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Iraq Seeks Time to Take Steps, but Levin Notes 'Disconnect' (Washington Post)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 04:04:24 GMT

In a sign of growing tensions between Washington and Baghdad, Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said yesterday that the United States needs to give Iraq more "time and space" to take pivotal military and political steps and to stop making plans based on "the Washington clock."

Troops in Iraq get safer vehicle (USA Today)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 02:47:46 GMT

The Pentagon will phase out its armored Humvees in Iraq and Afghanistan and send in vehicles that better withstand roadside bomb blasts, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

Bush would veto Democrats' new Iraq bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 03:10:04 GMT

The White House threatened on Wednesday to veto a proposed House bill that would pay for the Iraq war only through July — a limit Defense Secretary Robert Gates said would be disastrous.

Cheney presses Iraq, bomb kills 14 (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 02:08:15 GMT

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney pressed Iraq's leaders on Wednesday to move without delay to reach power-sharing accords that Washington says are vital to ending sectarian violence.

Gates considers alternatives for US in Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 01:56:07 GMT

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday a September assessment of the "surge" of forces in Iraq is likely to point US strategy in a new direction but would not result in "precipitous" actions.

Suicide bomb strikes peaceful Kurdish city in Iraq (USA Today)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 02:32:17 GMT

A suicide truck bomber devastated the security headquarters of one of Iraq's most peaceful cities Wednesday, killing at least 15 people, wounding more than 100 and showing that no corner of Iraq is immune from violence.

Moderate Republicans warn Bush Iraq must improve (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 02:43:19 GMT

A group of Republican lawmakers warned President George W. Bush this week at a private White House meeting that conditions in Iraq must improve quickly or he will lose more support from his own party, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Retired generals, Iraq veterans launch anti-war ads (CNN.com)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 01:37:16 GMT

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) -- Three retired generals challenged a dozen members of Congress in a new ad campaign Wednesday, saying the politicians can't support President Bush's policies in Iraq and still expect to win re-election.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,380 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 10 May 2007 01:53:15 GMT

As of Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at least 3,380 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 2,751 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Cheney in Baghdad: Iraq still dangerous (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 09 May 2007 22:27:22 GMT

Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that "we've got a long way to go" in reducing violence in Iraq in a trip punctuated by an explosion that shook windows at the U.S. Embassy, where Cheney was visiting.