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- Bill Roggio, who is on his third(?) trip to theater, is embedded again, this time with a unit from the Iraqi Army. He reports on a patrol in Fallujah and the hunt for 'Ali Baba'.
- Iraqpundit takes a look at the man who may be Iraq's next prime minister, and intimates that the current prime minister may have been behind an assassination attempt last Friday.
Other Topics Today Include: insurgents broadcasting from Syria; Sunnis urged to war on Shiites; Kirkuk makes deals with Iranian companies; Carnival of the Liberated; Reid and Biden disagree on troop increases; Blair vows support for Iraq; Jordan and Iran talk security; Iraq reopens Syrian embassy; Germany looks to train Iraqi troops; Turkey displeased with Kirkuk situation.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
- Pajamas Media reports that Iraq's insurgents are broadcasting television 24 hours a day from a hidden location somewhere in Syria.
- An Iraqi group affiliated with al Qaeda called on Iraq's Sunnis to wage war on Iraq's Shiites.
RECONSTRUCTION & THE ECONOMY
- The Egyptian government is currently studying the sale of the debt owed to the Egyptian companies exporting to Iraq.
- Iraq's government expects the dinar to strengthen by 13 percent against the dollar by early 2007 after raising interest rates to limit the use of dollars in the economy.
- Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, said that Iraqi traders concluded commercial and economic agreements with a number of Iranian merchants.
- Mohammed at Iraq the Model takes a look at another possible evolution of the current Iraqi government and how it may play out.
- This week's Carnival of the Liberated is up.
THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE
- Senator Harry Reid is willing to support an increase in American troop strength in Iraq as part of a broader withdrawal plan. Senator Joe Biden, however, opposes such a move.
- Tony Blair vowed to support the Iraqi government during a visit to Baghdad this weekend.
- Jordanian and Iraqi interior ministers and their security officials met Wednesday to coordinate plans and share intelligence on terrorist groups.
- Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev discussed with his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki the horizons for cooperation between the two countries.
- Iraq reopened its embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Monday after a quarter century's rupture with its neighbor.
- Germany may step up efforts to help train Iraqi troops outside the country, Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested.
- Turkey renewed its frustration on Sunday with the Kurdish bid for domination of Iraq's oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk.
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