Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Talking Turkey

Rice faces tough battle on Turkey trip - 31 Oct 2007 at 2:30pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey will push U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week to follow through on promises to help eradicate Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, but experts say the top U.S. diplomat's hands are tied.... "We are looking to the Iraqi government to act, to act to prevent terrorist attacks, and ultimately to act to dismantle that terror group that's operating on their territory," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. But while Rice has promised U.S. action and urged the Iraqis to do more, defense officials have made clear there is no appetite for U.S. military action against the PKK.

GAO: U.S. hasn't taken advantage of Iraq's drop in violence - October 30, 2007 09:23:00 PM - WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Iraqi governments have failed to take advantage of a dramatic drop in violence in Iraq, according to a report issued Tuesday by a U.S. watchdog agency, which warned that prospects were waning "for achieving current U.S. security, political and economic goals in Iraq."

Longtime Bush adviser leaving State Dept - 31 Oct 2007 at 9:35am - WASHINGTON -- Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush's last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year, she told The Associated Press.

Iraq, Afghan vets at risk for suicides - 31 Oct 2007 at 9:30am - WASHINGTON -- Mary Gallagher did not get a knock at the door from a military chaplain with news of her Marine husband's death in a faraway place. Instead, the Iraq war veteran committed suicide eight months after returning home.

AG nominee unsure about waterboarding - 31 Oct 2007 at 11:01am - WASHINGTON -- The White House said Wednesday that confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general is not in jeopardy despite opposition from Democrats displeased with his views about an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

Pentagon giving Turkey intel on rebels - 31 Oct 2007 at 12:04pm - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has started giving more intelligence - "lots of intelligence" - to Turkey to help it against rebels staging cross-border attacks from their hiding places in neighboring Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Demand for White House's Abramoff data - 31 Oct 2007 at 1:43pm - WASHINGTON -- A House committee chairman on Wednesday demanded that the White House turn over hundreds of pages of material about Jack Abramoff, the latest attempt by Congress to compel the Bush administration to detail its contacts with the disgraced lobbyist.

Some US diplomats angry over Iraq posts - 31 Oct 2007 at 1:37pm - WASHINGTON -- Several hundred U.S. diplomats vented anger and frustration Wednesday about the State Department's decision to force foreign service officers to take jobs in Iraq, with some likening it to a "potential death sentence."

October ends with no executions - 31 Oct 2007 at 3:10pm - WASHINGTON -- For the first time in nearly three years, a month passed with no executions in the United States.

Thought for the day:
Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water. -Swedish Proverb


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