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    Civil war may be afoot.


    Secular Shi'ites press for autonomy in south Iraq


    BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Secular Shi'ite politicians called on Saturday for autonomy in oil-rich southern Iraq, a move that could deepen tensions over federalism amid raging violence.

    Baqer al-Tamimi, a leading player in the southern autonomy drive, said demands include the creation of a regional parliament and government, sensitive issues for a central government already struggling with sectarian divisions and a relentless insurgency.

    "We want the creation of a regional parliament, elected in a sovereign, democratic way, and the creation of a local cabinet," he said.

    The calls for autonomy came during a conference in Iraq's second city Basra attended by over 1,000 supporters of the idea.
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    Southern autonomy demands could be more problematic than those pressed by the Kurds because the south is home to Iraq's biggest oil reserves.

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    Well It looks as if Iran and Iraq are in cahoots.

    Iran, Iraq to OK Military Pact, Including Troop Training Help

    TEHRAN — Former foes Iran and Iraq said Thursday that they would sign a military cooperation agreement that would include Iranian help in training Iraq's armed forces, despite likely U.S. opposition.

    The agreement marks a breakthrough in relations between the two countries, which fought a bitter 1980-88 war. And it comes in spite of repeated U.S. accusations that Shiite Muslim Iran has undermined security in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003.

    "It's a new chapter in our relations with Iraq. We will start wide defense cooperation," Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said at a news conference with his visiting Iraqi counterpart, Saadoun Dulaimi.

    "We're going to form some committees which will be involved in mine clearance, identifying those missing from the war and also … to help train, rebuild and modernize the Iraqi army."

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...ck=1&cset=true
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    I read about this last week......so the next question is if Iran’s suspected support of the insurgency in Iraq will continue at the same time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HobbesIsReal
    I read about this last week......so the next question is if Iran’s suspected support of the insurgency in Iraq will continue at the same time?
    That is the key word 'suspected' ,if you can please provide a link to some proof of Iran supporting insurgents.
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    NRG, you're just trying to pick a fight.
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    Allawi: this is the start of civil war

    IRAQ’S former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has warned that his country is facing civil war and has predicted dire consequences for Europe and America as well as the Middle East if the crisis is not resolved.

    “The problem is that the Americans have no vision and no clear policy on how to go about in Iraq,” said Allawi, a long-time ally of Washington.

    In an interview with The Sunday Times last week as he visited Amman, the Jordanian capital, he said: “The policy should be of building national unity in Iraq. Without this we will most certainly slip into a civil war. We are practically in stage one of a civil war as we speak.”

    Tension has increased in the past two weeks following the return of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Zarqawi left the country in May to seek medical treatment for a chest wound suffered in an American airstrike, but has now recovered sufficiently to resume his activities.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...687910,00.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    And 9-11 would not have happened if Reagan hadn't heavily armed the mujahadeen. We can play this game all day, but it doesn't address the issue.
    And the Muj wouldn't have happened if Jimmy Carter would have had an OUNCE of credibility with the Russians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911sforever
    And the Muj wouldn't have happened if Jimmy Carter would have had an OUNCE of credibility with the Russians.
    I resent that! He did keep our athletes from going to Moscow for the '80 Summer Olympics. How much more sack could he have? That showed them!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    That is the key word 'suspected' ,if you can please provide a link to some proof of Iran supporting insurgents.
    Why do you think I put that Key Word in there. I just thought it interesting if rumors proved true, what a powerful situation Iran could be in......nothing more than thoughts.

    But here are some interesting articles on the possibilities of the subject:

    Iran Continues Support of Terrorism, US Congress Told Wed. 16 Feb 2005
    http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/new...p?storyid=1510
    He adds there is substantial evidence Iran is also behind terrorism in Iraq.

    "Iranian and Hezbollah elements are very active today in Iraq,” he stated. “While Iranian ministers have asserted that Tehran has not encouraged the Iraqi insurgency or permitted suicide bombers to cross the border, their actions indicate otherwise."

    Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says Iran's support for Hezbollah reflects Tehran's determination to oppose U.S. interests:

    "Hezbollah has helped Iranian interests through continued terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies in the region," she said.
    Iranian Support in Terror War Debated
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/ne...129-iran01.htm
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    Marines, Iraqi Forces Raid Insurgent Strongholds
    22 Suspected Guerrillas Detained in Sixth Recent Offensive in Western Province


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...070901154.html

    BAGHDAD, July 9 -- U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers have launched an offensive against insurgents in Iraq's western Anbar province, their sixth since the beginning of May.....The announcement of the sweep, called Operation Scimitar, was delayed until Saturday in a bid to catch insurgents by surprise, the statement said.

    The Marines said 500 of their troops and about 100 Iraqi soldiers were attempting "to disrupt insurgent activity and help end their campaign of fear and intimidation against Iraqi citizens." No casualties were reported, and the Marines said they had detained 22 suspected insurgents.
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       #131  
    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    7115 South Boundary Boulevard
    MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
    Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

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    July 11, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-06C


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    TWO MARINES KILLED IN HIT

    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action July 10 by indirect fire while conducting combat operations in Hit, Iraq.

    The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT II MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT: CEPAOWO@cemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050706.txt
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/krwashbureau...terror_iraq_wa

    Iraq seen emerging as prime training ground for terrorists

    WASHINGTON -
    Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the prime training ground for foreign terrorists who could travel elsewhere across the globe and wreak havoc, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials and classified studies by the
    CIA and the State Department
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    Of particular concern, the officials and studies say, are the urban combat techniques being learned and used by foreign fighters assaulting U.S. and Iraqi troops. There's already evidence that those tactics are being replicated elsewhere.

    Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James T. Conway told a Pentagon briefing last week that remotely detonated bombs known as improvised explosive devices, or IEDs - the insurgents' weapon of choice in Iraq - are an increasing threat to U.S. forces trying to stabilize Afghanistan. ...

    But Iraq wasn't a source of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism under Saddam and played no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Critics argue that the U.S. invasion harmed, rather than helped, the war on terror by acting as a magnet and recruiting tool.
    Remotely detonated bombs... sounds a lot like what happened in London a few days ago.
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    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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    July 12, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-07C


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    TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER DIES

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Task Force Baghdad Soldier died of injuries sustained July 11 around 9 a.m. when his patrol west of Baghdad hit a land mine.

    The name of the Soldier is being held pending notification of next of kin.

    The incident is under investigation.

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT TASKFORCEBAGHDADPAO@ID3.ARMY.MIL.

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050707.txt
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    More say Iraq has reduced U.S. safety
    Bush's approval rating edges up slightly after London attacks

    (CNN) -- The number of Americans who believe the war in Iraq has made the United States less safe from terrorism spiked sharply after last week's terror attacks in London, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

    President Bush's approval rating, meanwhile, edged up slightly, according to the poll of 1,006 Americans conducted Thursday through Sunday.

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    The proportion of respondents who said they believe the war in Iraq has made the United States less safe from terrorism jumped to 54 percent in the latest poll. That is a dramatic increase from 39 percent in the poll conducted June 29-30, a week before the London attacks.

    Of the 489 people asked that specific question, 40 percent believed the Iraq war had made the United States safer -- down from 44 percent in the previous poll.

    The other 517 poll respondents were asked whether the Iraq war had made the world safer. Forty percent said it had, and 52 percent said it made the world less safe.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/07/11/bush.terror
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    US Marine kills over 20 of the enemy, receives nation's second highest award.

    http://www.wtv-zone.com/Mary/THISWILLMAKEYOUPROUD.HTML
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911sforever
    US Marine kills over 20 of the enemy, receives nation's second highest award.

    http://www.wtv-zone.com/Mary/THISWILLMAKEYOUPROUD.HTML
    Ooh Rah...talk about going gungho!

    I thought this pic was on the humorous side of the Good in Iraq (and its not meant to trash the person whos name is on the cardboard I just thought it was funny. )
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    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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    July 13, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-08C


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    U.S. SOLDIER, IRAQI CHILDREN KILLED IN ATTACK

    BAGHDAD — A Task Force Baghdad Soldier died July 13 from wounds sustained during a car-bomb attack at 10:50 a.m. in east Baghdad.

    Three U.S. Soldiers were wounded in the attack, which also set a nearby house on fire.

    A number of Iraqi children died in the explosion and other Iraqi civilians were wounded.

    Iraqi Police and firefighters responded to the blaze and immediately began evacuating the wounded to nearby hospitals.

    At least two critically wounded children were evacuated by U.S. forces to a U.S. Army hospital.

    The Task Force Baghdad unit on the site reported that the vehicle, laden with explosives, drove up to a humvee before detonating. Many Iraqi civilians, mostly children, were around the humvee at the time of the blast.

    The name of the deceased Soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    The incident is under investigation.

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT TASKFORCEBAGHDADPAO@ID3.ARMY.MIL.

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050708.txt
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    Soldier Earns Silver Star for Her Role in Defeating Ambush

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...061601551.html
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    PROGRESS BEING MADE IN IRAQ

    Some Iraq Cities Set For Handover


    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in708652.shtml

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...bc_usiraq_wa_1

    Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that U.S. and other foreign troops could begin handing over security to Iraqis in selected cities,

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    "We can begin with the process of withdrawing multinational forces from these cities to outside the city as a first step that encourages setting a timetable for the withdrawal process," al-Jaafari said. "We don't want to be surprised by a decision to withdraw at a time when we are not ready."

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    "There is a plan and a threshold that the security forces, whether interior or defense, have to meet in terms of the growth in their capabilities," Jaafari said. "We believe some provinces are safe ... we can withdraw foreign troops from these cities ... which can then encourage an overall timetable."
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    Guard chief: Iraq dangers exaggerated

    http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f...925-970823.php

    The dangers faced by American troops in Iraq have been exaggerated, adding to the difficulty of recruiting soldiers at home, the Army general in charge of National Guard forces said Tuesday. The casualty rate for Guardsmen is low compared with any previous armed conflict, said Lt. Gen. Steven Blum.

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    Blum said more than 250,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen have been mobilized for active duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and 262 of them have been killed in the global war on terrorism. Pentagon casualty statistics show more than 90 percent of those deaths were in Iraq.

    National Guard soldiers represent about 40 percent of the U.S. ground force in Iraq,
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