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Top News Stories 2008-07-15 07:06:43

Front Page: Guantanamo Secret Footage, Suicide Attack Kills Iraqi Recruits, Bush Press Conference

  • Guantanamo Secret Footage:
    A secretly filmed tape of a detainee being questioned at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay has just been released. The video shows 16-year-old detainee, Omar Khadr, being questioned by Canadian officials about events that led to his capture by US forces. The Canadian detainee is accused of throwing a grenade resulting in a US soldier's death in Afghanistan in 2002. In the video, he can be heard repeatedly chanting, "help me". The tape was released by Khadr's lawyers after a Supreme Court ruling that key evidence be released that would allow a full defense of the charges he's facing, and they're hoping the tape will cause PM Harper to demand that the US not prosecute Khadr.

  • Suicide Attack Kills Iraqi Recruits:
    Two suicide bombers dressed as army recruits detonated at an Iraqi base this morning killing at least 35 Iraqi recruits and wounding 63. The bombers were wearing belts packed with explosives as they infiltrated a crowd of more than 200 recruits and exploded about 30 seconds apart in front of the headquarters of an Iraqi brigade where the recruits had gathered.
  • Bush Press Conference:
    US President George W. Bush is set to speak in moments (10:20 a.m. ET) with an opening statement on steps he has taken to fix the economy. The White House said, "he will talk about the overall state of the economy," and, "the president will talk about steps his administration has taken to stabilize the housing and financial markets." The news conference is expected to overlap Barack Obama's proclaimed major policy address on Iraq, scheduled for 10:45 a.m.
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MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Thanks for posting that link, Coaks! The article is very informative.
coaks coaks 8 years
In Canada, the issue is more about our country's compliance/lack of action regarding Khadr. The Conservative government has not asked for extradition, which has historically been a common practice for cases where Canadian and American law and sentencing differ (ex. Canadians sentenced to the death penalty in the US are most often extradited to Canada where they spend life in prison). Also their is the issue of Khadr's age at capture. Here is a more in depth analysis of the Khadr case:
stephley stephley 8 years
When was the boy's trial where evidence of his crimes was presented? Because at this point, the President and the American military have lied so much about who people are, what they've done and how they've been treated, that I don't believe them when it comes to anyone they've held prisoner.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
It doesn't really sound like the Canadian kid had it too bad. I read what he did (he was in a hut with others that were shooting at troops, and he launched a grenade at them, and killed a US soldier), and if that is true, we shouldn't have pity on him simply because he was 15 or Canadian. His lawyer said that he hopes that Canada will stand up and not let their citizens get treated like this...but his treatment from the description of the video didn't sound bad to me.
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