The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

News for 12-25-06

12-25-06 - US troops celebrate Christmas in Iraq Separated from loved ones thousands of miles away back home, soldiers on active duty were treated to a lashings of lobster, turkey, gammon, pumpkin pie, cake and candy, a live jazz band and a room festooned with decorations.
"It's awesome. It makes you feel like you're at home," said First Lieutenant Gary Marquis, whose wife and three children live in Rhode Island, while on a break from patroling the mean streets of Baghdad.

12-25-06 - Troop 'surge' plan for Iraq meets growing opposition in US

12-25-06 - Iraq and Iran protest US arrest of Iranian officials

12-25-06 - U.S. Is Holding Iranians Seized in Raids in Iraq Gordon D. Johndroe, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said two Iranian diplomats were among those initially detained in the raids.....Nonetheless, the two raids, in central Baghdad, have deeply upset Iraqi government officials, who have been making strenuous efforts to engage Iran on matters of security. At least two of the Iranians were in this country on an invitation extended by Iraq?s president, Jalal Talabani, during a visit to Tehran earlier this month

12-25-06 - Egypt slams Iranian president Egypt rebuked Iran's president on Monday for claiming his state is "a nuclear country" - a comment that touched a nerve among Iran's neighbors in the Middle East.

12-25-06 - OIC urges peaceful end to Iran nuclear standoff The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for a peaceful resolution of the Iran nuclear crisis after the United Nations decided to impose sanctions over Tehran's refusal to stop enriching uranium.

12-25-06 - Iran's nuclear drive linked to looming oil crisis: US study

12-25-06 - Iran summons US representative over detention of diplomats Iran on Monday summoned the Swiss ambassador, whose country represents the United States interests in the Islamic republic, over the detention of Iranian diplomats by the US military in Iraq, ISNA news agency reported

12-25-06 - Palestinian state in 2 years 2 years? Why not NOW? This again leads me to believe that this is another attempt to appease Europe and get their support for another Middle East war (Iran). If Bush had wanted to help create a Palestinian state, he would have done so in 2005, per the Road Map. Not so. All of these recent gestures lately are awfully reminiscent of the runup to the Iraq war. And this all comes JUST as the UN slapped Iran with sanctions.

12-25-06 - OIC chief meets Hamas head in Syria "The meeting between Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Mr Meshaal focused on resuming inter-Palestinian talks and on ways of breaking the impasse provoked by Abu Mazen's speech, which closed the door to dialogue,"

12-25-06 - MK Bishara in Ghajar: We won't let you become refugees "The Arab village of Ghajar was conquered in '67 along with the Golan Heights and is an inseparable part of Syria . Its status must not be changed until the Golan Heights is discussed," MK Bishara told Ynet.

12-25-06 - Israelis seek peace with Syria, want to keep Golan Most Israelis want peace talks with Syria, but not at the cost of giving up the Golan.

12-25-06 - Olmert ready to open Syria talks Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday said he would like to renew peace talks with Syria, but insisted that Damascus first end its support of anti-Israel militant groups in the Palestinian areas and Lebanon.

12-25-06 - Pessimistic view of the Mideast Max Boot = neocon.

12-25-06 - Cluster bombs injure 5 in Lebanon

12-25-06 - U.S. Republican senator arrives in Syria for talks U.S. Republican Senator Arlen Specter arrived in Syria on Monday for talks with Syrian leaders on bilateral relations and situations in Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian territories, according to the independent Syria-News website.


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