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Four U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq; brothers buried (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 23:22:12 GMT

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Friday, underlining U.S. President George W. Bush's grim prediction of "a very difficult August" for U.S. troops in Iraq.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,663 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 23:03:04 GMT

As of Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at least 3,663 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 3,002 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

A chaotic homecoming for Iraq's championship team (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 22:21:00 GMT

BAGHDAD— Iraq's championship national soccer team came home Friday to a chaotic private welcoming ceremony that stood in sharp contrast to the public embrace the team had received outside this war-torn country.

Iraq soccer team returns without captain (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 20:30:10 GMT

There were no cheering crowds or ticker tape parade Friday along the dangerous airport road to greet Iraq's Asian Cup soccer champs. And the team's captain, a Sunni who scored the winning goal, didn't even return because he feared for his life.

Iraq welcomes home soccer heroes (CNN.com)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 17:15:53 GMT

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) -- Weeping tears of joy and pride, Iraq's soccer champions arrived home on Friday to celebrate the Asian Cup victory that inspired their nation, but heavy security meant few Baghdadis were able to join the party.

Iraq: Frustration Continues, But Surge Gains Slightly in Court of Public Opinion (Rasmussen Reports via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 15:06:33 GMT

Most American voters continue to favor plans that would remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq early next year. But, most also say that's not likely to happen. That ongoing disparity is a key ingredient in the wave of pessimism gripping the country. At the same time, the Administration's Iraqi policy has made some slight gains in the Court of public opinion.

Romney, Giuliani Change Tone on Bush's Iraq Buildup (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 13:56:54 GMT

Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- For Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the difference between ``real'' and ``reasonable'' is the distance he's traveled on President George W. Bush's Iraq war policy.

Iran-U.S. to hold expert level talks on Iraq: envoy (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 13:25:17 GMT

Iran, the United States and Iraq will hold expert level talks next week to define the work of a security committee they agreed to set up in July to help restore security in Iraq, an Iranian news agency reported on Friday.

Schofield Holds Ceremony For Soldiers Deploying For Iraq (KITV TheHawaiiChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 04 Aug 2007 00:34:27 GMT

Schofield Barracks held a ceremony on Friday for about 360 soldiers leaving Hawaii for deployment to Iraq over the next few weeks.

Iraq's Water Woes (CBS News)
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Sat, 04 Aug 2007 00:00:05 GMT

This week, the faucets of Baghdad residents went dry. There's virtually no drinking water in large parts of the capital and there's not enough power to run the pumping stations Allen Pizzey reports that it's a problem all over Iraq.