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Links 1 through 10 of 39 by Michael Duff tagged iraq

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Author Lawrence Wright lays out how Osama bin Laden’s motivation for the attacks that he planned in the 1990s, and then the September 11 attacks, was to draw the U.S. and the West into a prolonged war—an actual war in Afghanistan, and a broader global war with Islam. Osama got both. And we gave him a prolonged war in Iraq to boot. By the end of Obama’s first term, we’ll probably top 6,000 dead U.S. troops in those two wars, along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans. The cost for both wars is also now well over $1 trillion. We have also fundamentally altered who we are. A partial, off-the-top-of-my-head list of how we’ve changed since September 11...

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Everybody keeps comparing Libya to the wrong war. This isn't like Bush II's unilateral actions in Gulf War II, this is like Bush I's actions in Gulf War I, but nobody in America can remember that far back. HINT: Democrats didn't like that war either. No foreign action can be exactly like any other, that's why we need a doctrine, a set of principles to guide us. It's Obama's lack of principle, the lack of a clear doctrine or articulation of goals that bothers me here.

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When police came hunting for a 19-year-old woman they believed had been recruited by al-Qaida to be a suicide bomber in a town north of Baghdad, they found she was already dead: Slain by her father, who told police he strangled his daughter out of shame and then cut her throat.

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Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season, two senior officials said Wednesday.

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In what is being described as the largest release of secret U.S. military documents ever, whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks has released a trove of classified reports about the war in Iraq, including a secret U.S. government tally that puts the Iraqi death toll between 109,000 and 285,000, according to news sources that received advanced copies of the documents.

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Iraq's estimated oil reserves have grown by nearly 25 percent, the oil ministry announced Monday.

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The White House has intensified the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone missile campaign in Pakistan, approved raids against Qaeda operatives in Somalia and launched clandestine operations from Kenya. The administration has worked with European allies to dismantle terrorist groups in North Africa, efforts that include a recent French strike in Algeria. And the Pentagon tapped a network of private contractors to gather intelligence about things like militant hide-outs in Pakistan and the location of an American soldier currently in Taliban hands.

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Al Jazeera’s anti-Western populism was strongly echoed at its recent forum on “the Arab and Muslim world: alternative visions”. Many speakers, denoting piety or loyalty to political Islam, prefaced their remarks with incantations of reverence for the Prophet Muhammad. On Palestine, not a single one of 200-odd invited participants spoke up for a two-state solution, apart from a clutch of doveish Americans; Hamas’s official one-state preference for the Jewish state’s abolition easily prevailed. A senior Hamas man waxed eloquent. If a representative of the Palestinian Authority, now in “proximity talks” with Israel, was present, his voice was unheard.

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"Being cut loose rather than staying embedded with troops also gave reporters more freedom of movement. But after the insurgency started to heat up, reporting became more dangerous, with the fear of violence and kidnapping preventing many journalists from moving about the country. According to the organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists, 71 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq since 2004. (The total number since the outset of the conflict is 85.)"

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