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Barack Obama arrives in Iraq

 Barack Obama arrives in Iraq

Barack Obama arrives in Iraq


Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama arrived in Iraq on Monday for talks with Iraqi officials and American military commanders in a 5-year-old war he has pledged to end, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.
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Report: Kidnappers say British hostage commits suicide

Kidnappers say British hostage commits suicide

Report: Kidnappers say British hostage commits suicide


One of five British hostages captured in Iraq last year has committed suicide, the kidnappers said in a videotape obtained by The Sunday Times.
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Quiet Iraq streets leave soldiers yearning for Afghanistan

 Quiet Iraq streets leave soldiers yearning for Afghanistan

Quiet Iraq streets leave soldiers yearning for Afghanistan


Spc. Grover Gebhart has spent nine months at a small post on a Sunni-Shiite fault line in western Baghdad. But the 21-year-old soldier on his first tour in Iraq feels he’s missing the real war — in Afghanistan, where his brother is fighting the Taliban.
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Oil hits record near $147 as supply fears intensify

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil leapt $5 to a new record high near $147 a barrel on Friday, spurred by growing worries of threats to supplies from Iran and Nigeria and the possibility of a strike by Brazilian oil workers next week.
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Has Maliki Turned on the US?


In what appeared to be a bold move, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared Monday for the first time that his government may consider a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal of forces. “Today, we are looking at the necessity of terminating the foreign presence on Iraqi lands and restoring full sovereignty,” Maliki said during a meeting with several Arab ambassadors in the United Arab Emirates. “The current trend is to reach an agreement on a memorandum of understanding either of the departure of the forces or a memorandum of understanding to put a timetable on their withdrawal.” The announcement raised eyebrows among security planners and analysts around the world. Was it posturing? Or was Maliki diverging from his American ally? Or both?
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Baghdad’s Grasp on Iraq’s South

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It’s 6 P.M. on Thursday and Brigadier General Saad Ali Harbia’s phone rings — not his regular mobile, but the new hotline that the Iraqi police force in Amara, 185 miles southeast of Baghdad, has set up to receive tips that could lead to arrests. The tip comes in from a man who says he has information about a financier of Mahdi Army commanders in the region. Harbia’s assistant takes down the information and says they will follow up on it.
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Big Country…Big Problems

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The U.S. is wrongly accusing Iran of arming militant groups in Basra, says Tehran’s top diplomat in the southern Iraqi city
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