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White House battles to keep Iraq strategy on track (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Mon, 16 Jul 2007 02:36:59 GMT

The White House Sunday dismissed calls by two respected Republicans to refashion its unpopular Iraq strategy, but the drumbeat of demands for an early withdrawal of US troops grew louder.

White House firm on Iraq strategy (USA Today)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 23:57:54 GMT

The White House is rejecting as premature a plan by two senior Republican senators to restrict the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Most foreign insurgents in Iraq are Saudis: report (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Mon, 16 Jul 2007 00:06:40 GMT

Most foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from Saudi Arabia, despite attempts by US officials to portray Syria and Iran as the main culprits of violence, a US newspaper reported Sunday.

White House firm on Iraq strategy (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 23:18:41 GMT

The White House is holding firm on its Iraq strategy in the face of yet another effort to curb the mission, proposed this time by moderate Republicans the Bush administration can ill afford to lose.

Aide: Iraq PM's comment misconstrued (USA Today)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 22:16:26 GMT

Iraq's prime minister was misunderstood when he said the Americans could leave "any time they want" an aide said Sunday, as politicians moved to end a pair of boycotts that are holding up work on crucial political reforms sought by Washington.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,613 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 23:30:29 GMT

As of Sunday, July 15, 2007, at least 3,613 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 2,967 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Senators Seek Update to Iraq Authorization (Washington Post)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 22:00:49 GMT

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) said yesterday that the congressional resolution approved in October 2002 that gave President Bush authority to use force in Iraq needs to be changed because it no longer covers what U.S. forces are doing or will do in the future.

White House spurns Republican Iraq proposal (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 20:26:50 GMT

The White House rejected on Sunday a proposal by two influential Republican senators that would require President George W. Bush to plan for a possible troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year.

White House Presses Congress for Breathing Room on Iraq (New York Times)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 18:53:15 GMT

WASHINGTON, July 15 President Bush?s national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, urged Congress today to drop its efforts to limit the involvement of American troops in Iraq, at least until an updated report on progress there comes out in September, and he appeared to be trying to set lower expectations for what that report would show.

Under the radar: Air Force ramps up in Iraq (USA Today)
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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 14:23:17 GMT

Away from the headlines and debate over the "surge" in U.S. ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air campaign in support of American and Iraqi forces.