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Candidates Hedge Bets on Iraq Withdrawal (New York Times)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 04:07:08 GMT

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates last night said in a televised debate that they could not predict the future challenges in Iraq and that they foresaw a continuing need for at least some troops there.

Another Iraq war spending showdown looms (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:27:48 GMT

President Bush and Congress are headed toward another showdown on war spending, this time sparring over nearly $190 billion the Pentagon says is needed to keep combat in Iraq afloat for another year.

Dems can't make guarantee on Iraq troops (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:41:44 GMT

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

Gates concerned about oversight of contractors in Iraq (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:48:50 GMT

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised concerns Wednesday about oversight of private security contractors in Iraq and sent a team to confer with US commanders after an incident that left 10 Iraqis dead.

Blasts Kill at Least 30 Across Iraq In Growing Campaign of Violence (Washington Post)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 02:51:02 GMT

BAGHDAD, Sept. 26 -- Insurgents are stepping up a campaign of violence across Iraq during the holy month of Ramadan, staging six car bomb attacks on Wednesday that killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Defense secretary sends team to review Iraq contractors (CNN.com)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 02:45:36 GMT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday he wants closer oversight of Pentagon contractors in Iraq and has dispatched a team there to review military procedures.

Pentagon investigates contractor oversight in Iraq (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 02:30:30 GMT

The Pentagon is investigating whether its commanders can properly police the thousands of security contractors in Iraq who are seen by civilians there as private armies acting with impunity.

In a debate Edwards assails Clinton over Iraq (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 01:45:49 GMT

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Thursday criticized rival Hillary Clinton's position on ending the Iraq war at a debate as he sought to undercut Clinton's status as the campaign front-runner.

Blackwater Logs Most Shootings of Firms in Iraq (New York Times)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 01:47:35 GMT

Blackwater USA has been involved in a far higher rate of shootings in Iraq than other security firms providing similar services to the State Department, officials say.

U.S. Needs ?Long-Term Presence? in Iraq, Gates Says (New York Times)
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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 01:48:15 GMT

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress on Wednesday that he envisioned keeping five combat brigades in Iraq as a ?long-term presence.?