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U.S. won't release 5 Iranians held in Iraq: report (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 14 Apr 2007 04:21:34 GMT

In a move likely to irritate Tehran, the government has decided not to release five Iranians captured in Iraq, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Iraq parliament in session of 'defiance' (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 14 Apr 2007 03:03:24 GMT

Iraq's parliament met in an extraordinary session of "defiance" Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, and declared it would not bow to terrorism. A bouquet of red roses and a white lily sat in the place of Mohammed Awad, the lawmaker killed in the parliament dining hall suicide bombing claimed by al-Qaida.

Group Tied to Al-Qaeda in Iraq Claims Bombing; Toll Reduced (Washington Post)
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Sat, 14 Apr 2007 01:30:03 GMT

BAGHDAD, April 13 -- A group linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq asserted responsibility Friday for the previous day's deadly suicide bombing inside the Green Zone, while the U.S. military said the blast killed fewer people than it originally reported.

General sees Iran's hand in Iraq fight (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:52:47 GMT

The U.S. suspects Iran is providing weapons and other military support to both sides of the sectarian conflict in Iraq — not just to the Shiites who have historic ties to the Iranians, the No. 2 American commander in Iraq said Friday.

U.S.: Al Qaeda in Iraq 'probably' tied to bombing (CNN.com)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:21:01 GMT

A U.S. Army commander on Friday said authorities still can't verify who bombed the Iraqi parliament complex on Thursday, but al Qaeda in Iraq probably was involved.

Marines to deploy tilt-rotor aircraft to Iraq (Sports Illustrated)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:24:59 GMT

The military's controversial V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft will head to Iraq for its first combat tour later this year, Marine officials announced Friday.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,297 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:47:18 GMT

As of Friday, April 13, 2007, at least 3,297 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 2,674 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

In blow to US 'freedom agenda,' democracy group told to shun Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 21:02:08 GMT

In an embarrassing setback for US efforts to support the embattled government in Baghdad, an international panel charged with selecting countries to attend a prestigious meeting of the world's democracies has deemed Iraq unfit to attend, officials said Friday.

Better U.S.-Iran ties would help Iraq: Iraqi spokesman (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 20:29:22 GMT

Better relations between Washington and Tehran would help Iraq and lessen the tendency of Iran to meddle in the affairs of its neighbor, the Iraqi government spokesman said on Friday.

Huckabee: GOP support for Iraq plan may wane (USA Today)
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Fri, 13 Apr 2007 20:47:50 GMT

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Friday in Iowa that GOP support for President Bush's Iraq plan could weaken between now and the Iowa caucuses, scheduled to launch the 2008 nominating sequence.