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Major Turkish Incursion in N. Iraq Seen as Unlikely (Washington Post)
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Sun, 17 Jun 2007 01:48:25 GMT

IRBIL, Iraq -- Iraqi border police believe neighboring Turkey has amassed 20,000 to 30,000 soldiers along its southern border with Iraq. Turkish helicopters have flown into Iraqi airspace to conduct missions against Kurdish rebels in the mountainous region, and Turkish mortar shells regularly crash...

Report: Blair despaired at Iraq planning (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 17 Jun 2007 01:54:28 GMT

Prime Minister Tony Blair committed British troops to Iraq even though he despaired at the failure of the United States to plan adequately for the aftermath of the invasion, a newspaper reported Sunday.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,522 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 17 Jun 2007 01:34:15 GMT

As of Saturday, June 16, 2007, at least 3,522 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 2,885 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

US launches new offensive in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 17:34:19 GMT

The U.S. military, which just days ago completed its latest troop buildup in Iraq, has launched a large offensive operation in several al-Qaida strongholds around Baghdad, the top U.S. commander said Saturday.

Troop Influx Complete, U.S. Forces Press Al Qaeda in Iraq (New York Times)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 17:07:36 GMT

The top U.S. commander in Iraq outlined a major new offensive against Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia insurgents on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Gates says Iraq troop surge only starting to bite (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 17:22:03 GMT

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday that a troop surge in Iraq is only starting to have its full impact and that it is too soon to tell whether conditions will be ripe by September for decisions on US force levels.

U.S. begins 'major offensive' in Iraq (UPI)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 23:35:34 GMT

U.S. forces have begun a major offensive against al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus said Saturday.

British soldier dies after road accident in Iraq: ministry (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 12:18:28 GMT

A British soldier died Saturday after a road accident in southern Iraq, the defence ministry in London said in a statement.

Bombs destroy 2nd Sunni mosque in 2 days in Iraq (International Herald Tribune)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 16:19:16 GMT

Hooded gunmen clad in black ordered the police officers at the mosque in Basra to flee and attacked despite a curfew imposed by Iraq's central government, witnesses and security officials said.

Kidnapped athletes found dead in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 16 Jun 2007 11:03:37 GMT

The remains of 13 members of an Iraqi tae kwon do team kidnapped last year have been found in western Iraq, police and hospital officials said Saturday.