Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Stuck in Iraq

White House spokesman slams Kerry remark - 31 Oct 2006 at 12:59pm - WASHINGTON -- The White House accused Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday of troop-bashing, seizing on a comment the Democrat made to California students that those unable to navigate the country's education system "get stuck in Iraq."
Not sure where the "troop-bashing" is to be found there. It's not only those who are unable to navigate the education system who get stuck in Iraq, is it?

Rumsfeld weighs increase in Iraqi forces - 31 Oct 2006 at 12:25pm - WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday that he may to approve proposals by the Iraqi government and the top U.S. commander in Baghdad to increase the size of the Iraqi security forces.
"May approve"? My golly, if there were any possible way to increase the size of Iraqi security forces, why in the heck wouldn't it be approved?

Thousands protest Pakistan airstrike as prince scraps trip - 31 Oct 2006 at 8:19am - KHAR, Pakistan (AFP) - Thousands of gun-wielding Pakistani tribesmen chanting "Death to Bush" have protested against a deadly air raid on an Al-Qaeda-linked religious school that killed 80 people.

Al-Zawahri past visitor to Pakistani madrasa - 31 Oct 2006 at 12:39pm - KHAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Al Qaeda Number Two Ayman al-Zawahri was a past visitor to a madrasa destroyed by a Pakistan Army helicopter attack, but he was not there when the missiles struck on Monday, senior Pakistani security officials said.
Time's running out for an October surprise.

Iraq PM orders U.S. to ease grip on Shi'ite bastion - 31 Oct 2006 at 8:08am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister, in a very public demonstration of his influence over the U.S. military, announced the lifting on Tuesday of a week-old cordon around the Baghdad militia stronghold of one of his key Shi'ite allies.

U.S. Obeys Order to Abandon Checkpoints - 31 Oct 2006 at 11:59am - U.S. troops on Tuesday abandoned checkpoints around the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City on orders from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the latest in a series of moves by the Iraqi leader to assert his authority with the U.S. administration.

Alleged al Qaeda agent Padilla claims torture - 31 Oct 2006 at 2:06pm - MIAMI (Reuters) - Lawyers for alleged al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla have asked a Florida judge to dismiss the terrorism case against him, saying he was tortured and force-fed psychedelic drugs while held at a U.S. military brig for more than 3-1/2 years.

Ruling May Effect S. Dakota Abortion Vote - 31 Oct 2006 at 7:30am - In a ruling that could influence voters on Nov. 7 " when they cast ballots over a state-wide ban of nearly all abortions " an appeals court has put the brakes on South Dakota's consent and notification law.

Blair defeats opposition call for Iraq probe - 31 Oct 2006 at 2:37pm - LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour government defeated an opposition call in parliament for a fresh inquiry into the Iraq war on Tuesday, sparing Blair embarrassment.

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