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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.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


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American Troops Kill Six Iraqi Police Officers

In a startling rejoinder to President Bush’s rosy report of progress in Iraq, and the possibility of “success” in this war, whatever that means, six policemen were killed in a clash between U.S. troops and Iraqi police—reflecting growing concerns about the infiltration of militants into Iraq’s police force.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Clings to 9/11-Iraq Link

President Bush continues to insist that there is a direct connection between the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the “folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq.”  In fact, according to The New York Times, Bush mentioned al-Qaida no fewer than 30 times in public remarks Thursday.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


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British Forces: We Did Not Unleash Man-Eating Badgers

In an account typical of some circulating in Basra, a resident told the BBC that she was attacked by a dog-sized creature with the head of a monkey. Many locals believe that such creatures (recently identified as honey badgers) have been released by the British to sow panic. The rumors have now been officially denied by UK military spokesman Maj. Mike Shearer: “We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.”

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