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Iraq is now the central front on the war on terror, general says (CNN.com)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 02:49:11 GMT

Defending the "surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq and insisting that a stable and democratic society there was still within reach, the top two U.S. officials in the war zone ended their second contentious day of testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

McCain: I was right about Iraq strategy (USA Today)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 03:50:23 GMT

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Tuesday that he was right from the start about the war strategy in Iraq.

Petraeus grilled over Bush's Iraq strategy (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 03:40:16 GMT

Democrats and President George W. Bush's Republicans grilled the top U.S. commander in Iraq on Tuesday, questioning whether security gains were significant enough to keep U.S. troops in the war zone.

9/11 Linked To Iraq, In Politics if Not in Fact (Washington Post)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 03:09:24 GMT

The television commercial is grim and gripping: A soldier who lost both legs in an explosion near Fallujah explains why he thinks U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq.

Officials cite long-term need for U.S. in Iraq (International Herald Tribune)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 03:06:19 GMT

The two top American military and diplomatic officials in Iraq were unable to argue that the heightened troop levels had made more than fragile and transitory progress.

Iraq is ratings drag for Katie Couric (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 03:13:28 GMT

If some people thought traveling to Iraq and Syria was a ratings stunt for Katie Couric, it didn't work out that way. The "CBS Evening News" tied a record low with just under 5.5 million viewers last week, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. Last week and Memorial Day week are the two least-watched CBS evening newscasts since at least 1987, and probably far earlier.

Quiet diplomat lays out long-term US role in Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 02:00:51 GMT

Low-key Baghdad ambassador Ryan Crocker stepped out from the shadow of the top US commander in Iraq to urge Congress not to abandon the bloodstained country, not now or years into the future.

2008 politics woven through Iraq hearings (CNN.com)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 01:24:30 GMT

The 2008 presidential campaign and the debate over the U.S. role in Iraq came together Tuesday as five White House hopefuls got a chance to question the Bush administration's top officials in the war effort.

AP Interview: Abizaid cites Iraq's needs (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 01:29:51 GMT

It will take three to five years before Iraq's government is stable enough to operate on its own, according to the former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, who said the surge of American forces has not solved the country's broader problems.

Iraq progress hearing quotes (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Tue, 11 Sep 2007 23:45:29 GMT

Quotes from Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committee hearings on progress in Iraq featuring testimony from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.