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Thursday  December 6, 2007

A look at war-related violence in Iraq 12/6/2007, 4:06 p.m. PST
(AP) On Thursday, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, cited a 60 percent decline in violence in the country over the past six months.
Iraqi parliament closes shop for month 12/6/2007, 3:01 p.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi legislators suspended parliamentary sessions Thursday for the rest of the month to mark the Muslim religious season the end of much-delayed efforts to pass U.S.-backed legislation aimed at achieving national reconciliation this year.
Iraqi legal system burden by war's wake 12/6/2007, 2:14 p.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi judges and their families live behind 12-foot blast walls. Hundreds of lawyers have fled the country. Critics complain about rapid-fire trials in an overburdened court system.
A look at war-related violence in Iraq 12/6/2007, 1:58 p.m. PST
(AP) Iraqi civilian deaths from war-related violence have dropped around 56 percent over the past six months, from at least 1,640 in June to 718 in November, according to an Associated Press count. The month-by-month totals:
Gates says Iraqi leaders feel pressure 12/6/2007, 1:34 p.m. PST
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he came away from his visit to Iraq feeling "very good about the direction of things in the security arena." His top U.S. commander in the country described a 60 percent decline in violence there in the past six months.
Basra police chief doubts security 12/6/2007, 12:17 p.m. PST
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) The police chief of Iraq's southern Basra province acknowledged Thursday that his forces lack the means to maintain security in the region after a British troop withdrawal later this month.
Red Cross visits Iraq gov't detainees 12/6/2007, 9:50 a.m. PST
GENEVA (AP) The International Red Cross has made its first visit to detainees of the central Iraqi government since the U.S.-led invasion of the country, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Gates says Iraqi leaders feel pressure 12/6/2007, 9:14 a.m. PST
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that "people are getting impatient" for the Iraqi government to take advantage of improved security and move toward needed political reforms.
Shiite, Sunni lawmakers argue in chamber 12/6/2007, 8:58 a.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) A shouting match erupted in parliament Thursday between a Shiite lawmaker and a powerful Sunni Arab politician whom he accused of harboring sectarian sentiments against Iraq's Shiite majority.
Petraeus cites violence decline in Iraq 12/6/2007, 3:40 a.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) Citing a 60 percent decline in violence in Iraq over the last six months, Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday that maintaining security is easier than establishing it and gives him more flexibility in deploying forces.
Iraqis protest attacks that killed 45 12/6/2007, 3:29 a.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) Shiite villagers paraded empty coffins at mock funerals near Baghdad on Thursday, in protest of alleged al-Qaida in Iraq attacks that killed as many as 45 people in a single village in recent months.
Petraeus cites violence decline in Iraq 12/6/2007, 2:51 a.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) Citing a 60 percent decline in violence in Iraq over the last six months, Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday that maintaining security is easier than establishing it and gives him more flexibility in deploying forces.
Iraqis turn to US for municipal services 12/6/2007, 1:26 a.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) The U.S. Army captain balked when his Iraqi contact, a middle-aged man in a sharp business suit and tie, told him the military should pay municipality workers fixing cables in Baghdad's northern Azamiyah neighborhood.
Iraq food ration system could get cut 12/6/2007, 12:19 a.m. PST
BAGHDAD (AP) Food rations might have to be cut due to a lack of budget funds, the trade minister said, warning such a move would pose hardship for the majority of Iraqis who depend heavily on the Saddam Hussein-era program.

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