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Al-Qaida Blamed for Iraq Village Massacre

Iraqi officials are attributing the deaths of 29 people in Duwailiya, in Diyala province north of Baghdad, to al-Qaida militants who disguised themselves in military uniforms and surrounded the village before opening fire Tuesday on men, women and children.  This latest report follows other news of widespread violence as the U.S. troop “surge” continues.

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Can Nukes Save the Planet? Not So Fast

You may have seen the bumper stickers: “Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Power.” With oil prices high and the planet cooking, some prominent green voices want us to reconsider nuke plants. Long before Monday’s earthquake in Japan started a nuclear plant fire (causing a radioactive water leak), writer Rebecca Solnit was trying to stop this line of thinking in its tracks, calling it defeatist and naive.

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Reid Promises to Force Filibuster on Iraq Withdrawal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced that Senate Democrats are going to force Republicans to filibuster all night long if they want to continue to block Iraq troop withdrawal legislation. Previously, the Democrats politely allowed the opposition’s formal promise to filibuster to stand in for the action itself.

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Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens in Kirkuk

Multiple bombs exploded across the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq Monday. The BBC reported that at least 85 people were killed and more than 180 wounded. The deadliest of the bombs was detonated near the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a party led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, leaving a 30-foot crater.

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Civil War in Pakistan?

The Taliban, which sponsored al-Qaida, is alive and well on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and, following last week’s Red Mosque showdown in Pakistan, pro-Taliban militants are retaliating by breaking a 10-month truce and unleashing violence in the country’s northern region.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Key Republicans Push for Iraq Strategy Change

Adding to the mounting pressure on President Bush to revise his stubborn “stay the course” strategy in the Iraq war, top Republican Sens. John W. Warner (pictured) and Richard G. Lugar made a gesture of dissent by proposing a U.S. troop redeployment plan on Friday.

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE


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North Korea Shuts Down a Nuclear Reactor

Score one for diplomacy:  North Korea is toeing the line and following the dictates of a deal struck with the U.N. in February to shut down one of its nuclear reactors in exchange for heavy fuel oil, according to the BBC.

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Red Mosque Siege Triggers Turbulence

Last week’s deadly battles at Islamabad’s Red Mosque have sparked outbreaks of violence in Pakistan this weekend, which could spell trouble for President Pervez Musharraf’s political future.

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House Panel Demands Records About Tillman

House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and his Republican committee colleague Rep. Tom Davis are putting pressure on the White House and the Defense Department to hand over records about the death of Pat Tillman.  The administration has been keeping the documents secret, citing its executive confidentiality prerogative.

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Taliban Commander: More Attacks Imminent

According to an ABC News report, Taliban military officer Mansour Dadullah claims that plans are in the works for large-scale terror attacks.  Dadullah delivered his ominous message to a reporter in Pakistan, where al-Qaida and Taliban operatives are said to be gaining in strength and numbers.

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