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Death toll in Iraq blasts rises to 250 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 16 Aug 2007 02:51:02 GMT

Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.

Rumsfeld resignation letter omits 'Iraq' (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 16 Aug 2007 03:41:49 GMT

The word "Iraq" doesn't appear in former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation letter. Neither does the word "war." In fact, the deadly and much-criticized conflict that eventually drummed him out of office, comes up only in vague references, such as "a critical time in our history" and "challenging time for our country," in the four-paragraph, 148-word letter he wrote to President ...

An Early Clash Over Iraq Report (Washington Post)
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Thu, 16 Aug 2007 02:22:36 GMT

Senior congressional aides said yesterday that the White House has proposed limiting the much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill next month of Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker to a private congressional briefing, suggesting instead that the Bush administration's progress report on the Iraq war should be delivered to Congress by the secretaries of state and defense.

Iraq Toll Reaches 250 in the Deadliest Attack of the War (New York Times)
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Thu, 16 Aug 2007 01:38:05 GMT

The deadliest coordinated attack since the invasion of Iraq left at least 250 dead and 350 wounded.

Death toll from Iraq bombings likely to be worst of war (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 15 Aug 2007 23:00:00 GMT

BAGHDAD— Officials said Wednesday that as many as 500 people probably died in a series of coordinated truck bombings that devastated two northern Iraqi villages Tuesday and set a record for mass carnage in war-torn Iraq.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,700 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 16 Aug 2007 00:02:17 GMT

As of Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at least 3,700 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 3,036 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Minority religions under attack in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 15 Aug 2007 21:53:08 GMT

The suicide bombings that ravaged the Yazidi sect in Iraq underscored the fears of violence and insecurity binding many of the nation's religious minorities, ranging from Christians who are fleeing their ancient enclaves to a dwindling sect that follows the teachings of John the Baptist.

US anti-war group ordered to take down Iraq demo posters (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 15 Aug 2007 20:43:12 GMT

A US anti-war group has been warned it will be fined 10,000 dollars if it does not remove posters in Washington announcing a march in the capital next month against US involvement in Iraq, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Petraeus: U.S. will have to cut force in Iraq (CNN.com)
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Wed, 15 Aug 2007 19:22:39 GMT

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The top American commander in Iraq said Wednesday he was preparing recommendations on troop cuts and believes the U.S. footprint in Iraq will have to be "a good bit smaller" by next summer.

General calls Iraq massacre 'trademark al Qaeda' (Sports Illustrated)
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Wed, 15 Aug 2007 17:35:30 GMT

Truck bombings that killed and wounded hundreds in northern Iraq were a "trademark al Qaeda event" designed to sway U.S. public opinion against the war, a U.S. general said Wednesday.