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Iraq

General: withdrawals in Afghanistan might be 3 years away

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An American general leading NATO forces in Afghanistan says troop withdrawals could start in about three years. Full story...
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Iraqis accuse NC-based Blackwater of shredding documents

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Lawyers for several Iraqis have accused North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide of shredding documents related to federal investigations into the company. Full story...
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2 NC-based Marines killed in Iraq

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The military says two Marines from Camp Lejeune have died of wounds they suffered during combat in Iraq's Anbar province. Full story...
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Wallace Police detective dies, 14 wounded in Iraq attack

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videoWallace Police received some sad news today about one of their own. Wallace Police Det. Emanuel Pickett was serving in Iraq with the National Guard. He was killed there Sunday. Full story...
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Overall US death toll in Iraq hits 4,000

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A U.S. military spokesman says every death in Iraq is "equally tragic." He spoke after the American death toll in Iraq reached 4,000. Full story...
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Protesters gather for Iraq War anniversary

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videoGroups wanting to end the war gathered all around the country Wednesday. One of those spots was here in Wilmington at the intersection of College and Oleander. Full story...
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Two NC-based paratroopers killed in Iraq in explosion

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Two paratroopers based in North Carolina have died from wounds they suffered in an explosion in Iraq. Full story...
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Camp Lejeune Marine from Georgia killed in Iraq's Anbar province

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A Marine from Georgia who was based at Camp Lejeune has died while fighting in Iraq. Full story...
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Marines open testimony for inquiry into Afghanistan shooting

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The Marine Corps is set to open testimony in a legal tribunal called to investigate allegations that a special forces unit killed as many as 19 Afghan civilians. Full story...
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Tighter control of Blackwater seen

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Private security firms working in Iraq would face more U.S. military oversight under a new agreement between the Pentagon and State Department. Full story...
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Justice officials frustrated by probe of Blackwater smuggling

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Bureaucracy appears to be slowing the criminal investigation into North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide. Full story...
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Grand jury investigating Blackwater shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 Iraqi civilians

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A federal grand jury is said to be investigating the role of North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide security guards in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Full story...
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Charges uncertain in Blackwater inquiry

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The Justice Department says it has not decided whether to prosecute North Carolina-based Blackwater bodyguards for the September shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians. Full story...
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Report says that FBI finds 14 of the 17 Blackwater shootings were unjustified

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A spokeswoman for Blackwater Worldwide says the North Carolina-based company supports "stringent accountability" for any wrongdoing. Full story...
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Democrats: war cost doesn't add up

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Democrats say the numbers don't add up. That the true costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been grossly underestimated and that the conflicts cost double what the white house has requested, totaling $1.6 trillion so far, with no end to spending in sight. All the more reason, they say to bring the troops back. Full story...
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