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Showing posts from January 14, 2008

Aswat Aliraq

Aswat AliraqMuthanna, Jan 13, (VOI) – U.S. forces shot down an Iraqi civilian north of Falluja city, a local police source said on Sunday.

"At a late hour on Saturday night, U.S. army personnel opened fire on a civilian vehicle that approached their patrol in Ziraa Degla area, 20 km north of Falluja, and killed its driver, whom they suspected to be a gunman trying to attack them," the source, who preferred to remain unnamed, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).
The vehicle was damaged in the shooting and the body was taken to the Falluja General Hospital, the source indicated.
No comment was available from the U.S. side on the incident.

Falluja, the largest city in the Sunni Anbar province, lies 45 km west of the Iraqi capital; while Ramadi, the capital city of the province, lies 110 km west of Baghdad.

Reuters AlertNet - Israeli pianist Barenboim takes Palestinian passport

Reuters AlertNet - Israeli pianist Barenboim takes Palestinian passport: "RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Daniel Barenboim, the world renowned Israeli pianist and conductor, has taken Palestinian citizenship and said he believed his rare new status could serve a model for peace between the two peoples.
'It is a great honour to be offered a passport,' he said late on Saturday after a Beethoven piano recital in Ramallah, the West Bank city where he has been active for some years in promoting contact between young Arab and Israeli musicians.
'I have also accepted it because I believe that the destinies of ... the Israeli people and the Palestinian people are inextricably linked,' Barenboim said. 'We are blessed -- or cursed -- to live with each other. And I prefer the first.'"

Report: Israel planning to assassinate Haniyeh | Jerusalem Post

Report: Israel planning to assassinate Haniyeh | Jerusalem Post: "Israel is planning to assassinate exiled Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal, deposed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and former PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, but is waiting to give the green light on the operation until after US President George W. Bush leaves the region, the London-based newspaper, Al-Hayat reported on Sunday."