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Iraqi Says Turkey Is Massing 140,000 Troops

Turkey has massed 140,000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq, Iraq’s foreign minister said Monday, calling the neighboring country’s fears of Kurdish rebels based there “legitimate” but better resolved through negotiation. From Iraqi Says Turkey Is Massing 140,000 Troops – New York Times I didn’t think things could go worse. And now I think […]

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Lieberman Backs Limited U.S. Attacks on Iran

“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Mr. Lieberman said in an interview on the CBS News program “Face the Nation.” This could be achieved mostly with air attacks, Mr. Lieberman said, adding, “I’m not talking about a massive […]

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Doubts Grow as G.I.’s in Iraq Find Allies in Enemy Ranks

But now on his third deployment in Iraq, he is no longer a believer in the mission. The pivotal moment came, he says, this past February when soldiers killed a man setting a roadside bomb. When they searched the bomber’s body, they found identification showing him to be a sergeant in the Iraqi Army. “I […]

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Active-Duty Generals Will €˜Revolt€™ Against Bush

Appearing on NBC’€™s Chris Matthews Show this morning, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker revealed that sources within the military are warning of €œa revolt from active-duty generals if September rolls around and the president is sticking with the surge into €˜08. From Think Progress So much for that listening to the generals on the ground […]

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Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq

Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq’s declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report. From New York Times We are fighting a war where the American taxpayer finances both sides of the […]

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Those 11 GOP “moderates”

Every one of the 11 GOP “moderates” who privately warned Bush that the public wants out of the war actually voted against the House bill tying war funding to progress in Iraq. From Talking Points Memo Maybe I’m too much of a cynic. I can’t help but think those 11 moderates may be more concerned […]

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General: Air fleet wearing down

The Air Force’s fleet of warplanes is older than ever and wearing out faster because of heavy use in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the service’s top combat commander. Gen. Ronald Keys, who leads the Air Combat Command, points to cracked wings on A-10 attack planes and frayed electrical cables on U-2 spy planes. From […]

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Qaeda Is Seen as Restoring Leadership

American, European and Pakistani authorities have for months been piecing together a picture of the new leadership, based in part on evidence-gathering during terrorism investigations in the past two years. Particularly important have been interrogations of suspects and material evidence connected to a plot British and American investigators said they averted last summer to destroy […]

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proof that we are stuck in someone else’s war

Ms. Saadoun was a Sunni Arab living in a Shiite enclave of western Baghdad. A widowed mother of seven, she and her family had been chased out once before. This time, she called American and Kurdish soldiers at a base less than a mile to the east…. The next morning, Ms. Saadoun was shot dead […]

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Democrats Seek Votes for Bill on Iraq

House Democrats were scrambling today to find the 218 votes needed to pass a war spending bill that would set a timetable to bring American troops home from Iraq, as the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans worked aggressively to foil their effort. From Democrats Seek Votes for Bill on Iraq – New York Times The […]