NEWS (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07, 2009)

Obama´s Wars (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07)

16 Iraqis killed in terrorist attacks
Wed. Oct. 07 – At least sixteen people have reportedly lost their lives and dozens more were injured in separate militant attacks across Iraq.

NATO ‘to increase troops in Afghanistan’
Wed. Oct. 07 – British Home Secretary Alan Johnson says NATO member countries, including the UK, will dispatch more troops to Afghanistan in the near future.

‘Symbol of US cruelty’ may not be closed by Jan. 2010
Wed. Oct. 07 – US Attorney General Eric Holder has declared meeting Obama’s January 2010 deadline for closing the Guantanamo detention center will be “difficult”.

UN blasts attack on UN Islamabad office
Tue. Oct. 06 – The United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned a deadly bomb attack on the UN food agency’s headquarters in Pakistan as a ‘heinous crime’.

Bomb explodes at Iraqi funeral, six die
Tue. Oct. 06 – At least six people have been killed in a bomb explosion at a funeral ceremony in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, police say.

One killed, nine wounded in Baghdad bombings
Mon. Oct. 05 – At least one person has been killed and nine others wounded in separate bombings that took place in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Afghanistan: Canadian troops kills two teens
Sun. Oct. 04 – KABUL:  Two teenage boys travelling by motorcycle through the dangerous Panjwai district southwest of Kandahar city were shot and killed by Canadian soldiers on patrol.

Eight US soldiers killed in east Afghanistan
Sun. Oct. 04 – Eight US soldiers serving under ISAF command have been killed in eastern Afghanistan in “complex” attacks by militants, the US military says.

Three US troops die in Afghanistan
Sat. Oct. 03 – Three American troops have died in two separate incidents in southern and eastern Afghanistan, says the US-led coalition force in the conflict-torn country.

Brown to consider Afghanistan troop boost
Fri. Oct. 02 – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is “open-minded” about whether to increase the kingdom’s military presence in Afghanistan, his office has claimed.

Pakistan warns US against drone strikes
Fri. Oct. 02 – A Pakistani minister has warned the United States that Islamabad will not allow strikes on suspected pro-Taliban hideouts in the troubled Balochistan Province.

Netherlands admits killing civilians in Afghanistan
Fri. Oct. 02 – A Dutch warplane has dropped a bomb, which the Afghan authorities say killed nine civilians and four Taliban fighters in the south of the country.

US loses another GI in war-torn Iraq
Fri. Oct. 02 – The US military has lost another soldier in conflict-stricken Iraq as his base on the western edge of the capital, Baghdad, came under a mortar attack.

Afghan civilians killed in new US airstrike
Thu. Oct. 01 – At least nine people have been killed in an airstrike on a compound in southwestern Afghanistan, says a local tribal leader.

Obama making Guantanamo off-limits to press
Wed. Sep. 30 – The Obama Administration is denying journalist access to the Guantanamo detention facility despite pledging ‘transparency’ about the infamous prison.

Pressed for more troops, Obama asks world to chip in
Wed. Sep. 30 – US President Barack Obama has painted a collaborative picture of the Afghan war amid a determined opposition pushing for additional troops in the country.

At Least 18 Killed in US Drone Attacks on Waziristan
Wed. Sep. 30 – US drones have launched a pair of attacks on houses today, one in South Waziristan and another in North Waziristan in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), killing at least 18 people and injuring an unknown number of others.

30 Killed in Kandahar Bus Bombing
Wed. Sep. 30 – At least 30 civilians were reported killed today and another 39 wounded when a roadside bomb hit a bus nearing the outskirts of the major city of Kandahar.


Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07)

Israeli tanks enter eastern Gaza
Wed. Oct. 07 – Fighting has broken out between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters in eastern Gaza Strip after Israeli tanks and armored bulldozers crossed the border into the coastal region.

Al-Aqsa mosque under siege by Israeli police
Tue. Oct. 06 – Israel has deployed thousands of security forces in and around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound amid heightened tensions over the closure of the holy site in East Jerusalem Al-Quds.

Israel to build 800 more units in illegal settlements
Tue. Oct. 06 – Tel Aviv is going to construct some 800 new housing units across the occupied West Bank despite international calls for a halt to all settlement activities.

Israel shuts down Al-Aqsa mosque, turns violent
Sun. Oct. 04 – Israeli police have fired tear gas at Palestinians protesting the closure of Al-Aqsa holy compound (Temple Mount) in the occupied Jerusalem.

Israel to seal off West Bank border for 9 days
Fri. Oct. 02 – Israel has announced plans to shut down the West Bank border for almost ten days so that Jewish Israelis can celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

Israeli army jeep ‘deliberately’ runs over Palestinian
Thu. Oct. 01 – A seventeen-year-old Palestinian teenager has been hit and killed by an Israeli military vehicle near the West Bank city of Jenin.

Israel ‘knowingly’ hit civilians in Gaza
Thu. Oct. 01 – The head of the UN Human Rights Council commission on Gaza war says Israel intentionally targeted some civilian sites during the 23-day offensive in the Gaza Strip.

UK protesters call for arrest of Israeli war minister
Wed. Sep. 30 – British lawmakers and pro-Palestinian activists have pilloried the governing Labour Party for entertaining Israeli War Minister Ehud Barak at their annual conference instead of calling for his arrest for war crimes committed against the Palestinians.

Israeli aircraft pound Gaza tunnels
Wed. Sep. 30 – Israeli fighter aircraft have struck a number of food and provision tunnels in the blockaded Gaza Strip in response to an alleged rocket attack from the coastal sliver.


More News (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 07)

60 anti-war protesters detained at White House
Wed. Oct. 07 – US Police have arrested 60 protesters during a demonstration condemning the ongoing wars on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

NASA to bomb the moon for water
Wed. Oct. 07 – NASA is preparing to launch the LCROSS mission to bomb the moon’s South Pole, as part of the agency’s search for water in space.

Man arrested for steering G20 protests using Twitter
Tue. Oct. 06 – The FBI has arrested Elliot Madison, a self-described anarchist and New York social worker, for using Twitter to assist protesters evade the police at the G20 summit.

One in three votes for Karzai fraudulent, says US diplomat
Mon. Oct. 05 – A former senior United Nations diplomat in Kabul has launched a scathing attack on the UN’s handling of Afghanistan’s disputed elections, claiming that almost one in three of the votes cast for president Hamid Karzai were fraudulent.

So our 1,000 years of history ends like this
Mon. Oct. 05 – The creation of a European superstate has moved a step closer, after the Irish people voted to accept the Lisbon Treaty, paving the way for a powerful new President of Europe.

Colombia says ‘no’ to US bases
Sun. Oct. 04 – Amid reports of a deal reached for the establishment of US military bases in Colombia, the country’s foreign minister says there is no need for more American personnel.

Italian lawyers seek detention of CIA operatives
Sat. Oct. 03 – Italian prosecutors have pressed on with a bid to arrest 26 US Central Intelligence Agency officers over their ‘grave crime’ of abducting a ‘terror suspect’ in 2003.

Over 145 killed in September in Somalia
Sat. Oct. 03 – Clashes between rival factions have resulted in the death of over 145 people and the injury of 280 more in various parts of war-torn Somalia last month, the UN reported.

8 FARC rebels killed in clashes
Sat. Oct. 03 – At least eight rebels have been killed in a major army raid at a central region in Colombia where FARC leader Alfonso Cano is believed to have taken refuge.

Carter says Iran nuclear program ‘legal’
Fri. Oct. 02 – Former US president Jimmy Carter says Iran’s nuclear program is “legal,” urging Washington and Tel Aviv to stop making threats against Iran.

US lawmakers OK fuel sanctions on Iran
Fri. Oct. 02 – US lawmakers have approved legislation to punish companies exporting gasoline to Iran, in a move to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

Indonesia quake death toll hits 529
Thu. Oct. 01 – An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale has claimed at least 529 lives in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, a day after another powerful earthquake struck the area.

Israel receives more N-capable German subs
Thu. Oct. 01 – Israel has received two German-made submarines which are capable of launching missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.

‘More than 6,000 killed at US-Mexican crossing’
Thu. Oct. 01 – More than 6,000 people have been killed trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally in the past 15 years, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

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