The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Thursday, August 17, 2006

News for 08-16-06

08-16-06 - UK police granted more time to quiz bomb suspects

08-16-06 - Iran 'will discuss nuclear halt'

08-16-06 - Four Hezbollah fighters killed in ceasefire breaches: UN UN peacekeepers in Lebanon have said they had recorded three breaches of a deal ending fighting between Israel and Hezbollah over the past 24 hours which left four Hezbollah guerrillas dead.

08-16-06 - France calls for end to Lebanon blockade The French foreign minister on Wednesday called for Israel to lift its air, naval and land blockade of Lebanon, saying it was unnecessary with the U.N.-imposed cease-fire holding.

08-16-06 - Syria warns Israel over occupation of Golan Syria has warned Israel that the occupation of the Golan Heights "cannot last forever" and said Syrians would emulate Hezbollah to recover their land.

08-16-06 - Abbas Zein carries the body of his wife who was killed in an Israeli air strike, during a funeral in Burj al-Shemali

08-16-06 - Iraq veterans need more psychiatric help, says judge From the start of the conflict in Iraq in 2003 to December last year, 1,541 service personnel have received treatment for mental health conditions, 208 of which have been diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence.

08-16-06 - Many Iraqis See Lebanon as Mirror Image New frustration is rife within Baghdad. The United States response in support of Israel has further sharpened opposition to the U.S.-led occupying army.

08-16-06 - Plame lawyer plans to force Cheney, Rove testimony A lawyer plans to use a legal precedent that allowed President Bill Clinton to be sued while in office to force Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove to testify in a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband.

08-16-06 - Accused spy carried cash, secret files, agents say Navy officials have refused to say which government they believe he was in contact with and have not disclosed what sort of information he is accused of providing.....Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent Kevin Burke, who questioned Weinmann over nine days after he was brought to Norfolk from Dallas, said the sailor was found with dozens of computer files containing biographical information "at the classified level."

08-16-06 - Crisis talks on Lebanon oil spill Officials from the UN, the EU and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are meeting to agree a way to halt the spread in the Mediterranean.

08-16-06 - Pentagon studies examine 'mistakes' in Iraq, Afghanistan Quietly admitting that operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have not gone as well as had been expected, the US military establishment has undertaken a complete review of its operations and strategy in those two countries, with the idea of identifying what went wrong, and fixing it before the US faces a similar conflict in the future. And we all know what similar conflict is involved.

08-16-06 - Prescott lets slip that some suspects won't face serious charges John Prescott let slip yesterday that some of the 24 people arrested last week over the alleged transatlantic terror plot will not face serious charges.

08-16-06 - Halutz: Deploy Lebanon army to south or IDF will halt pullout Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said Wednesday that the IDF would halt its withdrawal from southern Lebanon if the Lebanese army did not deploy in the area within days.

08-16-06 - Israel urges UN action on arms embargo Israel's Foreign Minister is urging UN peacekeepers to enforce an arms embargo to prevent Hezbollah militia from getting weapons from their backers in Iran and Syria.

08-16-06 - Hezbollah Balks At Withdrawal From the South Israeli officials have declined to say how many of their soldiers are inside Lebanon. Strugar said that whatever the number, their withdrawal has to be coordinated with UNIFIL and Lebanese army officers in the coming days. "This is a complicated issue," he said.....Nasrallah, in his television address, suggested that for the time being the Hezbollah militia in southern Lebanon is the only way to defend Lebanon's sovereignty against Israel.

08-16-06 - Lebanon army set to move to south Bulldozers are now being used to clear away debris from the highways. The UN found 200 cluster bombs near a hospital, in the village of Tebnin.

08-16-06 - Lebanese hospital struggles to cope with the dead

08-16-06 - Red Cross: Explosives hinder Mideast aid

08-16-06 - South Lebanon littered with war's lethal leftovers "These things are tiny, really hard to see, and very sensitive. You just accidentally kick one and it will go off.".....The U.N. estimates Israel fired 2,600 artillery rounds, missiles and bombs into Lebanon each day of the five-week war, which killed more than 1,100 people in Lebanon and 157 Israelis.....U.S. rights group Human Rights Watch has urged the United States not to send cluster munitions to Israel, saying their use in civilian-populated areas violates international law.

08-16-06 - Israel sends mixed signals on pullout Israeli forces prepared to make way for U.N. peacekeepers in parts of south Lebanon on Wednesday, but their commander said troops could stay for months if it takes that long for a bigger U.N. force to deploy.

08-16-06 - Reconstruction alone estimated at $7bn in Lebanon

08-16-06 - International jurists group to probe Israel-Hezbollah conflict

08-16-06 - Israel to keep up blockade but permit civilian cargos: Peres

08-16-06 - Poll: 70 Percent of Israelis Oppose Cease-Fire

08-16-06 - How Reports of the July 12th Capture of IDF Soldiers Soon Shifted From Lebanon to Israel On the matter of exactly where the Israeli soldiers were abducted (in Lebanon or in Israel), the author did their homework.

08-16-06 - Israel wants UN to patrol Syrian border for weapons She said Lebanese monitoring of borders was "not enough" and U.N. peacekeepers, known as UNIFIL, had to help "prevent rearmament." UN is being charged with the task of providing Israel security. The real irony is this: had Israel been implementing the scores of UN resolutions that ~it~ is in violation of - we likely wouldn't be at this point today.

08-16-06 - An outburst that shows Labour's true feelings towards America The Prime Minister has been frustrated by the lack of progress on the road map by the Bush administration and Mr Prescott's alleged remarks that the "Bush administration has been crap" on the issue are widely shared in Labour ranks at Westminster. Recall that Blair was led to believe by the Bush administration that, for his participation and support of the US invasion of Iraq, the issue of Palestine would get resolved. Clearly, he was deceived.

08-16-06 - Hezbollah 'victory' boosts Palestinian radicals: analysts "What happened in Lebanon has strengthened the belief among Arab people that resistance is more effective than negotiations with Israel,"

08-16-06 - Peace in Lebanon requires Israeli-Palestinian peace: Finland A lasting peace in Lebanon can only be attained once the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, whose country holds the European Union presidency, has said.

08-16-06 - Rice: Not U.N.'s job to disarm Hezbollah That "political agreement" will be the responsibility of the Lebanese, Rice said in an interview with USA TODAY

08-16-06 - Canada can do more, Israeli ambassador says Mr. Baker also said he hopes to arrange a visit to Ottawa by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to thank Canada for its support.

08-16-06 - Hamas leader missed again? Israel reportedly botched a second attempt to assassinate Hamas' supreme leader.

08-16-06 - Palestinian camp under Lebanon control

08-16-06 - Israel humbled by arms from Iran The discovery of the origin of the weapons proved to the Israelis that their enemy was not a ragged and lightly armed militia but a semi-professional army equipped by Syria and Iran to take on Israel. So says Israel.

08-16-06 - Italy says Lebanon war shows futility of military force "The war in Lebanon has proved to all that military force will solve nothing. The use of military force leads to nothing except the rise of extremism and terrorism,"

08-16-06 - For stoic Lebanese, a cycle of rebuilding "We were angry with both sides," Shaalan says. "But mainly with the Israelis because they did not differentiate between Lebanese civilians and Palestinian fighters."

08-16-06 - It's Left to Bashar al-Assad to Tell the Truth there is no more sign that Hizbollah intends to "disarm" under the terms of UN Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701 than Israel is prepared to abide by UN Security Council Resolution 242 and withdraw from Arab territories it occupied in 1967

08-16-06 - Israel, U.S.: Lebanon must disarm Hezbollah Israel and the United States expect Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah.
How did Israel's problems become OUR problems, I wonder?

08-16-06 - Robert Fisk: Desert of trapped corpses testifies to Israel's failure

08-16-06 - Bush Sees No End to War on Terrorism

08-16-06 - Terror charges dropped against men arrested with 1,000cell phones Maruan Muhareb, 18; Adham Othman, 21, and Louai Othman, 23, all of the Dallas area, face new charges of conspiracy to defraud consumers and telephone providers by trafficking in counterfeit goods -- so-called "unlocked" cell phones.

08-16-06 - About Those 'Birth Pangs' - They're really death throes? The president parrots the Israeli line that Hezbollah is a "terrorist" organization that represents a mortal threat to Americans worldwide, but the reality is quite different, as the U.S. intelligence community recognized in a National Intelligence Estimate prepared in April, which, according to Laura Rozen, "says that Hezbollah is the only major terrorist group with global reach currently not trying to kill Americans."

08-16-06 - Pak FM calls for Palestine solution before another round of war

08-16-06 - In Congress, Lonely on Lebanon If you're trying to quantify the U.S. policy in the Middle East, here's a useful statistic: Since the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah started, 22 members of Congress have flown to Israel. Only one went to Lebanon.

08-16-06 - Russia calls for resumption of Palestine-Israel dialogue

08-16-06 - AIPAC Congratulates Itself on the Slaughter in Lebanon "AIPAC meets with every candidate running for Congress. These candidates receive in-depth briefings to help them completely understand the complexities of Israel's predicament and that of the Middle East as a whole. We even ask each candidate to author a 'position paper' on their views of the U.S.-Israel relationship--so it's clear where they stand on the subject."

08-16-06 - Israel allowed Arab overflights The deputy prime minister, on a U.S. tour to raise funds for reconstruction in the North, said Wednesday in Washington that he could not name the countries.


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