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Hopes High, Violence Low, But Problems Remain at 6th Anniversary ... - Voice of America Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:43:37 GMT

Voice of America

Hopes High, Violence Low, But Problems Remain at 6th Anniversary ...
Voice of America
By Al Pessin This week marks the sixth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq that deposed Saddam Hussein and established a fledgling democracy, but also unleashed political, ethnic and sectarian tensions that caused years of devastating violence. ...
Six years after invasion, Iraq says war is far from over Houston Chronicle
Iraq combat deaths at 6-year low USA Today
Iraq combat deaths lowest since invasion United Press International
Kansas City Star - Reuters
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‘Stop-Loss’ Will All but End by 2011, Gates Says - New York Times Thu, 19 Mar 2009 01:28:59 GMT

Boston Globe

‘Stop-Loss’ Will All but End by 2011, Gates Says
New York Times, United States
He said he was able to take the step now because of plans to reduce troop levels in Iraq more quickly than they are increased in Afghanistan and because of an enlargement that has increased the size of the active-duty Army to more than 547000 troops, ...
Pentagon Aims to Cut Soldiers Serving Beyond Enlistment End Date FOXNews
US Army will end extended tours for soldiers AFP
Army to Phase Out 'Stop-Loss' Practice Washington Post
myfoxny.com - ABC News
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Three killed in Iraq unrest: police - AFP Wed, 18 Mar 2009 19:17:03 GMT

AFP

Three killed in Iraq unrest: police
AFP
MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) — A policeman and two civilians were killed in attacks in the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk on Wednesday, police officials told AFP. The police officer died and two of his colleagues were wounded in a suicide car bombing ...
One killed, nine hurt in Iraq blasts United Press International
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 18 Reuters
Suicide car bombing kills policeman in N Iraq Xinhua
The Associated Press - TIME
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Obama's Iraq envoy pick gets key senator's support - Reuters Wed, 18 Mar 2009 19:53:54 GMT

New Zealand Herald

Obama's Iraq envoy pick gets key senator's support
Reuters
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Iraq, Chris Hill, on Wednesday won the backing of a key Republican senator who defended Hill's handling of delicate negotiations with North Korea. ...
Lugar signs off on Iraq ambassador nomination The Associated Press
Hill gets boost toward Iraq posting International Herald Tribune
Top brass disturbed by GOP stalling of Iraq ambassador Foreign Policy
AFP - Reuters
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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4259 - The Associated Press Thu, 19 Mar 2009 01:40:36 GMT

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4259
The Associated Press
As of Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at least 4259 members of the US military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action. ...
Fort Bliss soldier killed in Iraq KVIA
Del City Soldier Killed In Iraq KTUL
Fort Bliss soldier dies in Iraq El Paso Times
KOCO - Muskogee Daily Phoenix
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Iraq Considers Giving Foreign Oil Investors Better Terms - New York Times Thu, 19 Mar 2009 01:39:41 GMT

Emirates Business 24/7

Iraq Considers Giving Foreign Oil Investors Better Terms
New York Times, United States
In its negotiations with dozens of international companies, including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, Iraq had until now offered stakes of no more than 49 percent in new joint ventures to develop existing and new oil fields. ...
Foreign companies would get majority stake in Iraq oil and gas ... International Herald Tribune
OPEC Update: Get Used to Lower Prices BusinessWeek
UAE accounts for lion's share of investments in Iraq Emirates Business 24/7
EasyBourse.com - Gulf Times
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US: No surprise Iran using drone craft over Iraq - The Associated Press Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:30:16 GMT

The Southern Ledger

US: No surprise Iran using drone craft over Iraq
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian unmanned aircraft shot down by the US military over Iraq was operating illegally and unsafely, but its presence should not come as a shock, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. The drone shot down last month was the first of ...
US Downed Iranian Drone Over Iraq Washington Post
U.S. shot Iranian drone aircraft over Iraq in February Los Angeles Times
Iranian drone 'shot down in Iraq' BBC News
Voice of America - Reuters
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Iraq urges execution of Saddam-era officials - Reuters Tue, 17 Mar 2009 15:01:51 GMT

Earthtimes (press release)

Iraq urges execution of Saddam-era officials
Reuters
BAGHDAD, March 17 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government renewed its call on Tuesday for the executions of officials in the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein to go ahead despite the objections of Iraq's president and vice president. "The cabinet appeals to the ...
Iraq govt calls for death sentences to be ratified The Associated Press
Iraqi Cabinet presses for 'Chemical Ali's' execution CNN International
Iraqi town’s still coping with 1988 chemical attack Stars and Stripes
Voice of America - AKI - Adnkronos International
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Iraq War started 6 years ago today - Newsday Thu, 19 Mar 2009 02:20:31 GMT

Iraq War started 6 years ago today
Newsday, NY
(AFP Photo / March 14, 2009) On the evening of March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush gave a four-minute address from the Oval Office, announcing that the nation had gone to war to topple the regime of Iraq's Saddam Hussein. ...

Iraq: Key figures since the war began - The Associated Press Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:45:27 GMT

Iraq: Key figures since the war began
The Associated Press
MILITARY AND PRIVATE CONTRACTOR INVOLVEMENT US TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ _March 31, 2003: 90000. _Current troop level, on March 13, 2009: 138000. _Month with highest level of troops in Iraq: October 2007, at 166000. COALITION TROOP LEVELS _Total number of ...