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200 explosive belts seized in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 03:57:56 GMT

Iraqi security forces seized 200 explosive belts along the Syrian border Wednesday, a police spokesman said, reinforcing Baghdad's claims that its western neighbor isn't doing enough to stop the flow of fighters and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq.

U.S. Military Calls Al-Qaeda in Iraq 'Principal Threat' (Washington Post)
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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 02:44:06 GMT

BAGHDAD, July 11 -- U.S. military officials on Wednesday said they expected the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq to "lash out and stage spectacular attacks" and fuel sectarian violence in response to an ongoing U.S. offensive north of Baghdad.

Uneasy GOP senators beseech Bush on Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 03:09:40 GMT

Nervous Senate Republicans beseeched the White House without apparent success Wednesday for a quick change in course on Iraq as congressional Democrats insisted on high-profile votes calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops by spring.

Iraq progress report shows 'mixed results' (USA Today)
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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 02:34:25 GMT

A report expected as early as today on political, economic and military benchmarks for the Iraq government should not be viewed as the finaldeciding factor of progress in the Iraq war, the White House cautioned Wednesday.

White House Isn't Backing Iraq Study Group Follow-Up (Washington Post)
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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 02:32:50 GMT

Despite an overwhelming House vote last month to revive the Iraq Study Group, the White House has blocked reconvening the bipartisan panel to provide a second independent assessment of the military and political situation in Iraq, said several sources involved in the panel's December 2006 report.

White House Gives Iraq Mixed Marks in Report (Washington Post)
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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 02:33:00 GMT

A widely anticipated White House report on Iraq, set for release today, argues that the Baghdad government has made "satisfactory" progress toward nearly half of the political and military goals sought by Congress, while acknowledging that an equal number remain "not satisfactory," an administration...

Britain's Brown says Iraq mistakes made (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 11 Jul 2007 23:43:07 GMT

New Prime Minister Gordon Brown acknowledged there were failures in planning for post-invasion Iraq, and said Wednesday that Britain would shift its forces there away from combat while investing more in Iraq's economy.

New U.S. intelligence assessment casts doubts on Bush's Iraq policy (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 11 Jul 2007 23:36:00 GMT

WASHINGTON— The Shiite Muslim-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has made only "halting efforts" to end the power struggle fueling the war between Iraq's religious and ethnic communities, a new U.S. intelligence report said Wednesday.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,610 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 11 Jul 2007 23:40:19 GMT

As of Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at least 3,610 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 2,966 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

US Senate warns Iran on Iraq attacks (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 11 Jul 2007 23:02:37 GMT

The US Senate on Wednesday unanimously backed a measure censuring Iran for what it said was complicity in the killings of US soldiers in Iraq, intending to send a stern warning to Tehran.