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2008-07-16 00:00:06

WASHINGTON _ On the eve of a trip to foreign capitals in the Middle East and Europe, Barack Obama sharpened distinctions with John McCain over Iraq in a lengthy foreign-policy address Tuesday that left no doubt Obama intends to press forward with a policy of reducing U.S. troop commitments to Iraq. While the address did not break significant new ground in Obama's foreign policy stands, Obama provided a detailed explanation of his thinking on Iraq and how his views on the war fit into a...

2008-07-15 18:00:07

John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president, said Tuesday the strategy that worked in Iraq can work in Afghanistan. The Arizona senator, speaking at a town hall meeting in Albuquerque, attacked his likely opponent, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for his views on U.S. policy in the two countries. Senator Obama will tell you we can't win in Afghanistan without losing in Iraq, McCain said. In fact, he has it exactly backwards. It is precisely the success of the surge...

2008-07-15 18:00:04

Barack Obama, soon to depart on a tour that will include America's war zones, sparred with John McCain on Tuesday over U.S. policy in Iraq while expressing agreement over several aspects of what to do in Afghanistan. Both candidates said they supported giving more non-military assistance to the Afghan government, deploying thousands of additional U.S. troops there, and working to create an economy that does not rely on the drug trade. The presumptive major-party nominees also called for...

2008-07-13 06:00:18

By Danny Hooley, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 13--Beginning tonight, TV viewers have the choice of watching two very different Iraq war dramas on Sundays. Lifetime's hit "Army Wives" and HBO's new "Generation Kill" are likely to have few fans in common, but neither series can be accused of representing any particular stance about the Iraq war. By not taking political sides, both shows have potential to attract hawks or doves, depending on their taste in television. Both...

2008-07-12 09:00:25

By Todd Hartman The three Democratic contenders for the 2nd Congressional District matched wits Friday in a debate heavy on environmental issues. Former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, Internet entrepreneur Jared Polis and conservationist Will Shafroth aired their views before about 100 people in the Boulder City Council chambers. Differences emerged but only by small degrees. The need to put the country on a new path toward renewable energy dominated the debate, which was...

2008-07-10 18:00:05

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as head of Central Command and Gen. Ray Odierno to Petraeus's former post in Iraq. There was almost no dissent, The Hill reported. Two Democratic senators, Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Tom Harkin of Iowa voted against Petraeus, and Harkin also rejected Odierno. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that he does not believe that the situation has improved enough in Iraq to bring U.S. troops home. But he said he does not blame...

2008-07-09 15:00:13

The major party presidential candidates are fine-tuning their plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, their campaigns say, now that Baghdad wants a timetable. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says he wants U.S. combat troops pulled out of Iraq carefully, while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is rethinking his position on timetables after the U.S.-backed Iraqi leadership made such a request part of a security agreement, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. In a statement, Iraqi President Nouri...

2008-07-09 12:00:17

The United States is against a schedule to withdraw troops from Iraq, the White House said, despite Iraqi officials wanting a plan as part of a security pact. We have always been opposed, and remain so, to an arbitrary withdrawal date, White House spokesman Dana Perino said Wednesday in Japan before the Group of Eight summit ended. We believe that, as we've said before, that any actual troop withdrawal schedule needs to be based on conditions on the ground. On Tuesday, Iraqi leaders said...

2008-07-09 09:00:22

By ERNESTO LONDONO By Ernesto Londono and Dan Eggen The Washington Post BAGHDAD Iraq's national security adviser said Tuesday that his government would not sign an agreement governing the future role of U.S. troops in Iraq unless it includes a timetable for their withdrawal. The statement was the strongest demand yet by a senior Iraqi official for the two governments to set specific dates for the departure of U.S. forces. Speaking to reporters in the holy Shiite city of Najaf,...

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2008-07-09 09:00:00

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials stepped up pressure on the United States on Tuesday to agree to a specific timeline to withdraw American forces, a sign of the government's growing confidence as violence falls. The tough words come as the Bush administration is running out of time to reach a needed troop deal before the U.S. election in November and the president's last months in office. Some type of agreement is required to keep American troops in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires on Dec. 31....


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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