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Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


Suicide Attacks Kill 200 in Iraq

Sadly, news of suicide bombings in Iraq has become commonplace, and Tuesday was a particularly bloody day, with four separate attacks in the northwest Yazidi community that claimed at least 200 lives and injured hundreds more.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


The Suicidal Surge

Reports from Baghdad on Saturday painted a grim picture of widespread mayhem.  Eight American troops were killed Friday and Saturday, and a series of suicide bombings occurred across the country, including a devastating blast at a market in Amarly that killed at least 115 and wounded hundreds more.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Lebanon

Six U.N. peacekeepers from the Spanish army were killed Sunday when their vehicle was attacked with an explosive device. Condoleezza Rice, her French and Spanish counterparts and even Hezbollah have all condemned the attack. No one has claimed responsibility. Tensions have been high in Lebanon with Lebanese forces battling an extremist militant group for over a month.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Death Toll for June Climbs to 78

Saturday was a particularly deadly day in and around Baghdad.  Eight U.S. soldiers were killed by explosions or gunfire in different parts of the capital, raising the fatality count to 30 in the last six days, according to The Washington Post.

Posted on Jun 23, 2007 READ MORE


Bloody June in Iraq

The U.S. troop surge is topping out in terms of numbers—and, unfortunately, the death toll for American forces and Iraqis is also climbing this month.  The BBC reports that 14 U.S. soldiers were reported killed Wednesday and Thursday, and suicide bombings continued to claim lives elsewhere in the country.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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composite by Peter Scheer / photo from SI.com

Fatherhood, Muhammad Ali and Moral Courage

A retired Air Force colonel explains how he drew moral courage from arguably the greatest boxer ever and from a pilot who refused to bomb civilians.  Antoon says that courage led him to persuade his son not to follow in his footsteps.

Posted on Jun 19, 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


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Shiite Shrine Bombed in Samarra

One of the holiest of Shiite Muslim shrines has been bombed in the Sunni-dominated Iraqi city of Samarra north of Baghdad. Explosions reportedly caused the collapse of the shrine’s two minarets. The 2006 bombing of the golden dome at the same shrine sparked the rampant sectarian strife in Iraq that continues today.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


John McCain
telegraph.co.uk

McCain Defends Surge During Iraq Visit

Sen. John McCain stood by his optimistic view of the surge on Sunday after visiting a Baghdad market under heavy guard with a group of Republican lawmakers wearing body armor. Southwest of Baghdad, six American soldiers were killed by roadside bombings.

Posted on Apr 1, 2007 READ MORE


Bombing Upsurge in Iraq Kills 100

Multiple bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 100 people Thursday and may cast doubt upon the efficacy of the U.S.‘s “surge” strategy to crack down on violence. 

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Attacks Kill More Than 100 Iraqi Shiites

A series of attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims killed more than 100 people in Iraq on Tuesday. Some victims said they blamed the Sunnis, but also the lack of security provided by Iraqi police and U.S. forces. Though reports vary, Reuters has reported the death toll at 149.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Cheney Dodges Bomb Attack

A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in a failed attempt to blow up Vice President Dick Cheney. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed between nine and 14 people.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bloody Sunday

A series of explosions around the world has killed more than 120 people. A train bombing in northern India left at least 64 people dead, while three car bombs in Baghdad—the bloodiest violence since a security crackdown began—killed more than 60 and injured at least 131. A bomb also exploded at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Russia, in an act of “hooliganism,” according to police. There was no indication that each nation’s violence was related to the explosions in the other countries.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Market Bombing
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Baghdad Bombing Kills 130

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saddam loyalists for a market bombing that killed at least 130 people and injured 305. The market is in a predominantly Shiite district. Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani made an appeal for unity.

Posted on Feb 3, 2007 READ MORE


Smoke over Baghdad
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Scores Die in Baghdad Attacks

Although 3,200 additional troops have been deployed in Baghdad in an effort to assert control, violence continues to worsen. A double car bombing on Monday killed 88 people and injured 160. This does not bode well for a full-blown surge.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Scores Die in Iraq bomb attacks

From the BBC: “At least 100 people have been killed in two separate attacks on busy street markets in Baghdad and Baquba.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Baghdad Bombings Kill at Least 95

A double bombing outside a Baghdad university has killed at least 70 people and injured 170, according to police. Twenty-five more died elsewhere in Baghdad from bombings and shootings on one of the most violent days in Iraq since the war began.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Athens Embassy
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Grenade Attack on U.S. Embassy

The United States Embassy in Athens, frequently assaulted by radical groups, was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade Thursday. The State Department says no one was injured by the explosion.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


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nationalgeographic.com

Israel Considers Nuking Iran

The Sunday Times has learned that Israel is considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons in order to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. According to Israeli military sources, the plan would be implemented only if the United States refused to act militarily or analysts decided a conventional attack would be unsuccessful. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Madrid bombing
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Madrid Bombing Raises ETA Concerns

At least four people were injured when a car bomb exploded at the Madrid airport on Saturday. If the separatist group ETA is responsible, as the Spanish government has charged, the blast would signal the end of a cease-fire that began in March.

Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE


Ten U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

The deaths, which resulted from two IED attacks in different parts of the country Wednesday, horrifically underscore the dire references to chaos in the just-released Iraq Study Group report.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Mumbai train bombing
thestandard.com.hk

India Blames Pakistan for Train Bombings

Indian police have accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of planning the July train bombings in Mumbai, which killed 186 people.  According to Mumbai’s police commissioner: “We have solved the 11 July bombings case. The whole attack was planned by Pakistan’s ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and their operatives in India….”

Posted on Sep 30, 2006 READ MORE


Amnesty International
amnesty.ca

Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes

Amnesty International has referred to some of Israel’s actions in Lebanon as “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.”  A report by the human rights organization condemned the deliberate bombing of civilian infrastructure and the loss of civilian life, noting: “Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages ... as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


Israeli Attack Threatens Cease-Fire

Despite the tenuous cease-fire, Israel has launched an attack some 60 miles north of its border in Lebanon.  Israeli officials said they were trying to halt a weapons transfer to Hezbollah, and will continue to engage targets until a peacekeeping force can take its place to prevent Hezbollah’s rearming.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Will Accept Hezbollah Alive, but Not Kicking

In a reconsideration of its goals, Israel has deemed a disarmed (as opposed to destroyed) Hezbollah an acceptable outcome to its actions in Lebanon.

Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Captures Village and Continues Airstrikes

Israeli troops have taken the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras, which they claim has been used as a rocket base by Hezbollah. Israel has said it has no plans for a large-scale invasion but intends to use ground forces to attack targets unavailable to its jets.

Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


Lebanon “Torn to Shreds”

Fouad Siniora, the Lebanese prime minister, called for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah and announced that more than 300 people had been killed in his country during the week of attacks. Twenty-nine Israelis have been killed since the fighting began.

Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


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Iraqi Blogger Laments Rise of Clerics

The young, U.K.-raised Iraqi dentist—whose writing has run in the Washington Post—says this in a recent blog: “Islamic clerics (of all denominations) never fail to disgust me…(more)

Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


With Chaos Reigning, Bush Tells Iraqis: Build Your Government

Bush tells Iraqis in a speech: “It’s about time you get a unity government going.” Maybe they had trouble hearing him, what with some 25,000 fleeing their homes amid the continuing sectarian violence.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


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