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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, December 22, 2008

The world......

(WaPo) The US might increase the presence in Afghanistan by as much as 30,000, doubling the current force size.

(AFP) The US conducts 2 more drone/missile strikes in the Pakistani tribal lands. 8 killed and fires in the target villages.

(USAToday/AP) "Israeli diplomats have been instructed to highlight the plight of Israelis under rocket fire from Gaza, officials said Monday, with the apparent aim of preparing world opinion for possible stepped-up action by Israel's military."

(AFP) Russia warns Ukraine about cutting natural gas supplies.

(AP) Russia emphasizes that it is only selling Iran "defensive weapons." (30 year old and 10 year old anti aircraft systems.)

(BBC) The Russians approved an extension of the Presidential term to 6 years, seen as a precursor to Putin retaking the office.

(AFP) The Iraqi trial of al-Zaidi, the shoe thrower, starts Dec. 31.

And, (AFP) The Iraqi government talks about expelling the anti-Iranian MEK.


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