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Family loses second son in Iraq (USA Today)
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Fri, 24 Aug 2007 03:48:16 GMT

Nathan Hubbard came from a family of soldiers that had already lost one son to the war. He was among 14 U.S. soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed Wednesday in northern Iraq.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,724 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 24 Aug 2007 03:22:31 GMT

As of Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at least 3,724 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 3,047 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Army secretary rejects longer Iraq tours (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:59:30 GMT

The Army's top civilian leader said Thursday he sees "no possibility" of extending soldiers' 15-month Iraq tours, reflecting concern about mounting strains on soldiers and their families as well as an emerging expectation that the troop buildup in Iraq can be reversed next year.

A new intelligence report paints a bleak picture of Iraq (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:57:00 GMT

WASHINGTON— A new assessment of Iraq by U.S. intelligence agencies provides little evidence that the American troop "surge" has accomplished its goals and predicts that the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki will become "more precarious" in the months ahead.

Sen. Warner: Iraq pullout should start in weeks (CNN.com)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:24:38 GMT

The influential former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has called on President Bush to start the process of bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq in September.

Iraq chopper crash came after rescue mission (CNN.com)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 22:16:15 GMT

Fourteen U.S. soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed in northern Iraq were returning from a combat rescue mission, the U.S. military said Thursday as friends and loved ones of one of the victims spoke about their loss.

Iraq's Diem (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:00:00 GMT

War On Terror: Democrats arrogantly tell Iraq's elected government to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, but those poised to replace him are worse. Imagine a Mideast version of the disastrous 1963 U.S.-backed coup against Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

Top US senator calls for limited Iraq troop drawdown by Christmas (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 22:44:59 GMT

US Senator John Warner, an influential Republican on military affairs, urged President George W. Bush on Thursday to start a limited withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by Christmas.

Iraq report may bolster surge policy (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 21:33:02 GMT

Intentionally or not, a new assessment of Iraq's political and military prospects landed just in time to bolster President Bush's case that the United States should maintain its troop buildup in the country and stand by its beleaguered government.

Iranians attack Kurdish rebels in Iraq (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 23 Aug 2007 22:30:00 GMT

BAGHDAD— Iranian soldiers crossed into Iraq on Thursday and attacked several small villages in the northeastern Kurdish region, local officials said.