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US says al-Qaida leader arrested in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:13:46 GMT

The U.S. command announced on Wednesday the arrest of an al-Qaida leader it said served as the link between the organization's command in Iraq and Osama bin Laden's inner circle, enabling it to wield considerable influence over the Iraqi group.

Iraq calls on Turkey to stop shelling border towns (USA Today)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:01:29 GMT

The Iraqi government said Turkish artillery and warplanes bombarded areas of northern Iraq on Wednesday. Iraq called on Turkey to stop the military operations and resolve the conflict diplomatically.

GOP torpedoes Iraq troop pullout plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:12:37 GMT

Senate Republicans torpedoed legislation Wednesday to force the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, bowing to President Bush's adamant refusal to consider any change in war strategy before September.

US Democrats vow to fight on after defeat of Iraq pullout bill (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:22:20 GMT

Democrats vowed to force votes on Iraq withdrawal plans "again and again" after US Senate Republicans thwarted their latest bid to wrest control of the unpopular war from President George W. Bush.

Pullout Bid Lost, Democrats Stop Debate on Iraq (New York Times)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 01:53:05 GMT

Democratic leaders on Wednesday abruptly halted consideration of a major Pentagon policy measure, heading off the introduction of competing Iraq plans.

Military says troops in Iraq to get 3,500 safer MRAP vehicles (USA Today)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:11:57 GMT

Military contractors will deliver 3,900 new armored vehicles to the Pentagon by the end of the year, and at least 3,500 of the vehicles will go to combat troops in the most dangerous areas of Iraq, military officials said Wednesday.

At Least 12 Die in Iraq Attacks; Sunnis Condemn Shiite Militia (New York Times)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:28:37 GMT

Scattered mortar attacks, roadside bombs and assassinations killed at least a dozen people in Iraq on Wednesday.

US, Iran trade barbs ahead of Iraq talks (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 02:17:47 GMT

Even as the United States and Iran prepare for talks on Iraq, the two foes seem to be going out of their way to irritate one another. No one, at least not for the past three decades, has accused the two countries of enjoying cordial relations. A meeting of their ambassadors to Iraq apparently is just days away and both nations are stepping up the complaints and allegations.

Divisions over Iraq extend to 2008 race (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 01:22:12 GMT

Divisions over Iraq extended to the presidential campaign during the Senate's all-night debate, with Republican John McCain steadfastly backing President Bush's war strategy as Democratic rivals demanded troop withdrawals.

Dems fail to overcome GOP filibuster on Iraq (USA Today)
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Thu, 19 Jul 2007 00:25:29 GMT

A majority of the Senate signaled opposition to President Bush's Iraq policy Wednesday but fell short of the 60 votes needed to force a change.