Middle East

Documents: U.S. Allowed Iraq’s Special Police Commando Unit to be Primarily Violent Shia Iraqis Beginning in 2004

March 7, 2013
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Documents: General David Petraeus and Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Linked to Secret Torture Centers in Iraq

March 7, 2013

“The Guardian/BBC Arabic investigation was sparked by the release ofclassified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres run by the police commandos across Iraq.”

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U.S. General James Mattis Confident in Middle East Presence Despite Sequestration Budget Cuts

March 6, 2013

“Gen. Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of spending cuts on his command. NavyAdm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, also testified Tuesday.”

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U.S. Central Commander Gen. James Mattis: Iran Nuclear Weapon Would Drive At Least One More Sunni-Arab State to Develop Nukes

March 5, 2013

“MATTIS: At least one other [Sunni-Arab] nation has told me they would do that, at a leadership level, they have assured me they would not stay without a nuclear weapon if Iran armed.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: Iran Moving Closer to Possessing a Nuclear Weapon

March 5, 2013

“At the end of his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry acknowledged that despite the continued diplomacy and tough sanctions being leveled against Iran, the regime continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon.”

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu: Iran Getting Closer to “Nuclear Red Line”

March 5, 2013

“”Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross it,” Netanyahu told the largest American pro-Israel lobby via satellite, referring to the point at which Israel believes Iran would be able to build a nuclear weapon.”

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Vice President Biden to AIPAC: President Obama Isn’t Bluffing on Iran

March 5, 2013

“”The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden told the audience in Washington.”

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Swiss Woman Freed in Yemen After Being Held Hostage For Nearly a Year

March 4, 2013

“Armed tribesmen had kidnapped the teacher in the western Yemeni port city of Hudaida in March 2012 to press their government to free jailed relatives, a Yemeni Interior Ministry official told Reuters last year.”

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Defends Aid to Syrian Rebels

March 4, 2013

“Last week the U.S. pledged millions of dollars in food, medical supplies, and non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition so that it can begin to provide security and govern liberated parts of Syria.”

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Gunmen Massacre Over 40 Syrian Government Soldiers Who Had Sought Temporary Safety in Iraq

March 4, 2013

“Ali al-Musawi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, accused “armed groups from the Iraqi and Syrian side” of coordinating the attack.”

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Activist: Syrian Rebels Take Control of Key City of Raqqa After Heavy Fighting With Government Forces

March 4, 2013

“The Local Coordination Committees, a network of anti-Assad activists in Syria, said the governor’s palace in Raqqa had been seized by insurgents”

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Syrian Rebels Form Exile Government in the Rebel-Controlled Province of Aleppo

March 4, 2013

“To provide a possible conduit for the U.S. aid, representatives of rebel groups elected a 29-person council here as the government in rebel-controlled northern province of Aleppo province.”

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Shipment Seized Off the Coast of Yemen Contained Chinese Anti-Aircraft Missiles

March 4, 2013

“The Chinese missiles were part of a larger shipment interdicted by American and Yemeni forces in January, which American and Yemeni officials say was intended for the Houthi rebels in northwestern Yemen.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: U.S. Releasing $250 Million in Aid to Egypt

March 4, 2013

“Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional U.S. assistance would depend on it.”

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Syria and Iran Criticize United States Non-Lethal Aid to the Syrian Rebels

March 2, 2013

“The foreign ministers of Syria and Iran on Saturday harshly criticized the United States over its decision to provide aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, saying that such assistance would only prolong the conflict.”

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