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  • OIL FUTURES: Crude Lower On News Of Iraqi Pipe Repair

    03/28/2008 6:07:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies · 300+ views
    Crude oil futures traded lower in London Friday on news of swift repairs to a large Iraqi oil export pipeline. With the U.S. dollar relatively stable, and little other news emerging to stimulate traders, prices drifted lower early Friday with end of week profit-taking adding some downwards pressure. At 1203 GMT, the front-month May Brent contract on London's ICE futures exchange was down 36 cents at $104.64 a barrel. The front-month May light, sweet contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was trading 86 cents lower at $106.64 a barrel. The ICE's gasoil contract for April delivery was up $9.00...
  • As more weapons seized, roadside bombings at three-year low

    11/06/2007 9:52:45 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 76+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 7, 2007 | Erik Slavin
    BAGHDAD — Roadside bomb attacks receded to a three-year low last month while weapons cache finds have doubled from October 2006, Multi-National Force–Iraq officials said Tuesday. Roadside bomb explosions averaged 20 per day in October, compared with a high of about 65 per day at the same time last year. Last month’s figure matches a September 2004 low and is the first time attacks have averaged fewer than 30 per day in a month since February 2006. Meanwhile, 5,364 weapons caches were found in October, compared with 2,667 during the same time last year, officials said. Total indirect fire attacks,...
  • October is least deadly month in Iraq since ’06

    11/01/2007 8:45:56 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 42+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Friday, November 2, 2007 | Joseph Giordono and Drew Brown
    American military deaths in Iraq have hit their lowest point in 20 months, with commanders and soldiers saying the numbers show marked improvement in the security situation throughout the country. The Pentagon has thus far reported 39 U.S. servicemember deaths for October, down from the 65 reported in September, which itself had been the lowest in 16 months. The October number is the lowest since March 2006, when 32 deaths were reported. Three more deaths were reported at press time, though a final count could not be confirmed. The number of coalition combat deaths in Iraq dropped in October to...
  • Al-Qaida in Iraq takes heavy losses

    09/13/2007 11:38:22 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 32 replies · 1,193+ views
    UPI ^ | September 13, 2007
    Al-Qaida militants in Iraq have taken heavy losses in two joint U.S.-Iraqi raids north of Baghdad, the U.S. military reported Thursday. In one operation involving more than 1,000 U.S. troops and Iraq Special Forces in the Hemreen mountain area and Diyala river valley, three al-Qaida fighters were killed and 80 others were arrested, the Army statement said. The report said four of the arrested men are considered senior leaders in the terror group, Kuwait's KUNA news agency reported. U.S. air support was used to conclude the raid, after which a major weapons cache was found, the statement said. Elsewhere in...
  • 25,000 Abandon Insurgency: US

    08/06/2007 6:43:16 AM PDT · by hardback · 185 replies · 9,452+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | 8/6/7 | Jim Michaels
    The U.S. strategy to build alliances with mostly Sunni tribal and local leaders has prompted 25,000 of their followers to turn away from the insurgency and align with Iraq's Shiite-led government in the fight against al-Qaida. The number, from the U.S. command in Iraq, represents the first stab at measuring the effectiveness of the tribal strategy. The trend is likely to be a critical part of a report due in September to Congress and the White House by the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus. ''I think it is the most significant thing that's happened in the past...
  • Al-Qaeda has no presence in Ramadi anymore -US Commander

    08/04/2007 8:35:32 AM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 84 replies · 1,814+ views
    Kuna News ^ | 8-3-07
    Al-Qaeda has no presence in Ramadi anymore -- US Commander MIL-US-IRAQ-QAEDA Al-Qaeda has no presence in Ramadi anymore -- US Commander WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (KUNA) -- A US Commander in Iraq said on Friday that al-Qaeda has no presence in Ramadi anymore in spite of its efforts to claim back the capital of Anbar province. "I can safely say that throughout my area of operations, which is essentially the central portion of Al Anbar, al-Qaeda has been defeated. There are no operational cells within the city, and there are no areas out surrounding the city that have any al-Qaeda influence,"...