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U.S. Pares Other Diplomacy to Focus on Iraq, Rest of Mideast (Washington Post)
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Sun, 22 Jul 2007 02:07:34 GMT

President Bush and his top Cabinet secretaries are scaling back their personal diplomacy around the world to focus more intently on Iraq and the rest of the Middle East as the administration concentrates its energy on top priorities for the president's last 18 months in office.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,631 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 23:11:24 GMT

As of Saturday, July 21, 2007, at least 3,631 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 2,977 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Iraq explodes in celebration of its soccer team (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 21:06:00 GMT

BAGHDAD, Iraq— Police danced at checkpoints and gunmen fired their weapons in celebration Saturday as thousands of jubilant Iraqis poured into the streets of Baghdad after their national soccer team's 2-0 victory over Vietnam in a quarterfinal match of the Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.

Aide to Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric Fatally Stabbed (Washington Post)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 21:17:47 GMT

BAGHDAD, July 21 -- A top aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani was stabbed to death in what Sistani's supporters believe was a warning to Iraq's senior Shiite cleric, authorities said Saturday.

US military needs 'image makeover' in Iraq: study (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 19:34:36 GMT

The US military could take a hint from the advertising world when it comes to building a better image in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study for the Pentagon released this week.

Iraq pullout would face many unknowns (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 17:31:42 GMT

From crating up the bombs and bullets, to shrink-wrapping the helicopters, to counting up the endless tiers of port-a-potties, the pullout of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, when it inevitably comes, will rank as the longest-planned withdrawal ever.

Turkey warns of possible incursion into Iraq after elections (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 18:10:16 GMT

Turkey warned Saturday that it could send troops into northern Iraq after Sunday's general elections if talks with Iraqi and US officials fail to produce effective measures against Kurdish rebels based there.

Mahmoud double sends Iraq into semi-finals (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 17:35:20 GMT

Skipper Younis Mahmoud powered Iraq into only their second Asian Cup semi-final with a double to sink Vietnam 2-0 here Saturday.

2nd guilty plea in Iraq cargo fraud case (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 18:43:48 GMT

A former executive of a company that shipped military cargo to Iraq has pleaded guilty to lying about a fraud scheme that bilked the government out of more than a million dollars.

Iraq blanks Vietnam, reaches Asian semis (Sports Illustrated)
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Sat, 21 Jul 2007 17:09:25 GMT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Younis Mahmoud scored twice and Iraq reached the semifinals of the Asian Cup for the first time since 1976 with a 2-0 win Saturday over Vietnam that extended the conflict-torn nation's impressive run in the tournament.