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France Defense Minister Visits French Troops in Mali

March 15, 2013

“Le Drian was trying to assess troop morale and prepare the deployment of an African force to Mali, which will also serve French imperialist interests in the region.”

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Western Diplomats: Iran Has “Significantly” Increased Military Support to Syrian President Assad in Recent Months

March 14, 2013

“Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.”

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Pentagon: Iranian Fighter Jet Targeted U.S. Drone Over the Persian Gulf This Week

March 14, 2013

“No shots were fired. However, Obama administration officials told CNN that the United States is concerned with Iranian intentions in incidents like this and whether such episodes could unintentionally trigger hostilities.”

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President Obama: Iran is One Year Away From Developing a Nuclear Weapon

March 14, 2013

“Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.”

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Rules-Out Canadian Combat Troops in Mali

March 14, 2013

“Harper didn’t rule out Canadian support for a UN-led peacekeeping force, saying only that any future decisions by Ottawa on Mali won’t be taken without input from parliamentarians.”

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United Nations Report Accuses Mali Soldiers of Retaliatory Violence Against Ethnic Groups

March 13, 2013

“Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that members of the Peuhl, Tuareg and Arab ethnic groups were being targeted.”

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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 People at a Sporting Event in Afghanistan

March 13, 2013

“Among the seven killed in the bombing in the remote village of Basos were several family members of the Afghan speaker of parliament, said regional police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai. Another eight people were wounded.”

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France Foreign Minister Urges European Leaders to Lift Ban on Supplying Weapons to the Syrian Rebels

March 13, 2013

“France and Britain want the European Union to amend an arms embargo on sending arms to Syria which is part of a package of sanctions that rolls over every three months but they face opposition, notably from Germany.”

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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses the U.S. and Taliban of Working Together to Convince Afghans That Foreign Soldiers Shouldn’t Leave

March 10, 2013

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave – an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.”"

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Stopgap Spending Bill Passed By the House of Representatives Includes Order to Disclose Drone Information

March 9, 2013

“The House voted this week on a lengthy appropriations bill that, tucked deep within, contained a provision ordering the Department of Defense to disclose information about a little-known drone program that could be collecting images of unknowing Americans.”

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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Calls For the Drafting of Rules and Regulations For the Domestic Use of Drones

March 9, 2013

“She called it a “work in progress” and said that the Intelligence Committee is trying to draft legislation.”

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U.S. Air Force Deletes Data on Drone Deployments in Afghanistan

March 9, 2013

“The Air Force maintained that policy for the statistics reports for November, December and January. But the February numbers, released March 7, contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been.”

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Suicide Bomb Kills 8 Civilians Outside the Afghan Defense Ministry During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Kabul Visit

March 9, 2013

“Pentagon spokesman George Little says the secretary was in a briefing at a U.S.-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred.”

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Sources: President Obama to Issue “Clear And Direct” Challenge Against Iran During Upcoming Middle East Overseas Trip

March 8, 2013

“The comments do not represent a change in the Obama administration’s thinking, but come as the president prepares to travel in two weeks to the region where he is expected to be pressed over Iran by the Israeli government.”

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