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Front Page: Not al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader, UN Halts Myanmar Aid, Hezbollah Seizes West Beirut

  • Not al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader: The United States military in Iraq says a man arrested and detained yesterday in Mosul is not in fact the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, though an earlier statement from the Iraqi defense ministry said that Abu Ayyub al-Masri had been captured. An American military spokeswoman said al-Masri had not been arrested and that confusion had arisen because a man with a similar name to the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader had been detained.
  • UN Halts Myanmar Aid: The UN has suspended relief supplies to Myanmar today after the military government seized the food and equipment that had been sent into the country. The government had said it would accept supplies but not aid workers and would distribute the supplies as it saw fit. A statement from the Myanmar Foreign Ministry said the country is not in a position to receive rescue teams. A UN spokesman said he had never seen delays like this before in delivering relief supplies and aid officials.
  • Hezbollah Seizes West Beirut: After heavy gunfire broke out yesterday, armed members of the militant group Hezbollah have seized most of western Beirut, exiling supporters of the Western-backed government there. The fighting ignited after a government decision on Monday to shut down Hezbollah's telecommunication network. At least 11 people have been killed and many more injured in the city in three days of clashes.
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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
What a surprise, the government is taking the food for themselves. I'm glad the UN has stopped all aid
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I know let's invade Myanmar! :-> jk. On a serious note yes it is very sad. I wonder if they'll risk doing air drops? I heard the Thiland Prime Minister was scheduled to fly there to beg them to accept aid, but the Generals were apparently too busy to see him.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
Read this article to learn when a Middle East 'cease fire' is not what the US Military calls a cease fire. The Iraqi government cannot be trusted. They are not working towards freedom and democracy. They still live in the 8th Century mental zone. Myanmar is so reclusive and lives in such fear of freedom, justice, and democracy that they'd prefer for their own citizens to die rather than accept any help in distributing food to their starving and dying citizens. Okay. Some people say the earth has too many people living on it . . . so this is just one way to reduce the use of earth's resources. No, of course I don't mean that I believe that personally. But the "zero-population growth" groups should be asked their assessment of the Myanmar situation. Would they go in and help? We can only do what we're given permission to do. The old adage "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission" won't work in this catastrophe. The opposite adage is "It's easier to declare war on you than to forgive you." This situation just shows how degraded mankind can become in an effort to maintain their positions of power over people. SAD. very very SAD.
stephley stephley 9 years
"everyone there hires a family member" -- Talk about sidetracking support: the World Bank isn't supposed to be a jobs program for the already well to do.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
You know Paul Wolfowitz said the same thing when he was in charge of the World Bank and he was hounded out (they used his girlfriend as an excuse - everyone there hires a family member). He said he wanted to cut aid to African nations until they were sure the supplies were actually reaching the people. Otherwise they were just propping up dictators and warlords. It makes total sense.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Myanmar situation is very similar to what has happened with the BILLIONS of dollars given to African coutnries. The shady government regimes misappropriate it and the people that it is intended to go to never see a bit. As bad as some of you think this country is, aren't you damn lucky to be American?
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I can't believe they arrested the wrong man! And I actually felt relieved when I read the earlier report.
zeze zeze 9 years
The Iraqi gov't is on crack, isn't it? The Myanmar situation is so depressing to think of a few a-holes in power costing people their lives and the lived of their loved ones - politics will always be more important than human life, won't it?
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
What is wrong with the Gov't of Myanmar? Their people are dying and they need help! They need to put aside the differences and let foreign aid come in. This is ridiculous! :OY:
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I cant believe the situation in Myanmar. Wow, they are hurting their own people so much!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
The situation with the U.N. and Myanmar makes me so sad :( I just don't understand why they would refuse these poor and grieving people help.
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