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Euronews, May 4, 2011

As Syria intensifies its clampdown on anti-government protesters, international pressure on the regime is being stepped up.

It comes as new amateur video, the authenticity of which cannot be verified, purports to show mass arrests in Deraa.

The US has described Syria’s reported tactics – using tanks and arbitrary arrests – as “barbaric measures” against “innocent civilians”. France has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Syrian leaders. (more…)

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The Washington Post, By Simon Denyer

April 17, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the influential second son of Moammar Gaddafi who was once seen as the great hope for reform in Libya, is clear on two points: He and his government have done nothing wrong, and they are not going to back down.

In an interview that reflected the defiance of the Gaddafi family more than two months into its efforts to put down a rebellion supported by the United States and its allies, the 38-year-old said the world had gone to war with Libya based on nothing more than rumor and propaganda. (more…)

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty By Rikard Jozwiak

April 14, 2011

NATO foreign ministers have endorsed calls for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to leave power, amid divisions among alliance members on the campaign to protect civilians in the North African country.

At a meeting in Berlin, NATO foreign ministers agreed the alliance would continue its Libya mission as long as was needed. (more…)

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By: David S. Cloud
April 10, 2011

Nearly three miles above the rugged hills of central Afghanistan, American eyes silently tracked two SUVs and a pickup truck as they snaked down a dirt road in the pre-dawn darkness.

The vehicles, packed with people, were 3 1/2 miles from a dozen U.S. special operations soldiers, who had been dropped into the area hours earlier to root out insurgents. The convoy was closing in on them.

At 6:15 a.m., just before the sun crested the mountains, the convoy halted. (more…)

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By: Malalai Joya

April 10, 2011

The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published in March by the media are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public.

All the PR about this war being about democracy and human rights melts into thin air with these pictures of US soldiers posing with the dead and mutilated bodies of innocent Afghan civilians.

I must report that Afghans do not believe this be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We that is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. (more…)

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By: Sally Sara

April 10, 2011

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned the killing of five civilians during a raid by NATO forces.

An Afghan government investigation has found the five civilians were killed in an offensive by coalition troops in the northern province of Sari Pul on Monday.

The local provincial governor said at the time that those killed were civilians, but the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they were insurgents.

The Afghan president then ordered an investigation by provincial officials. (more…)

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By: Quil Lawrence

April 7, 2011

Six thousand feet up a mountain in Afghanistan’s Laghman province, Tech. Sgt. John Oliver is leaning on one elbow in the dirt, sheltering himself from the wind and trying to block the glow coming from his video monitor, the only light under a moonless, midnight sky.

The screen is showing him the view from an F-16, thousands of feet overhead.

 

“Right now, he’s looking at a village that’s to our south that we’re going to be going into tomorrow. Our guys are just north of it sleeping right now,” Oliver whispers, trying not to wake the Iowa National Guardsmen who are mostly sacked out on the craggy cliff around him. (more…)

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