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Iraq leaders hold "cordial, candid" talks (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 19 Aug 2007 02:44:17 GMT

Iraq's political leaders held "cordial but candid" talks on Saturday in an attempt to revive national reconciliation efforts and repair the fractured unity government.

At a cinema near you: the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 19 Aug 2007 02:21:12 GMT

Encouraged by widespread opposition to the conflict in Iraq, Hollywood film-makers are preparing to unleash an unprecedented wave of war movies on cinema-goers.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,706 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 22:40:45 GMT

As of Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at least 3,706 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 3,046 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

U.S. Is Testing Plan for Neighborhood Sunni Arab Guards in Iraq (New York Times)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:38:05 GMT

Critics worry that the plan could intensify the already intense sectarian warfare in Iraq, but U.S. commanders, pointing to success in Anbar, hope it will increase security.

Bush says progress on local level in Iraq holds promise (CNN.com)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 18:41:54 GMT

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday that while political progress is moving too slowly on the national level in Iraq, positive steps in cities and towns are offering hope for future stability.

Iraq leaders to hold crisis talks on Saturday (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 12:56:20 GMT

Iraq's political leaders were set to meet on Saturday to try to end an impasse that has stymied national reconciliation efforts and left Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's national unity government in tatters.

Violence hits quiet areas of Iraq (Los Angeles Times)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 23:17:00 GMT

At least 14 civilians are killed. Some fear insurgents are shifting their strategy to counter the troop buildup. BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Missiles and mortars struck areas of Baghdad and central Iraq on Saturday where violence and civilian deaths had decreased in recent weeks, raising concerns that insurgents were adapting their strategy to get around an increase in U.S. troops.

IN DEPTH: Iraq Looms Over Race (ABC News)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 21:17:15 GMT

Surge or withdraw, the Next U.S. president inherits the consequences of Iraq

White House to propose gradual troop cuts in Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 18 Aug 2007 08:48:05 GMT

US President George W. Bush will announce plans for gradual troop reductions from Iraq, but at levels far short of those sought by his critics in Congress, The New York Times reported Saturday.

D.C. Notes: Opposing sides readying to raise voices on Iraq (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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Sun, 19 Aug 2007 04:31:23 GMT

WASHINGTON -- The cacophony about Iraq is about to take on a shrillness and volume not heard in Washington, or beyond, since the nation was rent in two by the Vietnam War.