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Iraqi VP: No Extension of US Troop Agreement -- News from Antiwar.com

Iraqi VP: No Extension of US Troop Agreement -- News from Antiwar.com
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi (Iraqiya Party) has issued a statement today in the wake of meeting with US Ambassador James Jeffery, declaring his opposition to renewing the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US to keep troops in the nation beyond December.

Jewish settlers are terrorising Palestinians, says Israeli general - Middle East, World - The Independent

Jewish settlers are terrorising Palestinians, says Israeli general - Middle East, World - The Independent
A senior Israeli army commander has warned that unchecked "Jewish terror" against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank threatens to plunge the territory into another conflict.

In unusually outspoken comments, Major General Avi Mizrahi took aim at extremist Israeli settlers, and said the yeshiva, or religious seminary, in Yitzhar, one of the most radical Jewish strongholds in the West Bank, should be closed, calling it a source of terror against Palestinians.

US drone strikes in Pakistan claiming many civilian victims, says campaigner | World news | guardian.co.uk

US drone strikes in Pakistan claiming many civilian victims, says campaigner | World news | guardian.co.uk
For the past three years, Noor Behram has hurried to the site of drone strikes in his native Waziristan. His purpose: to photograph and document the impact of missiles controlled by a joystick thousands of miles away, on US air force bases in Nevada and elsewhere. The drones are America's only weapon for hunting al-Qaida and the Taliban in what is supposed to be the most dangerous place in the world.

Sometimes arriving on the scene just minutes after the explosion, he first has to put his camera aside and start digging through the debris to see if there are any survivors. It's dangerous, unpleasant work. The drones frequently hit the same place again, a few minutes after the first strike, so looking for the injured is risky. There are other dangers too: militants and locals are suspicious of anyone with a camera. After all, it is a local network of spies working for the CIA…