Children befriend soldiers, to an extent
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — They jeer and throw stones at the American soldiers. They call them names. And yet some of Iraq’s children are the biggest fans of the U.S. occupation forces.
    What has won their hearts and minds is the simple gesture the American soldiers make as they patrol the streets of Iraq’s towns: the thumbs-up.

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Soldier killed in Fallujah rocket attacks
FALLUJAH, Iraq — Assailants opened fire with a rocket-propelled grenade Thursday, killing one American soldier and wounding five, the U.S. military said — the latest attack in a tense city where resistance against American occupation has been vocal and sometimes violent.

Pentagon officials deny manipulating weapons evidence
Pentagon officials went on the offensive Wednesday against allegations that they manipulated intelligence on Iraq’s weapons programs and links to terrorism in order to build a case for war.

Hood soldier killed at Iraqi checkpoint
FORT HOOD, Texas — A soldier assigned to Fort Hood was killed when his unit came under enemy fire south of Balad, Iraq, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday.

3rd ID units move into resistance strongholds
HABANIYAH, Iraq — More than 1,500 combat troops from the 3rd Infantry Division moved Wednesday into two central Iraqi cities known for their anti-American sentiment, more than tripling the number of soldiers in the area to quell recent attacks on U.S. forces.

White foresees a long Iraq occupation
The former civilian head of the Army said Monday it is time for the Pentagon to admit that the military is in for a long occupation of Iraq that will require a major commitment of American troops.

Bird’s-eye view helps ground troops maintain order
ABOVE BAGHDAD, Iraq — The half-dozen Apache and Black Hawk helicopters clattered above this sprawling capital, hovering over intersections and crisscrossing paths as they banked over palm-lined avenues and the winding Tigris River.

Soldier killed in ambush
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A soldier was shot and killed while on patrol in central Iraq early Tuesday, the military said.

3rd ID to remove Baath Party members, quell resistance
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The U.S. military plans to quiet anti-American attacks in two Iraqi towns by flooding the area with troops to show strength while offering humanitarian help, military documents and officers said Monday.

Focus shifts for banned-weapons search
As a new U.S.-led team of international experts is heading to Iraq to intensify the search for weapons of mass destruction, President Bush says banned armaments already have been found — even though administration officials have said they have only located mobile laboratories suspected of producing them.

Soldier killed in vehicle accident
EMERSON, N.J. — A soldier from Bergen County, N.J., was killed in Iraq on Friday when a civilian vehicle swerved to avoid a pothole, forcing his vehicle to veer off the road, the Army said.

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First Lt. Chaz McGurik gives his wife and soon-to-be-born baby a kiss upon returning to Fort Sill, Okla., from Iraq on Wednesday. The baby is due in three weeks. -- Michael D. Pope, The Lawton Constitution / AP photo

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