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Top News Stories 2008-07-09 06:59:24

Front Page: Iran Fires Missiles, Polygamy Leader Hospitalized, Darfur Peacekeepers Attacked

  • Iran Fires Missiles:
    Iran has test-fired nine missiles today, including one capable of reaching Israel. The tests coincide with escalating negotiations over Iran's nuclear program as well as US and UK warships conducting naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. The tests make this quote from yesterday stand out. A senior Iranian official said yesterday that Iran would respond to any military attack by striking Israel and America’s vital interests around the globe. He said, “In case that they commit such foolishness, Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the first targets to burst into flames receiving Iran’s crushing response.”

  • Polygamy Leader Hospitalized:
    Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has been taken from jail to a Las Vegas hospital for an unknown medical problem. President of the now well-know FLDS sect, Jeffs was sent to prison after a conviction by a Utah jury last year on two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice. His health has been in jeopardy while in prison because of a self-imposed fast as well as attempted suicide combined with throwing himself against the walls and banging his head.
  • Darfur Peacekeepers Attacked:
    Six members of the joint peace mission between the United Nations and African Union in Sudan's Darfur region have been killed in an attack. A convoy of 40 armoured vehicles ambushed the peace force while on patrol in North Darfur. Reports say that about 17 peacekeepers are still missing. The UN-AU mission struggles against the violence with only 9,000 of the planned 26,000 troops. It's unclear at this point who was behind this attack. Since the conflict began in Darfur five years ago, the UN estimates that 300,000 people have died and another two million have fled their homes.


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hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Like I said before the stage is being set for WW III. The missles are just more props and this is one show I hope never gets off the ground or health care, global warming, and gas will be the least of our worries.
bleached bleached 9 years
The US can't afford another war. With troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, another front in Iraq would be suicide. Iran knows it. And as Z said, Ahmedenejad is not the head of the country and Iran's Ayatollah has already said that Iran will only use military force in self-defense
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Jude omgosh I didn't see that video but when the article posted the other day I thought it! I even started to post something about it but decided not too... man that is scary funny lol... but I was thinking along the lines of well sure send them tons of cigarettes, it's still killing them just slowly.. wow that's weird that he said something similar in a video.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Good points and reasoning all around, zeze, and I also hope you're right :) On a lighter note, anyone else see the video of McCain saying that maybe we export cigarettes to Iran because that'll kill them? Funny stuff!
zeze zeze 9 years
Ya, I hope so too, to be honest, while I'm confident in the US, I don't think we can take much more of this as far as money, troops, moral, and support. I can't really comment on N. Korea though, I've only read the tip of the iceberg on that one.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
IMO, An Iran/Isreal conflict is inevitable, and I think Iran will attack Isreal. The US won't be able to use their tactical nukes, because of the civilian loss that would be considered criminal. Besides, there are still enough nukes pointed at the US, that a small scale launch could be misinterpreted, resulting in global extermination
syako syako 9 years
and Z, I really truly hope your intuition is right.
syako syako 9 years
sort of like N. Korea, Z?
stephley stephley 9 years
I think we'll attack Iran before they try anything against Israel- they're just making what's been in the works all along easier to sell as emergency response.
zeze zeze 9 years
I follow a lot of ME news and I don't know how to really explain it since it is just the overall atmosphere and nothing in particular that makes me think this way, but I get Iran (and mostly just the president - who is NOT the head of the country) is just talking to let it be known that they aren't scared. The head of the country never mentions violence/war without being attacked first and the people are almost as sick of the president as we are - no one wants war when they have just started to live somewhat decent lives since the Iraq-Iran war, especially a war laced with nukes. It all seems like hot air to me from the overall picture and I think "tough talk" and threats back only give Ahmedenajad credibility he doesn't have when the people read about Israel and US threats to their country and relative peace and security. If no one paid him attention I think most people would want him to shut up and stop trying to start trouble and ruin their lives - again, just intuition here, but I don't really see any evidence that my intuition is wrong.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Iran makes me sick.
syako syako 9 years
How are you so sure Z?
zeze zeze 9 years
I'm so sick of the US - Iran rivalry! Iran won't attack Israel, they won't - not when Israel and the US have nukes - so why does this constant childish bickering have to go one between the countries? I bet Iran's president would be a 100% more aggravated if everyone ignored is ranting rather than feeding into by responding with threats that help him gather support when he would otherwise have little or none.
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