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2:45 PM ET, April 4, 2007


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Iran president to free UK sailors … TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has pardoned 15 British military personnel being held in Iranian custody and vowed to set them free shortly.  —  "I declare that the people of Iran and the government of Iran …
Sky News:
Iran To Free UK Captives  —  Iran is to free the 15 UK sailors and marines taken captive in the Shatt al Arab waterway as a "gift" to Britain.  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the group would be released promptly and handed over to the British embassy in Tehran.
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iranian leader says he'll free Britons  —  TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran would free the 15 detained British sailors and marines Wednesday as an Easter holiday "gift" to the British people.  —  He said the captives, who were seized while on patrol in the northern Persian Gulf …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Iranian Leader Says He Will Free Britons  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today said he had "pardoned" 15 British sailors and marines seized by the Iranian military two weeks ago and would free them to be with their families.  —  Ending a diplomatic crisis with a bit of political theater …
Roger Kimball / Armavirumque:
A gift?  —  OK, we are told not "to look a gift horse in the mouth": someone gives you a present, you don't start investigating the state of its dentition to estimate is worth.  So I suppose we should be simply rejoice that Iranisn President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decided to release …
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
Iranians release British sailors  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says 15 British naval personnel captured in the Gulf are free to leave.  —  He repeated Iran's view that the British sailors and marines "invaded" Iranian waters, but said they were being released as a "gift" to Britain.
Discussion: digg
New York Times:
Iran to Release 15 Britons Held Since March 23
Discussion: Daily Intelligencer
Associated Press:   Report: Envoy to meet detained Iranians
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama rivals Clinton in fundraising  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa - Democrat Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) raked in $25 million for his presidential bid in the first three months of 2007, placing him on a par with front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and dashing her image as the party's inevitable nominee.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Raises $25M for Presidential Campaign  —  Sen. Barack Obama raised at least $25 million for his presidential campaign in the first quarter of the year, putting him just shy of Sen. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, who made a splash with her announcement Sunday that she had drawn a record-breaking $26 million.
Chicago Tribune:
Obama fundraising rivals Clinton  —  Sen. Barack Obama raised at least $25 million dollars during the first quarter for his presidential campaign, a total surprisingly close to the $26 million collected by his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Blogs accuse CNN reporter of disrupting McCain press conference again  —  A group of conservative political weblogs offered new evidence in continuation of their allegation that CNN reporter Michael Ware disrupted a Sunday press conference in Baghdad with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other Congress members.
Michael Goldfarb /
McCain's Trip to Baghdad
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
On Iraq, Reporters May Be Missing Their Mark(et)
Discussion: Think Progress and PrairiePundit
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
For Bush, Fighting Democrats And Doubts
Discussion: TAPPED and Prairie Weather
Rick Maze / Military Times HOME:
No more GWOT, House committee decrees  —  The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.  —  This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee's Democratic leadership doesn't like the phrase.
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Briton 'could stage another September 11'  —  Interview: America's new homeland security chief tells Toby Harnden of his fears of 'clean skin' terrorists  —  The United States fears that the next September 11-style attack on America could be launched by Muslims from Britain or Europe who feel …
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