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Monday, July 22, 2024

Four U.S. soldiers among 109 killed in Iraq

A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in northwestern Iraq, the military said Tuesday. The blast struck the Task Force Lightning Soldiers assigned to the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Monday while they were conducting operations in the northwestern Ninevah province, according to a statement.

Ninevah is home to the city of Mosul, which has seen a recent increase in violence.

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Obama takes first step for 2008 run

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he is taking the initial step in a presidential bid that could make him the nation’s first black to occupy the White House.

Obama announced on his Web site that he was filing a presidential exploratory committee. He said he would announce more about his plans in his home state of Illinois on Feb. 10.

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35,000 Iraqi civilians killed in 2006

Nearly 35,000 civilians were killed last year in Iraq, the United Nations said Tuesday, a sharp increase from the numbers reported previously by the Iraqi government.

Gianni Magazzeni, the chief of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, said 34,452 civilians were killed and 36,685 were wounded last year.

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U.S. sells forbidden military parts to Iran, China

The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries — including Iran and China — who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department’s surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components.

In one case, federal investigators said, the contraband made it to Iran, a country President Bush branded part of an “axis of evil.”

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New Iraq hanging, new PR debacle

The Iraqi government’s attempt Monday to close a chapter on Saddam Hussein’s repressive regime — by hanging two of his henchmen — left many of Saddam’s fellow Sunni Muslims seething after the former leader’s half brother was decapitated on the gallows.

A thickset Barzan Ibrahim plunged through the trap door and was beheaded by the jerk of the thick beige rope at the end of his fall, in the same the execution chamber where Saddam was hanged a little over two weeks earlier.

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Bush lying again about Iraq

President Bush and his aides, explaining their reasons for sending more American troops to Iraq, are offering an incomplete, oversimplified and possibly untrue version of events there that raises new questions about the accuracy of the administration’s statements about Iraq.

President Bush unveiled the new version on Wednesday during his nationally televised speech announcing his new Iraq policy.

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As American as apple pie

One of the many things that I like about our fine nation is our willingness to tolerate — and even encourage — behavior that deviates from the expected. Consider the case of Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison, who declined to be sworn into office in the House on Jan. 4 with his hand on the Bible, preferring instead the Koran, the holy book of his own religion, Islam.

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Open mouth, disengage brain

This is the season of unfortunate remarks, and the remarks are likely to get worse as the bickering over Iraq policy accelerates. How could it be otherwise with seemingly half the Senate running for president and the Bush administration hunkered down to fight off those who would derail the latest solution for bringing Baghdad under control?

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Freedom takes a holiday

It’s not just the FBI that may be surreptitiously looking at your banking and credit records. The Pentagon and CIA may be examining them as well.

In the case of the Pentagon, especially, according to The New York Times, this is “part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence gathering.”

The vehicle for this is a national security letter. Unlike the FBI’s national security letters, compliance by a bank or lender is voluntary. But like the FBI’s, it doesn’t require a warrant or a subpoena to issue, simply the OK of a superior.

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Sen Allard calling it quits

Sen. Wayne Allard said Monday that he will honor his term-limits pledge and leave at the end of 2008, creating a replacement fight that should turn Colorado into one of the country’s biggest electoral battlegrounds.

“I just didn’t think I could back away from the (term limits) commitment. It is a matter of integrity and keeping your commitments. I have never wavered on that,” Allard told the Rocky Mountain News.

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