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  1. -06-06-06 Iraq's Tougher Stance Toward the U.S. After Allegations of a Massacre (Christian Science Monitor)
      "Mr. Maliki's tough stance suggests a new assertion of sovereignty by the Iraqi government, something that actually works to the US's favor. But the allegations [of a massacre], coming as the new government tries to demonstrate control, are likely to complicate both US-Iraq relations and Maliki's task of leading the Iraqi people." 06-06

  2. -06-07-06 Barriers to Adoption in Iraq (MSNBC News)
      "So many viewers have written wanting to open their homes and offer Iraqi children new lives. Unfortunately, Iraqi lawyers, international child care agencies, officials at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. State Department in Washington all tell us adoption is not possible." 06-06

  3. -06-07-06 Iraq Releases Hundreds of Prisoners (USA Today)
      "Hundreds of newly freed Iraqi prisoners kissed the ground after being dropped at bus stations Wednesday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched the largest such release since the U.S.-led invasion."

      "Sunni Arab political leaders welcomed the initiative, which was intended to promote reconciliation in this fractured nation." 06-06

  4. -06-21-06 Lawyer for Saddam Hussein Killed (CNN News)
      "Iraqi police Wednesday discovered the bullet-riddled body of Khamees al-Ubaidi, a lead defense attorney for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein." 06-06

  5. -06-25-06 Iraqi PM Offers an Olive Branch and a Fist (MSNBC News)
      "Iraq’s prime minister unveiled a 24-point national reconciliation initiative Sunday, offering amnesty to insurgents who renounce violence and have not committed terrorist attacks on American soldiers or Iraqis."

      " 'To those who want to rebuild our country, we present an olive branch,” al-Maliki told applauding lawmakers. 'And to those who insist on killing and terrorism, we present a fist with the power of law to protect our country and people.' " 06-06

  6. -07-06-08 UAE to Cancel $7 Billion Iraq Debt (CNN News)
      "The president of the United Arab Emirates has agreed to cancel all of Iraq's debts to the country, an official government source said." 07-08

  7. -07-07-06 Military Commander Promises Iraqis Full Investigation (MSNBC News)
      "America’s two top officials in Iraq on Thursday sought to calm Iraqi anger over allegations that U.S. soldiers were involved in the rape-murder of a girl, promising an open investigation and calling such acts 'absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable.' " 07-06

  8. -07-08-08 Iraq Asks U.S. for Timeline for Leaving (CNN News)
      "A deadline should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Iraq, and the pullout could be done by 2011, an Iraqi government spokesman said Tuesday." 07-08

  9. -07-09-06 Massacre of Sunnis Revives Fears of Civil War (Guardian Unlimited)
      "At least 40 people, apparently all Sunnis, were killed yesterday by Shia militants in a rampage in a Baghdad suburb - one of the capital's most deadly sectarian pogroms - that revived fears of civil war." 07-06

  10. -08-08-08 Al-Sadr Disarms (CBS News)
      "Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered most of his militiamen to disarm but said Friday he will maintain elite fighting units to resist the Americans if a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops is not established." 08-08

  11. -08-16-07 Sunnis Leave Negotiations (
      Efforts to revise the constitution in violence-ravaged Iraq threatened to come off the rails when negotiations with key Sunni politicians ended after their largest bloc in parliament left the government Aug. 1." 08-07

  12. -09-08-07 Petraeus to Say Stay the Course (CBS News)
      "President Bush's top two military and political advisers on Iraq will warn Congress on Monday that making any significant changes to the current war strategy will jeopardize the limited security and political progress made so far, The Associated Press has learned." 09-07

  13. -09-22-07 Investigators: Video Shows Blackwater Fired First (MSNBC News)
      "Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in an incident last week in which 11 people died, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case had been referred to the Iraqi judiciary." 09-07

  14. -10-08-07 Iraq Demands $136 Million Compensation for Blackwater (CBS News)
      "Iraqi authorities want the U.S. government to sever all contracts in Iraq with Blackwater USA within six months and pay $8 million in compensation to each of the families of 17 people killed when the firm's guards sprayed a traffic circle with heavy machine gun fire last month." 10-07

  15. -10-09-07 U.S. Military Abandons Southern Iraq (
      "U.S. military officers in Iraq often wonder about the possible presence of Iranian operatives in cities south of Baghdad like Karbala and Najaf, two key strongholds for Shi'ite militias thought to have links to Tehran. Many soldiers believe those two cities, home to more than 1.5 million people altogether, are where Shi'ite militants gather, train and arm themselves with help from Iran for attacks against U.S. forces farther north. Some intelligence even suggests that Iran's elite military force, the Revolutionary Guard, has opened training camps in the area for Iraqi guerrillas. But getting a clear picture of the happenings there and in other cities in that region is hard for one simple reason: U.S. troops don't go there anymore."

      "With no evident plans to reenter southern areas, the U.S.-led coalition leaves the fate of some of Iraq's most important territory to others." 10-07

  16. -10-11-06 Study: Over Half a Million Casualties from Iraq War (New York Times)
      "A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion, the highest estimate ever for the toll of the war here." 10-06

  17. -11-05-06 Contractors in Iraq Rarely Punished (MSNBC News)
      "The list of alleged contractor misdeeds in Iraq has grown long in the past 3 1/2 years. Yet when it comes to holding companies accountable, the charges seldom stick." 11-06

  18. -11-05-06 Saddam Sentenced to Death (MSNBC News)
      "Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging by Iraq's High Tribunal on Sunday." 11-06


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