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Profile: Al-Qaeda in Iraq (a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia) (Washington Post)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 17:21:35 GMT
The Bush administration has singled out al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) as a central threat to its efforts to pacify and stabilize Iraq. White House officials and many experts have consistently linked the militant group with the most high-profile terrorist strikes and suicide bombings in Iraq. In an April 2007 speech, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, called AQI " probably public ...
Northern Iraq tops regions in violence (AP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 16:22:01 GMT
Despite a decline in violence in Iraq, Northern Iraq has become more violent than other regions as al-Qaida and other militants move there to avoid coalition operations elsewhere, the region's top U.S. commander said Monday.

McCain to visit Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:49:06 GMT
Republican presidential candidate John McCain will make his seventh trip to Iraq over the Thanksgiving holiday, a campaign adviser said Monday.

Va. Soldier Dies in Iraq (Washington Post)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 08:09:45 GMT
Lisa Lewis had a bad feeling when her son Mason was getting ready to ship out to Iraq for his second tour last May. She prayed and she prayed, but she couldn't shake it. And then the news that she had been dreading finally came. Sgt. Mason L. Lewis was dead.

Three players and assistant coach of Iraq's soccer team seek asylum (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 16:18:00 GMT
BAGHDAD - Three members of Iraq's Olympic soccer team and an assistant coach are seeking asylum in Australia.

Poland to pull troops from Iraq next year (UPI)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 17:07:20 GMT
New Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich says his country will withdraw its troops from Iraq next year.

Iraq rivers 'safe', inquest hears (BBC News)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:06:55 GMT
The Iraq waterways were perceived as the safest way for troops to travel, an inquest into four deaths hears.

Iraq says the worst is over in Baghdad (Los Angeles Times)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 16:28:50 GMT
Statistics show that 'the forces of darkness' have been defeated, the government says. The U.S. wants Iraqi leaders to focus on political progress. Iraq's government today said security statistics showed that Baghdad had "defeated the forces of darkness" after more than a year of sectarian warfare, and the United States said it was crucial that Iraqi leaders use the relative calm to get their ...

Edwards criticizes Clinton over Iraq (AP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 03:51:35 GMT
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over her unwillingness to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, saying her position is tantamount to "continuing the war."

An Engineer Does the Math So Troops in Iraq Can Find Bombs (Washington Post)
read story   Mon, 19 Nov 2007 02:13:31 GMT
J oshua R. Fairley is stationed in Vicksburg, Miss. -- and helping fight the war in Iraq.