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Two Ft. Riley Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Updated: 03/03/2009 - 29-year old Capt. Brian Bunting and 24-year old Sgt. Daniel Thompson died when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle Feb. 24. Bunting was from Maryland; Thompson was from Wisconsin.

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Spears returns in first concert tour in 5 years

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Britney Spears is bringing her circus act to the stage Tuesday night. The pop star is kicking off her first tour in five years with "The Circus" tour. New Orleans Arena is the first stop on the 27-city nationwide tour.

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Gates prefers small US force in Iraq after 2012

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he thinks it would be a good idea to keep a small number of U.S. forces in Iraq past a deadline agreed to by the U.S. and Iraq.

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Iraqi doctors treat the wounded in Jordan

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Ali Mizhir was on his way to a market in Baghdad to buy slippers three years ago when a car bomb exploded nearby, blowing away much of his lower left leg.

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Iraqi doctors treat the wounded in Jordan

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Ali Mizhir was on his way to a market in Baghdad to buy slippers three years ago when a car bomb exploded nearby, blowing away much of his lower left leg.

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US troops say Iraqis ready for Obama timetable

Updated: 03/03/2009 - At a sandstorm-battered base near Saddam Hussein's hometown, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Siwatu Spikes agrees it's nearly about time for combat troops to leave Iraq.

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Obama's balancing act on Iraq withdrawal strategy

Updated: 03/03/2009 - President Barack Obama leaned heavily toward field commanders' preferences in setting a time frame for an Iraq pullout, as he weighed the fervent desires of anti-war supporters who propelled him into office and the equally strong worries of war generals.

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Leaving Iraq: Shift to south, exit through desert

Updated: 03/03/2009 - The U.S. military map in Iraq in early 2010: Marines are leaving the western desert, Army units are in the former British zone in the south and the overall mission is coalescing around air and logistics hubs in central and northern Iraq.

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Falling oil prices stymie Iraq's security spending

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Falling oil prices will force Iraq to cut back on military spending, leaving questions about whether it can handle tasks such as protecting oil platforms in the Gulf once the American pullout is complete, a top U.S. commander said.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,254

Updated: 03/03/2009 - As of Monday, March 2, 2009, at least 4,254 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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US commanders hone battlefield diplomacy in Iraq

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Sheik Sabah Mutasher appreciated the U.S. Army's efforts to build a school for his tribe. But he didn't embrace the American mission until Col. Walt Piatt showed up in a dusty pickup truck for a spur-of-the-moment courtesy call.

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US commanders hone battlefield diplomacy in Iraq

Updated: 03/03/2009 - Sheik Sabah Mutasher appreciated the U.S. Army's efforts to build a school for his tribe. But he didn't embrace the American mission until Col. Walt Piatt showed up in a dusty pickup truck for a spur-of-the-moment courtesy call.

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