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Karzai reverses ban on foreign security firms

Karzai reverses ban on foreign security firms --The move comes days after notorious American contractor terror group Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater, was awarded a five-year State Department contract worth up to USD 10 billion for operations in Afghanistan. 17 Oct 2010 The Afghan government has retreated from a plan to disband all foreign security firms amid intense foreign pressure to reconsider the decision. President Hamid Karzai's office said in a Sunday statement that the firms responsible for the protection of embassies and military bases could maintain operations.

Iraq police death toll close to insurgency's darkest days

Iraq police death toll close to insurgency's darkest days 16 Oct 2010 A wave of targeted attacks on soldiers, police, traffic officers and senior officials is steadily picking off the custodians of Iraq's streets at rates that are nearing the darkest days of the insurgency, according to security commanders. As of last Monday, 710 Iraqis had been killed this year with silenced pistols or rifles. At least 600 more had been killed by [Blackwater?] magnet bombs placed under the cars of officials, according to Baghdad's Major Crimes Unit. Hundreds more have been injured.

US backing international terrorists: Turkish PM

US backing international terrorists: Turkish PM 15 Oct 2010 Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the US was supporting some common enemies of Pakistan and Turkey and the time has come to unmask them and act together. In an exclusive chat with this correspondent in the presence of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Turkish prime minister very candidly answered critical questions not only about Turkey-Pakistan relations but also on some other important issues before leaving Pakistan on Tuesday night.

Troops 'overwhelmed and cannot defeat Taliban'

Troops 'overwhelmed and cannot defeat Taliban' 17 Oct 2010 The Taliban have "overwhelmed" foreign troops and cannot be defeated by military means, one of Australia's top combat soldiers has warned. Brigadier Mark Smethurst says securing Afghanistan could take decades, but success is uncertain without a fundamental change in strategy. His critical assessment comes in a report that contrasts sharply with federal government claims of progress in Afghanistan.

Report: One killed, two injured in IDF strike in northern Gaza

Report: One killed, two injured in IDF strike in northern Gaza 17 Oct 2010 One Palestinian was killed and two other injured in an IDF strike in northern Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian sources report. A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said that Israel Air Force attacked a terrorist cells planning to launch Qassam rockets or mortar bombs at Israel. According to Palestinian reports, Israel Navy attacked a Hamas training facility north of Gaza city.

European terror attacks mastermind sent operative to Britain to raise arms and money

European terror attacks mastermind sent operative to Britain to raise arms and money --It is understood that MI5 has been aware of Kashmiri's network for more than a year but has not discovered active plans for attacks. 17 Oct 2010 The one-eyed al-Qaeda commander [aka CIA/MI5] behind the recent terrorism alert over Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, sent a terrorist operative to Britain last year to seek money, weapons and manpower, it can be disclosed. Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, sent an associate to Britain to meet two men from Derby in August 2009, security sources have told The Daily Telegraph. The British contacts were supposed to assist the associate, a US citizen called David Coleman Headley, with plans for a truck-bomb attack on the Danish newspaper behind cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Turkish PM describes Israel flotilla raid "state terrorism," demands apology

Turkish PM describes Israel flotilla raid "state terrorism," demands apology 16 Oct 2010 Turkey's prime minister has again accused Israel of "state terrorism" and called on the Jewish state to apologize and compensate victims of a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "the Israeli government must apologize and compensate (victims) for the state terrorism in the Mediterranean." He was addressing members of his Islamic-oriented party at a weekend retreat Saturday.

Sunnis in Iraq Allied With U.S. Quitting to Rejoin Rebels

Sunnis in Iraq Allied With U.S. Quitting to Rejoin Rebels --The former [well, current] insurgents were initially paid by the American military [well, taxpayer]. 17 Oct 2010 Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign by the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents. Although there are no firm figures, security and political officials say hundreds of the well-disciplined fighters -- many of whom have gained extensive knowledge about the American military -- appear to have rejoined 'Al Qaeda' in Mesopotamia. [Oh dear. Better pay Blackwater billions again -- to re-defeat the US-funded insurgents and to protect BP's oil pipelines. --LRP]

Wikileaks to release 400,000 Iraq war files

Wikileaks to release 400,000 Iraq war files 17 Oct 2010 The whistleblower website Wikileaks is expected to release hundreds of thousands of secret military files. It is understood Wikileaks is preparing to release as many as 400,000 sensitive intelligence files relating to the US-led war in Iraq. The Pentagon has begun scouring through its own Iraq war databases to prepare for the fallout and has reportedly set up a 120-person taskforce to assess the possible impact.

Swedish soldier dies in Afghanistan, 2 hurt

Swedish soldier dies in Afghanistan, 2 hurt 17 Oct 2010 A Swedish soldier died in northern Afghanistan and two others were wounded Saturday when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device, a Swedish military communique said. The vehicle had been called in after clashes west of Mazar-i-Sharif. The wounds to the two other soldiers were not in life-threatening, the statement said.

Experts admit swine flu jab 'may cause' deadly nerve disease

Experts admit swine flu jab 'may cause' deadly nerve disease 16 Oct 2010 Health chiefs have for the first time acknowledged that the swine flu jab may be linked to an increased risk of developing a deadly nerve condition. Experts are examining a possible association between the controversial jab and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, according to a report from official watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Previously, the Government has always stressed there is no evidence to link the paralysing condition to the H1N1 vaccine.

US soldier facing court martial for murder of civilians

US soldier facing court martial for murder of civilians 16 Oct 2010 One US soldier among five accused of deliberately killing Afghan civilians is to face a court martial, according to the US Army speaking on Saturday about the case. The soldier facing a court martial is Corporal Jeremy Morlock who, along with four fellow soldiers, is accused of the premeditated murder of at least three Afghan civilians upon which he and his platoon opened fire without provocation.

Quebec to prohibit women wearing Muslim veil from receiving public services

Quebec to prohibit women wearing Muslim veil from receiving public services By Louis Girard 16 Oct 2010 The Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest is vowing to adopt as law its chauvinist, anti-democratic Bill 94 during the fall session of the National Assembly. If passed, this law would prohibit women wearing the niqab or burqa, i.e. a full Muslim face veil, from obtaining services from public and para-governmental institutions under Quebec jurisdiction, including doctors’ offices and health clinics and government-funded schools, colleges (CEGEPs), and universities.

'FBI knew of Mumbai attacks in advance'

'FBI knew of Mumbai attacks in advance' [The Mumbai attacks, and every other terrorist attack.] 16 Oct 2010 A media report says that US intelligence officials were aware of plans to attack Mumbai years before the terrorist incident killed more than 170 people in India's main port city in 2008. A report published by the Washington Post on Wednesday said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had been tipped off in 2005 about an American national [David Coleman Headley], who masterminded attacks on the Indian financial hub three years later.

Security officers targeted in Iraq

Security officers targeted in Iraq 15 Oct 2010 Iraqi security officials say insurgents have been targeting the police and military in recent months, with even traffic officers being killed and maimed. The weapons of choice are bombs attached to cars with magnets, and handguns equipped with silencers, investigators say.

Roadside bomb kills 9 in Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 9 in Afghanistan 16 Oct 2010 A roadside bomb has killed at least 9 civilians and wounded four others in southern province of Zabul in Afghanistan, a senior police official says. The people lost their lives after their bus hit an improvised explosive device near the city of Qalat on Friday, Ghulam Jelani Farahi, the deputy police chief of the province, told Press TV.

Unauthorized US strike kills 4 in Pakistan

Unauthorized US strike kills 4 in Pakistan 16 Oct 2010 Four people have been killed in a non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region only hours after another US drone attack had killed four people. Pakistani security officials confirmed the US drone attack in the town of Aziz Khen and the death toll late on Friday, AFP reported.

'11 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan'

'11 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan' 16 Oct 2010 Taliban claim that they have killed at least 11 US-led soldiers in a bomb attack in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed on Saturday that one of Taliban members blew himself up at a joint military base controlled by US-led foreign troops and Afghan forces and killed 11 soldiers and wounded several others, a Press TV correspondent reported.

US supports terrorism: Turkish PM

US supports terrorism: Turkish PM 16 Oct 2010 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his visit to Pakistan, has declared that the US administration supports "terrorism." Erdogan touched on Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turkish human rights activists on May 31 and condemned the US "double standards," noting that Washington openly "supported the Israeli state terrorism," despite its claims that it supports peace, Turkey's Milliyet newspaper reported on Saturday.

WHO: Outbreak of disfiguring tropical disease surges in Afghanistan, with thousands infected

WHO: Outbreak of disfiguring tropical disease surges in Afghanistan, with thousands infected 15 Oct 2010 An outbreak of a tropical disease caused by sand fly bites that leaves disfiguring skin sores has hit Afghanistan, with tens of thousands of people infected, health officials said Friday. Cutaneous leishmanisis is a parasitic disease transmitted by the female phlebotomine sand fly -- an insect only 2-3 millimeters long that requires the blood of humans or animals so its eggs can develop.

Paris airports pipeline cut amid protests: company

Paris airports pipeline cut amid protests: company 15 Oct 2010 The fuel pipeline to Paris' two main airports as well as depots outside the capital was cut on Friday, operator Trapil told AFP, as pension reform protests around the country hit supplies. The main Paris air hub, Charles de Gaulle, could run out of fuel as early as next week, a company spokesman said, adding that three fuel depots supplying road filling stations south of the capital would also be hit.

Australian says Guantanamo was 'six years of hell'

Australian says Guantanamo was 'six years of hell' 15 Oct 2010 Australia's former long-serving Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks Saturday broke his silence on life inside the US-run prison, saying he endured deprivation and witnessed brutality in "six years of hell". Hicks said he was in a "haze of disbelief and fear, pain and confusion" when he arrived in Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in early 2002 and was placed in a cage made of cyclone fencing. "The first two weeks of Camp X-Ray was a blur of hardships: no sleeping, no talking, no moving, no looking, no information," he writes in "Guantanamo: My Journey" released Saturday.

Cancer 'is purely man-made' say scientists

Cancer 'is purely man-made' say scientists after finding almost no trace of disease in Egyptian mummies 15 Oct 2010 Cancer is a man-made disease fuelled by the excesses of modern life [vaccines], a study of ancient remains has found. Tumours were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found.

Obama administration blasts Calif. pot measure

Obama administration blasts Calif. pot measure 15 Oct 2010 The Obama administration has denounced Proposition 19, which would legalize personal use of marijuana in California, and promises to "vigorously enforce" the federal ban on possessing, growing or selling the drug if voters approve the ballot measure Nov. 2. The pledge came Thursday from Attorney General Eric Holder, who oversees the government's anti-narcotics operations.

US military says 77,000 Iraqis killed over 5 years

US military says 77,000 Iraqis killed over 5 years [The actual number is much higher.] 15 Oct 2010 A new U.S. military tally puts the death toll of Iraqi civilians and security forces in the bloodiest years of the war thousands below Iraqi government figures. The body count tallied deaths of almost 77,000 Iraqis between January 2004 and August 2008 -- the darkest chapter of Iraq's sectarian warfare and the U.S. troop surge to quell exploit it. But the tally falls short of the estimated 85,694 deaths of civilians and security officials between January 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008, as counted last year by the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry.

FBI was warned about key figure in Mumbai attacks: report

FBI was warned about key figure in Mumbai attacks: report 15 Oct 2010 The wife of a key figure in the 2008 Mumbai attacks warned US federal agents three years beforehand that her husband was training with a Pakistani militant group, the Washington Post reported Friday. Citing sources close to the case, the Post said the wife of David Coleman Headley warned FBI agents in August 2005 that her husband had undergone intensive training with Lashkar-e-Taiba and was in contact with extremists. ['Warned?' He was probably on their payroll!]

Strikers cut fuel pipeline to Paris

Strikers cut fuel pipeline to Paris --Nationwide strike is planned on Tuesday 15 Oct 2010 Refinery workers cut off a fuel pipeline to Paris today as protesters piled on pressure to derail French president Nicolas Sarkozy's unpopular pension reform. Police broke up blockades at fuel depots in southern France but protesters blocked a terminal at Paris's Orly airport and truckers were set to join the fray as momentum built for a day of street rallies tomorrow.

Gov't: No Increase for Social Security Next Year

Gov't: No Increase for Social Security Next Year 15 Oct 2010 Another year without an increase in Social Security retirement and disability benefits is creating a political backlash that has President Barack Obama and Democrats pushing to give a $250 bonus to each of the program's 58 million recipients. The Social Security Administration said Friday inflation has been too low since the last increase in 2009 to warrant a raise for 2011. The announcement marks only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975.

Bill Gates Buys More News Coverage for His Seattle Foundation, Gives ABC $1.5 Million

Vaccine pimp Bill Gates buying favorable publicity: Bill Gates Buys More News Coverage for His Seattle Foundation, Gives ABC $1.5 Million 08 Oct 2010 Bill Gates is making another media investment: His foundation will help fund a project at ABC News to increase its coverage of health conditions of the poor. It further expands the billionaire's investments in the news media, which could help influence the stories they cover. For while the latest effort is a good cause, he is effectively paying ABC as he has others media outlets to report on his foundation's efforts - presumably favorably. In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation issued a $3.5 million grant to establish a TV production unit to report on global health issues for PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Fort Hood soldier ordered to erase video of shootings

Fort Hood soldier ordered to erase video of shootings --In US civilian courts, destruction of evidence can be a crime. 15 Oct 2010 A US soldier who captured a deadly 2009 rampage at Fort Hood with his cell phone camera testified Friday that he was ordered to erase the video by his commanders. The video could have provided key evidence at the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army psychiatrist who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Lead defense attorney John Galligan asked witness Private Lance Aviles if he had taken a video of the shooting with his cell phone and if he deleted the footage at the instruction of his superiors. "Yes, sir," Aviles replied.

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