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Defense chief: U.S. to keep troop presence in Iraq for extended time (CNN.com)
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Mon, 06 Aug 2007 03:31:51 GMT

U.S. forces will probably be in Iraq for a "protracted period" to support the country's year-old government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

GOP presidential rivals agree on Iraq, debate abortion (USA Today)
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Mon, 06 Aug 2007 03:04:04 GMT

Republican presidential contenders sparred over abortion on Sunday while generally agreeing the United States must remain in Iraq to help win the war against radical Islamic extremists.

Another Report on Iraq, Another Round of Headaches for U.S. (Washington Post)
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Mon, 06 Aug 2007 02:17:13 GMT

Buried deep within the 209 pages of the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), released last week, are a raft of problems illustrating how much remains to be done if the United States is to leave behind a functioning government in Iraq.

In Debate, Republicans Make the Case for Staying in Iraq (New York Times)
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Mon, 06 Aug 2007 01:55:43 GMT

The leading Republican presidential candidates berated their Democratic counterparts for advocating an end to American involvement in Iraq.

Turkey to Warn Iraq on Rebel Sanctuaries (Washington Post)
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Sun, 05 Aug 2007 23:52:46 GMT

CAIRO -- Turkish leaders this week will give visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki what Turkish military commanders and analysts said could be a final warning to act against anti-Turkey Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq -- or to stand by while Turkish forces go after the rebels themselves,...

Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing (Washington Post)
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Mon, 06 Aug 2007 00:07:49 GMT

The Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,668 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Mon, 06 Aug 2007 00:27:05 GMT

As of Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at least 3,668 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.

US kills mastermind of Iraq shrine bombs (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 05 Aug 2007 21:46:40 GMT

US forces killed the mastermind of two attacks on a revered Shiite mosque at the heart of Iraq's bitter sectarian conflict during a crackdown on Al-Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate, the military said Sunday.

Slow political progress forces strategic review in Iraq: Gates (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 05 Aug 2007 20:00:54 GMT

The United States envisions a long-term residual US military presence in Iraq, amid "disappointing" political progress that will force a strategic reassessment next month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

U.S. says kills mastermind of pivotal Iraq attack (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 05 Aug 2007 20:07:12 GMT

U.S. forces in Iraq said on Sunday they had killed the mastermind of an attack on a gold-domed Shi'ite shrine last year that triggered the worst phase of the country's spiral into sectarian violence.