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by Gareth Porter IPS December 18, 2011 Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s suggestion that the end of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq is part of a U.S. military success story ignores the fact that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military had planned to maintain a semi-permanent military presence in Iraq. The real story behind the U.S. withdrawal is how a clever strategy of deception and diplomacy ...Read full article...
By Rowan Scarborough Washington Times December 15, 2011 The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes ...Read full article...
The Associated Press December. 15, 2011 Canada on Thursday urged its citizens to leave Syria immediately, saying President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime “has lost all legitimacy, and its abhorrent behavior will not be tolerated.” The United Nations sharply raised its death toll this week for the nine-month uprising against the regime, saying more than 5,000 people have been killed. The statement by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird came the ...Read full article...