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Iraq News-links 8-11 November, 2007



Clash between ex-insurgents, al-Qaida in Iraq kills 18 in terror …
By Del Simmons
Former Sunni insurgents asked the US to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday. …

Montanans Support for Troops and Withdrawal from Iraq
By Green Party Peace Network
“By passing these referenda, the citizens of Helena and Missoula have called the Montana delegation and the President to account for the war in Iraq. We have exercised our right and responsibility, as citizens, to petition our …

Iraq: Call an air strike By Pepe Escobar
By dandelionsalad
Amid the George W Bush administration’s relentless campaign to “change the subject” from Iraq to Iran, how to “win” the war against the Iraqi resistance, Sunni or Shi’ite, now means – according to counter-insurgency messiah General …

Forward Looking Markets See Trouble in Iraq
By Mark Thoma
Austan Goolsbee on what the Iraqi bond market is telling us about the chance of success in Iraq (this has come up previously, see “Is The ‘Surge’ Working? Some New Facts” and Jim Hamilton: Economic Indicators of Success in Iraq): …

Reborn Mr Fix-it, Ahmed Chalabi, pulls Iraq out of darkness
Times Online – UK
Yet the violence in Iraq is abating. The number of attacks against American
troops has fallen to its lowest figure since the bombing of the Shi’ite
Golden …

Forced Iraq Postings ‘May Be Necessary’
Washington Post – United States
By Karen DeYoung Four days before a deadline for Foreign Service officers
to volunteer to go to Iraq or face the prospect of being ordered there, …

Veterans are home, but not at ease
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
By JAMES HOHMANN / The Dallas Morning News Daniel Bozorgnia was honorably
discharged from the Army in 2006 after his convoy blew up in Iraq. …

Optimism grows in Iraq
BBC News – UK
On Friday, near Samarra to the north of Baghdad, fighters from a Sunni
faction called the Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) launched a surprise attack on
positions …

A Tour to remember
Lawrence Journal World – Lawrence,KS,USA
With nearly 4000 American troops having died in Iraq, and politicians
talking about “ending the war” and “bringing the troops home,” some
say there’s …

Group claims it killed 18 al-Qaida members in Iraq
By admin
BAGHDAD – Former Sunni insurgents asked the US to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday. …

11/10/07 Meanwhile in Iraq
By Catholic Sunni Shia(Catholic Sunni Shia)
Oil pipeline set ablaze by bomb in Iraq: Iraqi insurgents blew up a roadside bomb under an oil pipeline in the central province of Salahudin on Saturday, setting up a huge fire, a provincial police source said. …

News & Views 11/10/07
By dancewater(Cervantes)
Photo: A member of an armed group of local citizens passes by as US army soldiers keep watch of detainees in Baghdad ‘s northern neighborhood of Azamiyah , Iraq , Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. US and Iraqi army soldiers, along with an armed …

Redefining Iraq Part 1
By Summer Ludwig
So many of our citizens have heard so much about the war in Iraq that they have become even more apathetic than normal. How do you know which side to believe? After all this may be the single most redefined issue ever in the history of …

Deaths Mark Grim Afghan, Iraq Milestones
The Associated Press –
The number of US deaths in Afghanistan this year mirror the record toll in
Iraq. Both conflicts have seen an increase in troop levels this year that
has put …

Clash in Iraq Kills 18 al-Qaida Members
The Associated Press –
BAGHDAD (AP) — Former Sunni insurgents asked the US to stay away, then
ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for
hours …

Iraq troops capture 59 al-Qaida suspects
Times of India – India
BAQUBA: Iraqi troops backed by Sunni former insurgents captured at least 59
suspected al-Qaida fighters northeast of Baghdad on Saturday, an army
officer …

Text of Bush and Merkel’s Remarks
Washington Post – United States
We talked about Iraq. I want to thank Chancellor Merkel for understanding
that success in Iraq is important for Middle Eastern peace. …

In the Bond Market, a Bleak Prognosis for Iraq
New York Times – United States
By AUSTAN GOOLSBEE PRESIDENT BUSH’S surge of troops in Iraq has done
little to resolve the political debate over the Iraq war. But global
financial markets …

Effects of Iraq war felt in Georgia
Albany — The US House could vote on an Iraq war-spending bill as soon as
tomorrow. It would finance another four months of combat, at $50 billion.


William Fisher: Diplomats Debate Iraq, Vietnam Service
By William Fisher(
Since the State Department announced it would send US diplomats to serve in Iraq against their will, Foreign Service Officers have been volunteering to go – but the order has sparked a fresh controversy hearkening back to the Vietnam …

“Combat” Troops and Troops Outside Iraq: Can We Stop Doing Foreign …
By eriposte
Edwards has been criticizing Clinton for her plan to continue combat missions against al-Qaida in Iraq. His campaign says that would be a continuation of what it calls the “US occupation” that he will end if elected president. …

The military officially counts about 20% of the nearly 3900 US fatalities in Iraq as “noncombat.” It has officially confirmed 128 suicides in Iraq since 2003, with many others under investigation (and still more taking place on the …

Clash in Iraq Kills 18 al-Qaida Members
The Associated Press –
BAGHDAD (AP) — Former insurgents who turned against al-Qaida in Iraq
launched an attack against the terror group and killed 18 of its members,
asking the US …

US frees 9 Iranians in Iraq in possible gesture to Tehran
Boston Globe – United States
AP / November 10, 2007 BAGHDAD – In a possible break in the US-Iranian
standoff in Iraq, the US military yesterday released nine Iranians no
longer deemed a …

4 anti-al-Qaida chieftains killed in suicide bombing in Iraq
Xinhua – China
Diyala in northeast of Baghdad has long been a hotbed of insurgency led-by
al-Qaida in Iraq network and sectarian violence between the Sunni and
Shiite …

US soldier found not guilty of Iraq murders
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD, Nov 10 (Reuters) – A US solider has been acquitted of three murder
charges after investigations into the unlawful killings of three Iraqis
earlier …

Iraq’s Kurdish leaders walk fine line
Chicago Tribune – United States
By Bay Fang | Tribune correspondent November 11, 2007 ZAWITA, Iraq —
Hamid Nabi remembers 1988 like it was yesterday. Stringing his plastic
worry beads …

US frees 9 Iranians detained in Iraq; more talks planned
Baltimore Sun – United States
By Ned Parker November 10, 2007 BAGHDAD – The US military freed nine
Iranians yesterday it had detained in Iraq, and an Iraqi official said he
expected …

Iraq: 18 Killed in Clashes
The Associated Press –
It is an area known to have a heavy al-Qaida in Iraq presence. Abu Ibrahim
contacted Iraqi police in Samarra and told them his plans to attack
al-Qaida, …

Seven killed in Iraq attacks
BAGHDAD (AFP) — At least seven people were killed on Saturday in Iraq, a
day after a suicide bombing claimed the lives of four tribal leaders
fighting …

Iraq’s troubles push oil costs up
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
By JIM LANDERS KIRKUK, Iraq – The spike in oil prices shaking the US
economy right now is something of a self-inflicted wound stemming from a
war gone awry. …

Latest Military News US, UK, Iraq and around the World 11/10/07
By Vinny’s Blog(Vinny’s Blog)
AFP – A suicide bomber exploded his vest inside a house in central Iraq, killing four tribal leaders spearheading the fight against Al-Qaeda in Diyala province, police and the US military said Saturday. November 9th, 2007 …

US Releases 9 Iranians in Iraq
The Associated Press –
BAGHDAD (AP) — In a possible break in the US-Iranian standoff in Iraq,
the US military on Friday released nine Iranians no longer deemed a threat,

Bush gives green light for Turkey to attack PKK in Iraq Historical …
World Socialist Web Site – Oak Park,MI,USA
The Turkish generals have been pushing for months for an invasion into
northern Iraq. They have used the question of the PKK to mobilise
right-wing …

New Law May Spell End To Iraq Contractors
CBS News – New York,NY,USA
Plainclothes contractors working for Blackwater USA take part in a
firefight in Iraq. (AP Photo/Gervasio Sanchez) A look at Blackwater USA,

US releases nine Iranians held in Iraq
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN BAGHDAD | The United States followed through Friday
on its promise to release nine Iranians held in Iraq, including two accused
of …

Iraq’s troubles push oil costs up
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
By JIM LANDERS / The Dallas Morning News KIRKUK, Iraq – The spike in oil
prices shaking the US economy right now is something of a self-inflicted
wound …

Iraq: Fewer Deaths Bring No Reassurance by Ali al-Fadhily
By dandelionsalad
BAGHDAD, Nov 9 (IPS) – Despite claims by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Bush administration officials that violence in Iraq is decreasing, residents in the capital tell a different story. Attacks by Iraqi resistance groups …

Brian Katulis: Unanswered Substantive Policy Questions on Kahl’s …
By Brad DeLong
Abu Aardvark: Katulis: response to Kahl: Colin Kahl has made valuable contributions to the Iraq policy debate, most recently in his thoughtful post on Abu Aardvark earlier this week. The end state he outlines for Iraq – a highly …

News & Views 11/09/07
By dancewater(Cervantes)
Photo: Kurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK) guerillas during conduct military exercises in the mountains of northern Iraq ‘s Kurdish autonomous region in 2006. PKK guerrillas Abdullah and Zeena broke the cardinal rule of the rebel outfit …

McCain holds Giuliani indirectly responsible for Iraq fiasco
By Carpetbagger
Now, I’ma little unclear on what role, if any, Giuliani had in sending Kerik to Iraq. Maybe Giuliani recommended Kerik for the gig, the same way he recommended Kerik for the Department of Homeland Security, maybe not. …

Dem Iraq Funding Bill Is Most Aggressive Pursued Thus Far
By The Huffington Post News Editors(
House Democratic leaders are slated to introduce the toughest-worded war funding resolution since taking office, one that would appropriate money only for a drawdown of troops from Iraq, according to a copy obtained by the Huffington …

Iraq’s new crisis: Moms, dads abandoning kids – USA
Leukemia can be treatable to a degree in much of the world, but not in
Iraq. The baby died two months later. “It shook me like hell,” said Hakki,


President Bush visits US Iraq war veterans – United Kingdom
The visit to the Brooke Army Medical Centre in Texas, came amid criticism
of the treatment and after-care of the thousands of troops injured in Iraq
and …

Terrorist Attacks in Iraq Eroding Local Support
Voice of America – USA
The improved security situation allowed work to resume on a generating
plant needed to bolster Iraq’s black-out prone electric supply. …

Crucible of conflict
Sofia Echo – Bulgaria
As a result, the natural solution would to root out this organisation
through a hunt right to its bases in the Qandil Mountains, northern Iraq.

Sunni chiefs killed in Iraq blast
BBC News – UK
Five Sunni Arab tribal leaders have been killed in a suicide attack in
Iraq’s Diyala province, police say. A suicide bomber detonated his
explosives belt in …

US frees 9 Iranians in Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Iraq, boosted by the American
decision, was now planning to ask Iran and the United States to attend a
new round …

Underreported Story from Iraq: The Children
By Cliff
Please read this article from about the state of child welfare and healthcare in Iraq. The story opens with the head of the Red Crescent saying an 18-year-old mom approached him offering sex if he helped her son get medical …

Ilan Goldenberg: NSN Iraq Daily Update 11/9/07
By Ilan Goldenberg(
She has admitted on occasion that the US government made “tactical” mistakes in Iraq, but rarely has she gone into specifics. She added, “I think we didn’t identify a lot of the kind of provincial and local leaders that might have been …

Palestinians fleeing Iraq stranded at border, lack medical care: UNHCR
International Herald Tribune – France
AP GENEVA: Two thousand Palestinians trying to flee violence and harassment
in Iraq are stranded at the Iraqi-Syrian border in precarious conditions
with …

Spreading Democracy in Iraq, Ignoring Public Opinion at Home …
By Igor Volsky
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that the Democrats will send President Bush $50 billion (about a quarter of the $196 billion requested by Bush) for combat operations in Iraq “on the condition that he begin withdrawing …

Zion-power and War: From Iraq to Iran
By Bill Totten(Bill Totten)
The Bush White House and pro-Israel Congressional leaders claim a victory in Iraq will bolster Washington’s image as a successful global ‘anti-terrorist’ (anti-insurgent) regime. These post-facto justifications have lost credibility as …

Iraq Veto Showdown Looms
The Associated Press –
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are planning another veto showdown with
President Bush on the Iraq war. And this time, they say they won’t back
down. …

FACTBOX: Military and civilian deaths in Iraq
Reuters – USA
(Reuters) – Seven US personnel were killed in Iraq on Monday, the US
military said, making 2007 the deadliest year for US forces in the country.

Palestinians at the Iraq-Syria border
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
The situation in the Palestinian camps at the Iraq-Syria border remains
very precarious for nearly 2000 Palestinians trapped there. …

US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3860
The Associated Press –
8, 2007, at least 3860 members of the US military have died since the
beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press
count. …

Face of homelessness is often vet’s
Seattle Times – United States
10.6 percent served after the Persian Gulf War began, including veterans of
the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Associated Press, The Washington Post

FOX News’ Happy Iraq Propaganda: Iraq Is Great. It’s The Democrats …
By Ellen
Last night’s (11/10/07) conservative hissy fit on Hannity & Colmes was over David Obey’s comments that if violence is decreasing in Iraq, it may be because insurgents “are running out of people to kill.” As The Hill noted, …

House Democrats to send Bush $50 billion for Iraq operations
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
AP “This is not a blank check for the president,” House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi said Thursday of a plan to provide $50 billion in funds for the Iraq
war. …

Yet another invasion of Iraq?
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
Turkey’s threats to launch an incursion into northern Iraq against the
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) appeared to be bearing fruit last week,
attracting lots …

Syria to let US personnel process Iraqi refugees
Reuters – USA
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Syria has agreed to allow
US officials into the country to process refugees from war-torn Iraq for
admission …

US judge blocks second court martial for Iraq war objector
Watanda, who has accused President George W. Bush of betraying the public
trust, refused to deploy with his unit to Iraq because he argued the war
was …

India’s Reliance Industries wins two production sharing contracts …
Forbes – NY,USA
… with the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) covering petroleum
exploration activities in the Rovi and Sarta blocks in the Kurdistan Region
of Iraq. …

Over 1500 armored vehicles seen in Iraq year-end
Reuters – USA
John Young, the Pentagon’s acting chief arms buyer, said 563 Mine Resistant
Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles were already in use in Iraq and the number
was …

US frees 500 detainees from Iraq jails
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
More than 20000 detainees are still held in US-run prisons in Iraq, mostly
in Camp Bucca near the southern port city of Basra and at Camp Cropper near

Bush: “If You Lived In Iraq-You’d Be Saying, God, I Love Freedom”
By John Amato
My question is on Iraq. Mr. President, this morning you talked at length about Afghanistan, Iran, but not Iraq. And I wanted to ask both of you, is France reconciled with the United States, the United States is reconciled with France? …

Fitzgerald: Winning in Iraq (for the Americans)
By Hugh
The only result that constitutes “winning” in Iraq is that which will weaken the Camp of Islam that is trying to conquer the West. And the only way to obtain that result is to leave promptly. Forget all that stuff that the rulers of …


Iraq snapshot
By Common Ills(Common Ills)
Watt also spoke with war resister Chris Capps who served in Iraq and then checked out in March of this year, turned himself in after sixty days, and was discharged from the US military. Capps: How the reporting here outside of America …

Iraqi Kurdistan Iraq’s Kurdish leader in a bind
Economist – UK
IRAQ’S Kurdish leaders are desperate to forestall—or at least to
minimise—Turkey’s threatened assault against the guerrillas of the
Kurdistan Workers’ Party …

UPDATE 1-US House to debate Iraq troop withdrawals
Reuters – USA
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The Democratic-led US House
of Representatives will try again to end US combat in Iraq when it debates

US-French differences persist despite Sarkozy triumph
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The warm US welcome won by French President Nicolas
Sarkozy during his charm offensive here shows tensions over the Iraq war
have eased, …

Syria to let US personnel process Iraqi refugees
Washington Post – United States
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syria has agreed to allow US
officials into the country to process refugees from war-torn Iraq for
admission into …

Combat Missions? Clinton, Edwards Spar
The Associated Press –
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just what does it mean to end combat missions in Iraq?
Democrats John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton disagree. …

Harry Reid Finds Success in Iraq
By (Redstate Network)
On the floor of the Senate Tuesday, during leadership time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Searchlight) made a statement on the occasion of the year 2007 becoming the deadliest year for US troops since the Iraq War began. …

Iraq Casualties Down; Opposition to War Up
By Noah Shachtman
American casualties are down in Iraq. Civilian casualties are down. And the military is starting to talk more and more are how to redeploy away from former hot zones. So, with all the good news, why has opposition to the war gone up, …

Iraq Kurd veterans predict Turkish defeat against PKK
RANIYA, Iraq (AFP) — Veterans of the Iraqi Kurds’ long war against Saddam
Hussein’s regime on Thursday predicted defeat for the Turkish army if it
attacks …

Iraq Frees 500 From Detention Camps
The Associated Press –
US officials worry the overcrowded detention camps are sapping resources
and will overwhelm Iraq’s struggling justice system. Sunni leaders also
complain …

Iraq OKs Raids on Blackwater
Wired News – USA
By Noah Shachtman November 08, 2007 | 10:15:00 AMCategories: Mercs This
sounds like a recipe for something very ugly. The Times is reporting that
“the Iraqi …

Iraq’s Maliki hails mass prisoner release
Reuters – USA
In recent weeks, about 50 prisoners a day had been freed, added First
Lieutenant Angela Webb, a deputy spokeswoman for US detainee operations in
Iraq. …

Poll: Iraq war opposition at record high
By Martina Stewart
President Bush said Wednesday that the US is “making progress” in Iraq. WASHINGTON (CNN) — Opposition to the war in Iraq has reached an all-time high, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday morning. …

Counterinsurgency in Iraq
By Donald Douglas(Donald Douglas)
One of the books he reviews is the Army’s new counterinsurgency manual, which was authored by General David Petraeus, who became the supreme commander of Iraq operations in 2007. Here’s Kahl on the difficulty of counterinsurgency in …

Iraq War Opposition At Record High
By The Huffington Post News Editors(
Despite the drop in violence in Iraq, only one quarter of Americans believes the US is winning the war. There has been virtually no change in the past month in the number of Americans who believe that things are going badly for the US …

Cornyn Calls On All Senators to Take Objective Look At Iraq …
John Cornyn, a member of the Armed Services Committee, on Tuesday called on all Senators to take an objective look at what US troops are accomplishing in Iraq, instead of focusing only on the challenges. In remarks on the Senate floor, …

US intelligence will help rid northern Iraq of PKK: Erdogan
This will “give us the necessary information to end the presence” of the
PKK in northern Iraq, Erdogan told a joint news conference with Prodi. …

Declining violence leads 46000 refugees back to Iraq, government says
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
Qassim al-Moussawi, the Iraqi spokesman for a US-Iraqi military push to
pacify Baghdad, said border authorities recorded 46030 people returning to
Iraq in …

Congress Warms to France’s New President
New York Times – United States
Mr. Sarkozy responded cautiously, saying that what France wanted was a
democratic, diverse and stable Iraq, able to govern and protect itself. …

Iraq neighborhood showing signs of life
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
Just six months ago, this mostly Sunni neighborhood was a base of
operations for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The district in western Baghdad was hit by
more than a …

Iraq Plans to Confront Security Firms on Guns
New York Times – United States
David H. Petraeus, now the American commander in Iraq, was in charge of
training and equipping Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005. …

PRO-CON: Should diplomats be forced into Iraq duty? YES
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is right to insist that US Foreign
Service officers have an obligation to serve in Iraq, even if they don’t
do so …

Making friends in America
Chicago Tribune – United States
He may not have won every heart in the halls of Congress, where lawmakers
upset over France’s refusal to support the US-led invasion of Iraq once
decreed …

US Troops Are Dying
Korea Times – South Korea
I doubt if Cheney has ever invited any of the tens of thousands severely
wounded US troops from the Iraq conflict, to enjoy his spectacular view of
the Bay. …

Iraq, Afghan Vets Already Found At Homeless Shelters, Advocates …
By The Huffington Post News Editors(
And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with finding a job.

Blair ‘knew Iraq had no WMD’ By David Cracknell
By dandelionsalad
TONY BLAIR privately conceded two weeks before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein did not have any usable weapons of mass destruction, Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, reveals today. John Scarlett, chairman of the joint …

William Fisher: Scapegoating US Diplomats For Failures in Iraq?
By William Fisher(
Facing growing scrutiny of the State Department’s shortage of experienced diplomats in Iraq – and the Department’s announced intention to force Foreign Service Officers to serve in Baghdad against their will — the leader of America’s …

State Department Smacks Diplos for Iraq Tantrum
By Noah Shachtman
A group of Foreign Service Officers screamed, when they were told they might be forced to serve in Iraq. Now, the State Department is using its official blog to scream right back. “To my vexed and overwrought colleagues,” writes John …

Iraq snapshot
By Common Ills(Common Ills)
The film opens with Ehren Watada explaining why he began researching the Iraq War upon learning he would be deploying, “I remember my former commander told me when I was stationed in Iraq it’s your responsibility to know everything you …

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