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Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Field-Based Snapshot

Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Field-Based Snapshot: "Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Field-Based Snapshot

Brookings-Bern Project Occasional Paper, June 11, 2007

Ashraf al-Khalidi, Consultant, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
Sophia Hoffmann, Consultant, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
Victor Tanner, Senior Advisor, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement"
the full report -PDF file

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Ethiopian Premier Admits Errors on Somalia - washingtonpost.com

Ethiopian Premier Admits Errors on Somalia - washingtonpost.com: "NAIROBI, June 28 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Thursday that his government 'made a wrong political calculation' when it intervened in Somalia, where Ethiopian troops are bogged down in a fight against a growing insurgency.
Addressing Ethiopia's Parliament, Meles said his government incorrectly assumed that breaking up the Islamic movement that took control of most of Somalia in June 2006 would subdue the country. He also said he wrongly believed that Somali clan leaders would live up to unspecified 'promises.'
'We made these wrong assumptions,' Meles said on a day when a roadside bomb killed two Ethiopian soldiers in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, and two aid workers were shot dead in northern Somalia."

Michael Schwartz: CIA Terror Bombings, Bob Gates, and The Rise of Hezbollah - Politics on The Huffington Post

Michael Schwartz: CIA Terror Bombings, Bob Gates, and The Rise of Hezbollah - Politics on The Huffington Post: "'In our shop, we knew what Casey would be looking for in revenge for the barracks bombing and what the Israelis and Saudis were pushing,' related one analyst who would later become a senior Agency official. 'We laid out all the unknowables and caveats and how we were being whipsawed [by allied spy agencies], and we sent it upstairs for Gates to give to Casey, and we recommended it be bootlegged to the NSC and White House and even to Defense if it came to that.'

When there was no sign that Gates had done anything with their warning, two of the analysts confronted the deputy director. 'This is terrible,' one of them told him.
'We are not here to pick a fight with the boss,' Gates answered dismissively. 'I'm not particularly concerned about some set-to in Lebanon.'
The CIA did not just try to assassinate Muhammad Husain Fadlallah…

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lockerbie: The awkward questions

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lockerbie: The awkward questions"Scottish justice obviously played a leading part in one of the most disgraceful miscarriages of justice in history," he said.

"The Americans played their role in the investigation and influenced the prosecution."

Megrahi and the Libyan government will be quick to claim that he is innocent, as they have claimed all along.

He may seek to sue either the Scottish or the British authorities for wrongful conviction.

Libya could demand the return of the $2.7bn in compensation it paid to the victims' families - without ever accepting guilt.

Because of the magnitude of the case, there will be considerable embarrassment in both Washington and London.