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New York Times

Not long after the Americans occupied Iraq, strange things began happening in the family of Fatin Abdel Sattar, a Sunni Arab. Her teenage son stopped giving his Sunni name in Shiite areas. Her sister's marriage fell apart as her Shiite husband tu

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Washington Post

The Navy's former general counsel warned Pentagon officials 2 years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that circumventing international agreements on torture and detainees' treatment would invite abuse. Legal theories granting the pr

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By STEVEN R. HURST

CAIRO, Egypt Feb 20, 2006 (AP)— Osama bin Laden vowed never to be captured alive and said the U.S. military had become as "barbaric" as Saddam Hussein in an audiotape reposted on a militant Islamic Web site after first being broadcast last

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by Jorge Hirsch

Whether the U.S. will use nuclear weapons against Iran if a military confrontation erupts is in the hands of a single person, President Bush, as stated in NSC 30 from 1948: "the decision as to the employment of atomic weapons in the event of war

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Washington Post

Right up to the hot August night his apartment exploded, Louai Sakka's neighbors took him for a newlywed. The lanky Syrian was not seen much in the corridors of the high-rise residential complex where he lived in this sunny resort city, but he sp

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New York Times

How the quiet kingdom of Jordan could produce a man who has become known as the Sheik of the Slaughterers is a question at the heart of contemporary jihad. Zarqawi is exceptionally cruel, but he is otherwise not such an exception.

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Los Angeles Times

Leaders of the party associated with Shiite Muslim cleric Sadr threatened to break from the dominant alliance if the UIA did not make more overtures to Sunni Arabs, restrain Shiite paramilitary groups and rule in a more collaborative style.

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Agence France-Presse

Amid persistent warnings about China's growing military clout, the US military said it would hold one of its biggest naval exercises in the Asia Pacific. Involve 4 carrier strike groups, each with at least 3 warships, an attack submarine and a su

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Military.com

The Army’s first and only battlefield laser system is back. In 2003, the Army sent ZEUS, a Humvee armed with a 10kw solid-state laser, to Afghanistan, to blast mines and other explosives left over from years of war. Now ZEUS is in Iraq as part of a 3

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Associated Press

Russia's top military chief warned the US against launching a military strike against Iran and a top diplomat voiced hope that close cooperation with China could help resolve the Tehran nuclear crisis. With tension mounting over Iran's nuclea

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Salon magazine

Salon.com has obtained files and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal. Includes more than 1,000 photographs, videos and supporting documents from the Army's probe, may represent

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BradBlog (video link)

On Wednesday night, Australia's SBS Dateline aired the following report containing new graphic images and videos of abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The report, which contains full motion video documenting mistreatment of prisoners, is mo

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AntiWar.com

Citing a mountain of unpaid bills, the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia have shut off gasoline exports to Iraq. With options dwindling and Iraqis demanding fuel, Baghdad has begun to negotiate with its former arch-rival, Iran.

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Agence France Presse

UN atomic watchdog chief ElBaradei has warned in quiet diplomacy that it will be hard to strike a compromise on Iran's nuclear program without letting it do small-scale enrichment work—something the West firmly rejects, diplomats told AFP.

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The Guardian

Last week US defence chiefs unveiled their plan for battling global Islamist extremism. They envisage a conflict fought in dozens of countries and for decades to come. We look in detail at this seismic shift in strategic thinking, and what it will me

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by Jim Lobe (AntiWar.com) (PDF link)

Despite reports of growing tensions and even occasional clashes between Islamists and nationalists, the predominantly Sunni insurgency in Iraq appears increasingly united and confident of victory. "Over time, the insurgency appears to have becom

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Haaretz

Mistakes in U.S. Middle East policy have made America less safe and aided the militant group Hamas's victory in Palestinian elections, Democratic and Republican lawmakers told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday.

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Los Angeles Times

Struggling to boost it ranks in wartime, the Army has increased the number of recruits who would normally be barred because of criminal misconduct or alcohol and illegal drug problems. 1 in 6 recruits had a problem that disqualified them from militar

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Associated press

Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), said the unit—code-named "Able Danger"—also identified "a problem" in Yemen 2

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New York Times

Christian Bailey and Paige Craig were living in a half-renovated Washington group house, with a string of failed startup companies behind them until they began winning multimillion-dollar contracts to produce propaganda in Iraq.

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Christian Science Monitor

Grim phrases are on the lips of diplomats, government officials, and aid workers in Kabul when describing Afghanistan these days. Narco state, political disillusionment, military stalemate, donor fatigue, American military pullout.

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Daily Telegraph

A major American attack on Iran's nuclear sites would kill up to 10,000 people and lead to war in the Middle East. Hundreds of scientists and technicians would be targets in the opening salvos as the attacks focused on eliminating further nuclear

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