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Thursday Night News
By Daniel W. Smith and Yousif al-Timimi

President Obama’s goodwill address to Muslims of the world from Cairo University was an obvious big story, but it did not dominate coverage as much as one might have thought. All channels included it, played excerpts and had political analysts giving generally positive, but decidedly mixed analysis. A few examples are, “We (Arabs) should go for what Obama is offering. We are weak and in no position to argue," while another said, "Obama hasn't brought anything new to...

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Tuesday Night News
By Daniel W. Smith and Yousif al-Timimi

Soured relations with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are still topping the news. Several channels reported that some Kuwaiti lawmakers demanded to withdraw Kuwait 's ambassador from Iraq, protesting some of their Iraqi counterparts’ demands for compensation from Kuwait, because the country “allowed the US to invade Iraq without UN approval.” Vice President al-Hashimi (now with plenty of that time all his IIP comrades are talking so much ab...

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Gunman Kills Soldier Outside Recruiting Arkansas Station
Another slow day for Iraq news coverage. An explosion in Baghdad got some mention, as did a US shooting of US military recruiters by someone angry with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From Baghdad
Marc Santora of the New York Times gives a briefing on a bombing at a market in southern Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood, the third in a month. Four were reported killed and fourteen wounded. According to Iraqi government statistics, May had the least amount of civilian lives lost to violence this year, even as US military deaths were at their highest rate since September.

Stateside
Also in the New York Times, Steve Barnes and James Dao report that a 23-year-old man upset about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan opened fire from his truck at two soldiers standing outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday morning, killing one private and wounding another. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, of Little Rock, was arrested soon after the shooting with a Russian-made SKS semiautomatic rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a handgun in his possession.

It is a pretty straightforward article, with background on the two victims, also from Arkansas, and...
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