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War Of Terror Update: Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban fighters move in near Kandahar for first time since 2001 (NYTimes)

Japan has ordered the withdrawal of its’ two ships near Afghanistan (BBC)

  

IRAQ

U.S. committing systematic rape, torture, sadism against women in Iraqi prison camps (Yaqen News Agency via Uruknet)

BBC reports Israel in northern Iraq  (Journal of Turkish Weekly via MParent)

The Forgotten Victims of the U.S. War on Iraq : more refugees than Darfur (Dissident Voice)

Iraq revokes immunity for all mercenaries/paramilitaries/private contractors from prosecution in Iraqi courts (TPMuckraker)

Ecological Warfare: Iraq’s Environmental Crisis (Dissident Voice)

A grim article worth reading

Not Sci-Fi: Ray Gun moved up for Iraq deployment next year (AP/Houston Chronicle and Air Force Times)

The State Department so badly managed a $1.2 billion contract for Iraqi police training that it can’t tell what it got for the money spent. (San Francisco Chronicle)

EXCERPT: “Because of disarray in invoices and records on the project – and because the government is trying to recoup money paid inappropriately to contractor DynCorp International, LLC – auditors have temporarily suspended their effort to review the contract’s implementation, said Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart W. Bowen Jr.”

The U.S. military has increased airstrikes in Iraq four-fold this year (USA Today)

“The Air Force has been forced to use Russian commercial cargo jets to rush Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles from the U.S. to Iraq because it does not have enough C-5 and C-17 planes to do the job.” (ArmyTimes)

           

Gen. Petraeus’ spokesman is either sending out rambling politicized emails to bloggers, this time at Salon.com, or someone has hacked into the CentCom military system and is doing it.  (via Editor&Publisher)

Both possibilities are troubling.

Iraq dismisses Mosul Dam warnings; Danger of Deadly Collapse (BBC and Washington Post)

The Mega-Bunker of Baghdad : The new American Embassy in Baghdad will be the largest, least welcoming, and most lavish embassy in the world: a $600 million massively fortified compound with 619 blast-resistant apartments and a food court fit for a shopping mall. Unfortunately, like other similarly constructed U.S. Embassies, it may already be obsolete. (Vanity Fair)

Iraq Power Plants Shut Down Due to Lack of Fuel (Azzaman)EXCERPT: “Iraqi refineries have the capacity to churn out up to 700,000 barrels a day but they are working much below capacity due to acts of sabotage, lack of maintenance and corruption.  Iraq suffered no fuel shortages before the U.S. invasion and the amount of electricity produced now is still less than that under the former regime.”

IRAN

U.S. begins naval war exercise in Persian Gulf, coinciding with London talks on Iran sanctions (IranFocus)

Thirty US senators wrote to President Bush Thursday [11/1/07], warning he had no authority to launch military action against Iran, and expressing concern about the administration’s “provocative” rhetoric. (AFP/Raw Story)

UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday he had no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons and accused US leaders of adding “fuel to the fire” with recent bellicose rhetoric.  “We haven’t received any information there is a parallel, ongoing, active nuclear weapon program,” the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency told CNN.  “Second, even if Iran were to be working on nuclear weapons … they are at least (a) few years away from having such weapon,” he said, citing Washington’s own intelligence assessments. (Agence France Presse via Raw Story)

Attack Iran and you attack Russia (Global Research)

We must bomb Iran” – Bush and Giuliani advisor (Telegraph, UK)

EXCERPT: “A senior foreign policy adviser to the Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani has urged that Iran be bombed using cruise missiles and “bunker busters” to set back Teheran’s nuclear programme by at least five years.  The tough message at a time of crisis between the United States and Iraq was delivered by Norman Podhoretz, one of the founders of neoconservatism, who has also imparted his stark advice personally to a receptive President George W. Bush.  “None of the alternatives to military action – negotiations, sanctions, provoking an internal insurrection – can possibly work,” said Mr Podhoretz.”

Esquire Scoops Mainstream Media: The Secret History of the Impending War With Iran the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know

EXCERPTS: “Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush Administration say the U.S. has been gearing up for a war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise. It’ll be Iraq all over again.”… “When Condoleezza Rice discussed the Middle East with President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, [Flynt Lawrence] Leverett was the man standing behind her taking notes and whispering in her ear.”… “With degrees from Brandeis and Harvard Law and stints at Tel Aviv University and the powerful Israeli lobby known as AIPAC, [Hillary Mann] has even better right-wing credentials than her husband.”

Iran steps up preparations for U.S. invasion (Telegraph, UK)

EXCERPT: “Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is stepping up preparations for possible war with America by replacing a string of moderate regime officials with hardliners who more closely share his views.”

The Bush administration escalated its fight with Iran over its alleged nuclear ambitions and involvement in Iraq, imposing economic sanctions that triggered worries about possible military action.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday the unilateral sanctions, which forbid U.S. dealings with three Iranian-owned banks and businesses controlled by Iran’s special military units, are designed in part to encourage other nations to follow. None did immediately. (USA Today)

Iran calls for international tribunal to deal with U.S. war crimes (WakeUpFromYourSlumber)

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