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Kut Commander Reported to Face Charges of Forgery, Fuel Smuggling
A high-level Iraqi security official in Wasit Province is to be charged with various counts of forgery and fuel smuggling according to reports in Arabic in Iraqi cyberspace.

The anti-government Haq News Agency reports that its sources in the Interior Ministry have disclosed that arrest warrants will be issued for Maj. Majid Latif al-Amara, identifited...

Qadisiya Province Home to Camp Echo
Othman: Maliki-Backed Groups, not Kurds, Lie Behind Displacement of Christians
17 Percent of Exiles Have University Degrees
Iraq-Focused Station to Broadcast from Beirut
Body Will Vet Hopefuls, Announce Names in Press Conference
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Lack of Details Given By Officials Facilitates Public Misunderstanding
As GIs Become Scarcer in Iraq's Cities, the Nation's Own Security is Out in Full Force
Photo: Daniel W. Smith
As GIs Become Scarcer in Iraq's Cities, the Nation's Own Security is Out in Full Force

BAGHDAD - As celebrations are thrown and omnipresent Iraqi security vehicles are decorated with chains of colorful plastic flowers, much the Iraqi public is being given a false impression. The government, individual politicians, and much of...

Border Surveillance, Checkpoints to Block "Infiltration" over Eastern Frontier
Doctor in Anbar Province Was Married to Provincial Council Member
Editor Says Actions are Politically Motivated, Orchestrated by PUK
Demonstrations Against Iraqi Army and Police
In Aftermath of Bombing, Demands for National Unity and Purge of Security Forces
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Shahrastani Faces an Uncertain Fate, Dozens of Iraqis Killed in Kirkuk
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Note from the author: After two and a half years of reporting on the Iraqi and Arab media for the readers of Iraq Slogger, this experience has come to a close. It has been an honor and a pleasure, and I hope that my daily column has been of help to our faithful readers. I also hope that, one day not too far, good news will finally start emanating from Iraq, this fascinating country that has been tormented beyond belief. Please stay in touch: amer@berkeley.edu

Iraqi papers are out today due to the national holiday announced for the occasion of US withdrawal from Iraqi cities and urban centers. However, the day that Maliki described as “a great victory,” calling for Iraqis “to be joyous” and celebrate, has been marred by dozens of victims who fell in a massive explosion in Kirkuk.

Al-Jazeera reports that at least 32 Iraqis were killed in the northern city when a car exploded in a busy market....

Kurdistan Elections Heat Up, US Hands Over Control over Iraqi Cities
New Kurdistan Constitution "A Bomb"!
Iraqi Politicians Use Lawsuits against Writers and Intellectuals
Oil Minister Interrogated by Parliamentarians
Kurdish-Arab Conflicts Proliferate,Oil Contracts to be Handed by the End of June
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Death-Defying Taxi Drivers Run Gauntlet Hundreds of Times
As thousands of Iraqis flee Iraq each day, most often by highways to Jordan or Syria, they face death even on the roads. I met with three Iraqi taxi drivers in downtown Amman, Jordan as they were resting between jobs. One driver, a Shia from Diwaniya, had been working the same route since 1997.

He and his two friends laughed when I asked them how...

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As the Carnage Worsens, Iraqi Humor Grimmer than Ever
The latest jokes making the rounds among Iraqis in Baghdad:

-- Talabani's (the Iraqi president's) wife calls her husband in the middle of a cabinet meeting and says, "Come home! Thieves are breaking into the house." Talabani replies that she must be mistaken, "All the thieves are right here in front of me."

-- An Iraqi guy has a new girlfriend and...

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NNN: Urbanization, Unemployment, Low Benefits Push Iraqis into Petty Trading
Photo: NNN.

Nasiriya News Net (NNN) features a photo gallery and brief comments in Arabic, penned by its correspondent Alaa al-Tani, presenting the difficult situation of street vendors in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya.

NNN writes that the conditions faced by petty traders in Nasiriya stem from decades of economic difficulties in Iraq, and...

Slogger's Exclusive Photos Capture Situation in Notorious Baghdad District
Zurich-Based Seller Under Investigation for Smuggling Antiquity Out of Iraq
Newsweek Reports Civilian Casualty Stats Impacted by Criminals Hiding Corpses
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GAO Report Outlines List of Pledges for the Rebuilding of Iraq
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda lays a wreath in Section 60, where the graves of war dead in Iraq and Afghanistan are located 16 November, 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
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Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda lays a wreath in Section 60, where the graves of war dead in Iraq and Afghanistan are located 16 November, 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Japan leads the international community as the nation--other than the US--that has pledged the most money for the reconstruction of...
Report on Desperation of Unemployment, Troubled Police Force Recruiting
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Local Officials, Along With USIP, Get Together to Declare General Common Goals
The Accompanying Photo Looks More Like An Interrogation Than Was Probably Intended
Soldier talks with citizens of Diyala (Photo, Department of Defense)
The Accompanying Photo Looks More Like An Interrogation Than Was Probably Intended
The United States Institute of Peace (in a joint effort with the State Dept.) helped Diyala’s provincial government hammer out goals for the next four years, known as the “Diyala Declaration”.

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On May 4th, the Provincial Council of Diyala Province, supported by a joint USIP-State Department Team, issued a "Diyala Declaration" that outlined its vision for the province, which has...
Aid Appeal 52% Funded as Int'l Aid Agency Works to Support Iraq Relief
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