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OBAMA TO SEND ANOTHER 4,200 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

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POLITICO WIRE: ANOTHER 4,200 “TRAINERS” AND CIVILIANS TO BE SENT…

PAPER: The Obama administration will unveil a new Afghanistan strategy Friday that calls for devoting significant new resources to counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan and economic development in Pakistan, according to senior U.S. officials. The White House plan will mark an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, which is quickly displacing Iraq as the administration’s chief national-security focus…

FLASHBACK: Obama’s 17,000 Troop Surge for Afghanistan…

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Plane Evacuated in London After ‘Suspicious Device’ Discovered on Board

“There was something on board that they were not happy about,” said airport spokeswoman Julie Ayres. She did not give further details…

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U.S. Closes Iraqi Prison, Police Chiefs Warn of Insurgent Violence

Insurgency Warning

Paper: The release of hundreds of prisoners from Camp Bucca, a U.S.-run prison in southern Iraq, has facilitated the revival of Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents in Basra, Baghdad and the borderless expanse here along the Euphrates, according to police chiefs, intelligence officials in the Interior Ministry and residents…

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NEW IRAQ HOSAGE VIDEO AIRED (Video)

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OBAMA: WAR ON TERROR SPARKING ‘ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT’ (60 Minues Interview)

“How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney?” Obama asked on “60 Minutes,” according to excerpts released by CBS ahead of its Sunday airing. “It hasn’t made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment…”

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Obama Video Message to Iran

“The children of Adam are limbs to each other having been created of one essence.”

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Guantanamo Detainees May Be Released in U.S.

“Attorney General Eric Holder said some detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may end up being released in the U.S. as the Obama administration works with foreign allies to resettle some of the prisoners.

Mr. Holder, in a briefing with reporters, said administration officials are still reviewing individual cases of the approximately 250 detainees to determine which will be put on trial and which may be released to comply with plans to close the detention facility by next year…”

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Obama’s Covert War in Pakistan

“President Barack Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the covert U.S. war in Pakistan far beyond the tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Tuesday…”

Obama Secretely Endorshed Islamic Law in Northern Pakistan…

Afghan/Pakistan Border

Afghan/Pakistan Border

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U.S. Fighter Jets Shot Down Iranian Drone Over Baghdad

Military Sources Tell Wired.com…

Iranian Drone had been flying over Baghdad for 70 minutes…

U.S. Strikes Pakistan Again via Drone…

Bloomberg Wire:

By Michael Heath

March 17 (Bloomberg) — U.S. fighter jets shot down an
unmanned Iranian drone flying over Iraq last month, American
officials said.

The incident occurred Feb. 25 about 60 miles (97 kilometers)
northeast of Baghdad, according to the Pentagon news service.
Warplanes tracked the craft for almost an hour and 10 minutes
before pilots shot it down “well inside Iraqi airspace.” Iran
hasn’t commented on the U.S. report.

The American military accuses Iran of arming militants in
Iraq, which has been wracked by sectarian and insurgent violence
following the U.S.-led invasion of the country to oust President
Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iranian-backed groups began returning to Iraq late last year
after being forced to flee in 2007, the Washington Institute for
Near East Policy said in a report published yesterday. Former
President George W. Bush ordered an increase in U.S. troops in
2007 to combat militants.

In the last quarter of 2008, 14 attacks were carried out
against U.S. forces in Maysan province, the route for the
movement of men and material across the Iraq-Iran border, the
institute said in its report, “Iran’s Ongoing Proxy War in
Iraq.”

Iranian-backed groups have also been conducting long-range
rocket attacks on coalition bases, similar to the tactics used by
the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, it said.

‘Real Problem’

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week described Iran
as “a real problem” for the U.S., in an interview on PBS’s
Tavis Smiley Show.

“I think it’s one of the significant challenges that we’re
going to face over the next several years,” he said March 11,
according to a transcript.

American forces will exit Iraq by the end of 2011 under an
accord last year between the Bush administration and the Iraqi
government. Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled plans to
pull all but 50,000 of the 140,000 U.S. soldiers from Iraq by
August 2010. The rest would be used mostly for training and
aiding the Iraqi Army.

In a separate incident, the U.S. military said a 12-year-old
girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a vehicle
speeding toward them and Iraqi police near the northern city of
Mosul, al-Qaeda’s last major stronghold in Iraq.

The vehicle’s driver ignored signals to stop near the
Hurriyah Iraqi police station and coalition forces fired two
warning rounds, the American military said in a statement.

The girl, who was standing about 100 meters behind the
vehicle, was struck by one of the rounds. The military said it is
investigating the incident.

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Christian Minister Beaten After Arguments With Muslims on TV Show

“A Christian minister who has had heated arguments with Muslims on his TV Gospel show has been brutally attacked by three men who ripped off his cross and warned: ‘If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs….’ “


Minister: He started slapping my face and punching my neck…

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Obama Admin. Allows Record $2.1 Billion Arms Sale to India

“President Barack Obama’s administration has cleared a $2.1 billion sale to India of eight Boeing Co P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, the largest U.S. arms transfer to India to date.

The State Department said in a March 12 notice to the U.S. Congress that it would license the direct commercial sale having factored in “political, military, economic, human rights and arms control considerations…”

Obama Secretly Endorses Islamic Law in Northern Pakistan…

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Carville on Wishing Bush To Fail On 9/11 Morning, Wanted Comment Stricken From Record (Video)

FLASHBACK: Most Democrats Wanted Bush to Fail in 2006…

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5 Gitmo Detainees Admit to Planning 9/11; Wearing “Badges of Honor” (Video)

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Obama Ready to Quit On Afghanistan; Can’t Assure Economic Recovery; Will Ask For $750 Billion More

“President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.”

“That plan rested on the assumption that the economy would shrink by 1.2 percent this year, a projection that many economists, including some in his administration, consider overly optimistic because it implies the economy would bounce back in the second half of this year.”

Source: NYT

Source: NYT

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Obama Releases Bush WIRETAP Memos

“The Bush administration secretly concluded after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that it had the authority to wiretap the Internet and telephone calls with virtually no limitations, restrict free speech, and use the U.S. military domestically against suspected terrorists.”

Would have allowed U.S. soldiers to search houses and seize suspected terrorists…
Bush retracts definitions of presidential authority five days before leaving office…

Source: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Source: Jim Bourg/Reuters

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CLINTON: Doubtful That Iran Will Respond Kindly

“It’s doubtful that Iran would respond,” Clinton said during a private meeting with the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister, according to the U.S. official who was present at the meeting.

Source: AP

Source: AP

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JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF CHAIRMAN: IRAN HAS ENOUGH FOR NUKE

Bloomberg: “We think they do, quite frankly,” Mullen said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program today about the UN report. “Iran having a nuclear weapon, I’ve believed for a long time, is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world.”

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Secret Talks With Taliban Allies To Allow Return of Terrorist Org. To Political Process (Video)

Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-i-Islami forces fighting alongside the Taliban and labelled a “terrorist organisation” by the United States, would be allowed to return to Afghanistan with immunity from prosecution…”

Afghan President Karzai Moves Elections 3-4 months up…

Could undermine election credibitlity…

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Obama Wins McCain’s Support On Iraq Withdrawal Plan

“Republicans emerged from a White House meeting more supportive than several key Democrats, who complained earlier in the day that the president was still leaving behind too many American forces.”

McCain: Obama Plan is Thoughtful and Well Prepared

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Taliban Gives ‘Gift’ to Obama; Beheads ‘Spy’

“Taliban militants beheaded an Afghan in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region after accusing him of spying for the United States, local police said Thursday”; ‘Whoever spies for the US will face the same fate. This is a gift to (US President Barack) Obama’

After Obama Admin. Privately Endorses Sharia-LAW…

17,000 Afghan Troop Surge…

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