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Senate vote bucks House approach, sets up Iraq talks (CNN.com)
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Fri, 18 May 2007 04:21:14 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate leaders met with President Bush's chief of staff in the Capitol on Thursday in search of a compromise bill to fund the Iraq war, eager to avoid a second veto showdown.

For Searchers in Iraq, a Peerless Mission (Washington Post)
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Fri, 18 May 2007 03:07:25 GMT

RUSHDI MULLAH, Iraq, May 17 -- Over the past five days, Sgt. 1st Class Steven Johnson and his men had patrolled this speck of a village dozens of times. Now, as a heavy rain beat down Thursday, they were here again, patting down two young men for weapons, waving at women and children peeping through...

Bush, Blair defend war in Iraq together (USA Today)
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Fri, 18 May 2007 02:21:20 GMT

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in what was likely to be their last joint appearance at the White House before Blair leaves office, on Thursday gave an often emotional defense of their Iraq policy and their close relationship.

60 Die in Iraq; Study Warns Of Collapse (Washington Post)
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Fri, 18 May 2007 00:54:14 GMT

BAGHDAD, May 17 -- More than 60 people were killed and dozens wounded in mortar strikes, drive-by shootings, roadside explosions, suicide bombings and other violent attacks in Iraq on Thursday, as a new study warned that the country was close to becoming a "failed state."

Biden Renews Call for Iraq-Only Democratic Debate (New York Times)
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Fri, 18 May 2007 00:21:58 GMT

Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday reissued his call for his fellow Democratic presidential contenders to join him in a debate devoted exclusively to the war in Iraq. Biden made his statement one day after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced logistical details for six authorized debates leading up to the 2008 primaries and caucuses.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,403 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 17 May 2007 23:42:40 GMT

As of Thursday, May 17, 2007, at least 3,403 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 2,773 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

US Democrats stick to slow boil Iraq strategy (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 17 May 2007 23:08:30 GMT

Six months after capturing Congress and claiming a mandate to end the Iraq war, Democrats are still reluctantly stuck with a slow boil strategy, blocked by a defiant President George W. Bush.

Analysis: Democrats divided on Iraq, too (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 17 May 2007 22:43:24 GMT

Move over Republicans. Democrats, too, are divided over Iraq, the issue that increasingly overshadows all others in Congress and the campaign for the White House.

Marine commandant warns of "disconnect" over Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 17 May 2007 22:30:43 GMT

The commandant of the Marine Corps warned Thursday that the US military needs more time to succeed in Iraq than the country is willing to give it despite incremental progress.

Iranian, U.S. officials meet in Iraq on May 28 (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 17 May 2007 19:50:58 GMT

Iranian and U.S. officials will meet in Iraq on May 28 to discuss security in the country, Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday, a rare face-to-face meeting between the bitter rivals.