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Kandahar District Falls Briefly to Taliban

Afghan forces retook a district in Kandahar province that had been captured by the Taliban. The Afghan forces said they had made a tactical decision to withdraw, but the Taliban said it captured the district outright after days of battle. Either way, the former ruling fundamentalists of Afghanistan appear less than beaten.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Sir Salman’s Knighthood Triggers Backlash

Author Salman Rushdie is once again the subject of controversy—a position the “Satanic Verses” scribe is familiar with, to say the least.  The decision by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to knight Rushdie last weekend drew criticism from Muslims who disagreed with the message of his most notorious novel, including members of Pakistan’s parliament.

Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE


Tragic Mistake in Afghanistan

An airstrike by U.S.-led forces near the eastern border of Afghanistan killed seven children Sunday night—a tragic error that coalition forces attributed to al-Qaida operatives who had used “human shields” as cover, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE


The Three-State Solution

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new government that excludes Hamas, a move praised by both the U.S. and Israel. But the emergency government is likely to preside only over the West Bank because Hamas—which Israeli officials described as a “terrorist entity”—retains control of Gaza.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE


Anonymous Rockets Land in Israel

Israel has come under rocket fire from Lebanon, but says it will show restraint. Hezbollah has denied responsibility for the attack, the first since the Israel-Lebanon war last year. Israel and Lebanon have blamed the Palestinians, but no group has claimed responsibility yet.

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That’s ‘Sir Salman Rushdie’ to You

Eighteen years after the publication of Salman Rushdie’s explosively controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”—which led to widespread criticism by Muslims and a death threat ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini—the Indian-born writer has been singled out for a much more desirable form of official recognition:  Rushdie has been knighted by the queen of England.

Posted on Jun 16, 2007 READ MORE


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No End in Sight

It’s now five months into the U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq, and although Defense Secretary Robert Gates (center) claimed during his visit to Baghdad this weekend that it’s still too early to tell if the surge is working, one U.S. military higher-up, Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, admitted that only 40 percent of Iraq’s capital city is consistently safe.

Posted on Jun 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Hamas Leader Vows to Work With Abbas

Hamas’ exiled political leader has recognized rival Mahmoud Abbas as the “legitimate” president of the Palestinian people, but the militant group, which now controls Gaza, has also called Abbas’ dissolution of the government illegal. Tensions remain high in the divided Palestinian territories, despite a pledge from Hamas to work with Abbas “for the sake of national interest.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Gen. Pace Isn’t Going Quietly

Outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace says he did not resign voluntarily, but “I’ve been told I’m done.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly admitted that he would not seek another term for Pace in order to avoid a difficult confirmation. Pace has been closely tied to the Iraq war and its fortunes from the start, and only made matters worse recently with a public declaration of homophobia.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Odd Couple Still Pushing Immigration Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Bush are determined to push through the ailing immigration reform bill, despite heavy opposition from both sides of the aisle.  Reid, who has partnered with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Democrats would work through the July 4 recess if necessary.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


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