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As explosives in Iraq get deadlier, makers of armored vehicles alter plans (USA Today)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 04:10:15 GMT

The Cougar leads a booming market for a new family of military trucks known as Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs. Force Protection's climb from struggling start-up to big-time defense contractor has shown how even the smallest of companies can strike gold by providing an answer to the evolving IED threat in Iraq.

Proposal expands U.N. mandate in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 03:49:59 GMT

A proposed Security Council resolution circulated late Wednesday would expand the U.N. mandate in Iraq to help promote political reconciliation, settle disputed internal boundaries and plan for a national census.

Iraq Snapshots Give 2 Views (New York Times)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 02:23:29 GMT

In Iraq the news emerging from the American counterinsurgency campaign can seem contradictory.

U.S., Britain propose UN political role in Iraq (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 03:04:19 GMT

The United States and Britain proposed on Wednesday a greatly expanded political role for the United Nations in Iraq to try to heal the sectarian divide that has riven the country since the U.S.-led invasion.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,656 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 01:07:57 GMT

As of Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at least 3,656 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 2,998 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Marine found guilty of conspiracy in Iraq murder (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 00:22:33 GMT

A military jury found a Marine guilty on Wednesday of larceny, housebreaking and conspiracy in the 2006 murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi grandfather in Hamdania, Iraq.

Iraq-Deployed Maine Hopeful Gets Ex-Presidential Seal of Approval (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 01 Aug 2007 22:20:04 GMT

Many Americans serving in the military cast absentee ballots, but Maine Republican Charlie Summers is waging an unusual campaign as an absentee candidate. The lawyer and Navy reservist is running in Maine’s open 1st Congressional District — his third try for the Down East seat — even though his deployment to Iraq will run past the June 2008 GOP primary.

U.S. policy suffers twin blows as Sunnis resign, car bombs claim 76 in Iraq (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 01 Aug 2007 21:37:00 GMT

BAGHDAD— American hopes that sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq would cut violence and lead to political reconciliation suffered two major blows on Wednesday when the largest coalition of Sunni Muslim political parties withdrew from the Shiite-dominated government and car bombs killed at least 76 people in the capital.

US downplays split in Iraq government (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 01 Aug 2007 19:51:31 GMT

The White House downplayed Wednesday the resignation of Iraq's largest Sunni bloc from the government, calling the move "internal politicking" while political leaders continue negotiations.

Warner Influence May Trump Petraeus Report in Senate Iraq Fight (Bloomberg.com)
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Thu, 02 Aug 2007 04:37:44 GMT

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional Republicans say their support for the war in Iraq may hinge on a September report by General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander; equally important may be the verdict of a former Navy petty officer third class: Senator John Warner of Virginia.