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Deadly Clash Underscores Rift Over Interpretation of U.S.-Iraq Deal

By Ernesto Londoño

Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, July 25, 2009

ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — When insurgents attacked an American convoy with AK-47 rounds and a couple of grenades on a dusty highway in a Baghdad suburb this week, U.S. soldiers returned fire, chased the suspects through narrow alleyways and raided houses. (more…)

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By CHELSEA J. CARTER (AP) – 1 day ago

BAGHDAD — A U.S. military spokesman in Iraq says American soldiers have killed two people who attempted to throw grenades at a convoy west of Baghdad. (more…)

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Published: July 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM

BAGHDAD, July 6 (UPI) — At least seven people, including a child, died in overnight violence in Iraq as gunmen targeted police and civilians, Iraqi security officials said Monday. (more…)

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By Mark McDonald, The New York Times

HONG KONG — Tamil separatist fighters on Tuesday ignored a surrender ultimatum by the Sri Lankan government, heightening concerns for tens of thousands of civilians unable to flee a crumbling safe haven that has been the scene of fierce fighting in recent days.

The government said some 9,000 civilians fled the so-called no-fire zone on Tuesday, joining about 30,000 who escaped Monday when soldiers broke through earthen defenses built by the Tamil Tiger fighters.


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By Al Jazeera

US ‘regrets’ Afghan civilian deaths

McKiernan said US and Nato forces were working hard to minimise civilian deaths during operations [AFP]

The senior US and Nato commander in Afghanistan has apologised for civilian casualties caused by international forces, saying there is not enough money in the world to replace the loss of an Afghan life.

General David McKiernan made the remarks on Sunday, following repeated calls from Hamed Karzai, the Afghan president, for explanations of civilian deaths.

McKiernan said international forces did make mistakes – “and for that I apologise” – but that US and Nato forces were working hard to minimise civilian casualties during operations.

Karzai had asked McKiernan to explain reports that civilians were killed in a number of recent incidents.

McKiernan was repeatedly questioned on the topic at a news conference in Kabul on Sunday, and he said international forces investigated all allegations and paid compensation for any wrongful deaths.

“Apologies are not sufficient, so we do try to compensate families and communities where we’ve made mistakes. But that’s not sufficient either.


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