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Somalia, Many Civilians Reported Killed
Wed Jan 10, 2007 00:00

U.S. Launches Targeted Assassination in Somalia, Many Civilians Reported Killed

An interview with Salim Lone, former spokesman for the UN mission in Iraq and a columnist for the Daily Nation in Kenya. He has been closely monitoring the story. He joins us on the line from Nairobi.

The strikes come just weeks after U.S.-backed Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia and overthrew the Union of Islamic Courts. Reports have also emerged that suggest U.S. Special Forces and CIA paramilitary teams are now directly embedded with Ethiopian forces in Somalia. Earlier this year, the CIA was accused of backing a group of Somali warlords.

Broadcast - 01/09/07 - Democracy Now! -



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By Patrick J. Buchanan

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Bush's Rush to Armageddon

By Robert Parry

George W. Bush has purged senior military and intelligence officials who were obstacles to a wider war in the Middle East, broadening his options for both escalating the conflict inside Iraq and expanding the fighting to Iran and Syria with Israel’s help.

The Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse

By Norman Solomon

Bush can keep riding the madness of militarism at a gallop unless people on Capitol Hill stop nourishing it with appropriations. And they won't do that unless we find effective ways to insist that they cut off funding for the war.

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Claiming the Prize: Bush Surge Aimed at Securing Iraqi Oil

Written by Chris Floyd

American troops will "support" the "pacification effort" with what Maliki says calls "house-to-house" sweeps of Sunni areas. There is of course another phrase for this kind of operation: "ethnic cleansing."

Body of Saddam in the Morgue


Warning - This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.

U.S. soldier accused of murder had been diagnosed as homicidal


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Baghdad fighting reportedly killing 50 people:

The joint US-Iraqi forces were backed by US aircraft which fired into the Haifa Street area, witnesses said.

Another 46 killed:

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Troop surge could affect Guard:

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Congress must act against Iraq troop rise: Kennedy:

A leading Democratic senator proposed on Tuesday to block President Bush from sending more troops to Iraq unless Congress specifically approves.

Democrats Split Over Their Approach to Iraq:

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UN makes $60m Iraq refugee appeal :

One in eight of Iraqis have now left their homes, with up to 50,000 people leaving each month, the UNHCR said.

Fresh Saddam pictures 'released' :

The new video reportedly shows the former Iraqi dictator with a gaping neck wound.

More Than 50 Killed By U.S. Gunships In Somalia:

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Salim Lone: Destabilizing The Horn:

Clan warlords, who terrorized Somalia until they were driven out by the Islamists, and who were put back in power by the U.S.-backed and -trained Ethiopian army, have begun carving up the country once again.

Ex-CIA analyst says West misunderstands Al-Qaeda :

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Special Forces clash with the CIA:

U.S. Special Forces teams sent overseas on secret spying missions have clashed with the CIA and carried out operations in countries that are staunch U.S. allies, prompting a new effort by the agency and the Pentagon to tighten the rules for military units engaged in espionage, according to senior U.S. intelligence and military officials.

Nato occupation troops kill Afghan civilian :

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Pakistan agrees to reconsider mining Afghan border:

Pakistan's foreign minister said the country would look at other options before going ahead with a plan to mine its border with Afghanistan, after talks with his Canadian counterpart.

Iran says nuclear "spy" arrested:

Iran said Tuesday it has arrested a man on suspicion of selling Iran's nuclear secrets to an exiled Iranian opposition group, state radio reported.

U.S. cautions China over reported multibillion dollar gas deal with Iran:

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US names state-owned Iranian bank as weapons proliferator: -

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Israel: The correct map :

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Israel: MP wants Israeli youth to learn ethnic cleansing:

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Israeli Army: "We abducted 4110 Palestinians in 2006":

A senior Israeli military official said on Monday that soldiers abducted 4110 Palestinians in several Palestinian areas in 2006.

Israel says it arrested Muslim cleric deported by U.S. :

Israel is holding the former imam of Ohio's largest mosque, deported last week by the U.S., the Shin Bet internal security service said Tuesday.

Egypt orders probe into new torture video:

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Man granted U.S. residency after decades-long battle over El Salvador death squad allegations: :

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