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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


(Dahr Jamail) Fallujah is under threat again. "Last week the Americans used loudspeakers on the backs of their tanks and Humvees to threaten us," Dhahy said. Residents said the U.S. forces warned of a "large military operation" if fighters were not handed over." The US military denies this.

(AFP) Al Arabiya television was banned from Iraq because someone on the station said the new "federalism" law would lead to the breakup of the country.

(Reuters) Maliki is in Iran meeting with Ahmadinejad and Khamenei.

(WaPo) Dennis Kucinich confronting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric S. Edelman about yesterday's report on Anbar.
"But wouldn't it be of interest to the parents of American soldiers who are being sent to fight, that they would know that a report existed that said that a province was beyond repair and the thing couldn't be won militarily? Wouldn't that be of interest, Mr. Edelman?"

Afghanistan: (Times Online) Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and maybe France have rejected the recent dire request by Gen. James Jones for a rapid deployment of more troops to Afghanistan.


  • I'm truly astonished at how 'plugged in' you are. Your blog is a better source of focused Middle East news than any single mainstream source.

    By Anonymous Rota, at 6:27 PM  

  • Thank you. I'm a bit obsessed as you might guess. I have this real feeling that we're witnessing history, that this failed war will be looked upon as the turning point of American hegemony.

    The posting on Iraq peaks and valleys with how close I feel to a turning point. Right now, barring major violence, the next big thing will be the resolution of the "federalism" legislation. Sadr's fighting it hard. It will be the major domestic political issue for the Iraqis into next week.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:25 PM  

  • Great linkage Mike. You summed the situation perfectly.

    By Anonymous Libby, at 9:05 PM  

  • Thanks.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:29 PM  

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