Current Events

Syrians flee Northern City of Maarat al-Numan, fearing military assault

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Hundreds of Syrians fled the northern city of Maarat al-Numan Wednesday ahead of a feared military assault, as Turkey’s prime minister pushed President Bashar al-Assad to end a crackdown against a widening anti-government uprising. Witnesses and activists in Maarat al-Numan say Syrian troops intermittently shelled areas near the city and raided nearby […]

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Senator Graham: Now is the time to “pour it on” in Afghanistan

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   As Senate Democrats ramp up their calls to pull out significant numbers of troops from Afghanistan this summer, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is warning that U.S. military efforts in the country will not survive if Congress “becomes an isolationist body.” Within the next few weeks, President Obama will reveal his much-anticipated decision […]

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad joins China, Russia at summit

June 15, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday joined the Chinese and Russian leaders in a rare encounter at a summit in Kazakhstan, where he launched a new attack on the “slavers and colonisers” of the West. Host Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security group regarded as a […]

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Syrian army pursuing ‘scorched earth’ policy

June 15, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Syrian armed forces continued a “scorched earth” campaign near the country’s borders with Turkey and Iraq, witnesses said Tuesday, as the US and Europe stepped up condemnation of the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown on protests.” The “scorched earth policy” was first popularized by the Russian Army during World War II as a […]

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Pakistan arrests Pakistani CIA informants suspected of bin Laden leak

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials […]

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Pakistan agrees to target Taliban hide-outs

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Pakistan has agreed to target the hide-outs of Taliban fighters and other insurgents who attack neighboring Afghanistan and refuse to take part in faltering peace talks, Afghan officials said yesterday. Many of the Taliban’s key leaders are thought to be hiding in Pakistan, and the threat of military strikes could be used […]

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The Taliban denies involvement in Pakistan bombings

June 12, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The Taliban has denied responsibility for twin bombings at a crowded market in Pakistan’s Peshawar city that killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 100 others late Saturday. A Taliban spokesman (Ehsanullah Ehsan) called reporters Sunday in the North Waziristan tribal region to deny involvement. He said, “We do not […]

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Defense Secretary Gates criticizes other NATO members for lack of support

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates rebuked some of America’s staunchest allies yesterday, saying that the United States has a “dwindling appetite’’ to serve as the heavyweight partner in the military order that has underpinned the US relationship with Europe since the end of World War II. In an unusually stinging speech, made […]

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Gates to Obama: Don’t pull out of Afghanistan too quickly

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ” From Nato headquarters he said: “Having arrived in Brussels after my 12th and last visit to Afghanistan as secretary of defence, I shared my view that we are making substantial progress on the ground. I also reiterated my belief that these gains could be threatened if we do not proceed with […]

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