US Embassy the Size of Vatican City in Iraq a Mystery

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MSNBC– The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq’s turbulent future. The new U.S. Embassy also seems as cloaked in … Read More

No Ties Between al Qaeda and Iraq, Pentagon Says

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CNN– The U.S. military’s first and only study looking into ties between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and al Qaeda showed no connection between the two, according to a military report released by the Pentagon. A U.S. soldier in front of a bus hit by a roadside bomb near Nasiriyah, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday. The report released by the Joint … Read More

Iraq’s Electricity Grid Nears Collapse

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MSNBC– Iraq’s electricity grid could collapse any day because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provincial officials who are unplugging local power stations from the national system, electricity officials said on Saturday. President Bush, meanwhile, was busy on the phone, calling Vice president Adel Abdel-Mahdi and President Jalal Talabani, urging political unity in the country, where the government … Read More

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Waterboarded 183 times in One Month

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TIMES ONLINE– CIA interrogators used the controverisal waterboarding technique 183 times on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks and 83 times on another al-Qaeda suspect, according to The New York Times. A 2005 Justice Department memorandum revealed that the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. Abu Zubaydah, the first … Read More

“War on Terror” Changed to “Overseas Contingency Operations”

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WASHINGTON POST– The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase “global war on terror,” a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor. In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please … Read More

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