Blasts kill 4 US, one UK soldiers in Afghanistan

Jan. 04, 2010 – Press TV

Four American soldiers and one British soldier have been killed in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan.

The dead soldiers, who were serving under NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, were killed on Sunday, NATO said in a statement Monday.

The US soldiers died following an improvised explosive device strike, the statement said without giving more details.

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Toxic munitions cause of baby deaths and deformities in Fallujah

by David Randall
First Published: Dec. 07, 2009 – View Zone

In September this year, say campaigners, 170 children were born at Fallujah General Hospital, 24 per cent of whom died within seven days. Three-quarters of these exhibited deformities, including “children born with two heads, no heads, a single eye in their foreheads, or missing limbs”. The comparable data for August 2002 — before the invasion — records 530 births, of whom six died and only one of whom was deformed.

The data — contained in a letter sent by a group of British and Iraqi doctors and campaigners to the United Nations last month — presaged claims made in a report in The Guardian yesterday that there has been a sharp rise in birth defects in the city. The paper quoted Fallujah General’s director and senior specialist, Dr Ayman Qais, as saying: “We are seeing a very significant increase in central nervous system anomalies… There is also a very marked increase in the number of cases of brain tumours.” Earlier this year Sky News reported a Fallujah grave-digger saying that, of the four or five new-born babies he buries every day, most have deformities. [right: Iraqi boys play with remains of US rocket.]

The campaigners’ letter to the UN calls for an independent investigation to be set up, “the cleaning up of toxic materials used by the occupying forces, including depleted uranium and white phosphorus”, and an inquiry launched to discover if any war crimes have been committed.

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The Great Game: U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan

Fifty or more countries in a single war theater

by Rick Rozoff
First Published: Dec. 05, 2009 – Stop Nato

The U.S. (and Britain) began bombing the Afghan capital of Kabul on October 7, 2001 with Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from warships and submarines and bombs dropped from warplanes and shortly thereafter American special forces began ground operations, a task that has been conducted since by regular Army and Marine units. The bombing and the ground combat operations continue more than eight years later and both will be intensified to record levels in short order.

The combined U.S. and NATO forces would represent a staggering number, in excess of 150,000 soldiers. By way of comparison, as of September of this year there were approximately 120,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and only a small handful of other nations’ personnel, those assigned to the NATO Training Mission – Iraq, remaining with them.

“Secretary Gates has made clear that the conflicts we’re in should be at the very forefront of our agenda. He wants to make sure we’re not giving up capabilities needed now for those needed for some unknown future conflict. He wants to make sure the Pentagon is truly on war footing….For the first time in decades, the political and economic stars are aligned for a fundamental overhaul of the way the Pentagon does business.”

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Suicides and Corporate Wars

by Iftekhar A Khan
Published: Dec. 02, 2009 – The Nation

While President Barack Obama ponderd over whether or not to send more troops to boost the demoralised US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, the active duty suicide rate in the US military this year has already equalled the number of last year’s tally – 140 deaths. General Peter Chiarelli, US Vice Chief of Staff, has revealed in his briefing to the Pentagon that “suicides in the army will escalate.” Certainly, these incidents among the troops have increased because the soldiers see no point in laying down their lives in purposeless wars. To risk lives on the battlefield, the soldiers are motivated on the basis of either religion or the country. However, in Afghanistan, both factors are missing. Therefore, the soldiers think they are mercenaries fighting in the interest of the US conglomerates: large oil companies, military munitions and hardware manufacturers.

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Uranium in Iraq: the Poisonous Legacy of the Iraq Wars

Review of Abdul-Haq Al-Ani and Joanne Baker’s book

by David MacGregor
Published: Nov. 15, 2009 – Global Research

Hegel remarks upon the appearance of “concrete evil” in history, the intermittent eruption of human malevolence on a colossal scale capable of destroying entire societies. Perpetrators of world-historical crimes are propelled solely by passion—by self-regard, greed and hatred—and pay no heed, Hegel noted, to “order and moderation, justice and morality.” [1] The imperialist assault on Iraq—which began with the First Gulf War, reached a peak with “shock and awe” attacks launched by U.S./U.K military forces in 2003, and continues today, nearly twenty years later—offers a horrendous example of unrestrained evil spread across a titanic canvas.

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“Why we fight”: The Nature of Modern Imperialism

Aggressive and exclusive military alliances like NATO should be disbanded

by Alan Mackinnon
First Published: Nov. 17, 2009 – Scottish Left Review

The world of war is today dominated by a single superpower. In military terms the United States sits astride the world like a giant Colossus. As a country with only five per cent of the world’s population it accounts for almost 50 per cent of global arms spending. Its 11 naval carrier fleets patrol every ocean and its 909 military bases are scattered strategically across every continent. No other country has reciprocal bases on US territory – it would be unthinkable and unconstitutional. It is 20 years since the end of the Cold War and the United States and its allies face no significant military threat today. Why then have we not had the hoped-for peace dividend? Why does the world’s most powerful nation continue to increase its military budget, now over $1.2 trillion a year in real terms? What threat is all this supposed to counter?

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NATO strike kills nine civilians in Helmand, Afghanistan
Thu. Nov. 05 – LASHKARGAH: Artillery and mortar shelling by the NATO-led international troops killed nine civilians in southern Afghanistan, locals said.

Two Pakistanis killed in US drone attack
Thu. Nov. 05 – Two people have been killed as a result of a US drone missile attack in the tribal region of North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan.

US soldier killed in Afghan attack
Thu. Nov. 05 – An American soldier serving under NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Iraqi colonel killed in Baghdad blast
Wed. Nov. 04 – A senior Iraqi police officer has been killed after being hit by a bomb left outside the door of his house at Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad.

5 British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan
Five British soldiers have been shot dead in Helmand Province, in an attack the UK military blamed on a “rogue” Afghan policeman.

US military suffers first casualty of month in Iraq
Tue. Nov. 03 – A non-combat incident in the Karadah district of southeast Baghdad has claimed the life of a US soldier.

Taliban denounce ‘puppet president’ Karzai
Tue. Oct. 03 – The Taliban has questioned the legitimacy of the Afghan administration after the cancellation of a planned run-off following the fraud-stained August presidential vote.


Mysterious Virus Hits Ukraine (Last Updated: Thu. Nov. 05)

Panic in Ukraine over swine flu
Thu. Nov. 05 – Officials in Ukraine have closed schools for three weeks, imposed travel restrictions and are limiting public events as the country battles to stop the spread of swine flu.

Ukraine Cases Double To 478,000 In 2 Days – 81 Deaths
Wed. Nov. 04 – The above numbers are from the latest update from Ukraine. The number of infected patients has almost doubled to just under ½ million, compared to the report two days ago (see map).

NATO providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Wed. Nov. 04 –  NATO member states have started to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, the press service of the NATO department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday.

Tymoshenko says all Ukrainians will be provided with gauze masks in a week
Wed. Nov. o4 – Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has ordered regional state administrations and city administrations to produce gauze masks within a week.

Yushchenko called on to help Ukraine: Unknown virus is killing people
Tue. Nov. 03 -In last 24 hours, an unknown virus (presumed pneumonic plague) infected another 37 thousand and killed 12 more people. The authorities deny that this is pneumonic plague, and insist that people die from influenza, pneumonia and ARI.



Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Thu. Nov. 05)

Iran welcomes Israel war crimes probe
Thu. Nov. 05 – Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee has welcomed an investigation into Israeli crimes during the Gaza war.

Israel destroys 2 more Palestinian homes
Tue. Nov. 03 – Israeli forces have demolished two more Palestinian-owned homes in Jerusalem Al-Quds as part of Tel Aviv’s efforts to increase the number of Jewish settlements there.



Totalitarian Tiptoe to the New World Order (Last Updated: Wed. Nov. 04)

Czech president signs EU reform treaty
Wed. Nov. 04 – Czech President Vaclav Klaus says Prague has finally committed to the European Union’s reforming Lisbon Treaty, hours after a top court ruled that it was in line with the constitution.


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Iraq signs major oil deal with BP, CNPC
Wed. Nov. 04 – Iraq has signed its biggest oil deal since the US 2003 invasion with Britain’s BP and China’s CNPC to develop the giant Rumaila oilfield.

One fifth of mammals near extinction
Wed. Nov. 04 – Over 17,000 species assessed in a major international biodiversity study are threatened with extinction, a leading environmental group has warned.

Poll: Obama’s popularity below average
Tue. Nov. 03 – US President Barack Obama’s approval rating continues to decline nearly one year after his arrival to the White House, a new poll shows.

UK graduate unemployment soars 44%
Tue. Nov. 03 – Graduate unemployment in the UK has soared 44 percent, reaching the highest level for more than a decade, a recent research has shown.

Poverty indicator targets large number of US children
Tue. Nov. 03 – A new study has shown that nearly half of all US children and 90 percent of black kids will eat meals at some point during their childhood paid for by food stamps, an indicator of poverty.

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Hundreds of Pakistanis gather in anti-US rally
Mon. Nov. 02 – Hundreds of Pakistanis have demonstrated against a US bill that the army and opposition say have negative impacts on Pakistan’s national security.

Karzai declared Afghan president
Mon. Nov. 02 – Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission has declared Hamid Karzai as the country’s president after the cancellation of a presidential run-off.

Mortar hits US base in Iraq, causes blasts
Sun. Nov. 01 – A mortar attack has targeted a US military base in Western Iraq, causing seven consecutive explosions, an Iraqi source has said.

250,000 displaced in Pakistan’s Waziristan offensive
Sun. Nov. 01 – Pakistan’s military offensive against pro-Taliban militants in a northwestern tribal area has forced nearly 250,000 civilians to flee their homes.

33 militants killed in S Waziristan
Sun. Nov. 01 – The Pakistani military says its troops have killed 33 pro-Taliban militants in the ongoing offensive in the South Waziristan tribal area.

Several dead, wounded in Iraq car, bike blasts
Sun. Nov. 01 – The explosion of a bicycle loaded with explosives has killed five people and wounded 37 others in a market south of Baghdad, Iraqi police say.

Roadside bomb claims 7 Pakistani soldiers
Sat. Oct. 31 – At last seven Pakistani soldiers have been killed after a roadside bomb hit their military vehicle in the restive northwestern tribal region of Khyber.

Seven militants dead in NW Pakistan clashes
Fri. Oct. 30 – Pakistani troops have launched fresh attacks on hideouts of pro-Taliban militants in the northwest as insurgency and violence continues to plague the country.

US military suffers another GI loss in Iraq
Fri. Oct. 30 – The United States military has lost another soldier to a non-combat incident at Camp Adder, located outside Nasiriyah, in the south central part of conflict-stricken Iraq.



Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Sat. Oct. 31)

Report: 4,524 Palestinians detained by Israel since the start of this year
Sat. Oct. 31 – GAZA Researcher in prisoners’ affairs Abdelnasser Farwana reported Friday that he documented 4,524 Israeli arrests of Palestinian citizens since the start of 2009, 412 of them took place in October.

Israel demolishes more Palestinian homes
Fri. Oct. 30 – Israeli soldiers demolish two Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem Al-Quds, while illegal settlers destroy olive groves as part of efforts to Judaize the city.

War crimes arrest awaiting Olmert’s UK visit
Fri. Oct. 30 – Former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert would probably face arrest on war crime charges if he visited Britain, a leading British newspapers has quoted a lawyer as saying.



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US allocates more funds to anti-Iran broadcasts
Mon. Nov. 02 – The United States has incorporated a bill into its annual military budget, which will allocate millions of dollars for Persian-language broadcasts.

Iraqi parliament: BP oil deal illegal
Mon. Nov. 02 – The Iraqi parliament has expressed concern over what it calls an ‘illegal’ multibillion-dollar agreement that British company BP is to sign Tuesday with the Iraqi government.

Nearly 3 million Britons out of work by 2010
Mon. Nov. 02 – As the economic recovery fails to boost the jobs market in the UK, a new report finds that nearly three million Britons will be out of work by the end of next year.

Israel confirms running spy networks in Lebanon
Sun. Nov. 01 – Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon has confirmed that Israel is running intelligence-gathering networks in Lebanon.

British soldiers support anti-war Glenton
Sun. Nov. 01 – British trooper, Joe Glenton, who faces jail for refusing to return to Afghanistan after a tour of duty in 2006, says soldiers support his cause.

Israeli spy in US wanted $2 million for his secrets
Fri. Oct. 30 – The celebrated American scientist charged with spying for Israel had asked for $2 million for his secrets, federal prosecutors has revealed.

Honduran interim gov’t to restore Zelaya
Fri. Oct. 30 – Honduran de facto leader, Roberto Micheletti, has announced a deal to reinstate the deposed President, Manuel Zelaya, in a move to end the country’s political turmoil.

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Bomb blasts kill 3 more US troops in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 19 – Amid a rising number of causalities for US forces in Afghanistan, two separate bomb attacks have claimed the lives of three more American troops in the volatile country.

NATO says US soldier killed in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 19 – The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has declared that one US soldier has been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan.

Pakistan says 60 militants killed in operation
Mon. Oct. 19 – The Pakistani army says at least 60 pro-Taliban militants in South Waziristan have been killed as a military offensive in the volatile region enters its second day.

Report: US upgrading military bases in Afghanistan
Mon. Oct. 19 – While Washington is weighing its options on sending more troops to Afghanistan, the US army is spending billions of dollars on upgrading its bases in the war-torn country.

8 killed, 29 wounded in Baghdad bombings
Mon. Oct. 19 – At least eight people have been killed and 29 others wounded in two separate bombings in Baghdad’s mainly Sunni Adhamiya district, police say.

UK: Afghan war continues despite unpopularity
Mon. Oct. 19 – UK’s army chief says the Afghan mission will continue despite its unpopularity at home, following a dramatic rise in British troops’ death toll in recent months.

56 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan, Taliban claim
Fri. Oct. 16 – Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan say they have killed at least 56 NATO soldiers in separate incidents across the war-ravaged country over the past 24 hours.

In Pakistan, powerful blast rocks Peshawar
Fri. Oct. 16 – A bomb explodes near a police facility in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar, a day after a spate of violent attacks across the country left at least 40 people dead.


Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Fri. Oct. 16)

Report: 355 Palestinians held without charge in Israeli prisons
Fri. Oct. 16 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – There are currently 355 Palestinians including three women and a child in Israeli custody being held without charge, human rights groups said Wednesday.

Israel struggling to block Gaza report
Fri. Oct. 16 – The Israeli Prime Minister has demanded the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to drop support for a UN report which accuses Israel of war crimes during the 22-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip.


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Obama ‘controlled media during campaign’
Tue. Oct. 20 – President Barack Obama had absolute “control” over media coverage during his presidential campaign, according to the White House communications director.

Iran urges UNSC to strongly condemn deadly blast
Tue. Oct. 20 – After a bloody attack in a southeastern Iranian borderline region, the Islamic Republic calls on the UN Security Council and international bodies to strongly condemn the terrorist event.

EU home to 270,000 human-trafficking victims
Mon. Oct. 19 – The alarming rise in the number of human trafficking victims in the European Union has prompted the United Nations to issue a request for increased efforts in combating the illegal trade.

Bailed-out UK bank to hand out ‘£5m bonuses’
Mon. Oct. 19 – The state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which was bailed-out with billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money amid the global financial crisis, is likely to cause public anger by announcing a bid to hand out record bonuses.

Israel plans to devour the world: Hungarian MP
Mon. Oct. 19 – A Hungarian lawmaker has voiced worry over Israel’s expansionist policies, saying Israel is trying to take over the world.

Undeclared plutonium scandal haunts France
Fri. Oct. 16 – French authorities have discovered enough undeclared plutonium to make five nuclear bombs at a nuclear facility south of the country.

Iran proposes setting up ‘Asian Union’
Fri. Oct. 16 – The Iranian foreign minister has proposed setting up the ‘Asian Union’ to strengthen economic cooperation among Asian counties.

NEWS (Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2009)

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11 people killed in Iraq explosions
Thu. Oct. 15 – At least 11 people have been killed and 44 others injured in a series of blasts and violence-related incidents in Iraq, security sources say.

US drone attack kills 4 in Pakistan
Thu. Oct. 15 – At least four people have been killed in a new US drone attack targeting a house in northwestern Pakistan, a security official says.

85,000 people killed in post-war Iraq
Thu. Oct. 15 – Iraq’s government says more than 85,000 people have died from 2004 to 2008 in violence-related incidents, following the US invasion of the country.

Iraq blasts kill 10, wound 14
Wed. Oct. 14 – Bomb blasts across Iraq have reportedly killed 10 people, including two Iraqi soldiers and a leader of the government-allied Sunni fighters, wounding 14 others.

Brown to announce Afghan troop surge
Wed. Oct. 14 – The British prime minister is expected to announce that his country will deploy hundreds of extra troops to Afghanistan, extending the UK’s commitment to the unpopular war.

Pakistan blast kills dozens, injures scores
Tue. Oct. 13 – A bomb explosion has killed at least 41 people and injured 45 others near Pakistan’s northwest of Swat valley, police officials say.

Series of bomb blasts wound several Iraqis
Tue. Oct. 13 – Dozens of people have reportedly suffered injuries as a spate of bomb explosions ripped through northern parts of violence-plagued Iraq as well as the capital, Baghdad.

US approves 13,000 troops for Afghan war
Tue. Oct. 13 – Washington will send an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 21,000 President Barack Obama announced publicly in March, a report says.

Death toll rises to 19 in Iraq’s triple bombings
Mon. Oct. 12 – The death toll of the bombings in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, has risen to 19.

US ‘fails to reach civilian goals in Afghanistan’
Mon. Oct. 12 – As Afghanistan’s eight-year-old war is claiming countless lives, a new report says that the United States has not reached its civilian goals in the war-ravaged country.

Pakistan blast kills dozens, injures scores
Mon. Oct. 12 – A bomb explosion has killed at least 30 people and injured 45 others near Pakistan’s northwest of Swat valley, police officials say.

As trooper dies, UK mortalities in Afghanistan hits 221
Sat. Oct. 10 – The British death toll in Afghanistan surpasses 220 as another soldier dies in the conflict-torn country’s southern province of Helmand.

2 Polish soldiers killed, 4 injured in Afghanistan
Sat. Oct. 10 – A roadside bomb has killed two more Polish soldiers and wounded four others in Afghanistan, amid rising death toll for foreign soldiers there.

UN extends controversial US war in Afghanistan
Fri. Oct. 09 – Despite widespread discontent over the US’ handling of war in Afghanistan, the UN Security Council has extended the mandate of foreign troops for one more year.

Spanish soldier dies in Afghanistan blast
Thu. Oct. 08 – An explosion has killed a Spanish soldier serving with the US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan, amid widespread discontent over the foreign forces’ handling of the war.

Huge blast hits India embassy in Kabul
Thu. Oct. 08 – A huge blast has hit the center of the Afghan capital city of Kabul, killing at least 12 people and injuring 83 others, says Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry.


Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Wed. Oct. 14)

NAM wants Israel to be responsible for Gaza crimes
Wed. Oct. 14 – 115 countries of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) have called on the UN Security Council to hold Israel responsible for atrocities committed in Gaza during its offensive.

Israel feels the heat over UN meeting on Gaza war
Wed. Oct. 14 – On the eve of a UN meeting on the atrocities Israel carried out during the Gaza war, the Zionist regime prime minister has declared that Israeli officials will not submit to prosecution for war crimes.

Israel to raze 150 Palestinian homes
Wed. Oct. 14 – Israel has announced plans to demolish 150 Palestinian homes in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem Al-Quds in a move that would displace more than 1,000 Palestinians.

Israeli airplanes bombard Gaza tunnels
Wed. Oct. 14 – A Palestinian youth has been killed and four others wounded in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza’s feeding tunnels on the border with Egypt.

UN backs debate on Goldstone’s Gaza report
Tue. Oct. 13 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon backs a Palestinian bid to re-launch the debate on the Goldstone report, which accuses Israel of war crimes as well as crimes against humanity during its weeks-long onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

International probe into Israel organ theft called for
Tue. Oct. 13 – Freelance Swedish journalist Donald Bostrom has reportedly demanded an international war crimes investigation into claims that Israeli soldiers harvest organs of dead Palestinians.

Israel shuts Gaza crossings, bombs tunnels
Sat. Oct. 10 – Israel shuts down all crossings into the Gaza Strip without prior notice, as its warplanes sever more Palestinian tunnels on the Rafah border with Egypt.

Palestinians call for UN debate on Israeli crimes
Sat. Oct. 10 – Palestinian diplomats in Geneva are seeking to bring forth a UN Human Rights Council debate on Israeli war crimes as the occupying regime resorts to new violence against Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

UN ‘concerned’ over Israeli aggression at Al-Aqsa
Fri. Oct. 09 – The United Nations has expressed concerns over the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), caused by ongoing Israeli aggression.

‘Israel not after real peace with Palestine’
Thu. Oct. 08 – The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s documents suggest Tel Aviv is not after a real peace deal but rather a shelter from international frustration and Palestinian armed response.


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Mussolini ‘British agent’ in WWI
Thu. Oct. 15 – A British historian has claimed that Benito Mussolini, the famous Italian Dictator, had in fact been a paid agent for British Intelligence during the First World War.

US continues to threaten Iran with sanctions
Wed. Oct. 14 – The US says the Iranian economy is vulnerable to new sanctions it may face if Tehran refuses to halt its uranium enrichment program.

UN admits ‘fraud’ marred Afghan election
Mon. Oct. 12 – After facing allegations of attempting to cover up evidence of cheating in Afghanistan’s presidential election, the head of UN mission in the country admits “significant fraud” affected the August vote.

Chavez laments ‘forgetful’ Nobel committee’s decision
Mon. Oct. 12 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has joined the fray over Nobel Laureate Barack Obama, saying the US president does not deserve the prize.

35 killed in Mexican Drug violence
Sat. Oct. 10 – Drug-related brutal attacks and crimes spanning five Mexican states, kill 35 people in one single day, security officials say.

Israeli’s bid to buy Al-Jazeera from Qatar
Fri. Oct. 09 – An Israeli media tycoon has offered to buy the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television network from the government of Qatar.

US lawmakers extend wiretap legislation
Fri. Oct. 09 – A Senate Judiciary Committee, drawing criticism from both liberals and conservatives, has voted to extend provisions of the expiring PATRIOT Act.

Poland gets US guarantee of Patriot missiles
Thu. Oct. 08 – Poland has received American assurance that it would receive an air defense battery armed with 100 missiles.

US budget deficit may hit record $1.4 trillion
Thu. Oct. 08 – The US budget deficit is expected to hit a record 1.4 trillion dollars in 2009, some 950 billion dollars greater than the shortfall recorded last year.

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.


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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.


Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Sun. Sep. 27)

24 wounded in clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque
Sun. Sep. 27 – At least 24 people have been wounded when clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians in al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli missile strike kills 3 fighters in east Gaza
Sun. Sep. 27 – At least three Palestinian fighters have lost their lives when the Israeli air force fired a missile at the vehicle they were driving at a crowded district in eastern Gaza.

Israel planning new settlement in al-Quds
Fri. Sep. 25 – Despite mounting international pressure, Israel is planning to construct yet another settlement in Ras Amud, in east Jerusalem (al-Quds).

Israeli settlers, troops break into Ibrahimi Mosque
Fri. Sep. 25 – Around 150 Israeli settlers, backed by Israeli soldiers, break into the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Ishakiyya area in al-Khalil (Hebron), in the West Bank.

Israel approves 37 more settler units in WB
Fri. Sep. 25 – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has authorized the construction of 37 additional housing units at a settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank.

US bends again on Israeli settlement freeze
Thu. Sep. 24 – Facing strong Israeli resistance over its demand for a full settlement freeze, the US seems to play down the key issue as a precondition to restart the so-called Middle East peace talks.

Israel defies calls for halt in settlement work
Thu. Sep. 24 – Israel has given the go ahead to the construction of more houses in the occupied West Bank amid the world’s calls for a complete freeze in such activities.

Ahmadinejad: Zionist Regime committing genocide
Thu. Sep. 24 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Israeli regime is committing “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Israel army changes story on killing Palestinian
Wed. Sep. 23 – Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian man near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Although the Israeli Army initially reported that the man tried to break through a military roadblock, it changed its account of the incident and claimed the Palestinian drove off away from a check point without security check.

Israel refuses to file Palestinians’ complaints
Wed. Sep. 23 – Israeli police have refused to file a complaint by Palestinian villagers who say Israeli settlers destroyed two of their houses under construction.


Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Sun. Sep. 27)

2 US, 1 British troops killed in Afghanistan
Sun. Sep. 27 – Two US and one British soldiers serving under ISAF command have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, according to an official statement.

US drone hits political party’s office in Iraq
Sun. Sep. 27 – A US reconnaissance drone has crashed into the office of one of Iraq’s biggest political parties, the US military has said.

UN: 1,500 Afghan civilians dead in 8 months
Sun. Sep. 27 – A United Nations report has noted that a total of 1,500 civilians have lost their lives in insurgency-hit Afghanistan from the beginning of the year to August.

Afghan civilian deaths hit record high in August
Sat. Sep. 26 – KABUL – Rising violence ahead of Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election made August the deadliest month of the year for civilians, the U.N. said, warning in a new report that attacks could spike again when the final vote results are announced.

Huge blast kills 6, injures 10 in Pakistan
Sat. Sep. 26 – Six people have been reportedly killed and over ten others injured in a car bomb attack on a main road leading to the primary army compound in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar.

15 Iraqi soldiers ‘killed in accidental blasts’
Fri. Sep. 25 – MOSUL, Iraq — Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were killed accidentally during what were meant to be controlled explosions in a town outside the northern city of Mosul on Friday, a defence ministry official said.

US Mulls Increasing Drone Strikes in Pakistan
Fri. Sep. 25 – In a move reportedly being spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, the United States is reportedly considering a dramatic increase in the number of drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

US drone attack leaves four dead in Pakistan
Fri. Sep. 25 – A US drone has fired missiles into Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal Waziristan region, killing at least four people and injuring several others.

US missile strike rises threefold in Pakistan
Fri. Sep. 25 – The death toll from a US drone strike in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal Waziristan region has risen to 12 after tribesmen pulled more bodies from debris.

5 more US troops fall victim to Taliban
Fri. Sep. 25 – The Taliban ambushes and roadside bombs have reportedly killed five more US soldiers in the troubled southern Afghanistan where insurgency has skyrocketed over the past months.

2 more foreign soldiers slain in Afghanistan
Wed. Sep. 23 – NATO says that two of its soldiers, including an American, have been killed in two separate bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan.

Study: CIA torture tactics cause brain damage
Wed. Sep. 23 – Recent studies of harsh interrogations in CIA-run prisons reveal the devastating results of controversial techniques on the minds of detainees.

Another US soldier charged with murder in Iraq
Wed. Sep. 23 – A US soldier has been charged with murder, following the killing of a civilian contractor on a US base in Iraq.


More News (Last Updated: Sat. Sep. 26)

Thousands protest against G20 summit in US
Sat. Sep. 26 – Thousands have streamed through the streets of Pittsburgh in a peaceful protest against the leaders of the world’s top economies.

US May Face ‘Armageddon’ If China, Japan Don’t Buy Debt
Fri. Sep. 25 – The US is too dependent on Japan and China buying up the country’s debt and could face severe economic problems if that stops, Tiger Management founder and chairman Julian Robertson told CNBC.

Brazil defends Iran nuclear rights
Fri. Sep. 25 – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said Iran is entitled to the same rights as any other country in its use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Obama ‘planning missile bases in Poland’
Fro. Sep. 25 – After the White House announced shelving a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe, Washington is planning to establish missile bases in Poland, according to a report.

Tehran dumps dollar for euro
Thu. Sep. 24 – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the replacement

NEWS (Last Updated: Tue. 22 Sep. 2009)

Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Tue. Sep. 22)

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank shells
Tue. Sep. 22 – At least two Palestinian fighters have reportedly lost their lives when Israeli tank shells landed in the proximity of Jabaliya refugee camp, in northern Gaza.

Israel raids West Bank, fires sound bombs
Fri. Sep. 18 – Israeli soldiers, who conduct regular overnight raids in Palestinian neighborhoods, have attacked a number of West Bank communities, injuring five civilians.

UK labor unions vote to support Israeli boycott
Fri. Sep. 18 – Britain’s labor unions have voted to support a massive boycott movement on Israel in response to its December-January offensive in Gaza.

Israelis abduct more Palestinians in West Bank
Thu. Sep. 17 – Israeli security forces have kidnapped seven more Palestinians, including a woman, in various areas of the occupied West Bank.

UN probe: evidence of war crimes in Gaza conflict
Wed. Sep. 16 – UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. investigation concluded Tuesday that both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, raising the prospect that officials may seek prosecution in the International Criminal Court.

Israel rejects independent inquiry into Gaza war
Wed. Sep. 16 – JERUSALEM – Israel said Wednesday it would not appoint an independent inquiry into its conduct in the Gaza Strip war, rejecting a key recommendation from an explosive U.N. report that accused the Jewish state of war crimes.

Netanyahu: East Jerusalem settlements not up for discussion
Tue. Sep. 15 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Settlement construction in East Jerusalem will “go on as planned,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset members in a meeting Monday, as the Israeli leadership continues to negotiatie with the United States on a settlement freeze.

US denies deal with Israel over settlement freeze
Tue. Sep. 15 – The US rejects reports that Washington and Tel Aviv have struck a deal regarding cessation of Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank.


Obama’s Wars (Last Updated: Tue. Sep. 22)

British soldier falls in Afghanistan
Tue. Sep. 22 – A roadside bomb has killed a British soldier in southern Afghanistan, bringing to 217 the overall British fatalities in the war-ravaged country.

UK troops tortured Iraqi detainees, Inquiry finds
Tue.  Sep. 22 – British troops have violated international law in Iraqi prisons on numerous occasions through the “banned interrogation methods,” a public inquiry reveals.

Huge blast rocks Afghan capital
Fri. Sep. 18 – At least six Italian soldiers and 10 Afghans have been killed after a huge blast took place on a road leading to the Afghan capital Kabul’s international airport.

New attacks claim more lives across Iraq
Fri. Sep. 18 – At least seven people, including four security officers, have been killed and nine others sustained wounds in a spate of attacks that struck war-shattered Iraq.

US military death toll in Afghanistan at 757
Fri. Sep. 18 – The US Defense Department confirms that 757 members of the US army have been killed in Afghanistan as a result of its invasion of the country eight years ago

60 percent rise in Afghanistan violence
Fri. Sep. 18 – Violent unrest in Afghanistan has risen by 60 percent compared with last year and Taliban insurgents have “expanded their strength and influence,” General David Petraeus says.

US soldier shoot and kill Iraqi shoe thrower
Thu. Sep. 17 – American soldiers have killed an Iraqi civilian after he hurled his shoe at their military convoy in the central city of Fallujah.

Two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Thu. Sep. 17  – Two more British soldiers have been killed in separate blasts in southern Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defense has announced.

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,344
Wed. Sep. 16 – As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at least 4,344 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

More U.S. troops needed for Afghan war: Mullen
Wed. Sep. 16 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even more U.S. troops will likely be needed in Afghanistan beyond the 68,000 who will have deployed there by the end of this year, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands displaced in new Pakistan offensive: officials
Tue. Sep. 15 – ISLAMABAD — Between 56,000 and 100,000 people have fled their homes since Pakistani troops launched a new anti-Taliban offensive in the tribal Khyber district, UN and Pakistani officials estimated Monday.

Three killed, 20 wounded in Iraq violence
Tue. Sep. 15 – At least Three people have lost their lives and twenty others have sustained injuries in the latest string of attacks to hit conflict-plagued Iraq.

30 militants killed in northwestern Pakistan
Tue. Sep. 15 – Attacks by government troops and a US drone have killed at least 30 pro-Taliban militants, leaving several others injured in northwestern Pakistan.

Four more foreign troops killed in Afghanistan
Tue. Sep. 15 – Four more troops and service members operating under the ISAF command, including two US soldiers, have been killed in separate insurgent attacks across Afghanistan.

Missile kills 4 in Pakistan; 18 die in stampede
Tue. Sep. 15 – MIR ALI, Pakistan – A missile fired from a suspected unmanned U.S. drone slammed into a car in a Pakistani tribal region close to the Afghan border Monday, killing four people, intelligence officials and residents said.


More News (Last Updated: Tue. Sep. 22)

Ahmadinejad: No power will dare to invade Iran
Tue. Sep. 22 – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that Iranians offer a message of peace for all nations, while stressing no power will ever dare to think of invading Iran.

‘45000 uninsured Americans die annually’
Fri. Sep. 18 – A new study reveals that nearly 45,000 Americans die annually due to lack of health insurance while the Obama administration tries to pass a healthcare reform plan.

Colombia suspends gas exports to Venezuela
Fri. Sep. 18 – Amid increasing tensions between Colombia and Venezuela, Bogota says that it has suspended gas exports to Caracas for technical reasons.

EU threatens Honduras with new sanctions
Thu. Sep. 17 – The European Union has threatened the coup-installed government of Honduras with new sanctions in case they block efforts to resolve its current crisis.

Without sanctions, Israel will be ‘forced to attack Iran’
Thu. Sep. 17 – Days ahead of much-anticipated talks between Iran and the West, a former Israeli defense official says Iranian nuclear sites will come under attack by Israel if crippling sanctions are not imposed on Tehran by the year’s end.

Venezuela signs $16-bln oil deal with China
Thu. Sep. 17 – The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has unveiled a 16-billion-dollar deal with China to drill for oil in the resource-rich Orinoco basin.

Iraqi shoe-thrower tells tales of torture
Wed. Sep. 16 – Upon release, Iraqi shoe-thrower journalist says he was tortured after his arrest, vowing to reveal the names of senior Iraqi officials involved in his mistreatment.

Israel ups anti-Iran psywar with ’secret weapon’
Tue. Sep. 15 – Amid heated speculation about the “secret” visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Russia and the pirate attack on a Russian freighter, a mysterious Israeli “secret weapon” has joined the arsenal of psychological warfare against Iran.

IAEA ‘bans’ attacks on nuclear installations
Tue. Sep. 15 – An Iranian proposal prohibiting military attacks against nuclear installations worldwide has been approved by the UN nuclear watchdog’s general conference, an Iranian official says.

Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

A classified German Army manual has thrown doubt over US and UK assurances that no depleted uranium munitions have been used in Afghanistan.

Published: Aug. 05, 2009 – Global Research

21 July 2009 – ICBUW = International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons

A military manual that was handed over to German campaigners has reignited allegations that the US used DU ammunition in Afghanistan. If true, it runs counter to repeated assurances given by the US military that no DU was used. The manual, a war-fighting guide for Bundeswehr contigents in Afghanistan is marked classified and for official NATO use only. It was written by the Bundeswehr’s Centre for Communication and published in late 2005.

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Obama’s Wars (Last Updated Thu. Aug. 27)

More civilian lives lost in Iraq violence
Thu. Aug. 27 – At least four people have lost their lives and fourteen others have sustained injuries in the latest string of attacks to hit conflict-plagued Iraq.

Bomber hits key Pakistani border crossing; 19 dead
Thu. Aug. 27 – PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A suicide bomber attacked the main border crossing for convoys ferrying supplies to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 19 security officers, officials said.

Car bombs hit Iraqi troops ahead of Shiite funeral
Thu. Aug. 27 – BAGHDAD – A string of car bombs exploded Thursday in Baghdad as Iraqi forces tightened security around Shiite mosques, shrines and political party offices ahead of the funeral of a top Shiite leader.

Drone attack in northwestern Pakistan kills 6
Thu. Aug. 27 – A suspected U.S. drone attack killed at least six people and wounded another nine in northwestern Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region Thursday, intelligence officials said.

“Afghan drug trafficking brings US $50 billion a year”
Thu. Aug. 27 – The US is not going to stop the production of drugs in Afghanistan as it covers the costs of their military presence there, says Gen. Mahmut Gareev, a former commander during the USSR’s operations in Afghanistan.

UK to stay in Afghanistan for ‘a generation’
Thu. Aug. 27 – The British Ambassador to Afghanistan Mark Sedwill expects his country’s presence in Afghanistan to last for at least “a generation.”

More NATO troops killed in Afghanistan
Thu. Aug. 27 – The death toll among US and British soldiers in Afghanistan is on the rise as clashes with insurgents continue to kill more coalition forces.

Clash kills 4 Pakistani soldiers, 9 militants
Thu. Aug. 27 – ISLAMABAD – Militants ambushed troops on a dusty road in a volatile tribal region of Pakistan, triggering an intense firefight that killed at least nine attackers and four soldiers, two officials said Thursday.

British soldier succumbs to Afghanistan war injuries
Wed. Aug. 26 – A British soldier has died in the United Kingdom due to injuries he sustained in war-battered Afghanistan.

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,335
Tue. Aug. 25 – As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at least 4,335 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

U.S. Increasing Use of Private Contractors in War Zone
Tue. Aug. 25 – The Department of Defense has released an updated census of Pentagon contractors deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and CENTCOM’s area of operations. The overall number of contractors in the third quarter of 2009 increased slightly from 243,000 to 244,000, which means that private forces continue to constitute about half of the total US force deployed in these two wars.

Car bomb blasts in Afghanistan kill at least 41
Tue. Aug. 25 – KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Five car bombs that detonated simultaneously rocked Afghanistan’s largest southern city Tuesday, destroying a construction company office and damaging dozens of nearby buildings, officials said. At least 36 people died in the blast and 64 were wounded.

New U.S. deaths make 2009 Afghan war’s deadliest
Tue. Aug. 25 – KABUL (Reuters) – Four U.S. servicemen were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday, making 2009 the deadliest year for the growing contingent of foreign troops since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.

Another foreign troop dies in Iraq
Tue. Aug. 25 – A foreign soldier deployed in Iraq as part of the US-led forces stationed in the country, has died due to injuries he sustained while on patrol in Baghdad.

CIA report: Detainees threatened with family rape
Tue. Aug. 25 – A newly declassified report released on Monday by the US Justice Department says CIA interrogators told terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri that his mother would be raped before his eyes if he refused to talk.

U.S. helicopters violate Pakistan’s airspace: report
Mon. Aug. 24 – ISLAMABAD — United States gunship helicopters Monday violated the international border and intruded into Pakistani territory, official sources said.

Twin blasts kill 10 in southern Iraq
Mon. Aug. 24 – At least 10 Iraqis have been killed and another 19 wounded when bombs exploded in two buses near the southern city of Kut, police says.

‘CIA threatened detainees with power drills’

Mon. Aug. 24 – CIA officers have threatened detainees with power drills and guns during interrogation to scare them into giving up information, according to a new report.

US service member killed in southern Afghanistan
Mon. Aug. 24 – KABUL — An American service member was killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Monday.

7 Afghan troops killed by Taliban
Mon. Aug. 24 – At least seven Afghan troops have been killed in violence-related incidents across Afghanistan, as a vicious Taliban militancy continues its menace in the war-torn country.

3 NATO troops killed in southern Afghanistan
Mon. Aug. 24 – KABUL – Three NATO troops — two from Estonia and one from the United States — were killed in attacks in southern Afghanistan, the latest casualties in a particularly bloody summer, authorities said Monday.

Obama’s Wars (Last Updated – Sun. Aug. 23)

US soldiers kill Iraqi civilian again
Sun Aug 23  – The US soldiers have killed an Iraqi civilian after they stormed his home in the eastern province of Diyala, an Iraqi official has said.

Iraqis begin restoring concrete walls in Baghdad
Sat Aug 22, – BAGHDAD – Workers used giant cranes to raise concrete walls around the blast-scarred Foreign Ministry and other government buildings on Saturday, as Iraqi authorities sought to bolster security after suicide truck bombings that killed scores in Baghdad.

Bombing of Iraqi ministry hit nearby resident hard
Sat. 22 Aug. – BAGHDAD – The suicide bomber who drove two tons of explosives to the base of Iraq’s Foreign Ministry took aim at a symbol of the Iraqi government, but dozens of his victims lived in a clutch of small brick and mortar houses behind the ministry.

Toll rises in Pakistan drone attack
Sat. Aug. 22 – The death toll from a suspected US air raid in Pakistan has risen after nine more bodies were pulled from the rubble, officials have said.

Baghdad bombings possible inside job
Sat Aug 22 – Iraq’s foreign minister said that those who carried out bombings that targeted government buildings in the Iraqi capital received help to pull off the attacks, possibly from Iraqi security forces.

Three more UK soldiers fall in Afghanistan…

Three more British soldiers have been killed in troubled southern Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for UK troops in the Afghan war since the year 2001 to 204.

The three were attacked by insurgents while on patrol near Sangin in the Helmand province on Sunday morning.

Their deaths follow that of another soldier who died from wounds sustained in a blast on Thursday.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown described the deaths as ‘deeply tragic news’.
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New death takes UK Afghan toll to 201…

LONDON – Britain’s military says a soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, bringing the country’s military death toll there to 201.

The Ministry of Defense said Sunday the soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was injured in an explosion during a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand province on Saturday. He later died.

Officials say his family has been informed.
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2 Americans, 3 Brits killed in Afghanistan…

Attacks on Western troops continue in Afghanistan with another three British and two US soldiers killed in the ongoing anti-insurgency operations.

Three British soldiers were killed in an explosion in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, bringing to 199 the UK’s death toll in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in late 2001.

Two US soldiers were also killed — one in an explosion and the other in a direct fire attack — in the south of the country on Wednesday and on Thursday.
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British Troops ‘too fat’ to fight in Afghanistan…

Britain’s war effort in Afghanistan is being hindered by a number of frontline troops too fat to fight, according to a leaked Army memo.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed today it had directed military chiefs to ensure units are following Army fitness policy after concerns were raised over a “worrying trend of obesity”.

The Army needs to “reinvigorate a warrior ethos and a culture of being fit”, according to the leaked memo apparently sent to all Army units and obtained by the Observer newspaper.

The memo from Major Brian Dupree, of the Army physical training corps in Wiltshire, said basic fitness policy “is not being carried out”.

Units were routinely failing to fulfil the Army’s basic fitness regime of two hours of physical exercise a week, he added.
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