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U.S. Seeks U.N. Help With Talks On Iraq (Washington Post)
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Fri, 10 Aug 2007 02:23:54 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 -- The Bush administration is proposing a series of U.N.-brokered talks in Baghdad between the United States and Iraq's neighbors in an effort to rally support for the beleaguered Iraqi government.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 3,683 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 10 Aug 2007 01:33:37 GMT

As of Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at least 3,683 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 3,024 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Democrats’ Summer Recess Iraq Ads Target 12 Swing District Republicans (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 23:00:42 GMT

Despite frequent statements by President Bush and his political allies that U.S. troops are making progress in the Iraq war, the conflict remains highly unpopular among most Americans. A CBS News-New York Times poll conducted July 20-22 showed 69 percent of respondents disapproved of Bush’s handling of the war, and 66 percent said the war was going somewhat to very badly.

Japan Debates Its Role in Iraq (Time Magazine)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 22:02:15 GMT

Newly in charge of the upper house of the legislature, an opposition leader calls for an end to Japanese involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. His target is Prime Minister Abe, but his country's alliance with the U.S. could suffer collateral damage

Iran promises security help for Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 21:24:19 GMT

Iranian officials told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday that only a U.S. pullout would bring peace to his nation and claimed the Tehran government was doing its best to help stabilize neighboring Iraq.

Iraq critics concede military progress (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 20:34:57 GMT

Even some critics of President Bush's Iraq war policies are conceding there is evidence of recent improvements from a military standpoint. But Bush supporters and critics alike agree that these have not been matched by any noticeable progress on the political front.

U.S. withdrawal needed for security, Iran tells Iraq (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 21:08:50 GMT

An end to violence in Iraq depends on the United States withdrawing its troops, Iran told Iraq's prime minister on Thursday, seeking to deflect accusations from Washington that it is responsible for bloodshed there.

Poll: Better GOP views on Iraq give Bush approval a shot in the arm (CNN.com)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 22:36:13 GMT

Changing attitudes about Iraq among Republican voters may explain President Bush's approval rating boost, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Thursday.

Iraq's middle class escapes, only to find poverty in Jordan (International Herald Tribune)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 21:10:01 GMT

Teeth are pulled instead of filled. Shampoo is no longer on the grocery list. Life for the middle class of Iraq that fled to Jordan is an escape to poverty.

Bush says Iran is destabilizing force in Iraq (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 09 Aug 2007 19:43:06 GMT

President George W. Bush insisted on Thursday that Iran is a destabilizing force in Iraq despite Tehran's assertion to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that it is helping secure his country.