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Dems argue over Iraq in Iowa (USA Today)
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Mon, 17 Sep 2007 03:21:02 GMT

Each of six Democratic presidential candidates, appearing at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola, argued to the most active core of party activists in Iowa Sunday that they can end the war in Iraq.

Greenspan memoir links Iraq war to US thirst for oil (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Mon, 17 Sep 2007 04:17:15 GMT

Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, for years an inscrutable seer on the economy, is causing a stir by alleging in his new memoir that "the Iraq war is largely about oil."

'Help Wanted' Ad Belies Report on Iraq Security (Washington Post)
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Mon, 17 Sep 2007 04:21:59 GMT

A week ago today Gen. David H. Petraeus started his rounds on Capitol Hill, reporting that security in Iraq was improving to the point that a small number of troops could begin coming home by year's end.

Al-Qaida fighters raid Iraq villages (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:08:35 GMT

The U.S. military on Sunday announced the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a sheik who spearheaded the U.S.-backed Sunni revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq, even as the terror network launched a campaign of violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Misery and comedy mix for Ramadan TV viewers in Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 21:42:28 GMT

Life can be tough in Iraq, as reflected in the somewhat dour offerings of most television stations during the month of Ramadan, but it can also be hilarious -- as many viewers are discovering.

Gates rows back from 100,000 target for US troops in Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 20:44:50 GMT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Sunday backed off a suggestion that US forces in Iraq could go down to 100,000 troops next year as Democrats battled for a faster exit from the war-torn nation.

As Ramadan begins, Al Qaida in Iraq seeks a turnaround (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 16:29:00 GMT

BAGHDAD— Staggered for months by the U.S. troop buildup in Baghdad and a loss of support among many Sunni tribes, Al Qaida in Iraq is apparently pushing to reassert itself as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins.

Militants step up Iraq attacks, kill 30 (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 16:34:56 GMT

Militants stepped up attacks across Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in a spate of bombings and shootings that followed a threat by al Qaeda to launch a new phase of violence.

Thousands March to Capitol to Protest Iraq War (Washington Post)
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 15:53:01 GMT

A march by thousands of protesters demanding an end to the Iraq war turned chaotic yesterday afternoon near the Capitol, where hundreds sprawled on the ground in a symbolic "die-in." Police arrested 189 people, including 10 who organizers said were veterans of the war.

Iraq: Bicycle bomb strikes, 5 dead (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 15:18:51 GMT

A booby-trapped bicycle exploded near a cafe serving tea and food during Ramadan fasting hours Sunday, killing at least five people in a religiously mixed area in northern Iraq, police said.