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2) The two countries ( Iran & Iraq ) agreed on Saturday to form a joint commission to oversee border issues and keep "saboteurs" out of Iraq. ( New York Times )


3) Iraq's presidency has urged the government to send a high-level delegation with wide-ranging powers to the southern city of Basra, in the grip of a Shi'ite power struggle that threatens oil exports. ( Reuters via Yahoo! News )


May 28, 2006:


1) As Iraq's brutal summer heat sends temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), a dire shortage of petroleum products is damaging the economy and cutting electricity supplies in Baghdad to new lows. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )


2) At least 1,000 troops have "deserted" the armed forces since the US-led war was launched in Iraq three years ago, the BBC reported. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )


3) It's time for President Bush either to chart a course that can actually be followed in Iraq, or admit that there is none. ( International Herald Tribune )



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May 29, 2006:


1) To Iran's west lies a natural ally and perhaps its most potent weapon in the international fray over its nuclear program. While Iran and Iraq were arch enemies during the rule of Saddam Hussein, all signs point to an increasingly robust relationship now that Shiites have achieved a dominant role in the Iraqi leadership. ( AP via Yahoo! News )


2) Two out of four British soldiers hit by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq were killed, Britainís Ministery of Defence says. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )


3) Car and roadside bombs killed more than 30 people in Iraq on Monday, a day after a tribal chief who challenged Iraq's most feared terrorists and sent fighters to help U.S. troops battle Al Qaeeda in western Iraq was gunned down.( International Herald Tribune )



May 30, 2006:


1) Italy will redouble its efforts to help the reconstruction of Iraq even after withdrawing its troops this year, new Defense Minister Arturo Parisi said.
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2) A car bomb explosion in central Baghdad Monday killed two CBS News crew members, an Iraqi interpreter and a U.S. soldier, and severely wounded the news team's correspondent, in one of a string of attacks that killed dozens of people in Iraq over the course of the day. ( Washington Post )


3) Explosions killed two people in Baghdad and wounded seven on Tuesday as Iraq's prime minister held meetings aimed at finding new defense and interior ministers. ( AP via Yahoo! News )


4) Britain suffered its highest monthly death toll this May in southern Iraq since the US-led invasion after nine troops died in a wave of violence that the defence minister said was a "major concern". ( AFP via Yahoo! News )


5) Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will fly to Iraq's second city Basra on Wednesday to end faction fighting among fellow Shi'ites and said he is ready to use force against "gangs" holding oil exports and other trade to ransom.
( Reuters via Yahoo! News )


6) President George W. Bush again vowed to complete US military missions in Iraq and around the world as the United States honoured its war dead with the military toll in Iraq closing on 2,500 and a report of more reinforcements for the west of the country. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )




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May 31, 2006:


1) At least 40 corpses, shot in the head and showing signs of torture, have been found in different locations around Iraq, an interior ministry official said. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )


2) Facing Congressional accusations of a cover-up, the US administration has promised full public disclosure of the results of a military probe into the alleged killing of civilians by US Marines in Iraq. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )


3) United Arab Emirates' diplomat Naji al-Noaimi returned home on Wednesday, a day after he was released by a militant group that had kidnapped him in Iraq. ( Reuters via Yahoo! News )


4) A group of American Marine reservists based in Reading is headed to Iraq. ( WGAL via Yahoo! News )


5) The Pentagon's announcement it had dispatched 1,500 reinforcements to Iraq was only the latest indication that US hopes for a major troop drawdown this year were fading fast. ( AFP via Yahoo! News )




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June 1, 2006:


1) A key U.S. general in Iraq has ordered American commanders to conduct core values training on moral and ethical standards on the battlefield. The order came as the military investigates if U.S. Marines intentionally killed unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha on November 19. (CBS News)


2) The Iraqi government announced Thursday its own investigation into reports that U.S. Marines killed unarmed civilians last year. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


3) A bomb struck a group of construction workers seeking jobs in central Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least two and wounding 18 amid an increasingly random cycle of violence in Iraq. (AP via Yahoo! News)


4) Iraq's prime minister declared a state of emergency Wednesday in once peaceful and oil-rich Basra, as the sectarian and militia violence engulfing the country's capital spread to its southern economic heartland. (AP via Yahoo! News)


June 2, 2006:


1) A proposed deal to end Iran's disputed nuclear program highlights a new reality facing the United States: American intercessions overseas will be seen through the prism of an Iraq war that is highly unpopular around the globe. (AP via Yahoo! News)


2) Sen. Edward Kennedy on Friday declared his vote against the Iraq war the best he has cast since being elected in 1962. (AP via Yahoo! News)


3) U.S. commanders used appropriate force in taking down a safe house in Iraq during a March 15 military raid that led to the deaths of as many as a dozen civilians, according to the results of an investigation announced in Baghdad yesterday. (Washington Post)


4) Iraq's most prominent insurgent leader issued a call Friday for war between Shiites and Sunni Arabs. (Washington Post)


5) US leaders have admitted they are worried by mounting accusations of the US military killing civilians in Iraq, but expressed confidence that they would be thoroughly investigated. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


June 3, 2006:


1) A US military probe has cleared troops of wrongdoing in one of three cases of alleged killings of civilians in Iraq, which have raised worldwide concern over US conduct in the war-torn country. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


2) Iraq's government believes the U.S. military's exoneration of U.S. troops accused of killing civilians in the town of Ishaqi in March was unfair and will press on with its own investigation, an aide to the prime minister said on Saturday. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)


3) U.S. soldiers need to begin leaving Iraq this year and the fledgling Iraqi government must take on more responsibility, a Vermont state senator said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. (AP via yahoo! News)




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June 5, 2006:


1) Hoping to speed approval of war funds, House-Senate negotiators were to meet Tuesday evening on legislation to pay for the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and for hurricane relief along the Gulf Coast. (AP via Yahoo! News)



June 6, 2006:


1) The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has 78 open investigations into fraud and corruption in the Coalition Provisional Authority. This spring, two men pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud. (NPR)


2) Iraq Prime Minister promises to push ahead with efforts to curb violence after recent attacks. (ABC News)


3) At least nine people have been killed in attacks across Iraq, including mortars fired at the interior ministry, as police found nine severed heads in a box used to carry fruit. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


4) Iraq's prime minister said on Tuesday he would release 2,500 prisoners in an unexpected move amid talk of a power struggle in his ruling Shi'ite Alliance. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)




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June 8, 2006:


1) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind behind hundreds of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq, was killed Wednesday evening by an air strike northwest of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. (Washington Post)


2) US President George W. Bush said that he would discuss the future of the US presence in Iraq on Tuesday, with top US diplomatic and military aides and Iraq's newly completed government. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


3) Iraq's parliament has approved the premier's choices to head the country's crucial defense and interior ministries, giving the country a complete government for the first time since December's election. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


4) Tony Blair has said that he had "no illusions" that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death would alone lead to stability in Iraq but welcomed it as a blow to Al-Qaeda everywhere. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


5) It was an impressive double whammy for Iraq's new prime minister: first announcing the death of the country's most notorious terrorist, then getting approval for his government's final, key posts. (AP via Yahoo! News)



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June 9, 2006:


1) Oil rose toward $71 on Friday as Iraq's oil sector continued to look vulnerable despite the death of a top al Qaeeda leader. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)


2) Iraq's prime minister imposed a daytime driving ban in Baghdad and in the province where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed by American bombs, fearing insurgents will seek to avenge the death of the al-Qaeeda in Iraq leader. (USA Today)


3) The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the face of Al-Qaeeda in Iraq, has been celebrated by the press but newspapers were split over whether it heralded a turning point in the country's fortunes. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


4) The Pentagon and hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast states can breathe a little easier. Lawmakers have agreed to a long-sought $94.5 billion bill to pay for the war in Iraq and deliver an infusion of hurricane relief. (AP via Yahoo! News)


5) Iraqi and US authorities vowed to hunt down insurgency leaders after capturing a "treasure trove" of intelligence in the attack that killed the leader of Al-Qaeeda in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. (AFP via Yahoo! News)




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June 10, 2006:


1) The US military is awaiting the results of DNA tests by the FBI on the body of Al-Qaeda's slain Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as operations continued to track down his followers. (AFP via Yahoo! News)

2) At least 10 people were killed in separate rebel attacks across Iraq, including three in a bomb attack in a restaurant in central Baghdad, security officials said. (AFP via Yahoo! News)

3) A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday. (AP via Yahoo! News)

4) Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

5) At least 14 people were killed in separate attacks across Iraq, including four Sunni Arabs who were killed when their minibus was raked with gunfire near Baghdad. (AFP via Yahoo!News)

6) A roadside bomb killed three people in Baghdad and gunmen shot dead five butchers in Mosul on Saturday, underscoring warnings that the death of al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al Zarqawi would not end violence. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

7) The new government of Iraq is postponing any demand to establish a more formal legal basis for the presence of foreign troops. (New York Times)


June 11,2006:


1) President George W. Bush's two-day strategy session starting Monday at Camp David is intended to revive highly tangible efforts to shore up Iraq's new government, from getting the electricity back on in Baghdad to purging the security forces of revenge- seeking militias, White House officials said. (International Herald Tribune)

2) Gen. George Casey does not indicate whether he will tell President Bush it's time to reduce number of U.S. troops in Iraq when war council meets Monday. (Fox News)

3) US military doctors completed an autopsy on the body of slain Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as Iraq pledged to launch new attacks on the militant leader's hideouts. (AFP via Yahoo! News)

4) Al Qaeda in Iraq vowed Sunday to carry out "major attacks," insisting in a Web statement that it was still powerful after the death of its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.(CNN.com)





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June 12, 2006:


1) Independent Norwegian oil firm DNO has said that tests in its Tawke oil field in Kurdish northern Iraq indicated reserves of about 100 million barrels. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


2) A roadside bomb targeting a bus taking workers to Iraq's industry ministry killed six people and wounded 12 others on Monday, official sources said.(Reuters via Yahoo! News)


3) U.S.-led forces in Iraq killed seven militants with links to senior al Qaeda leaders in a raid on Monday near the area where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed last week, the U.S. military said.(Reuters via Yahoo! News)


4) If Iraq's new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki wants to deliver on his promises of "national reconciliation," he will have to talk to insurgents he has so far spurned, Sunni officials said on Monday.(Reuters via Yahoo! News)


5) Iraq is considering inviting members of insurgent groups to national reconciliation talks, a source in the prime minister's office said on Monday.(Reuters via Yahoo! News)


6) Encouraged by the death of a top terrorist leader and continued progress on the formation of a new government in Iraq, President Bush is gathering his top military and civilian war advisers to plan the U.S. role in the country's future.(AP via Yahoo! News)


7) Al Qaeda in Iraq named a successor (Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir ) following the killing of the group's leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to an Internet statement, frequently used by Islamist militants, on Monday. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)


June 13, 2006:


1) President Bush arrived in Iraq on Tuesday and was expected to be on the ground for more than five hours and speak to U.S. troops, the White House said.(Reuters via Yahoo! News)


2) At least 32 people have been killed in Iraq, including 18 in five car bomb attacks in the oil city of Kirkuk, after warnings by Al-Qaeda of vengeance for the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.(AFP via Yahoo! News)


3) President Bush reviewed next steps in the troubled three-year old Iraq war on Tuesday in a suprise visit to Baghdad and a meeting with newly named Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The dramatic move came as Bush sought to bolster support for Iraq's fledgling government and U.S. war policy at home.(AP via Yahoo! News)


4) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for "strategic cooperation" with Saudi Arabia including help in resolving Sunni-Shiite tensions in Iraq.(AFP via Yahoo! News)





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June 15, 2006:


1) The US military death toll in Iraq has neared 2,500, moving like a shadow behind President George W. Bush's efforts to gain momentum from last week's burst of good news from the war-torn country. (AFP via Yahoo! News)


2) President Bush, just back from Iraq, dismissed calls for a U.S. withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.(AP via Yahoo! News)


3) Security forces have seized al Qaeda in Iraq documents giving key information about the militant group's network and the whereabouts of its leaders, the country's national security adviser said on Thursday.(Reuters via Yahoo! News)


4) The U.S. military said Thursday the man claiming to be the new al-Qaeda in Iraq leader is Abu Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian with ties to Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri.(USA Today)


5) Election-year politics colors debate on Iraq in the House and Senate, where both Republicans and Democrats are carefully staking out their positions on the increasingly unpopular war.(USA Today)





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