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The Daily Star - Politics - Assassins gun down anti-Wahhabi Iranian cleric

The Daily Star - Politics - Assassins gun down anti-Wahhabi Iranian cleric: "TEHRAN: An Iranian Shiite cleric known for his anti-Wahhabi activities has been assassinated in the restive city of Ahvas, in an area that is home to a substantial Arab community, a press report said on Tuesday. 'Hojjatoleslam Hisham Seimori ... was shot dead by two men who turned up at his house on motorbikes around 10 at night,' the hard-line Kayhan newspaper said. Kayhan said Seimori was a 'skillful speaker who brought awareness to the youth about deviating movements, especially Wahhabism,' a branch of conservative Sunni Islam practiced in the Arabian Peninsula. - AFP"

Democracy Now! | Ex-Marine Josh Rushing on his Journey from Military Mouthpiece to Al Jazeera Correspondent

Democracy Now! | Ex-Marine Josh Rushing on his Journey from Military Mouthpiece to Al Jazeera CorrespondentFour years ago our first guest today helped sell the Iraq war to the American public. Armed with talking points from the Bush administration, Josh Rushing served as a Marine spokesperson at CENTCOM in Doha as the U.S. invaded Iraq. Josh Rushing has since retired from the Marines and has started working at an unlikely outlet – the Arabic news channel Al Jazeera International.
Rushing became famous in the Arab world after he appeared – almost by chance – in the documentary Control Room about Al Jazeera. After the film was released, the Marines ordered Rushing to stop speaking to the press because he had begun publicly defending Al Jazeera.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Village disputes story of deadly attack

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Village disputes story of deadly attackOn 22 June the US military announced that its attack helicopters, armed with missiles, engaged and killed 17 al-Qaeda gunmen who had been trying to infiltrate the village of al-Khalis, north of Baquba, where operation "Arrowhead Ripper" had been under way for the previous three days.

The item was duly carried by international news agencies and received widespread coverage, including on the BBC News website.

But villagers in largely-Shia al-Khalis say that those who died had nothing to do with al-Qaeda. They say they were local village guards trying to protect the township from exactly the kind of attack by insurgents the US military says it foiled.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Village disputes story of deadly attack

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Village disputes story of deadly attack: "On 22 June the US military announced that its attack helicopters, armed with missiles, engaged and killed 17 al-Qaeda gunmen who had been trying to infiltrate the village of al-Khalis, north of Baquba, where operation 'Arrowhead Ripper' had been under way for the previous three days.
The item was duly carried by international news agencies and received widespread coverage, including on the BBC News website.
But villagers in largely-Shia al-Khalis say that those who died had nothing to do with al-Qaeda. They say they were local village guards trying to protect the township from exactly the kind of attack by insurgents the US military says it foiled. "

Iraq forced to pay $10 billion per year for WMD search

Iraq forced to pay $10 billion per year for WMD searchIraq has been forced to pay US$10 billion a year to the US-led team searching for weapon's of mass destruction, even after it emerged that such stockpiles did not exist, a US Congressional report has found.

The Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security report by the Congressional Report Service notes that The formal US-led WMD search ended December 2004 but the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) is still formally active.

A draft resolution was only circulated this month to end UNMOVIC's work, which costs US $10 billion per year drawn from Iraqi revenues.