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Jul 5, 2009 9 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

BAGHDAD — Attackers targeted police patrols in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, killing a police officer with a grenade and injuring 14 people in a car bomb blast, authorities said. Separately, bombs in Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad, killed one civilian and injured 14 others, police said. The attacks highlight how the two cities remain ...

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Jul 4, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Bloomberg: July 4 -- Vice President Joseph Biden told Iraqi leaders that the path to a secure peace lies in uniting ethnic and sectarian groups and said the U.S. might disengage from their country if it reverts to sustained violence. Biden said he and President Barack Obama “appreciate that Iraq has traveled a great distance over ...

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Jul 2, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Thursday to visit U.S. soldiers, just two days after all American combat troops withdrew from Baghdad and all of Iraq's cities and towns. During his visit, Biden will meet with Iraqi leaders, including President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. A White House statement ...

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Jul 1, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Iraq's hopes for an oil revenue-fueled postwar recovery suffered a sharp blow Tuesday as the foreign oil companies it counted on to help develop its vast reserves responded to the country's first oil auction in more than 30 years with grumbles and just one deal. Roughly a year in the making, the foreign licensing round was ...

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Jun 30, 2009 9 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

General Odierno now reports to legendary drunk. President Barack Obama has asked Vice President Joe Biden to take on a new role overseeing the US departure from Iraq and Washington's effort to promote internal political reconciliation there. The White House said Tuesday that Biden would work closely with General Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq ...

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Jun 29, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Agencie France Presse: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki opened a meeting expected to unveil which foreign companies have won contracts to develop the conflict-torn nation's key oil and gas fields. Iraq is to announced who has won contracts to develop key oil and gas fields, nearly four decades after Saddam Hussein's party nationalised the country's energy sector. "These ...

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Jun 29, 2009 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces assume formal control of Baghdad and other cities on Tuesday after American troops hand over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. Fireworks, not bombings, colored the Baghdad skyline late Monday, and thousands attended a party in a park where singers ...

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Jun 29, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

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Jun 23, 2009 23 Comments ›› Erik Wong

POLITICO: A couple of surprising words were missing from President Barack Obama’s 55-minute news conference on Wednesday: “Iraq” — and “Afghanistan.” Also MIA: “Korea,” “Pakistan,” “soldiers,” “surge” and “war” — as well as the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The omissions were partly a result of the short attention span of the press, which did not ask ...

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Jun 17, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

TheNewMedialJournal Paul R. Hollrah, O.E. Reading David Horowitz’s chapter on “The Path to 9-11,” in his book, Party of Defeat, it is blood-chilling to read the text and, while doing so, substitute the name Barack Hussein Obama for the names of our last two Democrat presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and to substitute Islamic jihad for ...

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Jun 16, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

BAGHDAD (AP) - They still feel like newlyweds, five years into their marriage. A lucky couple? No, Nathan and Jennifer Williams just haven't seen much of each other. The two young Americans, both Army captains, have each been deployed twice to Iraq on 12-month tours—but in different locations. Back home, they spent at least another year apart ...

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Jun 12, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The LA Times: A 15-year-old boy gunned down Harith Obeidi, who had just given a sermon at a Baghdad mosque. The teen also shot and killed four other people before being shot to death by guards. Reporting from Baghdad -- The head of the Iraqi parliament's largest Sunni Arab bloc was gunned down by a teenager today ...

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Jun 7, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Posted by E Pluribus Unum Redstate Imagine playing basketball where the referees always give you every break. You get every call, you never get called for traveling, carrying, or fouling anybody else, even if you pile-drive them into the ground. You drive the lane, elbow people out of the way, and they get called for a foul. ...

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Jun 5, 2009 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jun 5, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cExclusive - Where and When Is Stephen Going to the Persian Gulf - Iraq Announcementcolbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorKeyboard Cat

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Jun 4, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

http://www.breitbart.com "And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. ...

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Jun 4, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

h/t "Infidels Are Cool"

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Jun 4, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jun 2, 2009 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: Britain’s final military mission in Iraq is in disarray after a failure to seal an agreement with the Baghdad Government by the end of last month forced two British ships to leave and scores of Royal Navy trainers to suspend work. Lieutenant-General Chris Brown, the top British military official in Iraq, now also looks set ...

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Jun 2, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CAIRO - Al-Qaida's deputy leader on Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama's upcoming speech to the Islamic world in Cairo, saying it will not change the "bloody messages" the U.S. military is sending Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al-Qaida has repeatedly lashed out at Obama since he was elected, a move some analysts believe indicates the ...

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Jun 1, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

The Swamp: Dick Cheney, the former vice president, has been pressing the Obama administration to declassify memos which he says show that the harshest interrogation tactics of the Bush administration produced valuable, life-saving information. How's that going, he was asked today? "I would not ordinarily be leading the charge to declassify classified information,'' Cheney said in an ...

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May 30, 2009 11 Comments ›› Erik Wong

President Barack Obama will offer a "personal commitment" to bridge US differences with Muslims in his long-awaited speech to the Islamic world next week in Egypt, aides said. But White House advisors said Friday that Obama would not shy away from addressing "tough issues" in the speech on Thursday at the University of Cairo which will ...

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May 26, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

When not attacking, attack.

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May 26, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday. Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, said the world remains dangerous ...

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