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allAfrica.com: Somalia: Insurgents Ambush Ethiopia Forces, Burn Trucks (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Insurgents Ambush Ethiopia Forces, Burn Trucks (Page 1 of 1): "GURI Ethiopian troops deployed in parts of central Somalia came under heavy fire Tuesday as they traveled the major north-south highway, Radio Garowe reported.

The Ethiopian army convoy left the town of Guri El, in Galgaduud region, and was traveling south towards Hiran region when Islamist rebels ambushed them, igniting a bloody battle where artillery and rockets were used."

Ex-Guantanamo inmate to head rights news at Jazeera

Ex-Guantanamo inmate to head rights news at Jazeera: "Al Jazeera television said on Wednesday it had appointed a cameraman held for six years without charge at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay as producer at its new freedoms and human rights programmes department.

'I will do my utmost to reveal to the world the violations committed against humans,' Sudanese-born Sami al-Haj, who was handed to Sudanese authorities in May, said in a Jazeera statement announcing the appointment.

'I hope Jazeera, through creating this department would be able to help those who suffer quietly due to such violations.'

Haj who suffered health problems after a long hunger strike returned to the Sudanese capital Khartoum on May 1 aboard a U.S. military plane."

American Civil Liberties Union : ACLU Releases Navy Files On Civilian Casualties In Iraq War

American Civil Liberties Union : ACLU Releases Navy Files On Civilian Casualties In Iraq War
NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today released thousands of pages of documents related to Navy investigations of civilians killed by Coalition Forces in Iraq, including the cousin of the Iraqi ambassador to the United States. Released today in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU filed in June 2006, these records provide a vivid snapshot of the circumstances surrounding civilian deaths in Iraq.

"At every step of the way, the Bush administration and Defense Department have gone to unprecedented lengths to control and suppress information about the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Nasrina Bargzie, an attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. "Our democracy depends on an informed public and that is why it is so important that the American people see these documents. These documents will help to fill the informa…