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US not seeking permanent Iraq bases: White House (AFP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:37:12 GMT
The White House denied Thursday that the United States seeks permanent military bases in Iraq, days after the US "war czar" said that would be part of talks next year on long-term security ties.
US deaths in Iraq remain low in November (AP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:16:07 GMT
November was on course to be the least deadly for American troops in Iraq since March 2006, with the U.S. military reporting its 35th death of the month Thursday.

'Definite' signs of improvement in Iraq: Negroponte (AFP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 14:48:54 GMT
There are "definite" signs of improvement in the security situation in Iraq, US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told reporters in Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdish region.

US will work with Australia on Iraq withdrawal: ambassador (AFP via Yahoo! News)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 14:38:23 GMT
Washington will work with Australia's new leader on his plan to withdraw combat troops from Iraq but will not follow his example and ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the US ambassador said Thursday.

US Deaths in Iraq Remain Low in November (San Francisco Chronicle)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:39:02 GMT
November was on course to be the least deadly for American troops in Iraq since March 2006, with the U.S. military reporting its 35th death of the month Thursday. The figures were a sign of respite from years of bloodshed that forced some 2 million...

Where to find progress in Iraq (The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 08:00:00 GMT
America's media and pundits' view of Iraq has been too Baghdad-centric. This year, they have judged whether the US surge succeeded almost solely by looking at violence levels in the city. Critics also pointed to the Baghdad government's failure to produce reconciliation legislation as a bellwether for the country.

Top U.S. official urges political progress in Iraq (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 07:28:36 GMT
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has said Iraq's leaders need to build on security gains by making more political progress, especially in passing key laws to boost national reconciliation.

Bill Clinton's Claim of Opposing Iraq War From Outset Disputed (Washington Post)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 03:03:37 GMT
A former senior aide to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice disputed Bill Clinton's statement this week that he "opposed Iraq from the beginning," saying that the former president was privately briefed by top White House officials about war planning in 2003 and that he told them he su...

Spate of violence, arrests in Iraq (UPI)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:21:12 GMT
A spate of bombings and U.S.-led coalition counterinsurgency arrests were reported throughout Iraq on Thursday.

Survey Shows Dangers for Iraq Reporters (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
read story   Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:55:31 GMT
American journalists covering Iraq say they face unprecedented dangers with many reporting that they've worked closely with Iraqi colleagues who have been killed or kidnapped, according to a survey released Wednesday.