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For a Democrat, Options in Iraq Could Be Few (Washington Post)
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Sat, 29 Sep 2007 02:55:12 GMT

In their debate Wednesday night in Hanover, N.H., none of the three top Democratic presidential candidates would promise to have the U.S. military out of Iraq by January 2013 -- more than five years from now.

State Dept. Starts Third Review of Private Security in Iraq (New York Times)
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Sat, 29 Sep 2007 02:49:03 GMT

The State Department?s director of management policy is leaving for Iraq this weekend to lead a team to conduct a broad review of the use of private security contractors.

U.S. general: Security contractors use 'over-the-top' tactics in Iraq (CNN.com)
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Sat, 29 Sep 2007 00:07:46 GMT

Security contractors in Iraq use some over-the-top tactics and overreact at times, a top U.S. general in Iraq said Friday.

US State Dept sends team to Iraq on Blackwater affair (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 29 Sep 2007 00:51:17 GMT

The US State Department will send a team to Iraq next week to evaluate security measures for US diplomats after a deadly shooting involving Blackwater USA, spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.

Democrats' Chances to Alter Iraq Strategy Dwindling (Washington Post)
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Sat, 29 Sep 2007 02:18:24 GMT

Senate Democrats' failure to reach agreement with wavering Republicans on legislation to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq forced party leaders to concede yesterday that they are running low on options for altering President Bush's war strategy this year.

U.S. says major al Qaeda in Iraq leader killed (CNN.com)
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Fri, 28 Sep 2007 22:16:38 GMT

A U.S. military commander Friday reported the death of a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader, a Tunisian who was considered the "emir of foreign terrorists in Iraq."

Democrats snub Republican Iraq pullout timeline (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:52:17 GMT

Several Senate Republicans proposed drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq over 15 months, but Democrats rejected the plan because it stretched to after the November 2008 election, both sides said on Friday.

GOP senators offer new timeline for Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 28 Sep 2007 22:02:37 GMT

A small group of Republicans facing election fights next year have rallied around war legislation they think could unite the GOP: Call for an end to U.S. combat in Iraq, but wait until President Bush is almost out of office.

Commander: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader dead (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 28 Sep 2007 20:05:36 GMT

A U.S. airstrike killed one of the most senior al-Qaida leaders in Iraq, a Tunisian linked to the kidnapping and killings last summer of American soldiers, a top commander said Friday.

Iraq PM rejects U.S. Congress call for federalism (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Fri, 28 Sep 2007 18:48:10 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday a U.S. Senate resolution calling for the creation of separate Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish federal regions in Iraq would be a disaster for his country.