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Vice President Biden addresses death of top two Al Qaeda leaders at White House press briefing


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The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

In Baghdad, meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Iraqi leaders amid growing tensions over plans to ban election candidates because of suspected links to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place. blog it

The world is more dangerous than ever, and U.S. military is trying to defend against an ever-changing enemy. David Martin reports on military preparedness for CBS’ “Where America Stands”


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Iraq deployed troops Saturday to monitor an oil well seized by Iranian forces along the disputed border between the two countries, an Iraqi official said, as Baghdad demanded once again that Iran withdraw.

The diplomatic standoff began late Thursday, when Iranian forces reportedly crossed into Iraq and seized the well, which sits just over the border in the southern Maysan province. It was a dramatic display of the occasionally tense relations between the wary neighbors. blog it

Update: Fox News

Iraqi troops escorted workers back to a remote oil well Sunday after Iranian forces withdrew as a standoff on the two countries’ disputed border appeared to wane.

Two Iraqi government officials and an employee at the site said about 11 oil workers returned to well No. 4 at the al-Fakkah oil field, seized by Iranian forces on Thursday. Al-Fakkah is one of the largest oil fields in Iraq, and is located in the southern province of Maysan.

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U.S. lawmakers called on the White House to quickly fill vacant cybersecurity posts in the wake of revelations that Iraqi insurgents have learned to intercept video feeds from unmanned military drones.

Lawmakers also expressed frustration that no action was taken until this year, even though the vulnerability of the video feeds had been known since the 1990s. The story was first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal. blog it

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The top American commander in Iraq said Thursday it is unlikely the U.S. can declare victory by the time forces leave at the end of 2011.
“I’m not sure we will ever see anyone declare victory in Iraq, because first off, I’m not sure we’ll know for 10 years or five years,” Army Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.
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The top general in Iraq is sending home thousands more U.S. troops by the end of October as the American military pulls
back from the six-year war.
Gen. Ray Odierno says in prepared congressional testimony that the number of U.S. soldiers
in Iraq will total about 120,000 over the next month.
He said that will mean about 4,000 fewer troops than are in Iraq
now — about the size of an Army brigade.
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Sept. 24: Iraqi police stand guard at a checkpoint in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

Sept. 24: Iraqi police stand guard at a checkpoint in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.


Five Al Qaeda-linked prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, prompting a massive manhunt Thursday, officials said.
A complete curfew was imposed on the city of 250,000 after the prisoners escaped at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Checkpoints have been set up throughout the city and at roads leading out, a Tikrit police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the operation with media.
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Four mortar shells landed in the Green Zone as Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq Tuesday on a previously
unannounced mission to help the country resolve its differences ahead of America’s military withdrawal.
The shells were heard as they were fired from across the river on the east bank of the Tigris and at least one explosion was audible. There was no immediate word on any casualties or damage in the Green Zone or in any other areas of the capital.
The U.S. military said they had initial reports that “one round of indirect fire impacted near the International Zone, not in
it.” The International Zone is the official name for the Green Zone, the walled off area in the heart of Baghdad that is home
to government offices, the U.S. and British embassies and parliament.