Press TV | Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has once again called for the formation of an Iraqi national unity government as the war-stricken country continues to suffer from political turmoil.

BNet | Iraq increased the official size of its proven reserves Monday to 143.1 billion barrels of oil, which — if true — pushes the war-torn country past Iran to become the world’s second-largest holder of conventional oil reserves.

The Guardian | Bill C-440 is before parliament to legislate what most Canadians approve: sanctuary for US soldiers who object to the Iraq war

Houston Chronicle | Third serviceman wounded when argument turned deadly, Army says

McClatchy News | U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a neighborhood in the longtime Sunni Muslim insurgent stronghold of Fallujah early Wednesday, Iraqi officials said.

AFP | Tens of thousands of detainees are being held without trial in Iraqi prisons and face violent and psychological abuse as well as other forms of mistreatment, Amnesty International said on Monday.

New York Times | American military units fired on insurgents while supporting Iraqi troops northeast of the capital on Sunday.

Marissa Colón-Margolies | Two weeks after President Obama formerly announced the end of America’s interminable “combat mission”, Iraq is still the deadliest country in the world for journalists.

Gareth Porter | It’s time to review the relevant history and deconstruct the Petraeus narrative which the Obama administration now appears to have adopted.

AlJazeeraEnglish | At the end of August, the US withdrew its last combat brigade from Iraq and declared the start of a “new era”.

Politico | Blair stands by his and the Bush administration’s decision to pursue the Iraq war, even as he expresses regret for the lives lost in the conflict.

Political Theatrics | What does The Economist mean when it says “the penny has suddenly dropped”. It means that these pesky natives were always suspicious of the well-meaning White Man’s intentions.

RussiaToday | Although combat soldiers have left the country, 50-thousand U.S. troops remain there to train local forces.

AlJazeeraEnglish | Meeting the August 31 deadline allows Obama to say he is fulfilling a pledge to end the war launched by George Bush, his predecessor, seven years ago.

New York Times | Mission accomplished rhetoric to be avoided. | “More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted,” and then, “That amount is likely an underestimate.”

Russia Today | Sabah Al-Mukhtar from the Arab Lawyers Association says the bombings may actually be the Iraqi government’s way to get US troops to stay.

Butler Shaffer | It is to the credit of most Americans that they do not seem to be buying into this latest snake-oil swindle.

Telegraph | Dozens of people were killed and scores injured in a series of bomb attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, less than a week before the end of US combat operations.

Washington Examiner | Expect to hear a lot about how much the Iraq war cost in the days ahead from Democrats worried about voter wrath against their unprecedented spending excesses.

CNN | Some of the roughly 200 protesters hurled stones at a local government building in the city.

John L Allen Jr | The United States has “betrayed its duty to bring peace and security” to Iraq, according to Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad.

Reuters | U.S. troops will stay in Iraq in an “advise-train-assist” role until the end of next year, Army General Raymond Odierno.

Army Times | Last year, the Army decided that rather than devote permanent force structure to the growing security force assistance mission, it would modify and augment existing brigades.

Thomas R. Eddlem | The State Department will have new MRAPs and attack helicopters, but Obama administration officials are still claiming that U.S. “combat” operations have ended.

New York Times | As the United States military prepares to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, the Obama administration is planning a remarkable civilian effort, buttressed by a small army of contractors, to fill the void.

London Guardian | Sixty confirmed dead in central Baghdad as new entrants to Iraqi army targeted in attack.

Eric Margolis | Has America’s long goodbye to Iraq really begun?

CNN | A majority believe that the U.S. will never achieve its goals in Iraq no matter how long troops remain there.

Dow Jones | The White House said it’s confident the U.S. military will be able to end its combat mission in Iraq on schedule despite a powerful suicide bombing in Baghdad that killed 61 people.

Mail Online | Dr. Richard Spertzel claimed Dr Kelly was on a ‘hitlist’ in the final years of his life.

AFP | The Iraqi army will require American support for another decade before it is ready to handle the country’s security on its own, Iraq’s army chief of staff told AFP on Wednesday.

WSJ | The country’s bountiful oil supplies could also be a curse, encouraging Iraq’s government to continue running an oil-centric, top-down command economy.

The Hill | The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Sunday that it will be important to not “overreact” to insurgent attacks as Iraqi forces assume security responsibilities.

BBC News | A generator explosion has killed at least 14 people and injured at least 35 in a market in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

AFP | Seven policemen were among eight people killed near Baghdad and in north Iraq.

Guardian | But after years rotating between solitary confinement and a witness box in court, he is now more than ready to speak.

Reuters | Like thousands of others, he hopes to land a U.S. refugee visa to escape bombings, shootings and death threats in his homeland.

Gareth Porter | Under the administration’s definition of the concept, combat operations will continue after August 2010, but will be defined as the secondary role.

London Guardian | Barack Obama said the US strategy in Iraq will shift “from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats” by the end of this month.

AFP | The US military took the unusual step of refuting Iraqi figures which showed July was the single deadliest month since May 2008.

The Australian | The leadership of the US army has been accused of failing to pay enough attention to the mental health of troops after a record number of soldier suicides. | John Prescott yesterday revealed he had doubts about intelligence “tittle tattle” on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction before the war.

AFP | US industrial titan General Electric has agreed to pay over 23 million dollars to settle allegations that it bribed Iraqi officials.

The First Post | “I take the firm view this was an illegal war,” Dr Blix, a renowned international lawyer and former Swedish foreign minister, told the Chilcot Inquiry in London yesterday.

Think Progress | McCain is now the second U.S. official to declare “mission accomplished” in a war that continues to ravage the people and land of Iraq.

London Independent | The Chilcot inquiry confirms what most suspected – the reasons for war were bogus. In future, such decisions must be transparent.

Financial Times | Iraq posed no real threat prior to the Anglo-American invasion of March 2003.

Wall Street Journal | Rockets fired into the heavily fortified International Zone in central Baghdad killed three people and injured 15, including two hurt Americans.

Wall Street Journal | Earlier this year, BP awarded three deals valued at least $500 million to drill 49 wells as part of the program to develop Iraq’s largest-producing oil field.

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