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Front Page: Less Likely US Will Have Authority To Stay in Iraq

  • The Bush administration's hopes for sealing a security deal with Iraq, to keep US troops in Iraq past December 31, are fading as Iraqis demand changes to a draft that some US officials consider unacceptable. If no deal is reached, the US must seek a new UN mandate, or leave. — Associated Press
  • Fierce fighting between the government and rebels in DR Congo is causing a humanitarian catastrophe. A tense ceasefire is holding in the eastern city of Goma, while the security situation still makes it difficult to deliver aid. — BBC News
  • The US Navy Blue Angels say the stunt-flying team will be down one jet the rest of its season after removing two members from duty for having an inappropriate relationship. The relationship was between a man and a woman. — CNN
  • The death toll from over a dozen blasts that hit India's northeastern state of Assam on Thursday rose to 77 today. Eleven more people succumbed to injuries overnight. — Guardian


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siguros siguros 8 years
Poor Blue Angels.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Well Jude you know the answer to that. Same reason we abandoned Afghanistan and tried to wrap Saddam into the post 9/11 fear-frenzy (anyone else remember that? That pathetic attempt to tie them together so we could justify the TOTAL gearswitch?)....just so that we could drop the ball on the actual perpetrators and go after Iraq (which coincidentally has lots of oil, WOW I HAD NO IDEA!! :P). If we cared so much about global democracy and freedom we would have helped Afghanistan before we were attacked since even Marie Claire wrote about what was happening to women there before 2001. We happily gave the pre-Taliban billions of dollars too, by the way. India, Africa, the Far East...I feel sick for the people being suckered into dying for "freedom". Not to mention what is happening in Pakistan now, because of what has been quietly happening in Afghanistan since we virtually abandoned the place.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i guess there's a chance that the timeline to leave the country is going to speed up more than we had thought huh? it's so hard sometimes to come to amicable decisions especially when no one really knows what the right next steps should be. i hope that this is resolved quickly. i saw something about the DR things that are going on on the news the other day and it's really scary to think about how quickly things can change, and how drastic the results can be when there's a but of unrest and people overthrow what governing body huh - i guess nothing's sacred anymore. that's a shame with the blue angels. each year they would perform in South Florida and it was really cool to see, but i guess they do need to lay down the law with their own, and make sure that everything is buttoned up wow - i didn't realize what was going on in India - i need to follow that it a bit more.
stephley stephley 8 years
If Obama's elected, Iraq's parliament will probably just drag its feet until they can negotiate with him. That's actually something that makes me nervous - thinking about the people who have a vested interest in having the agreement be what the U.S. is pressing now.
zeze zeze 8 years
Looks like the US is going to have to go to the UN and ask permission to stay in Iraq - right - I'm guessing we are probably going to stay there without authority rather than ask the UN anything...Or we could always bully Iraq into signing our version of the draft.
stephley stephley 8 years
Location, location, location.
indielove indielove 8 years
Dude, what does India have that we want? That we NEED? ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Isn't it interesting that despite this administration's talk of fighting the global war on terror, it seems very little is being done to aid India in combating the deadly attacks that take place there with alarming frequency? :ponder:
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