At swearing-in, Gates warns failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 1:18 PM
    Robert Gates took the oath of office as US defense secretary, warning that a US failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" and vowing not to let Afghanistan again become a sanctuary for extremists.
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  • Attacks in Iraq at all-time high, Pentagon says Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 2:07 PM
    Attacks in Iraq on U.S.-led forces, local security personnel and civilians in the three months to November 10 have surged 22 percent over the previous three months to reach an all-time high, the Pentagon said in its latest quarterly report on Iraq published on Monday.
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  • Sen. Clinton opposes troop surge in Iraq Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 2:13 PM
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she would not support a short-term increase in U.S. troop presence in Iraq unless it was part of a more comprehensive plan to stabilize the country.
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  • Gates: Failure in Iraq would 'haunt' U.S. Open this result in new window
    CNN.com - Dec 18 12:24 PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Gates assumed the helm at the Pentagon on Monday, saying Iraq is his top priority and warning that failure there would be a "calamity" that would haunt the United States for many years.
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  • Syria and Iraq sign security agreement Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 12:35 PM
    Syria and Iraq signed an agreement on boosting security cooperation, less than a month after a renewal of diplomatic relations, the state news agency SANA reported.
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  • Gates warns of calamity in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 12:03 PM
    Robert Gates, sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Monday, said he understood the desire to bring troops home from Iraq but that failure would be a "calamity" that haunts and threatens America for decades.
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  • Gates warns failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 12:02 PM
    Robert Gates was sworn in as US defense secretary, warning that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" and vowing not to let Afghanistan again become a sanctuary for extremists.
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  • White House backs off Bush's Iraq view Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 11:04 AM
    The White House took a step back Monday from President Bush's confident assertion two months ago that "absolutely, we're winning" the war in Iraq.
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  • Iraq May Still Be the Issue in 2008 Open this result in new window
    RealClearPolitics.com via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 9:30 AM
    While America's Iraq War will soon eclipse the length of World War II, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the issue that dominated the 2004 and 2006 elections may well also be the one on which the 2008 presidential campaign turns.
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  • Powell questions troop increase in Iraq Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 9:35 AM
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is casting doubt on a plan under consideration by President Bush that would increase troops in Iraq, calling the U.S. Army overextended and "about broken."
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  • Powell: We Are Losing In Iraq Open this result in new window
    CBS News - Dec 18 6:35 PM
    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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  • Ex-Minister in Iraq Escapes Baghdad Jail Open this result in new window
    New York Times - Dec 18 7:22 AM
    An American who served as Iraq?s electricity minister before being jailed on corruption charges.
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  • AFGHANISTAN, NOT IRAQ, IS WHERE WE SHOULD FOCUS OUR EFFORTS Open this result in new window
    Cynthia Tucker via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 6:20 AM
    Not only is there no path to victory in Iraq, as the Iraq Study Group (ISG) has made clear, but there is also very little chance of preventing disaster. As the U.S. military withdraws -- and it must -- the civil war between Sunni and Shiite will become more savage still, neighboring states will find themselves flooded with refugees, and Iraq will probably become the failed state that our policy ...
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  • Terror threat raised by Iraq war Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 6:51 AM
    Britain would face a lower terrorist threat if the Iraq war had not "gone so badly wrong", a former top intelligence advisor has said.
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  • Iraq's Shadow Looms Over Bush's Pentagon Trips Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 18 3:42 PM
    This holiday season, President Bush is visiting the Pentagon more frequently than shoppers hit the mall. In less than a week, he has made three trips, complete with TV crew, press pool, cops on motorcycles and Secret Service agents in SUVs. But each time, Iraq cast its shadow over his appearance.
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  • Newly Sworn In, Gates Plans to Visit Iraq Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 18 4:57 PM
    New Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, sworn in at the Pentagon Monday, says he plans to visit Iraq soon, to get the "unvarnished" views of American commanders. A former CIA director, Gates promised candid and honest counsel. President Bush called Gates the right man for the job.
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  • Report: Attacks In Iraq At 2-Year High Open this result in new window
    CBS News - Dec 18 4:36 PM
    As the U.S. military announced the deaths of three more American troops, the Pentagon said attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops and Iraqi civilians jumped sharply in recent months to the highest level since Iraq regained sovereignty in June 2004.
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  • Gates Plans to Get First-Hand Look at Iraq Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 18 4:27 PM
    Robert Gates begins work today as the nation's new Secretary of Defense, saying that Iraq is his top priority, and that failure there would haunt the U.S. for decades to come. Gates says he will travel to Iraq soon to hear the views of U.S. commanders on how to improve the situation.
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  • Pentagon: Iraq Attacks at Highest Level Open this result in new window
    ABC News - Dec 18 3:07 PM
    Pentagon: Attacks on Troops, Civilians in Iraq Jumped Sharply to Highest Level Since June 2004
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  • Gates takes helm at Pentagon as differences over Iraq sharpen Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 18 3:11 AM
    Newly-minted US Defense Secretary Robert Gates was set to take control of the Department of Defense, facing deepening divisions among government officials and policy experts about how to handle violence-torn Iraq.
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  • Stephen Schlesinger: Enough Already on More US Troops in Iraq Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 18 2:11 PM
    Who are the voices now calling for additional US troops in Iraq? The same people who originally supported the US invasion of Iraq. They are looking for absolution for their reckless decision to back this wrong-headed preemptive war. Do they expect to clear up their guilt by by spilling more American blood? Do they think that additional forces will stay a situation which has already spun out of ...
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  • Gates Will Visit Iraq, Says U.S. `Can't Fail' There (Update1) Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 18 11:50 AM
    Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- New U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said America ``cannot afford to fail'' in the Middle East and he will visit Iraq ``quite soon'' to consult with military commanders there.
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  • U.S. 'must win' Iraq war, ally says (David R. Sands / THE WASHINGTON TIMES) Open this result in new window
    The Washington Times - 7 minutes ago
    An abrupt U.S. pullout from Iraq would have disastrous consequences for the region and could create a haven of terrorists, Bahrain's ambassador to the United States, Naser M.Y. Al Belooshi, warned in an interview yesterday.
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  • Mark Weisbrot and Robert Naiman: Harry Reid Wants Honest Talk on Iraq. So Stop Calling it "Supporting the Troops" to ... Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 18 1:13 PM
    Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy , December 18, 2006 The Iraq Study Group, whatever else it may have done or not done, established a political fact: U.S. policy in Iraq is a failure, even from the point of view of official Washington. That's a start. But unfortunately, the most straightforward solution is being marginalized from the political debate: get the hell out , as Richard Cohen ...
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  • Pentagon Report Cites Increase in Iraq Violence, Political Problems Open this result in new window
    Voice of America - 2 hours, 30 minutes ago
    Just hours after the new U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates took office, his department issued a quarterly report on Iraq that paints a largely bleak picture of increased violence and continuing political deadlock.
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  • Gates to Visit Iraq `Soon,' Says U.S. `Can't Fail' in Mideast Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 18 11:05 AM
    Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- New U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said America ``cannot afford to fail'' in the Middle East and he will visit Iraq ``quite soon'' to consult with military leaders there.
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  • US Defense Chief Says Failure In Iraq Will Haunt US Open this result in new window
    Nasdaq - 1 hour, 51 minutes ago
    (RTTNews) - Soon after Robert Gates was sworn in as the US defense secretary on Monday, he warned that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" that would haunt the United States for years.
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  • Suzanne Nossel: The Iraq War's Worst Casualty Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 18 10:47 AM
    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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  • Davis Sweet: A New, New Way Forward in Iraq Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 18 11:12 AM
    Now that the decider has decided that a bigger, bloodier nut cluster is better than no nut cluster at all, it's time everybody in America gets behind a victory plan against whoever we're fighting in Iraq. Forget all this namby-pamby wrangling over whether we should add twenty thousand, thirty thousand, or fifty thousand new shrapnel magnets or whether they get to be killed for another three ...
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  • US Army Intensifies 'Train the Trainers' Program for Iraq Open this result in new window
    Voice of America - 2 hours, 30 minutes ago
    In the raging debate over the future of U.S. policy toward Iraq, there is one point on which all sides seem to agree - the need for more U.S. troops dedicated to training the Iraqi army and police forces.
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  • Proposals to Increase Troop Levels in Iraq Raise Questions at Home Open this result in new window
    The Online NewsHour - Dec 18 5:30 PM
    At a time when some policy-makers are calling for a drawback of combat forces from Iraq, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and others have called for more troops to help end the conflict. Editorial page editors from around the country debate the proposals.
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  • Gates: Failure in Iraq Will Haunt U.S. Open this result in new window
    The Times and Democrat - 11 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON - On his first day as defense secretary, Robert Gates warned Monday that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" that would haunt the United States for years.
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  • Pentagon confirms spiraling violence in Iraq Open this result in new window
    INQ7.net - 37 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON -- The security situation in Iraq continued to deteriorate between mid-August and mid-November with a 22 percent jump in attacks compared to the three preceding months, according to a quarterly report issued by the Pentagon Monday.
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  • US defence chief warns over Iraq Open this result in new window
    BBC News - Dec 18 5:53 AM
    Robert Gates warns that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" as he is sworn in as the new US defence chief.
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  • James Boyce: I Fubared Iraq Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 18 8:12 AM
    I can't believe how dumb I am. I really and truly believed that between the "thumping" the Republicans got in the election, the release of proposals from the Iraq Study Group and a new Secretary of Defense, that even this administration would have to listen and begun to face the reality of the disaster in Iraq. I really and truly believed that the Democratic leadership would read the ...
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  • Bush Rejects Most Dramatic Iraq Options Open this result in new window
    ABC News - Dec 18 8:23 AM
    Bush Has Taken Most Dramatic Options Off Table As He Tries to Change Direction in Iraq
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  • U.S.: Iraq violence is at its worst Open this result in new window
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - Dec 18 4:41 PM
    WASHINGTON - A Pentagon assessment of security conditions in Iraq issued Monday concluded that attacks against American and Iraqi targets had surged this summer and autumn to their highest level yet, and called violence by Shiite militias the most significant threat in Baghdad. The findings were issued on the day Robert Gates was sworn in as defense secretary, replacing Donald Rumsfeld. The ...
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  • Dirt on the Iraq war Open this result in new window
    The Star Online - 42 minutes ago
    Thomas Rickss 17-year record of reporting on the US military earned him the biggest scoop of the Iraq War, when insiders spilled the beans to him on how bad things are, writes CHEONG SUK-WAI.
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  • Iraq failings have raised UK terror risk, says Cameron Open this result in new window
    Guardian Unlimited - 2 hours, 35 minutes ago
    David Cameron agreed today that failures in Iraq had placed Britons at greater risk of terrorist attacks in the UK. The Tory leader, who continues to back the Iraq war, said there was a "wider effect" of British foreign policy to be taken into consideration.
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  • Gates warns against failure in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters.co.uk - 2 hours, 15 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Gates, sworn in as U.S. defence secretary on Monday, said he understood the desire to bring troops home but that failure in Iraq would be a "calamity" that haunts and threatens America for decades.
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  • Gates open to resolving Iraq conflict Open this result in new window
    IBN live - 29 minutes ago
    As he was sworn in to replace Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates said resolving the conflict in Iraq will be "at the top of the list".
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  • Democrats say theyre ready to work with Gates on Iraq Open this result in new window
    Army Times - Dec 18 3:34 PM
    Senate Democrats said Monday they are ready to work with the new defense secretary on changing U.S. policy in Iraq, but made clear it is President Bush who must make the big decisions.
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  • Iraq fuels terrorism, say Tories Open this result in new window
    Daily Telegraph - Dec 18 6:18 PM
    Failures in Iraq had placed Britons at greater risk of terrorist attacks at home, David Cameron said yesterday.
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  • Failure in Iraq would be a calamity: Gates Open this result in new window
    ABC via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 18 3:30 PM
    The new United States Defence Secretary says he wants to bring American soldiers home from Iraq as soon as possible, but warns failure in the war cannot be allowed.
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  • Former U.S. detainee in Iraq recalls torment Open this result in new window
    International Herald Tribune - Dec 17 11:44 PM
    The story of Detainee 200343 illuminates Iraq's haphazard legal system.
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  • Failure in Iraq would be a 'calamity,' Gates says Open this result in new window
    Houston Chronicle - Dec 18 10:46 AM
    Robert Gates assumed the helm at the Pentagon today, saying Iraq is his top priority and warning that failure there would be a "calamity" that would haunt the United States for many years.
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  • British PM makes surprise visit to Iraq as gunmen stage mass kidnapping Open this result in new window
    USA Today - Dec 17 6:58 PM
    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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  • Quarterly report shows violence in Iraq at highest level on record Open this result in new window
    Stars and Stripes - Dec 18 3:07 PM
    ARLINGTON, Va. Violence in Iraq is at the highest level on record, according to the most recent report measuring progress in Iraq. The Defense Department released the congressionally mandated quarterly report late Friday.
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  • Iraq Troop Levels at the Center of Debate in Washington Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 18 6:46 AM
    Morning Edition , December 18, 2006 Troop levels in Iraq are a major topic of conversation in Washington, as is the health of Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota.
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  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,949 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! Asia News - Dec 18 3:55 PM
    As of Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at least 2,949 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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  • 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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  • Attacks on US in Iraq 'at all-time high' Open this result in new window
    AAP via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 18 2:45 PM
    Attacks in Iraq on US-led forces, local security personnel and civilians in the three months to November 10 have reached an all-time high, the Pentagon says.
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  • New US defence chief sworn in with Iraq his priority Open this result in new window
    The Scotsman - Dec 18 4:54 PM
    ROBERT Gates assumed the helm at the United States defence department yesterday, making Iraq his top priority and warning that failure there would be a "calamity" that would haunt the US.
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  • Cameron says Iraq war has increased terror risk Open this result in new window
    The Scotsman - Dec 18 4:54 PM
    DAVID Cameron yesterday said he agreed that failures in Iraq had placed Britons at greater risk of terrorist attacks in the UK.
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  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,949 Open this result in new window
    ABC News - Dec 18 5:52 AM
    U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,949 Monday, According to Count by the Associated Press
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  • White House calls grim Iraq assessment by Powell "thoughtful" Open this result in new window
    WHNT-TV Huntsville - 2 hours, 39 minutes ago
    WHITE HOUSE The White House is going out of its way not to dispute yesterday's grim assessment on Iraq from President Bush's first-term secretary of state. A spokesman...
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  • Sen. Hillary Clinton Opposed To Short-Term Troop Increase In Iraq Open this result in new window
    Nasdaq - Dec 18 2:52 PM
    (RTTNews) - Sen. Hillary Clinton said on Monday that she is opposed to the proposal of increasing the US troops in Iraq for a short-term unless it is part of a larger plan to bring stability to the war-torn country.
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  • L-3 Loses Iraq Linguist Award, Cuts 2007 Forecasts (Update1) Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 18 6:09 AM
    Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., the largest supplier of translators to the U.S. Army, lost the contract to provide linguists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba.
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  • Marines With Company B Search For IEDs In Iraq Open this result in new window
    22 WSBT South Bend - 2 hours, 32 minutes ago
    (WSBT) Some of the 130 Marines with Company B are serving their second tour of duty in Iraq. They've been there since August, hunting for Improvised Explosive Devices. Right now they're in the Anbar Province.
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  • Iraq prime minister invites Baathists to rejoin security forces / Efforts to reunite sectarian groups see mixed results Open this result in new window
    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 18 9:33 AM
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on former members of ousted President Saddam Hussein's disbanded army to join Iraq's new security forces in an effort to restore peace to the war-racked country. Al-Maliki's remarks came at the beginning of a...
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  • White House calls grim Iraq assessment by Powell "thoughtful" Open this result in new window
    KRON 4 Bay Area - 2 hours, 36 minutes ago
    WHITE HOUSE The White House is going out of its way not to dispute yesterday's grim assessment on Iraq from President Bush's first-term secretary of state.
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  • Pentagon: Violence at new high in Iraq Open this result in new window
    UPI - 2 hours, 46 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. Pentagon report released Monday said that violence in Iraq reached new highs between early August and early November in both attacks and casualties.
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  • Powell not sold on troop boost in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Chicago Tribune - Dec 18 5:24 AM
    Some Democrats also express their doubts over move Colin Powell, the former secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday that the Army was "about broken" and that he saw nothing to justify an increase in troops in Iraq.
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  • Panetta urges unity between Bush, Congress to fix Iraq Open this result in new window
    Houston Chronicle - Dec 18 9:16 AM
    Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, who served on the Iraq Study Group, said President Bush and the newly elected Democratic Congress must work together to confront the nation's problems.
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  • IRAQ WAR 'FAILURE' Open this result in new window
    Daily Record - 5 minutes ago
    A TORY think-tank has branded the military campaign in Iraq as a "failed" policy that has increased the terrorist threat to Britain. The National and International Security Policy Group will hit out at the "unintended and unwanted" consequences of the 2003 invasion.
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  • Iraq strife worst yet, militia big threat-Pentagon Open this result in new window
    AlertNet - Dec 18 2:21 PM
    Source: Reuters (Adds quotes, more report details) By Andrew Gray WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Attacks in Iraq on U.S.-led forces, local security personnel and civilians have surged 22 percent to record levels ...
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  • Roundup: Pentagon's new chief pledges to find solutions in Iraq Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 18 5:10 PM
    Robert Gates, the new U.S. defense secretary, on Monday pledged to go to Iraq soon in search of a solution to the violence and warned that failure in Iraq will be unbearable for the United States.
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  • Blair pledges support for Iraq Open this result in new window
    Los Angeles Daily News - Dec 18 1:04 PM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain pledged his support for the Iraqi government in a surprise visit here on Sunday. Less than a mile from where he spoke, gunmen in police uniforms seized 25 employees of an Iraqi aid organization.
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  • New Pentagon chief warns of calamity in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! Singapore News - Dec 18 12:12 PM
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Gates, sworn in as U.S. defence secretary on Monday, said he understood the desire to bring troops home from Iraq but that failure would be a "calamity" that haunts and threatens America for decades.
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  • Pentagon report says Iraq violence reaches record levels Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 18 6:10 PM
    Violence in Iraq reached the highest levels on record this autumn, fueled by sectarian strife that is propelling the nation toward civil war, the Pentagon said in a report released here Monday.
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  • Iraq attacks at all-time high Open this result in new window
    News Interactive - Dec 18 2:50 PM
    ATTACKS in Iraq on US-led forces, local security personnel and civilians had surged 22 per cent to record levels, the Pentagon said in its latest quarterly report on Iraq published today.
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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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  • Attacks in Iraq surge to record high Open this result in new window
    TVNZ - Dec 18 2:39 PM
    Attacks in Iraq on US-led forces, local security personnel and civilians have surged 22% to record levels, the Pentagon said in its latest quarterly report on Iraq published on Monday.
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  • Biden opposes Iraq troop surge Open this result in new window
    WTOL 11 Toledo - Dec 18 4:39 PM
    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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  • Attacks in Iraq at all-time high - Pentagon Open this result in new window
    AlertNet - Dec 18 2:21 PM
    Source: Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks in Iraq on U.S.-led forces, local security personnel and civilians in the three months to Nov. 10 have surged 22 percent over the previous three months to reach an all- ...
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  • Syrian foreign minister Moallem, left, went on a ground-breaking visit to Iraq in November Open this result in new window
    Aljazeera - Dec 18 2:37 PM
    Syria and Iraq on Monday signed an agreement on boosting security co-operation, less than a month after a renewal of diplomatic relations, the state news agency Sana reported.
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  • Powell says U.S. losing in Iraq: report Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 18 4:25 PM
    Former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell said Sunday that the United States is losing what he described as a "civil war" in Iraq, the Washington Post said in a report on Monday.
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  • Gates takes over Pentagon amid Iraq strategy review Open this result in new window
    Army Times - Dec 18 12:04 PM
    Robert Gates assumed the helm at the Pentagon on Monday, lauded by President Bush as the right man for the multiple challenges the new defense secretary will face with war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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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 2:16 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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  • New US Defense Secretary Gates Says Iraq His Top Priority Open this result in new window
    Nasdaq - Dec 18 11:39 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP)--Robert Gates assumed the helm at the U.S. Defense Department on Monday, saying Iraq is his top priority and warning that failure there would be a "calamity" that would haunt the U.S. for many years.
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  • Leadville Marine dies in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Vail Daily - Dec 18 4:09 PM
    LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) Funeral arrangements were being planned for a U.S. Marine from Colorado who was killed in Iraq. Nick Palmer, 19, of Leadville, died after being hit by sniper fire while on patrol in a Humvee in Fallujah, his family said.
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  • Sen. Clinton Opposes Troop Surge in Iraq Open this result in new window
    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 18 6:36 AM
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she would not support a short-term increase in American troop presence in Iraq unless it was part of a more comprehensive plan to stabilize the country. Clinton also offered the broadest indication yet that she...
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  • Gates, taking the helm at the Pentagon, says failure in Iraq would be a `calamity' for U.S. Open this result in new window
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - Dec 18 11:10 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Robert Gates assumed the helm at the Pentagon on Monday, saying Iraq is his top priority and warning that failure there would be a "calamity'' that would haunt the United States for many years. "All of us want to find a way to bring America's sons and daughters home again,'' Gates said after taking the oath of office as defense secretary from Vice President Dick Cheney at a ...
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  • Poll: Most Alabamians now think Iraq war going badly Open this result in new window
    FOX 10 Mobile - Dec 18 3:25 PM
    MOBILE, Ala. A new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Alabama adults feel the war in Iraq is going somewhat or very badly.
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  • Poll: Most Alabamians now think Iraq war going badly Open this result in new window
    al.com - Dec 18 2:48 PM
    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) A new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Alabama adults feel the war in Iraq is going somewhat or very badly, and nearly the same percentage view President Bush's handling of the situation as only fair or poor.
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  • Chatham House says Iraq foreign policy is a 'debacle' Open this result in new window
    Evening Standard - Dec 18 4:14 PM
    Tony Blair made a "terrible mistake" by invading Iraq and failed to influence George Bush "in any significant way", according to a devastating report by Britain's leading foreign affairs think tank.
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  • Army subpoenas journalists over officer's Iraq quotes Open this result in new window
    KESQ - Dec 18 3:33 PM
    OAKLAND, Calif. A freelance journalist says she has been subpoenaed by U-S Army prosecutors to testify about one of her sources, a 28-year-old officer facing a court-martial for refusing to go to Iraq.
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  • GGC helps families connect with Iraq Open this result in new window
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Dec 18 3:34 PM
    The holidays are a time to connect with family and friends, but when loved ones are stationed in Iraq, holiday contacts can be difficult. Georgia Gwinnett College is trying to help families keep in touch by providing free video calls to service members who are located in, or have access to, facilities in Camp Fallujah, Camp Taji or Al Asad Airbase. The video calls will allow people to see and ...
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  • California suffers highest casualties in Iraq Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 18 4:25 PM
    California has the highest number of military personnel killed in Iraq among all the U.S. states, it was reported Monday.
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