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  • Gates plans quick report to Bush on Iraq Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - 25 minutes ago
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates rushed back to Washington on Friday to give President Bush his advice on transforming U.S. policy in Iraq after holding three days of talks in the war zone with military and political leaders.
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  • 5 U.S. Troops Die in Iraq as Month's Toll Hits 70 Open this result in new window
    Washington Post - 9 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 22 -- Five more American service members have been killed in Iraq, the U.S. military reported Friday, in what is shaping up to be one of the deadliest months for U.S. forces this year.
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  • Al-Qaeda Allies Claim Bigger Base of Support in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Washington Post - 2 hours, 3 minutes ago
    Forces allied with al-Qaeda in Iraq claimed yesterday to have broadened their base of support among Iraqi Sunnis, saying that 70 percent of tribal sheiks and a number of previously independent insurgent groups have pledged allegiance to what has been called the Islamic State of Iraq under its emir,...
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  • Qaeda-backed group offers U.S. safe Iraq exit: Web Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - 2 hours, 22 minutes ago
    The leader of an al Qaeda-backed group offered to refrain from attacking U.S. forces if they withdrew from Iraq within a month and left their heavy weapons behind, according to an audio tape posted on the Internet on Friday.
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  • Middle East Christians suffer for West's Iraq mess: Anglican leader Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 59 minutes ago
    Christians in the Middle East are being put at risk by the "short-sighted" and "ignorant" policy on Iraq of Britain and its allies, the leader of the world's Anglicans said Saturday.
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  • U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 2,963 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - 2 hours, 3 minutes ago
    As of Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at least 2,963 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 2,377 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
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  • Iraq strikes deal with US on war strategy Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 3:18 PM
    New US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will brief President George W. Bush Saturday after a visit to Iraq in which he reached a "broad strategic agreement" with the Iraqi government on how to bring security to Baghdad, the White House said.
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  • Insurgents offer U.S. 30-day truce to get out of Iraq Open this result in new window
    CNN.com - Dec 22 4:39 PM
    The leader of an umbrella organization for Iraqi insurgent groups is offering the United States a one-month truce to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq and turn over its military bases "to the mujahedeen of the Islamic state."
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  • Haditha defense seen focused on Iraq battle chaos Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 2:11 PM
    Attorneys defending the U.S. Marines charged with murder in Haditha, Iraq, do not dispute that 24 men, women and children were killed -- but are expected to argue that the defendants have been made scapegoats for a sad reality of war: civilians sometimes die.
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  • Al-Qaeda offers US troops month's truce to quit Iraq Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 12:53 PM
    The head of an Al-Qaeda-dominated group in Iraq offered to give US troops a month to pull out free of attack in an audiotape posted on the Internet and demanded an answer within two weeks.
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  • Bush to mull Iraq strategy over holidays Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 12:12 PM
    President Bush will hold high-level meetings on Iraq while spending the holiday week at Camp David and his Texas ranch as he prepares to unveil a fresh strategy in the new year, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said on Friday.
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  • Gates to brief Bush Saturday on Iraq trip Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 11:52 AM
    New US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will brief President George W. Bush early Saturday on his visit to Iraq, as Bush mulls whether he will order an increase of troops in Iraq, the White House said.
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  • U.S death toll nears 3,000 in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 11:08 AM
    The U.S. military on Friday reported the deaths of five more soldiers in Iraq as Defense Secretary Robert Gates ended a visit aimed at finding a new strategy to curb violence and allow U.S. troops to withdraw.
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  • Five U.S. Troops Killed In Iraq Open this result in new window
    CBS News - 38 minutes ago
    Five more U.S. troops have died in combat in Iraq, the military says, bringing the total number killed ever closer to the 3,000 mark as newly-appointed defense chief Robert Gates prepares his assessment of the war for the president.
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  • Iraq strikes deal with US on war strategy Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 8:43 AM
    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has left Iraq after striking "a broad strategic agreement" to avert all-out war, as British troops seized Iraqi police accused of carrying out a massacre.
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  • Five more U.S. soldiers die; Gates ends Iraq visit Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 9:15 AM
    The U.S. military reported the deaths of five more soldiers in Iraq on Friday as Defense Secretary Robert Gates ended a visit aimed at finding a new strategy to curb violence and allow U.S. troops to withdraw.
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  • Majority in poll back pullout from Iraq Open this result in new window
    International Herald Tribune - Dec 22 1:40 PM
    An overwhelming majority of Europeans and Americans favor the withdrawal of coalition forces in Iraq early next year, a survey published Friday showed, while most also support the execution of Saddam Hussein.
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  • U.S death toll in Iraq creeps closer to 3,000 mark Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 8:19 AM
    The U.S. military reported the deaths of five more soldiers on Friday, bringing the U.S. death toll closer to 3,000, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates ended a two-day visit aimed at finding a new strategy for Iraq.
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  • Time running out on Kurdish rebels in Iraq, Turkey tells US Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 8:10 AM
    Turkey wants the United States to take concrete steps against Iraq-based separatist Kurdish rebels, a special Turkish envoy said, warning that time was running out for Ankara to see substantial progress in eliminating the threat posed by the militants.
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  • Once-Homeless Iraq War Vet Gets More Help Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 22 4:11 PM
    Iraq War veteran Joe Raicaldo lived in his car as he sought more disability money. Now the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs has more than tripled his benefits and he has moved into an apartment.
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  • Iraq war 'makes Christians flee' Open this result in new window
    PA via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - 12 minutes ago
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that Christian communities in the Middle East are being put at risk by the Government's "short-sighted" and "ignorant" policy in Iraq.
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  • Those for and against war in Iraq agree on one point Open this result in new window
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - 1 hour, 33 minutes ago
    Jill Kriesel, 41, whose husband, Gary, is stationed in Iraq, has attended about two dozen meetings in the past couple of years, helping families of soldiers who are deployed overseas. Kriesel, who lives in Longville, about 145 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, will gather in Minneapolis next month with members of other families to plan a homecoming event for 3,000 members of the Minnesota ...
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  • Kind Marine gets hitched, heads for third Iraq hitch Open this result in new window
    Boston Herald - 41 minutes ago
    John Grigg, a two-tour veteran of Iraq who made national headlines helping a boy plant flowers for veterans, has a new wife and a new mission targeting crippling roadside bombs. The Framingham Marine...
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  • Commanders in Iraq favor troop 'surge' Open this result in new window
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - Dec 22 6:41 PM
    WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commanders in Iraq have decided to recommend a "surge" of fresh combat forces, a defense official familiar with the plan said Friday. The approval of a troop increase plan by top Iraq commanders, including Gen. George Casey Jr. and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, comes days before President Bush unveils a new course for the U.S. campaign in Iraq. Bush still must ...
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  • Rice: Iraq worth investment in U.S. aid Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 11:35 PM
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Associated Press on Thursday that Iraq is "worth the investment" in American lives and dollars and said the U.S. can still win a conflict that has been more difficult than she expected.
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  • Insurgents Kill 5 More Soldiers in Iraq Open this result in new window
    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 22 2:06 PM
    Insurgent attacks killed five more American troops west of the Iraqi capital, the military said Friday, making December the second deadliest month for U.S. servicemen in 2006. So far this month, 76 American troops have died in Iraq, the same number...
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  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,963 Open this result in new window
    phillyburbs.com - 1 hour, 27 minutes ago
    As of Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at least 2,963 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.
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  • Four U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq's Anbar province Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 22 12:02 AM
    Four U.S. soldiers were killed on Thursday in Iraq's restive western province of Anbar, the U.S. military said on Friday.
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  • Middle East Christians suffer for West's Iraq mess: Anglican leader Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - 2 hours, 6 minutes ago
    Christians in the Middle East are being put at risk by the "short-sighted" and "ignorant" policy on Iraq of Britain and its allies, the leader of the world's Anglicans has said.
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  • Time line for Iraq mission needed: Labor Open this result in new window
    ABC via Yahoo!7 News - 2 hours, 27 minutes ago
    The federal Opposition says the latest opinion poll on the war in Iraq shows Australians are aware it has descended into a civil war, which they do not want troops to be bogged down in.
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  • 4 U.S. troops die from injuries in Iraq Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 11:56 PM
    Three Marines and one U.S. sailor have died from wounds sustained from enemy action in Iraq's western Anbar province, the military said Friday.
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  • Senator Urges Talks with Syria to Ease Iraq Violence Open this result in new window
    The Online NewsHour - Dec 22 5:15 PM
    Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who recently returned from a trip to the Middle East where he visited several countries including U.S. foe Syria, discusses how he thinks Iraq's neighbors can help ease the sectarian violence.
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  • Insurgents Kill 5 More Soldiers in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Freeport Journal - 44 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgent attacks killed five more American troops west of the Iraqi capital, the military said Friday, making December the second deadliest month for U.S. servicemen in 2006.
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  • Shields, Brooks React to Syria Talks Debate, Bush Press Conference on Iraq Open this result in new window
    The Online NewsHour - Dec 22 5:15 PM
    With some Democratic senators pushing for talks with Syria and Iran, and President Bush postponing his decision on Iraq policy until the new year, politics columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks offer analysis of the U.S. role in the Middle East.
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  • Aussie troops 'caught' in Iraq civil war Open this result in new window
    News Interactive - 1 hour, 39 minutes ago
    THE presence of Australian and US troops in Iraq is only prolonging a civil war being waged by "murderous fanatics", Labor said today.
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  • Volcker probe on Iraq to be kept at UN Open this result in new window
    AAP via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 22 5:36 PM
    The UN will keep the documents from an independent commission that investigated the scandal-ridden oil-for-food program for Iraq for at least two years.
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  • Aussie troops 'caught' in Iraq civil war Open this result in new window
    The Australian - 2 hours, 4 minutes ago
    A Newspoll of 1200 Australians, published in The Weekend Australian today, found more than 70 per cent now believe the Iraq war was not worth fighting.
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  • Our View: Build up the military, be wary of Iraq buildup Open this result in new window
    Mankato Free Press - 45 minutes ago
    It all appears like a losing proposition of too little, too late. President George W. Bush has sent signals, and gave voice to them on Wednesday, that he is considering a plan to send more troops into Baghdad in a last-ditch effort to salvage a rapidly deteriorating Iraq policy.
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  • Bush, New Defense Secretary To Discuss Iraq Strategy on Saturday Open this result in new window
    Voice of America - Dec 22 4:29 PM
    President Bush and new U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates are planning to meet Saturday to discuss U.S. strategy in Iraq. Gates is returning to Washington from a three-day visit to Baghdad where he held talks with U.S. military and Iraqi leaders on reducing sectarian violence.
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  • ABC7 Listens Poll: Iraq Study Group Open this result in new window
    KGO-TV Bay Area - 1 hour, 49 minutes ago
    A new ABC7 Listens poll reveals how Bay Area residents feel on a couple of issues: the Iraq Study Group and Christmas spending.
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  • Iraq tribes 'taking on al-Qaeda' Open this result in new window
    BBC News - Dec 22 4:35 AM
    A group of Sunni tribal chiefs in Iraq say they have caught more than 100 al-Qaeda members in recent months.
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  • Deepak Chopra: Iraq and the Problem of Evil Open this result in new window
    HuffingtonPost - Dec 22 6:27 AM
    It's not yet the last days in Iraq, but it might as well be. A recent poll shows that 71% of Americans oppose the way Pres. Bush is handling the war, and only 9% believe we will win. No such consensus was ever reached over Vietnam. Nixon was elected twice against opponents who would have ended the war sooner. A back-room agreement that could have been achieved with the North Vietnamese in 1969 ...
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  • Gates Plans Report to Bush on Iraq Open this result in new window
    ABC News - Dec 22 6:37 AM
    Gates Plans Report to Bush This Weekend on Iraq, but Offers No Details
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  • Marine from Midland County Hope dies while serving Iraq Open this result in new window
    WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids - 1 hour, 26 minutes ago
    HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Marine from Michigan died while serving in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Friday. Lance Cpl. Ryan J.
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  • Michigan native who died in Iraq was due home in two months Open this result in new window
    Stars and Stripes - Dec 22 3:23 PM
    A Germany-based soldier killed in Iraq on Tuesday has been identified by the Department of Defense as Spc. Andrew P. Daul, a member of the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment.
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  • Christians suffer for Iraq, says archbishop Open this result in new window
    Times Online - Dec 22 3:09 PM
    Christians in the Middle East are being put at unprecedented risk by the Government's "shortsighted" and "ignorant" policy in Iraq, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, says today....
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  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,963 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! Asia News - Dec 22 3:58 PM
    As of Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at least 2,963 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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  • US death toll in Iraq creeps closer to 3,000 mark Open this result in new window
    Stuff - 1 hour, 58 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD: The United States military reported the deaths of five more soldiers on Friday, bringing the US death toll closer to 3000, as Defence Secretary Robert Gates ended a two-day visit aimed at finding a new strategy for Iraq.
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  • Gates offers no details on upcoming Iraq briefing to Bush Open this result in new window
    Houston Chronicle - Dec 22 10:01 AM
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates, due back in Washington from Iraq tonight, was scheduled to see Bush at Camp David first thing Saturday morning.
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  • Bush to mull Iraq strategy over holidays Open this result in new window
    Boston Globe - Dec 22 9:52 AM
    While spending the upcoming holiday week at Camp David and his Texas ranch, President Bush will hold high-level meetings on Iraq as he gets ready to unveil a fresh strategy in the new year, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said on Friday.
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  • Brazil to reopen embassy in Iraq Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - 2 hours, 5 minutes ago
    Brazil will be the first Latin American country to reopen its embassy in Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War, local media said on Friday.
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  • Troops prolonging Iraq civil war: Labor Open this result in new window
    Hastings Gazette - 32 minutes ago
    The presence of Australian and US troops in Iraq is only prolonging a civil war being waged by "murderous fanatics", Labor says. A Newspoll of 1,200 Australians, published in The Weekend Australian, found more than 70 per cent now believe the Iraq war was not worth fighting.
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  • Gates to brief Bush on Iraq over the weekend Open this result in new window
    Calcutta News - 2 hours, 38 minutes ago
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, on the last day of three-day visit to Iraq, said he would report his findings from this trip to President Bush as early as this weekend.
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  • Funeral held for Ladue Marine killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Dec 22 9:59 AM
    Marine Lance Cpl. Matt Clark, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq last week, was laid to rest today following a funeral Mass at the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Boulevard.
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  • No plans for more Aussie troops in Iraq Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 5:56 PM
    Prime Minister John Howard has admitted he has no intention of bolstering the number of Australian troops in Iraq even though the United States is considering boosting its forces.
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  • Al Qaeda Gives US 'Safe' Way Out Of Iraq Open this result in new window
    Sky News via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - Dec 22 1:32 PM
    The leader of an al Qaeda-backed group has apparently offered US forces safe withdrawal from Iraq within a month if they leave their heavy weapons behind. The offer was made in an audio tape posted on the internet, it has been reported.
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  • Back from Iraq, Gates to report to Bush on findings Open this result in new window
    TODAYonline - Dec 22 6:31 PM
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks during a press conference with Iraqi Minister of Defense Abdul Qadir in Baghdad. Gates has left Iraq after striking "a broad strategic agreement" to avert all-out war, as British troops seized Iraqi police accused of carrying out a massacre.
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  • U.S. Defense Secretary wraps up visit to Iraq Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 22 6:09 PM
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates left Iraq Friday after he consulted with American commanders and Iraqi officials to help forge a new Iraq war strategy.
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  • Al-Qaeda announced in October the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Aljazeera - Dec 22 4:37 PM
    The leader of an al-Qaeda-backed group has offered US forces safe withdrawal from Iraq within a month if they left their heavy weapons behind, according to an audio tape posted on the internet on Friday.
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  • Insurgents in Iraq offer U.S. one month truce, opportunity to withdraw Open this result in new window
    Calcutta News - 2 hours, 38 minutes ago
    Insurgents in Iraq have offered a one month truce to the United States, in what they describe as an "historic opportunity" to withdraw from the country safely.
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  • Iraq war 'worthwhile' - Rice Open this result in new window
    BBC News - Dec 22 12:30 AM
    The US secretary of state defends the war in Iraq, as charges are laid against marines for killing 24 civilians.
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  • Most say Iraq war not worth it: Newspoll Open this result in new window
    AAP via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 22 12:04 PM
    More than 70 per cent of Australians now believe the Iraq war is not worth fighting, and nearly half want a firm exit timetable, a Newspoll shows.
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  • Five troops killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    Navy Times - Dec 22 12:51 PM
    BAGHDAD Five more American troops have died from combat wounds west of Baghdad, the military said Friday, pushing the U.S. death toll since the Iraq war began close to 3,000.
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  • Al-Qaida in Iraq offers to give U.S. troops safe withdrawal Open this result in new window
    People's Daily - Dec 22 6:11 PM
    The head of an al-Qaida-backed group in Iraq has offered to give U.S. troops safe withdrawal in an audiotape posted on the Internet on Friday.
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  • One terrorist killed, 25 suspects captured in Iraq raids Open this result in new window
    Army Times - Dec 22 12:34 PM
    BAGHDAD U.S.-led forces killed one terrorist and detained 25 terror suspects Friday morning in multiple raids throughout Iraq, the military said. The operations targeted foreign fighters and the al-Qaida in Iraq network, the military said in a statement.
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  • Another five US troops die in Iraq Open this result in new window
    The Peninsula - Dec 22 5:24 PM
    BAGHDAD The US military reported the deaths of five more soldiers in Iraq yesterday as Defence Secretary Robert Gates ended a visit aimed at finding a new strategy to curb violence and allow US troops to withdraw.
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  • Iraq Attacks Kill 3 Marines, 1 Sailor in Al-Anbar (Update2) Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 22 3:05 AM
    Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Three U.S. Marines and a sailor died in Iraq's western al-Anbar province yesterday as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates took advice from the military whether to increase the number of American soldiers in the country.
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  • Military names Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq Open this result in new window
    KTVA Anchorage - Dec 22 4:39 PM
    The Army has released the name of the Fort Richardson paratrooper who was killed this week in Iraq.
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  • Gates Plans Report to Bush on Iraq Open this result in new window
    phillyburbs.com - Dec 22 11:36 AM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is taking what he learned during three days of meeting with military and political leaders here directly to President Bush. Gates, due back in Washington from Iraq on Friday night, was scheduled to see Bush at Camp David first thing Saturday morning, said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman.
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  • Five more U.S. soldiers die as Gates ends Iraq visit Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News - Dec 22 11:03 AM
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday reported the deaths of five more soldiers in Iraq as U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates ended a visit aimed at finding a new strategy to curb violence and allow U.S. troops to withdraw.
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  • U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 2,959 Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 4:36 PM
    As of Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at least 2,959 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 2,373 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
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  • Autonomy, Oil Money Underlie Kurdish Goals in Iraq Open this result in new window
    NPR - Dec 22 6:48 AM
    Morning Edition , December 22, 2006 One group crucial to the future of Iraq is the Kurds. They live mainly in the northern part of the country, known as Iraqi Kurdistan. For decades, Kurds fought for independence from Saddam Hussein's government and paid harshly for it.
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  • Al-Qaeda group offers US safe Iraq exit Open this result in new window
    AAP via Yahoo!7 News - Dec 22 11:46 AM
    An al-Qaeda-backed group has offered the US safe withdrawal from Iraq if they leave their heavy weapons behind, according to an tape posted on the internet.
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  • Australia won't increase its Iraq force Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 3:16 PM
    Australia does not plan to contribute to a potential increase in troop numbers in Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard said Friday.
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  • US soldiers in Iraq urge Gates to send more troops Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 3:11 PM
    U.S. soldiers in Iraq urged new Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday to send reinforcements but generals expressed concern that deploying more troops might delay the time when Iraqis take control.
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  • PM will not admit Iraq mistake: Greens Open this result in new window
    Tenterfield Star - 2 hours, 22 minutes ago
    Greens leader Bob Brown says Prime Minister John Howard will never admit he made a monumental mistake in joining the US-led invasion of Iraq.
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  • U.S. to pay $4.6 billion for translators in Iraq Open this result in new window
    World Tribune - Dec 22 11:26 AM
    WASHINGTON The U.S. Army has launched an effort to recruit thousands of translators to facilitate training of Iraqi security forces. The army has awarded a contract for management of translation and interpretation services in Iraq to Global Linguistic Solutions.
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  • Al-Qaeda offers US troops month's truce to quit Iraq Open this result in new window
    Channel NewsAsia - Dec 22 1:46 PM
    DUBAI - The head of an Al-Qaeda-dominated group in Iraq offered to give US troops a month to pull out free of attack in an audiotape posted on the Internet Friday and demanded an answer within two weeks.
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  • Haditha defense seen focused on Iraq battle chaos Open this result in new window
    AlertNet - Dec 22 2:21 PM
    Source: Reuters By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Attorneys defending the U.S. Marines charged with murder in Haditha, Iraq, do not dispute that 24 men, women and children were killed -- but are ...
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  • Gates plans quick report to Bush on Iraq Open this result in new window
    China Daily - 2 hours, 42 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rushed back to Washington on Friday to give President Bush his advice on transforming US policy in Iraq after holding three days of talks in the war zone with military and political leaders.
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  • Rice: Iraq worth investment in US lives Open this result in new window
    AP via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 2:37 PM
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Associated Press on Thursday that Iraq is "worth the investment" in American lives and dollars.
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  • Boy gets wish: Mom home from Iraq for Christmas Open this result in new window
    Pantagraph - Dec 22 3:10 PM
    STREATOR -- Two-year-old Benjamin Pond of rural Streator had a wish for Christmas: the return of his mother, a soldier serving in Iraq. Benjamin and his sister, Delaney, 8, got that wish this week when their mother, Sgt. 1st Class Aliska Pond, and their father, David, picked up the children from their baby sitter.
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  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,959 Open this result in new window
    phillyburbs.com - Dec 22 11:27 AM
    As of Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at least 2,959 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.
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  • Iraq Attacks Kill 3 Marines, 1 Sailor in Sunni Region (Update1) Open this result in new window
    Bloomberg.com - Dec 22 1:20 AM
    Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. military said that three Marines and one sailor died yesterday from combat wounds sustained while operating in Iraq's Sunni-dominated al-Anbar Province.
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  • Gates 'not swing vote' on Iraq increase Open this result in new window
    UPI - Dec 22 3:14 PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- New U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he is not the "swing" vote" in determining whether more troops will be sent to Iraq, but he is seriously discussing the option.
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  • Iran forging ahead in Iraq without U.S. Open this result in new window
    Los Angeles Times - Dec 22 12:12 AM
    Tehran's ambassador in Baghdad sees no need to talk with Americans about how to stabilize the war-torn nation. BAGHDAD Tehran's top envoy here said there was no need for contacts with the United States aimed at stabilizing Iraq, saying that Iranians already were pursuing channels to help secure their embattled neighbor.
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  • In Iraq, the Signs Do Not Look Good (8 Letters) Open this result in new window
    New York Times - 1 hour, 52 minutes ago
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  • Marine tells students about tours in Iraq Open this result in new window
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune - 2 hours, 27 minutes ago
    SOUTH EL MONTE - Lance Cpl. Jose Diego completed two tours in Iraq, but a group of sixth-graders at Monte Vista Elementary school Friday made him nervous as he spoke about his experiences.
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  • Gates wraps up fact-finding visit to Iraq Open this result in new window
    Japan Today - Dec 22 3:00 PM
    BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday left Iraq after striking "a broad strategic agreement" to avert all-out war, as British troops seized Iraqi police accused of carrying out a massacre.
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  • Bush to mull Iraq strategy over holidays Open this result in new window
    Reuters via Yahoo! India News - Dec 22 9:50 AM
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While spending the upcoming holiday week at Camp David and his Crawford, Texas ranch, U.S. President George W. Bush will hold high-level meetings on Iraq as he gets ready to unveil a fresh strategy in the new year, said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.
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  • Gates ends Iraq visit; 5 U.S. troops killed Open this result in new window
    Baltimore Sun - Dec 22 8:22 AM
    American death toll nears 3,000; Rice says Iraq 'worth the investment' Insurgent attacks killed five American troops west of the Iraqi capital, the military said today, making December the second deadliest month for U.S. servicemen in 2006.
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  • Al-Qaeda offers US safe passage from Iraq Open this result in new window
    News Interactive - Dec 22 12:11 PM
    THE head of an al-Qaeda-dominated group in Iraq offered to give US troops a month to pull out free of attack in an audiotape posted on the internet overnight and demanded an answer within two weeks.
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  • 5 U.S. troops killed as U.S. toll nears 3,000; Gates ends Iraq visit Open this result in new window
    CP via Yahoo! Canada News - Dec 22 9:13 AM
    BAGHDAD (AP) - Five more American troops have died from combat wounds in western Iraq and the capital Baghdad, the military said Friday, pushing the U.S. death toll since the war began closer to 3,000.
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  • Fort Richardson soldier dies in Iraq Open this result in new window
    KTVA Anchorage - Dec 22 1:55 PM
    The Army says another Fort Richardson paratrooper has died in Iraq. The soldier's name has not been released but his next of kin has been notified. The paratrooper was assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
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  • Rice calls Iraq "worth the investment" Open this result in new window
    WLUC TV 6 - Dec 22 6:02 PM
    STATE DEPARTMENT Even though it's been more difficult than expected, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Iraq is "worth the investment" in American lives and dollars.
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  • British seize Iraq police in massacre probe Open this result in new window
    AFP via Yahoo! Canada News - Dec 22 9:33 AM
    BASRA, Iraq (AFP) - More than 1,000 British troops backed up by tanks carried out a dawn raid to seize Iraqi police officers accused of leading a death squad that slaughtered 17 police trainers.
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  • Al Qaeda-backed group offers US safe Iraq exit Open this result in new window
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Dec 22 2:18 PM
    The leader of an Al Qaeda-backed group has offered to refrain from attacking US forces if they withdrew from Iraq within a month and left their heavy weapons behind, an audio tape posted on the Internet says.
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  • Iraq strikes deal with US on war strategy Open this result in new window
    ABS-CBNNEWS.com - Dec 22 10:55 AM
    BAGHDAD - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates left Iraq on Friday after striking "a broad strategic agreement" to avert all-out war, as British troops seized Iraqi police accused of carrying out a massacre.
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  • Embed Returns To Iraq -- For Christmas -- For Indiana Paper Open this result in new window
    Editor and Publisher via Yahoo! News - Dec 21 1:38 PM
    NEW YORK You'd think Fred Dodd of The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune would have had enough of military life during his two previous Iraq embedding stints in 2003 and 2004, not to mention his 20 prior years as a U.S. Marine photojournalist.
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  • Decking the halls in Iraq Open this result in new window
    The Davis Enterprise - Dec 22 1:08 PM
    Published Dec 19, 2006 - 14:22:53 CST. Sgt. Brad Bitler is a long way from home this holiday season. The 2003 Davis High School graduate has been serving with the Marines in Iraq since August.
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