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  • Russia's Medvedev halts military action in Georgia

    08/12/2008 2:10:58 AM PDT · by Flashlight · 384 replies · 612+ views
    Russian news reports are quoting President Dmitri Medvedev ordering a halt to Russian military action in Georgia.
  • Breaking: Russia Calls End To Georgia War

    08/12/2008 5:48:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 29 replies · 104+ views
    SkyNews ^ | August 12, 2008
    Russia's president has ordered an end to the conflict with Georgia. "I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace," Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris Malakhov confirmed the order to Sky News. Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay, speaking from Tibilisi, said the Russians had probably achieved their goal of pushing Georgian forces far enough back inside their borders to prevent further attacks on the rebel province of South Ossetia. "If the Russians say it's over, it's over," he said. "This is pretty good news. It means the...
  • Shattered Georgia pays high price for peace ( Sarkozy Brokers Peace )

    08/12/2008 5:42:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 242+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | August 13, 2008 | Charles Bremner in Moscow, Tony Halpin in Gori and Tim Reid in Washington
    A victorious Kremlin agreed to a ceasefire in the Caucasus last night on terms that left Georgia and its Western backers weakened. After five days of fighting, President Medvedev of Russia ordered his troops in South Ossetia to hold their fire and fixed a six-point peace plan with President Sarkozy of France. The deal, confirmed by Georgia’s President Saakashvili last night, did not address the future of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two breakway provinces that want closer links with Russia.
  • Russia and Georgia Agree to Outlines of Peace Plan

    08/12/2008 5:35:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 130+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 13, 2008 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and ELLEN BARRY
    TBLISI, Georgia — The presidents of Georgia and Russia agreed early Wednesday morning to the framework of an agreement that could end the war that flared up here five days ago, though Russian air strikes continued throughout the day and antagonisms seethed on both sides. Declaring that “the aggressor has been punished,” President Dmitri A. Medvedev announced that Russia would stop its campaign, which was prompted after Georgian troops on Friday entered the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and shelled the capital city. By 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Mr. Medvedev and his Georgian counterpart, Mikheil Saakashvili, had agreed to a...
  • Georgia: Russia targets key oil pipeline with over 50 missiles

    08/10/2008 5:58:54 PM PDT · by Fred · 71 replies · 3,599+ views ^ | 7:05PM BST 10 Aug 2008 | Damien McElroy in Rustavi, Georgia
    Russian jets targeted a key oil pipeline with over 50 missiles in a weekend bombing raid in Georgia that raised fears the conflict will tighten Moscow's stranglehold on Europe's energy supplies. Deep craters pockmark the landscape south of the Georgian capital Tblisi in a Y-shaped pattern straddling the British-operated pipeline. The attack left two deep holes less than 100 yards either side of a pressure vent on the pipeline. Shrapnel of highly engineered munitions litters the area. There was no visible damage to the pipeline. Its vulnerability is summed up by a yellow hazard sign next to the vent warning...
  • The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular

    08/09/2008 5:24:46 PM PDT · by melt · 26 replies · 347+ views ^ | 8/10/08 | Svetlana Skarbo and Jonathan Petre
    The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West. After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports oil from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, had been attacked. But it is thought the bombs missed their target. Their claims came after Russian jets struck deep into the territory of its tiny neighbour, killing civilians and ‘completely devastating’ the strategic Black Sea port of Poti, a staging post for oil and other energy supplies. Georgian economic development minister Ekaterina Sharashidzne said:...
  • BBC: Georgia 'calls Ossetia ceasefire'

    08/10/2008 8:28:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 310+ views
    BBC ^ | 15:19 GMT, Sunday, 10 August 2008 16:19 UK | BBC Staff
    Georgia 'calls Ossetia ceasefire' Thousands of people have fled the conflict zone Georgia has ordered its forces to cease fire, and offered to start talks with Russia over an end to hostilities in South Ossetia, Georgian officials say. Russia said fighting was continuing, Interfax news agency reported. Earlier Georgia said its troops had pulled out of the breakaway region and that Russian forces were in control of its capital, Tskhinvali. Thousands of civilians have fled the area, following heavy fighting that broke out on Thursday night. Bombing raids Clashes in South Ossetia were reported to be less intense on...
  • Georgia calls for ceasefire in South Ossetia

    08/09/2008 11:11:02 AM PDT · by TLI · 35 replies · 185+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 9, 2008 1:52pm EDT | Matt Robinson
    GORI, Georgia (Reuters) - Georgia called for a ceasefire on Saturday after Russian bombers widened an offensive to force back Georgian troops seeking control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. President George W. Bush said Russian attacks on Georgia marked a "dangerous escalation" of the crisis and urged Moscow to halt the bombing immediately. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Bush the only solution was for Georgian troops to quit the conflict zone. Russia said it had seized the rebel capital, Tskhinvali, but Georgia denied the claim on the second day of fighting that threatens oil and gas pipelines seen...
  • Haniyeh: Hamas gov't won't stop Gaza weapon smuggling

    06/20/2008 5:28:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies · 155+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/2008 | Staff
    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denied on Friday that Hamas had agreed to stop weapons-smuggling efforts on Gaza's border with Egypt as part of the cease-fire deal with Israel, and claimed that it was incapable of such action. According to a Reuters report, Haniyeh - speaking to worshipers ahead of Friday prayers in Gaza City - said: "We cannot talk about stopping smuggling because it is something beyond our ability as a government and we did not give a commitment in this regard." Haniyeh added that Hamas would not force other organizations in Gaza to abide by the truce, but...
  • Cease-fire deal means Hamas is in charge

    06/18/2008 4:47:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 77+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6-18-08 | Zvi Bar'el The main points of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas grant the Islamic organization a political and diplomatic achievement that will also give it a lever in its reconciliation talks with Fatah, which are slated to begin at the end of this week. According to the Egyptian-mediated proposal, Israel will no longer be able to monitor the Rafah crossing, on the Gaza-Egypt border, once it reopens, and a deal to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit will be discussed separately from the truce, as Hamas wanted. Israel will receive quiet in the south, along with an Egyptian pledge to monitor...
  • Iraq: Sadr City cease-fire signed after weeks of fighting

    05/12/2008 12:35:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 61+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/12/8 | SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, (AP) -- Iraq's main Shiite political bloc and supporters of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signed a fragile cease-fire in Baghdad's Sadr City on Monday, hoping to end seven weeks of fighting that has left hundreds dead. But the U.S. military has alleged that most Shiite extremists fighting Iraqi and U.S. forces in the teeming slum have splintered away from al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, and that the cleric's level of influence on those rogue groups is unclear. Many are thought to be trained and armed by Iranian forces. Iran denies the allegations. Al-Sadr's representatives and the rival United Iraqi Alliance agreed...
  • Cleric's Aide: Shiites Agree to Cease-Fire in Sadr City (The cease fire without the cease fire)

    05/10/2008 4:23:19 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 78+ views
    fox news ^ | 5/10/2008 | AP
    BAGHDAD — An aide to a powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq says extremists have agreed to a cease-fire in Sadr City.
  • Al-Sadr threatens to end ceasefire

    04/08/2008 6:55:14 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 26 replies · 116+ views
    Published: 04.08.08, 15:40 / Israel News Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is demanding the Iraqi government protect the public from "the booby traps and American militias" or he may formally end the freeze he imposed seven months ago on his Mahdi Army fighters. The statement was being circulated to the press and public Tuesday as United States and Iraqi troops stepped up their pressure on Shiite militiamen in their Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City. Al-Sadr also wants a timetable for the US to leave Iraq. (AP)
  • Iraq Shiite radical leader threatens to end truce

    04/08/2008 6:00:45 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 7 replies · 43+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | April 8, 2008 | Unknown
    (Too short to excerpt) NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) — Iraqi Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday threatened to end the ceasefire of his feared Mahdi Army militia which he announced last August. "The Jaish al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) is hand in hand with the Iraqi people to achieve security, stability and liberation. If it is of interest to lift the ceasefire to achieve the aims and goals, it will be announced in a separate statement," Sadr said in a communique released by his office.
  • Iraqi military continues operations in Basrah

    04/02/2008 10:42:02 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 21 replies · 48+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 2 Apr 2008 | Bill Roggio
    Three days after Muqtada al Sadr ordered the Mahdi Army to withdraw from the fighting in Baghdad and the Shia South, the fighting has dropped dramatically. The Iraqi government has denied that it has agreed to Sadr's terms, but has softened its rhetoric against Mahdi Army, instead shifting its focus on the "criminal elements" just as the US military has done over the past year. Meanwhile, the Iraqi security forces are continuing operations in Basrah. The Iraqi military has continued to target Mahdi Army elements in Basrah and in Baghdad and southern Iraq, but the government is now referring to...
  • Observers interpret Iraq cease-fire, Iran's role (MSM following preprinted template)

    03/31/2008 6:54:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies · 197+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/31/2008 | cnn
    (CNN) -- The deal to end the weeklong fighting in Iraq's Shiite regions appeared to be holding Monday, but left lingering questions about Iran's growing influence, the Iraqi government's military resolve and the chances for more intra-Shiite hostility. Observers of the Iraqi conflict Monday offered fresh perspectives on the situation in the nation, where fighting raged in the Shiite-dominated south after the government last week launched an offensive in the city of Basra against what it called "outlaws." The fighting -- much of which raged in strongholds of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia -- swiftly worked its way...
  • Sadr loyalists warn of end to cease-fire

    04/01/2008 11:26:42 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies · 43+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/2008 | Tina Susman
    BAGHDAD -- Loyalists of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr today accused government forces of breaching a cease-fire with continued raids in the southern city of Basra and threatened a "return to conflict." The warning came just a day after Basra and Baghdad felt the full effect of the cease-fire, which Sadr called late Sunday following five days of clashes between Shiite militiamen and Iraqi and U.S. forces. The call to his Mahdi Army fighters to put down their weapons brought relative calm to both cities, where curfews were lifted and rocket, mortar and other attacks dropped. Basra remained tense, though, and...
  • Iranian general played key role in brokering Iraq cease-fire

    03/31/2008 9:35:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 1,801+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Sunday, March 30, 2008 | Leila Fadel | McClatchy Newspapers
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations, members of the Iraqi parliament said. Sadr ordered the halt on Sunday, and his Mahdi Army militia heeded the order in Baghdad, where the Iraqi government announced it would lift a 24-hour curfew starting early Monday in most parts of the capital.But fighting continued in the oil hub of Basra, where a six-day-old government offensive against Shiite militias has...
  • Shia cleric orders followers to end Iraq clashes (Moqtada al-Sadr!)

    03/30/2008 4:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,262+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 31, 2008 | Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
    The leader of Iraq's Mahdi Army Shia militia ordered his followers to cease fire yesterday, raising hopes of a halt to the fierce internecine clashes with government forces that spread across the country from Basra last week and threatened the security gains from the US military "surge". The cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement issued in Najaf: "Because of the religious responsibility and to stop Iraqi blood being shed ... we call for an end to armed appearances in Basra and all other provinces. Anyone carrying a weapon and targeting government institutions will not be one of us." Despite...
  • Aide to Iraq's Sadr: "No handover of arms"

    03/30/2008 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies · 1,145+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 Mar 2008 13:38:32 GMT | Source: Reuters
    NAJAF, Iraq, March 30 (Reuters) - Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will not hand over their weapons as part of a move to end a week of fighting in Iraq, a top Sadr aide said. The aide, Hazem al-Araji, also said that Sadr's followers had received a guarantee from the government that it would end "random arrests" of Sadr followers. "The weapons of the resistance will not be delivered to the Iraqi government," he told journalists at Sadr's office in the holy city of Najaf after distributing a statement from Sadr calling on followers to stop fighting. Sadr's statement...
  • Sadr orders followers to end fighting

    03/30/2008 8:56:51 AM PDT · by HD1200 · 46 replies · 1,122+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 3/30/08 | Bill Roggio
    Six days after the Iraqi government launched Operation Knights’ Charge in Basrah against the Mahdi Army and other Iranian-backed Shia terror groups, Muqtada al Sadr, the Leader of the Mahdi Army, has called for his fighters to lay down their weapons and cooperate with Iraqi security forces. Sadr’s call for an end to the fighting comes as his Mahdi Army has taken serious losses since the operation began. "Sadr has sent a message to his loyalists urging them to end all armed activities," the Al Iraqiya television channel reported. Sadr "disowned anyone attacking the state institutions or parties' offices and...
  • Moqtada Sadr Orders Fighters Off Streets (Mookie Surrenders)

    03/30/2008 6:30:57 AM PDT · by MeanGreen2008 · 102 replies · 4,881+ views
    Baghdad, Iraq (AHN) - In a surprise move Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr on Sunday ordered his fighters off the streets of Basra and other cities in Iraq. Sadr said in a statement that his movement wanted the Iraqi people to stop the bloodshed and for Iraq to maintain its independence and stability. He had previously defied the Iraqi government's deadline to turn weapons in for cash. According to reports, it is unclear if all of Sadr's followers will comply with his order. According to reports, the United States has used ground troops in Basra.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Al-Sadr calls for an end to Shiite revolt in south Iraq. More soon..(Sadr, you lose!)

    03/30/2008 5:36:56 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 104 replies · 2,135+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/30/2008 | MSNBC
    BREAKING NEWS: Al-Sadr calls for an end to Shiite revolt in south Iraq. More soon ...
  • Multinational Force Iraq Commends Sadr’s Cease-Fire Extension

    02/22/2008 3:23:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 143+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2008 – Multinational Force Iraq has received initial reporting that Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has pledged to extend the cease-fire he initially ordered in August, officials in Baghdad said today. This extension of Sadr’s pledge of honor to halt attacks is an important commitment that can broadly contribute to further improvements in security for all Iraqi citizens. It will foster a better opportunity for national reconciliation and will allow coalition and Iraqi security forces to focus more intensively on al Qaeda terrorists, officials said. Sadr’s initial pledge, which halted attacks from the militia he controls, contributed to...
  • Sadr To Extend Cease-Fire?

    02/21/2008 9:37:41 AM PST · by jdm · 18 replies · 83+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 21, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The six-month cease-fire ordered by Moqtada al-Sadr for his Mahdi Army soons expires, and many wondered what Sadr might do. Reuters reports that Sadr has decided to keep his militants sidelined for at least another few months. Sealed envelopes have gone to key Shi'ite mosques, with instructions to open them only in time for Friday prayers (via Hot Air): Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is expected to extend a six-month ceasefire by his Mehdi Army militia, two senior officials in his movement confirmed for the first time on Thursday. They said Sadr had issued a declaration to preachers to...
  • Al-Sadr Threatens to Lift Cease-Fire

    02/20/2008 1:39:43 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 236+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Feb 20, 2008 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD (AP) - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has threatened to lift by the end of the week a six-month cease-fire widely credited with helping reduce violence in Iraq, officials said Wednesday. Sheik Salah al-Obeidi, a spokesman for al-Sadr in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, said that if the cleric failed to issue a statement by Saturday saying that the cease-fire was extended "then that means the freeze is over." The cease fire was declared in August and due to expire at this month's end. Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army is among the most powerful militias in Iraq. The crux of...
  • Pakistan: Militants declare cease-fire

    02/06/2008 8:28:23 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 80+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/08 | Ishtiaq Mahsud - ap
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A coalition of Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan declared an "indefinite" cease-fire Wednesday in fighting against security forces. The government said it was preparing for peace talks. A Pakistani army helicopter crashed in the same region, killing three generals and five other soldiers. The army said initial reports indicated a technical fault in the chopper and ruled out hostile fire as the cause. Maulvi Mohammed Umar, a spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a militant umbrella group, said the cease-fire would cover the lawless, semiautonomous tribal belt that borders Afghanistan, and the restive region of Swat...
  • Fool Me Once, Twice, Three Times....

    06/07/2007 6:19:49 AM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 18 replies · 696+ views ^ | June 7, 2007 | Dan Sargis
     Fool Me Once, Twice, Three Times....June 7, 2007 There’s an old Chinese proverb that warns, “Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me”.   In it’s desperation to find a panty-ass way out of Iraq, the U.S. government is about to allow itself to be fooled for the third, fourth or fifth time. And shame on all the so-called “leaders” of this country who talk big and act little. It was recently reported that “U.S. military commanders are talking with Iraqi militants about cease-fires and other arrangements to try to stop the violence”.   Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, Commanding General...
  • Terrorists Deserve No Quarter!!!

    06/01/2007 9:06:48 AM PDT · by MoFiZiX Gr4FiX · 3 replies · 347+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 1, 2007 | MoFiZiX GR4FiX
    There are some things today that are simply unacceptable. Offering olive branches to those who are committed to evil is one of them. History has shown that when you offer cease fires to a bunch of murderous thugs and Muslim extremists, more bloodshed follows. Just look at the problems the Israelis are continuing to have with those who seek their absolute destruction. Is it any wonder why there never seems to be any permanent resolution with that region of the world? Offering concessions to terrorists is like giving freedoms to disobedient children. You give them an inch, they're always determined...
  • Lebanese, Israeli troops exchange fire

    02/07/2007 6:51:48 PM PST · by Hadean · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/7/2007 | SAM F. GHATTAS
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanese troops exchanged fire with Israeli forces across the border late Wednesday, for the first time since the summer war between Hezbollah and Israel, Lebanese and Israeli officials said. The nighttime incident — sparked by an Israeli bulldozer crossing a fence — showed how tense the boundary remains nearly six months after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire ended 34 days of fighting. But the incident was not expected to undermine the overall truce. Lebanese officials said their troops opened fire on an Israeli army bulldozer that had crossed the frontier near the border village of Maroun el-Rass, scene of...
  • 'Palestinians' again breach cease-fire

    11/27/2006 12:31:04 PM PST · by Posting · 7 replies · 458+ views
    JNewswire ^ | Nov, 27, 2006
    'Palestinians' again breach cease-fire Source: YnetnewsNovember 27, 2006 "Palestinian" terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two missiles into southern Israel Monday afternoon. It was the second Arab violation of a much-touted general ceasefire that went into effect in and around Gaza just 36 hours earlier. Monday's rockets landed harmlessly in an open area near the town of Sderot. Residents of the battered community said only a miracle prevented a large-scale catastrophe, as most people were outdoors believing the threat from Gaza had subsided. The attack underscored the inability or unwillingness of the Palestinian Authority security forces under PLO...
  • Its note even a real FAKE Cease-fire

    11/27/2006 11:44:35 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Yid with Lid Blog ^ | 11/27/06 | Sammy Benoit
    Usually when the Palestinians declare a cease fire, they try to maintain the pretence of peaceful intent. But since six o'clock yesterday when another one of those "fake cease fires" was declared there hasn't even been a pretense of a move toward peace. Fern from the aloneinpublic blog emailed me, and said, "this isn't even a real fake cease fire, its a fake-fake cease fire. And she is absolutely right! Just llok at whay has happened since six o' clock yesterday and you will see how this misguided ceasefire is creating more danger for Israel
  • Hamas Threatens To Break Ceasefire After Israeli Air Strikes

    10/15/2006 6:52:23 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 492+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-16-2006 | Tim Butcher
    Hamas threatens to break ceasefire after Israeli air strikes By Tim Butcher, in Jerusalem (Filed: 16/10/2006) Israel and Hamas were on the brink of war last night as a senior member of the Islamic movement hinted that it would stop observing a 20-month-old ceasefire in retaliation for the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian students hold up copies of the Koran during a rally in support of Hamas at Al-Najah University The Israeli military insisted that it would carry on targeting Hamas, after what it described as clear evidence that the movement was smuggling weapons into Gaza to...
  • This ceasefire is UN-enforceable

    09/03/2006 12:01:20 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 411+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 03 2006 | THOMAS KILGANNON
    Predictable news flash: European and Mediterranean governments are dragging their feet rather than sending troops to participate in the United Nations' peacekeeping effort in Lebanon, as called for in Security Council Resolution 1701. Just how bad has it gotten? All eyes are now on Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who said he might commit up to 3,000 men to what is supposed to be a 15,000-man contingent - but only if other European nations send their fair share. That doesn't look likely. France, living up to its reputation for courage under fire, first offered an embarrassing 200 soldiers. They have...
  • Iran offers to back Lebanon cease-fire

    09/02/2006 12:41:44 PM PDT · by John Carey · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | September 2, 2006 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran offered to help support the cease-fire in Lebanon in talks Saturday with U.N Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and insisted that diplomacy is the only way to resolve Tehran's nuclear dispute with the West. The talks came two days after Iran defied a U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment, opening the door to consideration of sanctions to reinforce Western demands that the Islamic republic rein in its nuclear program and allay suspicions it is working on atomic weapons. Before the Security Council discusses the issue, the European Union is taking another stab at diplomacy this week, and Annan said before arriving...
  • Hizbullah: We're arming for second round [Thank You Kofi]

    08/31/2006 7:54:48 AM PDT · by Alouette · 29 replies · 1,012+ views
    YNet ^ | Aug. 31, 2006 | Dudi Cohen
    In interview to Iranian news agency, group representative in Tehran says his organization is preparing for 'second round against Israel,' contrary to UN resolution Hizbullah representative in Iran Muhammad Abdullah Sif al-Din, said Wednesday that Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has a new strategic plan to rearm ahead of the "next round against Israel." In an interview with the Iranian news agency Fars, al-Din said: "No one can promise us that Israel won't attack again. Whoever lives as a neighbor to the Zionist regime is in danger and must not save any effort to obtain all of the means to defend...
  • Hezbollah rearming, returning to positions

    08/27/2006 7:47:55 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 55 replies · 1,279+ views ^ | By Aaron Klein
    Israeli, Lebanese officials warn of '2nd round' of confrontations Hezbollah has returned to many of its strongholds in south Lebanon and is capable of launching another round of attacks against the Jewish state, Israeli and Lebanese officials tell WorldNetDaily. The statements follow scores of reports Iran and Syria are attempting to rearm Hezbollah one week after a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon went into effect following 34 days of confrontations that began when Lebanese militia ambushed an Israeli patrol unit, kidnapping two soldiers and killing eight others. "Hezbollah has undoubtedly returned to their positions," Walid Jumblatt, Lebanon's Druze leader and...
  • In Search of a Happy Ending

    08/24/2006 5:27:12 AM PDT · by jackv · 27 replies · 860+ views
    Omegaletter ^ | Jack Kinsella
    I understand that the movie 'Old Yeller' is available for sale on DVD. I saw 'Old Yeller' as a kid and it made me cry when Tim Considine's character shot Old Yeller at the end. I think I'll buy it and watch it again. Maybe THIS time, it will have a happy ending. If not, I'll go buy another copy from a different store and try watching that one. Maybe he won't shoot the dog. If not, there are other stores . . . I know it sounds silly, but if I do it often enough, and talk about how...
  • Mission Unaccomplished

    08/21/2006 4:49:18 AM PDT · by libstripper · 25 replies · 707+ views
    The Opinion Journal ^ | August 21, 2006 | Wall Streeet Journal
    Most U.N. resolutions don't have the shelf-life of a gallon of milk, which isn't always a bad thing. But in the case of Resolution 1701--the cease-fire agreement for Lebanon and Israel adopted unanimously this month by the Security Council--things seem to be going sour even faster than that. And that is cause for serious unease. On Thursday, Jacques Chirac confirmed a Le Monde report that his government was prepared to offer only some 200 combat engineers (in addition to the 200 French troops already in Lebanon) to what is supposed to be the resolution's centerpiece: A 15,000-man U.N. force that...
  • Al-Aqsa: We learned missiles subdue Israel

    08/19/2006 6:43:19 AM PDT · by rickylc · 52 replies · 1,347+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 08.18.06, 01:14 | Ali Waked
    Abu Nasser, commander of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Nablus, encouraged by war results. 'Our brothers demonstrated what we have felt in recent years: Israel falling apart. Next time Iran will be in picture with missiles on Tel Aviv and it will be easier' The Palestinian terror organizations are looking north and are filled with satisfaction and hope for the next step. "We learned from Hizbullah that the tools that make a difference are missiles. If achieve expertise in this field, we won't make do with the simple rockets we have. There is no doubt that we can subdue Israel ,"...
  • Unfit to keep the peace

    08/19/2006 5:19:02 AM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies · 338+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-08-19 | (editorial page)
    France has not stepped up as hoped to man the UN's ceasefire force in Lebanon, pledging on Friday to send just 200 soldiers, rather than the 2,000 or more expected. They will join another 200 soldiers France already had there as part of the previous UN peacekeeping force. Germany will not send combat troops, just ships to patrol offshore and perhaps some customs agents and border police. Denmark will send a frigate, but no ground forces. Muslim countries, however, have been only too eager to step up to the plate. Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia have together committed 6,000 soldiers, nearly...
  • Not worth the paper it's written on (UN ceasefire agreement)

    08/19/2006 4:33:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 41 replies · 868+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 19, 2006
    We're just as surprised as we can be - aren't you? - to discover that so far not much is happening with this big, robust peacekeeping force that the UN pledged to dispatch pronto to preside over brotherhood and goodwill forevermore in the promised lands as the Security Council forced an end to Israel's war of self-defense against Hezbollah. Italy, standup kind of country that it is, commits to supply up to 3,000 troops in short order, and places like Finland and Bangladesh have offered contributions as well, but nearly everybody else is scrambling furiously to squirrel out of any...
  • Burden of enforcing ceasefire rests with America

    08/18/2006 8:28:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies · 552+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 17, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    The charm of any United Nations Security Council resolution lies in the preamble, which invariably begins by "recalling" all previous resolutions on the same subject. Those previous resolutions have been entirely ignored, therefore necessitating the current resolution. Hence, newly minted Resolution 1701: Before mandating the return of south Lebanon to Lebanese government control, it lists the seven Security Council resolutions going back 28 years that have demanded the same thing. We are to believe, however, that this time the UN means it. Yet, the fact that responsibility for implementation is given to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's office - not...
  • Lebanese army reaches southern border

    08/18/2006 10:56:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 272+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/06 | Lauren Frayer - ap
    KFAR KILA, Lebanon - The Lebanese army reached the country's southern border with Israel for the first time in decades Friday, sending a lone jeep on patrol through Kfar Kila, a battered stronghold of support for Hezbollah militants. Italy became the latest nation to agree to provide troops for a stronger U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, but it didn't say how many, underlining the slowness of efforts to beef up the mission. Finland said it would send 250 soldiers in a few months. U.N. officials said nearly all the Lebanese who fled the month of fighting between Hezbollah and...
  • Analysis: Cease-fire on verge of collapse

    08/18/2006 4:21:56 AM PDT · by Clive · 45 replies · 1,181+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2006-08-18 | Barry Rubin
    Three of Lebanon's top politicians have spoken out. Sunni leader Said Hariri and Druse leader Walid Jumblatt, who hate Hizbullah and Syria (which murdered both of their fathers) and thinks they are destroying the country, stated that Syria was trying to claim credit for Hizbullah's great victory. Why, they asked, didn't Syria attack Israel in the Golan Heights instead of just watching the fighting? But they also criticized Syria for seeking to take over Lebanon again and sought to curry favor with other Arab regimes by highlighting the Syrian government's vicious rhetorical attacks on Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The...
  • Lebanese patrol town on Israeli border

    08/18/2006 2:50:21 AM PDT · by John Carey · 6 replies · 293+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | LAUREN FRAYER
    The army jeep, flying a large Lebanese flag and carrying just two soldiers clad in green camouflage uniforms, passed by the Fatima Gate a few yards from the border in Kfar Kila but did not stop...... Villagers throwing rice and Hezbollah supporters holding banners have welcomed the country's army to the south after a nearly 40-year absence. About 15,000 troops are eventually supposed to deploy in the region under a peace plan aimed at securing an end to more than a month of fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel, but so far the troops have deployed mostly to predominantly Christian...
  • France to send 400 troops to Lebanon

    08/17/2006 1:24:04 PM PDT · by John Carey · 52 replies · 985+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | August 17, 2006 | JAMEY KEATEN,
    President Jacques Chirac announced Thursday that France will immediately double to 400 troops its contingent in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon. The statement from Chirac's office came after he spoke by phone with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. France currently leads the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon, and its decision-making on its role in a strengthened force has been closely watched. Chirac told Annan that France "will immediately double its current contribution by sending 200 men," the statement said. The plan will be presented at a U.N. meeting in New York later Thursday to flesh out which countries will participate...
  • France considers only symbolic force for UN

    08/17/2006 5:30:10 AM PDT · by rightgrafix · 25 replies · 665+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:45 PM BST | Crispian Balmer
    PARIS (Reuters) - France is considering providing only a symbolic force for the United Nations contingent in Lebanon, and not the thousands of troops UN officials had hoped, Le Monde newspaper said on Thursday. If true, such a move could seriously delay the UN mission, seen as vital to securing peace between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, or even scupper the whole operation. Quoting U.N. and diplomatic sources, Le Monde said France might send just a dozen officers and around 200 personnel from an engineering division for the beefed-up UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). President Jacques Chirac's office said the...
  • Will cease-fires never cease?

    08/17/2006 3:50:42 AM PDT · by John Carey · 10 replies · 328+ views
    Townhall and also Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2006 | Thomas Sowell
    How many cease-fires have there been in the Middle East -- or is the number too large to remember? Over the past half century, there must have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than in the rest of the world combined. What will this latest cease-fire do? It will give Hezbollah a breather from Israeli retaliation and allow them time to get new shipments of military equipment from Iran, rebuild their military infrastructure and prepare for the next round of attacks on Israel.
  • A New Day Of Mourning (Will Jews Have To Mourn Israel's Passing Alert)

    08/16/2006 3:22:46 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 430+ views ^ | 08/16/06 | Abraham Miller
    Tisha b’Av is the Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of the ancient Jewish temples, which both fell on the same day of the calendar. Last year, Tsh’a b’Av fell on August 14, the day Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. This year August 14 marked the day when Israel’s cabinet accepted the UN’s cease fire in the current war. Because Judaism follows a lunar calendar, Tisha b’Av this year fell on August 3. I, nonetheless, believe that this year’s Tisha b’Av marks not only the end of the sacred temples but, with the withdrawal from Gaza and now the...