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Iraq: Four Years Later

By S-Q @ 9:20 AM MDT

Polls: War Has Been Longer, Bloodier Than Americans Expected; Most Favor Troop Pullout

(CBS) After four years of war, Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for success in Iraq and a majority wants U.S. troops to begin coming home, according to an analysis of data from CBS News and CBS News/New York Times polls.

Americans did not expect the war to last this long, nor did they think it would cost as many lives as it has.

President Bush continues to receive low ratings on his handling of Iraq and most Americans now oppose his decision to send more troops there. Democrats, meanwhile, are challenging Mr. Bush’s Iraq policy, winning House committee approval this week for a troop withdrawal deadline of Sept. 1, 2008, but suffering defeat in the Senate on a separate plan to end the war.

More than half the public now believes the U.S. will not succeed in Iraq. A February poll found that just 20 percent think there’s something the U.S. can do to stop the fighting between Iraqis, while 70 percent think there’s not much the U.S. can do about it.

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The Corrs & Bono – When the Stars Go Blue

By S-Q @ 9:15 AM MDT

The Corrs and Bono – When the Stars Go Blue

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War protests grow in D.C., across U.S.



By S-Q @ 8:36 AM MDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Denouncing a conflict entering its fifth year, protesters across the country raised their voices Saturday against U.S. policy in Iraq and marched by the thousands to the Pentagon in the footsteps of an epic demonstration four decades ago against another divisive war.

A counterprotest was staged, too, on a day of dueling signs and sentiments such as “Illegal Combat” and “Peace Through Strength,” and songs like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “War (What’s It Good For?).”

Thousands crossed the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial to rally loudly but peacefully near the Pentagon. “We’re here in the shadow of the war machine,” said anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. “It’s like being in the shadow of the death star. They take their death and destruction and they export it around the world. We need to shut it down.”

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Sunni Militants Disrupt Plan to Calm Baghdad

By S-Q @ 8:25 AM MDT

WASHINGTON, March 17 — In January, when President Bush announced his plans to reinforce American troops in Baghdad, Shiite militias were seen as the main worry. Some analysts predicted that bloody clashes with Shiite militants in the Sadr City district in northeastern Baghdad were all but inevitable.

Instead, during the early weeks of the operation, deadly bombings by Sunni Arab militants have emerged as a greater danger. In particular, the threat posed by the Sunni group Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia was underscored when American troops seized a laptop computer from a senior operative in the group who was killed in late December.

Information from captured materials indicates that the group’s leadership sees “the sectarian war for Baghdad as the necessary main focus of its operations,” according to an intelligence report that was described by American officials.

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Seven more soldiers killed in Iraq this weekend

By S-Q @ 8:00 AM MDT

After the explosion that killed four U.S. soldiers on Saturday, the unit came under fire and another soldier was wounded. During this month’s crackdown in the capital, the battalion had found eight weapons caches and two roadside bombs and helped rescue a kidnap victim, the military said.

An explosion in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad killed another soldier Saturday and injured five. A sixth soldier died Saturday in a non-combat related incident, the military said. A U.S. Marine also was killed Saturday in fighting in Anbar, according to a separate statement.

Saturday’s deaths brought to at least 3,217 members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 4:59 PM EDT

NO TO IRAQ WAR, AND MR. BUSH, YOU’RE FIRED!!

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War protests grow in D.C., across U.S.



By S-Q @ 8:36 AM MDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Denouncing a conflict entering its fifth year, protesters across the country raised their voices Saturday against U.S. policy in Iraq and marched by the thousands to the Pentagon in the footsteps of an epic demonstration four decades ago against another divisive war.

A counterprotest was staged, too, on a day of dueling signs and sentiments such as “Illegal Combat” and “Peace Through Strength,” and songs like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “War (What’s It Good For?).”

Thousands crossed the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial to rally loudly but peacefully near the Pentagon. “We’re here in the shadow of the war machine,” said anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. “It’s like being in the shadow of the death star. They take their death and destruction and they export it around the world. We need to shut it down.”

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