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A look at the Iraq war inquiry | guardian.co.uk.

The inquiry will consider the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009, embracing the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and the aftermath. The inquiry committee members are Sir John Chilcot (chairman), Sir Lawrence Freedman, Sir Martin Gilbert, Sir Roderic Lyne and Baroness Usha Prashar. More: Iraq war inquiry | UK news | ...

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U.S. Supersizes Afghan Mega-Base as Withdrawal Date Looms

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Anyone who thinks the United States is really going to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011 needs to come to this giant air base an hour away from Kabul. There’s construction everywhere. It’s exactly what you wouldn’t expect from a transient presence. More notable than the overstuffed runways is the over-driven road. Disney Drive, the ...

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Cameron sparks diplomatic row with Pakistan after ‘export of terror’ remarks

A furious diplomatic row erupted between London and Islamabad tonight after David Cameron accused elements of the Pakistani state of promoting the export of terrorism. Speaking on his visit to neighbouring India, the prime minister launched the strongest British criticism yet of Pakistan, warning that the country could no longer “look both ways” by tolerating terrorism while demanding respect as ...

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Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq | TomDispatch

 Consider the following statement offered by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news conference last week. He was discussing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks as well as the person who has taken responsibility for the vast, still ongoing Afghan War document dump at that site. “Mr. Assange,” Mullen commented, “can say whatever he ...

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Obama Drops 2009 Pledge to Withdraw Combat Troops from Iraq

Seventeen months after President Barack Obama pledged to withdraw all combat brigades from Iraq by Sep. 1, 2010, he quietly abandoned that pledge Monday, admitting implicitly that such combat brigades would remain until the end of 2011. Obama declared in a speech to disabled U.S. veterans in Atlanta that “America’s combat mission in Iraq” would end by the end of ...

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Pakistan’s Zardari says war with Taliban being lost | Reuters

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday the international community was losing the war against the Afghan Taliban and rebuked Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron for questioning Islamabad’s resolve. Shortly before leaving France for Britain for a visit that could define Pakistan’s troubled relations with the West, Zardari set the stage for a difficult meeting with Cameron, saying he ...

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Edgar M. Bronfman: The Arab Role in Making Peace

This is the second article in a 5-part series on Middle East peace running this week. For yesterday’s first article, on Obama’s new style, click here. President Barack Obama’s new diplomacy in the Middle East, emphasizing dialogue and negotiation, requires that he and the rest of the international community look not only at Israel, nor even just at the Palestinians, ...

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Peres: ‘I will get to see peace’

On eve of his 87th birthday, Israel’s president is more busy and optimistic than ever. In revealing interview, he talks about missed opportunities of his life, mistakes made by Netanyahu and Obama, suggests creative ways to deal with Iranian threat, and touches on a painful personal issue – separation from his wife Sonia. “These are the happiest years of my ...

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U.N. Names Panel to Probe Israeli Killings on Gaza-Bound Ship – IPS ipsnews.net

Despite initial misgivings, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the tacit approval of the Israeli government to establish an international panel to probe the widely-condemned killings of nine Turkish civilians onboard a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza last May. “This is an unprecedented development,” Ban said Monday, virtually patting himself on the back. But Phyllis Bennis, a fellow ...

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