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Iraqis call state of emergency in Baghdad

[quote]BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's government clamped a state of emergency on Baghdad and ordered everyone off the streets Friday after US and Iraqi forces battled insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and rifles near the heavily fortified Green Zone The military also announced the deaths of five more US troops in a particularly violent week for American forces that included the discovery of the brutalized bodies of two soldiers Twelve US servicemembers have die

7 Marines, 1 sailor charged with murder

[quote]CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman were charged Wednesday with premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Iraqi man and could face the death penalty if convicted All eight also were charged with kidnapping Other charges include conspiracy, larceny and providing false official statements Col Stewart Navarre, chief of staff for Marine Corps Installations West, announced the charges at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, where the eight are being held i

Bush gives Iran an ultimatum on uranium

[quote]KINGS POINT, NY - President Bush told Iran on Monday that nations worldwide won't back down from their demand that Tehran suspend uranium enrichment "Iran's leaders have a clear choice We hope they will accept our offer and voluntarily suspend these activities so we can work out an agreement that will bring Iran real benefits," Bush said a day before leaving for Vienna, Austria, where he will talk with European Union officials who are leading efforts to resolve the nuclear di

Pentagon details abuse of Iraq detainees

[quote]WASHINGTON - US special operations forces fed some Iraqi detainees only bread and water for up to 17 days, used unapproved interrogation practices such as sleep deprivation and loud music and stripped at least one prisoner, according to a Pentagon report on incidents dating to 2003 and 2004 The report, with many portions blacked out, concludes that the detainees' treatment was wrong but not illegal and reflected inadequate resources and lack of oversight and proper guidance more

World powers give Iran enrichment leeway

[quote]VIENNA, Austria - In a major concession, world powers are no longer demanding that Iran commit to a prolonged moratorium on uranium enrichment and are now asking only for a suspension during talks on its nuclear program, diplomats and officials said Wednesday The proposal and a connected offer to allow continued uranium conversion are part of an effort to avoid a showdown over international concerns that the Iranians are trying to develop nuclear weapons Backing off the previous

U.S. dropping more bombs on Afghanistan

[quote]DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The US Air Force increased its bombing of Taliban and other insurgent targets in Afghanistan this spring, making about 750 airstrikes in May alone, Air Force officials said The intensified bombing in Afghanistan has overshadowed the smaller number of US airstrikes on Iraq, said Air Force Lt Gen Gary L North, who commands US and coalition air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan "We have seen more direct support in Afghanistan that is of a ki

Official: Iraq civilian deaths unjustified

[quote]WASHINGTON - Investigators believe that their criminal investigation into the deaths of about two dozen Iraqi civilians points toward a conclusion that Marines committed unprovoked murders, a senior defense official said Friday The Marine Corps initially reported 15 deaths and said they were caused by a roadside bomb and an ensuing firefight with insurgents A separate investigation is seeking to determine if Marines lied to cover up the killings The official, who discussed the

Furor grows over civilian deaths in Iraq

[quote]BAGHDAD, Iraq - A third set of allegations that US troops have deliberately killed civilians is fueling a furor in Iraq and drawing strong condemnations from government and human rights officials "It looks like the killing of Iraqi civilians is becoming a daily phenomenon," the chairman of the Iraqi Human Rights Association, Muayed al-Anbaki, said Friday after video ran on television of children and adults slain in a raid in March on the Iraqi village of Ishaqi north of Bagh

Marines to face charges in Iraqi's death

[quote]SAN DIEGO - Military prosecutors plan to file murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges against seven Marines and a Navy corpsman in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian in April, a defense lawyer said Thursday The eight men are being held in the brig at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base north of San Diego, said Jeremiah Sullivan III, who represents one of the men The men served in Iraq with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and are members of the battalion's Kilo Compa

6 World Powers agree on Iran incentives

[quote]VIENNA, Austria - Six world powers agreed Thursday to offer Iran a new choice of rewards if it gives up suspect nuclear activities or punishment if it refuses, a gambit that could either defuse a global confrontation with the Islamic regime or hasten one "There are two paths ahead," British Foreign Secretary Margaret Becket said in announcing agreement among the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China on a package deal for Iran that carries the threat of United N

U.S. troops kill pregnant woman in Iraq

[quote]BAGHDAD, Iraq - US forces killed two Iraqi women — one of them about to give birth — when the troops shot at a car that failed to stop at an observation post in a city north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials and relatives said Wednesday Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, was being raced to the maternity hospital in Samarra by her brother when the shooting occurred Tuesday Jassim, the mother of two children, and her 57-year-old cousin, Saliha Mohammed Hassan, were killed by the US force

Hezbollah has new rockets thanks to Iran

Iran has supplied the Hezbollah with new rockets that have the ability to reach every major city in Israel from Lebanon The Iranian madman will do everything possible to put the Israelis in danger and wants nothing more than to destabilize the Mideast as instability will further his goals This madman, backed and supported by Putin of Russia, will insure there will be no peace [quote]Iran has equipped the Lebanese-based radical Islamic group Hezbollah with long-range rockets capable of

Italy to pull 1,100 troops from Iraq

[quote]ROME - Italy will pull 1,100 of its troops from Iraq in June, the new government said Friday, giving its first specific numbers about the planned withdrawal "In June we will reduce our troops from 2,700 to 1,600," Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said during an evening television show His announcement came hours after he met with Premier Romano Prodi to map Italy's exit strategy from the US-led coalition Most Italian troops in Iraq are in the southern Iraqi city of Nas

Islamic Jihad leader killed in Lebanon

[quote]SIDON, Lebanon - A car bomb Friday killed a leader of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group whose suicide bombers have defied a truce with Israel and killed 34 people in the past year, including an American Islamic Jihad blamed Israeli intelligence and vowed to retaliate for the attack, which killed its leader in southern Lebanon, Mahmoud Majzoub, and his brother, Nidal Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora condemned the killings and pledged to "exert all efforts to puni

Primary school in Israel hit by Kassam rocket

The children were in another part of the school for prayer, elswise things would have been much different Of course, this attack, along with dozens of other attacks, was carried out from Gaza; the area Israel decided to hand over to the Arab Palestinians Of course, to show a concillatory spirit, the Arab Palestinians immediately vandalized and destroyed the same things that became theirs and turned the area into a launching pad from which to reach deeper into Israeli territory The Sde
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