News from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, etc.

US air strike ‘kills 10 Iraqi civilians’: A hospital source said the dead included six children under the age of 12. He put the number of wounded at 30.

Baghdad suburb residents flee after US raids: Iraq civilians fear US indiscriminate attacks that usually leave women, children among dead.

6 U.S. occupation troops killed in Iraq: Five U.S. occupation soldiers and a Marine were killed in attacks in Baghdad and Iraq’s Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, the military said Monday.

U.S. occupation force helicopter shot down in Iraq: A U.S. helicopter was shot down by Iraqi resistance fighters near Baghdad on Monday but its two pilots escaped with only minor wounds, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

Iraqi Kurds ‘tortured prisoners’: The US-based rights group, Human Rights Watch, has issued a report detailing torture and abuses in security prisons in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq.

Sex slaves recount ordeals in Iraq: Women looking for work are being tricked into sexual slavery, with some trafficked abroad.

The spoils of war: Iraq Cabinet approves draft of oil law sought by U.S: Washington has pressed its ally al-Maliki to quickly pass the oil law and other pieces of legislation, considered vital to President Bush’s attempts to end Iraq’s turmoil – alongside a security crackdown by an increased U.S. military force

The spoils of war: : Iraq draws up plans for privatisation gold rush: The Iraqi government has begun preparing the groundwork for what could be one of the biggest privatisations of state-owned assets.

Presstitute and war pimp alert: U.S. Ties Iran to Deadly Iraq Attack : Iranian operatives helped plan a January raid in Karbala in which five American soldiers were killed, an American military spokesman in Iraq said today.

Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran:: U.S. general says Iran inciting violence in Iraq: Iran is arming, training and funding members of the Lebanese Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah in Iraq and using it as a “proxy” to wage war against U.S. forces, a senior U.S. military spokesman said Monday.

War pimp alert: Lieberman: Iran Has Declared War: “The fact is that the Iranian government has by its actions declared war on us,” said Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats. As a result, he continued, “The United States government has a responsibility to use all instruments at its disposal to stop these terrorist attacks against our soldiers and allies in Iraq, including keeping open the possibility of using military force against the terrorist infrastructure inside Iran.”

UN’s Ban Urges Delay in Push for More Iran Sanctions: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the U.S. and its European allies to delay pursuit of tougher sanctions on Iran while UN inspectors try to break the stalemate over the Islamic government’s nuclear work

Iran to test Bushehr nuclear power plant within 2 months : -Iran’s atomic energy organization safety chief announced that the Bushehr nuclear plant would be ready for initial tests within two months.

Iranians commemorate victims of passenger plane shot down by USS Vincennes: Helicopters showered flowers into the Persian Gulf on Tuesday as family members commemorated the 19th anniversary of the downing of an Iranian passenger plane by a U.S. warship that killed 290 civilians.

Iran, Venezuela to establish joint oil company : The Venezuelan president said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart on Monday in Assalouyeh of Khuzestan province that the two countries have also agreed to establish an international import and export company.

Afghan, coalition forces kill 83 “Taliban”: : Afghan and coalition occupation forces killed at least 50 suspected Taliban in the infamous Tora Bora area of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border, while 33 other “rebels” were killed in the southern region, officials said Tuesday

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan No Coincidence: NATO bombs killed at least 45 civilians in Afghanistan the other day. If you get your news from the front pages of the U.S. mainstream media, you wouldn’t know it.

Afghanistan: Civilians complain about impact of fighting on their lives: On 18 June, heavy fighting between Taliban fighters and NATO forces in the Chora District of Uruzgan Province, resulted in the death of more than 50 civilians, according to local officials.Pakistani army battles students at pro-Taliban mosque; 9 killed, 140 injured; Clerics at the radical Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, threatened suicide attacks to avenge the ‘blood of martyrs’ after the day-long clashes, which killed a soldier, four students, a journalist and three bystanders.

US to hunt the Taliban inside Pakistan : Operations inside Pakistan might be carried out independently by the United States, probably with air power, by Pakistani forces acting alone or as joint offensives. In all cases, though, the US will pull the strings, for instance by providing the Pakistanis with information on targets to hit.

IDF kills 16-year-old Palestinian carrying toy rifle: The IDF said soldiers opened fire on two Palestinians who appeared to be armed, and only after the fact did it become clear that the gun he was holding was in fact a toy.

Haniya for protests by Gaza workers : The recently dismissed Palestinian prime minister has called for protests against the new emergency government after it refused to pay salaries to workers hired by his Hamas faction in the Gaza Strip.

Eyeing Jordanian involvement, U.S. now rethinking the two-state solution : There are increasing signs, slowly but unmistakably, that the Jordanian option for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is once more assuming a central position on the agenda. Not necessarily along its original ‘Jordan is Palestine’ formula, but in a more sophisticated composition

Soldiers on move inside Lebanon siege camp : Lebanese soldiers made small advances Tuesday in a refugee camp where they have been fighting Arab Islamist fighters for the past six weeks

Syria describes U.S. travel ban as absurd: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem said the move to stop the Syrian officials from entering the United States “did not need comment because of its absurdity.”

‘al-Qaeda’ puts on big shoes, red nose, takes custard pie: The “car bomber” hysteria gripping much of the British and international media over the weekend has had a bucket of cold water from the Reg already, but just one bucket doesn’t seem enough for this kind of outbreak.

[Thx TF]

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  1. yo! Thought I might look up some sites on this Independence Day and looky who I find!? YOU! And you say you’re not busy! Good stuff, dear friend!


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