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Forced Iraq Postings 'May Be Necessary' (Washington Post)
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Sun, 11 Nov 2007 01:45:17 GMT

Four days before a deadline for Foreign Service officers to volunteer to go to Iraq or face the prospect of being ordered there, the State Department notified employees yesterday that "about half" of 48 open assignments there for next year have been filled.

US military deaths in Iraq at 3,861 (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sun, 11 Nov 2007 00:37:41 GMT

As of Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at least 3,861 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 eight military civilians. At least 3,146 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

In the Bond Market, a Bleak Prognosis for Iraq (New York Times)
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 21:42:10 GMT

With remarkable consistency, global financial markets have concluded that the long-term prospects for a stable Iraq are very bleak.

Clash in Iraq kills 18 al-Qaida members (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 20:59:19 GMT

Former Sunni insurgents asked the U.S. to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday.

Broken Supply Channel Sent Weapons for Iraq Astray (New York Times)
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 22:32:38 GMT

Turmoil, bent rules and signs of theft at a Baghdad armory help explain how the U.S. lost track of some 190,000 small arms meant for Iraq?s security forces.

Syria displays new Iraq border security (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 20:06:46 GMT

Syria showed off new security measures on its long and porous border with Iraq during an organized tour for foreign diplomats and journalists on Saturday.

Iraq's Kurdish capital always on its toes (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 18:41:14 GMT

Arbil, the capital of Iraq's northern Kurdish region, has been spared the kinds of attacks that have bloodied the rest of the country thanks to a deep ditch, vigilant police and nosy citizens.

State Dept.: Some may be drafted for Iraq (UPI)
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Sun, 11 Nov 2007 04:36:24 GMT

The U.S. State Department has notified Foreign Service officers that some employees may still be ordered to Iraq.

Along Iraq-Turkey Border, Kurdish Guerrillas Remain Resolute (Washington Post)
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Sat, 10 Nov 2007 15:27:17 GMT

RANJ PRAKH, Iraq -- In the jagged mountains of northern Iraq, hard-bitten Kurdish fighters are increasingly besieged. To the west and north, Turkish troops are massed along Iraq's border. From the east, Iranian artillery is shelling the guerrillas' bases. And now from the south, Iraq's government...

Optimism grows in Iraq (BBC News)
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Sun, 11 Nov 2007 01:05:43 GMT

The BBC's Jim Muir assesses the progress made in Iraq, and says that despite the magnitude of the task ahead many Iraqis are optimistic.