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Sharif deported from Pakistan
By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago
|ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was deported Monday hours after he had landed in Pakistan from seven years in exile hoping to campaign against the country’s U.S.-allied military ruler, officials said.
About four hours after he arrived on a flight from London, Sharif was taken into custody and charged with corruption, but then quickly spirited to another plane and flown out of Pakistan toward Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, an intelligence official said.
An official in President Gen. Musharraf’s office confirmed Sharif was deported but did not divulge his destination.
Our most important ally in the Global War On Radical Islam (or whatever they’re calling it today). You know, the one with THE BOMB AND Bin Laden.
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Pentagon planning base near Iraq-Iran border: report
1 hour, 30 minutes ago
|NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Pentagon is preparing to build a military base near the Iraq-Iran border to try to curtail the flow of advanced Iranian weaponry to Shiite militants across Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday in its online edition.
Quoting Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, the Journal said the Pentagon also plans to build fortified checkpoints on major highways leading from the Iranian border to Baghdad, and install X-ray machines and explosives-detecting sensors at the only formal border crossing between the two countries.
The base will be located about four miles from the Iranian border and will be used for at least two years, according to the report. U.S. officials told the paper it is unclear whether it will be among the small number of facilities that would remain in Iraq after any future large-scale U.S. withdrawal.
Khe Sahn. Remember when Godwin frowned on Iraq/Vietnam parallels?
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Japan PM Abe’s job at stake as parliament meets
By Linda Sieg, Reuters
46 minutes ago
|TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began the toughest battle of his political life in a parliament session that opened on Monday after staking his job on extending Japan’s naval mission in support of U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan.
“The military personnel who are silently doing service on the scorching Indian Ocean embody Japan’s international contribution sought by the world,” Abe said in a policy speech to parliament.
“Can we really pull out now and abandon our responsibility to the international community?”
Iraqi PM Maliki expected to go on defensive
By Waleed Ibrahim, Reuters
33 minutes ago
|BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will address parliament on Monday just hours before American officials deliver a vital progress report on Iraq that could influence future U.S. strategy on the war.
An official in Maliki’s office and officials at parliament said the Shi’ite prime minister would appear before lawmakers. The session opens around midday (0800 GMT), although it was unclear precisely when Maliki would speak.
Maliki is expected to defend his government’s record in the face of blistering criticism from both Iraqi and U.S. lawmakers. Some opposition Democratic legislators in the United States have even called for him to be replaced.
UN atomic agency to meet with ElBaradei urging patience
by Michael Adler, AFP
Mon Sep 10, 12:45 AM ET
|VIENNA (AFP) – UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei will brush aside US criticism when his IAEA meets Monday and call for worried nations to wait and see if new inspections show whether Tehran seeks the bomb.
The International Atomic Energy Agency will be hearing an ElBaradei report backing a timetable agreed last month for Iran to answer outstanding questions over its nuclear programme.
ElBaradei has come under fire for his approach as some Western diplomats have said the timetable gives Iran the chance to stave off the threat of new UN sanctions for a few more months.
Al-Sadr overhauling his Shiite militia
By HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writers
1 hour, 27 minutes ago
|BAGHDAD – Iraq’s most powerful Shiite militia leader is turning to his commanders who distinguished themselves fighting U.S. troops in 2004 to screen fighters, weed out criminals and assume key positions in an effort to build a more disciplined force, two of his key lieutenants say.
That suggests the goal of Muqtada al-Sadr’s temporary freeze of Mahdi Army activities, announced Aug. 29 following deadly Shiite-Shiite clashes in Karbala, is to bolster the militia to intimidate his Shiite rivals as the anti-American cleric pursues his political ambitions.
A stronger and more efficient Mahdi Army could embolden al-Sadr to take on the rival Badr militia, a move that could fragment and weaken the country’s majority Shiites as gunmen battle for control of Shiite towns and cities.
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Britney Spears earns scorn for MTV performance
By Dean Goodman, Reuters
Sun Sep 9, 11:43 PM ET
|LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Britney Spears launched her highly anticipated comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, drawing ridicule by dressing up as a stripper and miming her new single.
The 25-year-old singer, whose professional achievements have been overshadowed by her personal crises in recent years, performed “Gimme More” in a black sequined bikini and knee-high boots.
No longer boasting the buff body that helped drive her to international superstardom almost a decade ago, the mother of two moved sluggishly around the stage at the Palms casino, often with the support of a troupe of dancers. At one point, the camera panned to rapper 50 Cent, sitting in the audience, who looked bewildered by the action on stage.
Petraeus to argue against big Iraq troop cuts
By Susan Cornwell, Reuters
Mon Sep 10, 12:46 AM ET
|WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a report considered crucial to U.S. strategy in the highly unpopular war in Iraq, the top U.S. commander there is expected to tell Congress on Monday that U.S. troop levels should not be cut deeply.
The assessment by Gen. David Petraeus could be a turning point in the conflict and is considered vital to any decisions by President George W. Bush on force levels as he faces demands from Democrats and some senior Republicans for U.S. troops to start leaving Iraq.
A U.S. official who asked not to be named said on Sunday that Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker will argue that a major pullout of U.S. forces would hurt progress made since troop numbers were increased by 30,000 earlier this year.
Gasoline prices rise for first time since July
Sun Sep 9, 6:02 PM ET
|NEW YORK (Reuters) – The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States cost about 6.5 cents more last week, rising for the first time since early July on the back of higher crude oil prices, an industry analyst said on Sunday.
The most recent increase was due to a rise in crude oil prices ahead of this week’s OPEC meeting, but prices will likely remain steady in the coming weeks because there is still ample supply, Lundberg said.
“It is crude oil that ended the price slide at the pump and turned it upward,” Lundberg said. “The supports behind crude oil are world demand and OPEC, which is expected to retain its hard line with a no change in official output” at its September 11 meeting.
Democratic presidential hopefuls hold TV debate in Spanish
by Juan Castro Olivera, AFP
1 hour, 8 minutes ago
|MIAMI (AFP) – In a dramatic sign of the fast-changing US society, the US Democratic presidential hopefuls late Sunday held a debate in Spanish that was broadcast on the main US Spanish-language television network.
Seven presidential candidates were at the historic event, including the three front runners, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former South Carolina Senator John Edwards. Senator Joe Biden, who just returned from Iraq, was absent.
Moderators from the Univision network asked questions in Spanish and the candidates, wearing earpieces, heard a translation in English. The answers were given in English and translated into Spanish for viewers.
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Bush, officials pass buck over who ordered Iraq army disbanded
by Sig Christenson, AFP
Sun Sep 9, 5:47 PM ET
|SAN ANTONIO, United States (AFP) – As General David Petraeus prepares to tell Congress that a troop surge has helped tamp down Iraq’s civil war, Washington is in buck-passing mode over who made the decision many say is at the root of the instability: disbanding the Iraqi army.
Former secretary of state Colin Powell says no one told him about it, and that then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was in the dark too.
President George W. Bush says he thought the army would be kept intact after the US-led invasion in March 2003, but concedes to having a fuzzy memory on the matter.
Bush heads home for Iraq battle
by Olivier Knox, AFP
Sun Sep 9, 1:26 AM ET
|SYDNEY (AFP) – US President George W. Bush headed home Sunday after leaving an Asia-Pacific summit a day early to marshal his forces for this week’s pitched US political battle over the unpopular war in Iraq.
Bush is expected to make a formal speech to the war-weary US public to insist progress is being made and they should rally behind his strategy.
On his final day here, he seized on a new video from terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, who called for escalating the insurgency in Iraq, to argue that if the Al-Qaeda chief thinks Iraq is important, so should the US public.
US report calls for Iraq exit in five years
Sun Sep 9, 2:50 PM ET
|WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States should halve its military presence in Iraq within three years and completely pull out within five years, the latest US report on the war-scarred country said Sunday.
Only then will Iraq’s government, which has so far been a “disappointment,” take on its own security responsibilities to rebuild the nation, the report by the United States Institute of Peace said.
“The United States faces too many challenges around the world to continue its current level of effort in Iraq, or even the deployment that was in place before the surge,” the report said.
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Six years later, terror war leaves unfinished business
Mon Sep 10, 12:22 AM ET
|The release of a new Osama bin Laden videotape generated breathless analysis of everything from the color of his beard to his crackpot commentary on U.S. politics, global warming and the troubled housing market.
The true importance of the tape, however, is as a reminder of unfinished business in the war against bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terror group. As the nation prepares to mark on Tuesday the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, al-Qaeda has mounted a dismaying rebound from its post-9/11 setbacks.
Bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, remain at large and in touch with current events. Al-Qaeda has reconstituted its central leadership and found a new sanctuary in Pakistan to replace the one it lost in Afghanistan. It remains committed to hitting the United States again.
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Rove Replacement Seen as Highly Partisan Go-Getter
By Michael Abramowitz, The Washington Post
Monday, September 10, 2007; Page A13
|While President Bush was in Australia last week, the White House completed the divvying-up of Karl Rove’s sizable and important portfolio.
Rove’s longtime deputy Barry Jackson is taking over management of the four offices Rove supervised (political affairs, intergovernmental relations, public liaison and strategic initiatives), while new White House counselor Ed Gillespie will assume Rove’s more amorphous role of providing Bush broader strategic advice — with an assist from Jackson and communications chief Kevin Sullivan.
Jackson is one of those Washington worker bees who is virtually unknown outside the White House fence but is well-regarded inside. Early in the Bush presidency, he coordinated the so-called Strategery Group, the senior officials who met regularly for long-term planning under Rove’s auspices.
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