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DubyaDubyaThree: War of Terror Update
How the $2 Trillion spent on Iraq War (so far) could have been spent (Toronto Star 1/21/08)
Reporter claims top Pentagon spokesman responsible for exaggerating Hormuz incident (Raw Story and Asia Times 1/17/08)
Bush threatens Iran (Haaretz 1/15/08)
“It’s not going to matter to me one way or another,” Bush said. “If the Iranians hit a U.S. ship, there are going to be serious consequences,” he said. If they hit our ships, we will hold Iran responsible,” Bush told a small group of journalists. “They’d better be careful and not be provocative.”
All Terror All the Time is Giving Americans Heart Failure (Mother Jones 1/7/08)
500% Increase in Iraq Airstrike from 2006-2007 (Washington Post 1/16/08)
“The U.S.-led coalition dropped 1,447 bombs on Iraq last year, an average of nearly four a day, compared with 229 bombs, or about four each week, in 2006…. The strategy was evident last week, as U.S. forces launched airstrikes across Iraq as part of Operation Phantom Phoenix. On Thursday morning in Arab Jabour, southeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military dropped 38 bombs with 40,000 pounds of explosives in 10 minutes, one of the largest strikes since the 2003 invasion. U.S. forces north of Baghdad employed bombs totaling more than 16,500 pounds over just a few days last week”
Anti-US politicos gain clout in Iraq (Alternet 1/17/08)
Iraq’s children still paying the price (Global Research 1/13/08)
Bush working to secure permanent presence in Iraq (Mother Jones 1/12/08)
New Tests Find Depleted Uranium 20 Years After Exposure (NewsTarget 1/16/08)
US plans cluster bomb task force (BBC 1/16/08)
Bush exempts Navy from environmental laws (AP via Raw Story 1/16/08)
“Conservationists on Wednesday blasted President Bush’s decision to exempt the Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using high-power sonar in its training off Southern California — a practice they say harms whales and other marine mammals… The court found that using mid-frequency active sonar violated the Coastal Zone Management Act and Bush exempted the Navy from a section of that act. Complying with the environmental law would “undermine the Navy’s ability to conduct realistic training exercises that are necessary to ensure the combat effectiveness of carrier and expeditionary strike groups,” Bush said.”
2000% rise in Afghan bombing missions in 2 years (Herald, UK 1/19/08)
Afghanistan war ‘just beginning’ (News, Australia 1/19/08)
The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children (via MParent 1/18/08)
“An award winning documentary film produced for German television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn. The film exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations. It opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called ‘depleted’ uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children. Dr. Siegwart-Horst Günther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) traveled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq.”
Pentagon’s PSYOPS: Information Warfare Using Aggressive Psychological Operations (Global Research 1/13/08)
“Operator Condor” no mystery for Washington (IPS News 1/12/08)
“The intelligence services of Peru and Argentina kept Washington informed in real time about a 1980 joint clandestine operation in which four alleged members of Argentina’s Montoneros guerrilla movement were “disappeared,” according to documents declassified in the United States.”
In Case You Missed It: Osama bin Laden died Dec 2001 (Welfare State)
US Appeals Court dismisses Guantanamo lawsuit (AP/Reuters 1/11/08)
“A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that four former Guantanamo prisoners, all British citizens, have no right to sue top Pentagon officials for torture and violations of their religious rights.”
Yemen urges US to close Guantanamo (Reuters/Yahoo 1/12/08)
Army Officer Cleared in Abu Ghraib Scandal (Washington Post 1/10/08)
So no one is being held responsible for what happened at Abu Ghraib.
Abu Ghraib officer: Probe ‘not complete’ (AP/Yahoo 1/11/08)
Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell says waterboarding would be torture, if used against him (Washington Post 1/13/08)
Deterioration of Iraqi Women’s Rights and Living Conditions Under Occupation (Global Research 1/13/08)
Secret contacts to speed building a US base in Morocco (AlKhaleej, Arab Emirates via RoadToIraq 1/15/08)
Persepolis: Life in Iran During the Islamic Revolution (Alternet 1/19/08)
“An animated coming of age story offers a personal look at a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution”

Previously:

1/12/08: Iraq and Afghanistan News Roundup 

1/1/08: Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Elshewhere 

12/15/07: Update Iran: DubyaDubyaThree has been postponed 

11/6/07: War of Terror Update: Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran

10/24/07: War of Terror Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and beyond

10/8/07: War of Terror Update Iraq and Iran

9/2/07: Global War of Terror Update

9/2/07: What will you do when they nuke Iran?

8/15/07: This week’s update on the war of terrorism

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