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Labour scores biggest lead since Iraq war: poll (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 12 Aug 2007 02:34:04 GMT

Britain's ruling Labour Party under new Prime Minister Gordon Brown is enjoying its biggest ratings lead since the divisive 2003 Iraq war, an opinion poll published Sunday said.


Dad?s in Iraq, and the Family?s on Edge (New York Times)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 23:10:34 GMT

For one family whose father is in Iraq, life is full of quiet worry and edginess.


U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,685 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 23:12:09 GMT

As of Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at least 3,685 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 3,030 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.


Iraq attacks target anti-al-Qaida Sunnis (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 20:35:08 GMT

Two Sunni leaders who took public stances against al-Qaida in Iraq were attacked Saturday, in a sign the terror network may ramp up retaliation against local chiefs who oppose it.


Iraq contractors accused in shootings (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 18:10:33 GMT

There are now nearly as many private contractors in Iraq as there are U.S. soldiers — and a large percentage of them are private security guards equipped with automatic weapons, body armor, helicopters and bullet-proof trucks.


Bush says he is encouraged by Iraq and Afghanistan (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 19:37:47 GMT

US President George W. Bush said Saturday the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan was developing favorably, despite existing difficulties.


Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years (New York Times)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 17:39:28 GMT

Even as they call for an end to the war, Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the U.S. engaged in Iraq for years.


Iraq security contracts soar over budget (MSNBC)
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Sun, 12 Aug 2007 03:51:29 GMT

The U.S. military has paid $548 million over the past three years to two British security firms that protect the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on reconstruction projects, more than $200 million over the original budget, according to previously undisclosed data that show how the cost of private security in Iraq has mushroomed.


Bush sees 'encouraging news' in Iraq, Afghanistan (CNN.com)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 16:43:44 GMT

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- President Bush, presiding over a nation dispirited by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Saturday cast both conflicts in terms of "encouraging news."


Bush: Iraq strategy sees good results (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 11 Aug 2007 15:12:41 GMT

President Bush, presiding over a nation dispirited by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Saturday cast both conflicts in terms of "encouraging news." In stating his case, the president emphasized enemy deaths.