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War in the news:

20 killed, oil official abducted in Iraq
Fresh violence hit Iraq on Sunday when the head of the country's North Oil Company was kidnapped in Baghdad and a suicide bomber killed at least 20 people outside the capital.
Gunmen seized Adel Qazaz from his car in northern Baghdad on Sunday even as Iraqi police continued to search for the chief of the national Olympic Committee, Ahmed al-Hadjiya, who was abducted from a meeting along with 30 others a day earlier.

Middle East Violence: Neocons' Fantasy
The champions of American global empire are using the latest upsurge of violence in the Middle East to give new life to their discredited plan to extend the war in Iraq to Syria and Iran. The neo-con Weekly Standard has taken the lead in its July 24th cover issue, proclaiming that the current violence is "Iran's Proxy War" against the West.
As Standard editor William Kristol puts it, "It's our war." America's, that is.

US outsources war to Filipinos
Filipinos are taking up work at US-run facilities in Iraq, dodging an official Philippines travel and employment ban on the war-torn country and providing the US military and its affiliated contractors the cheap, English-speaking manpower it is having increasing difficulty recruiting at home.

Gruesome scenes after Israeli air raids on south Lebanon
A baby was sliced into three and body parts hung from olive trees as the full force of Israeli military might hit rural southern Lebanon Thursday.
In the deadliest Israeli strikes in a decade, at least 39 people were killed.

Terror targets: Flea markets, bean festivals
Remain vigilant, America. A database compiled by the Department of Homeland Security lists more than 77,000 potential domestic targets for terrorists, including:
• The Mule Day Parade in Colombia, Tenn.
• A bean festival in Mountain View, Ark.
• The Amish Country Popcorn factory in Berne, Ind.
• The Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, Ga., home to 250 swift but somewhat unwary kangaroos.
An audit of the National Asset Database has named these and numerous other sites whose ''criticality is not readily apparent,'' to put it kindly.
The inspector general of Homeland Security concluded that the list is seriously flawed, with many states wildly overreporting possible terrorist targets.
It smells like a money grab, because the department uses the list when deciding how to disperse hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-terrorism grants.

Intel Under Fire--Literally
Several barrages of rockets fired by Hezbollah guerillas in southern Lebanon hit the Israeli port city of Haifa on Sunday. The coastal city is home to one of Intel's most important processor design centers.
The first barrage of rockets on Sunday killed eight Israelis at a train depot in Haifa. No one was injured by two additional attacks on the city that same day, according to Israeli media reports. On Sunday, Israel's Home Front Command ordered residents in Haifa to stay inside bomb shelters.

BAE decoy deal to seal jobs
BAE Systems Australia has lifted its contracts for the supply of Nulka missile decoys to more than $550 million.The defence group said the additional $39 million supply deal with the U.S. and Canadian navies would ensure the jobs of more than 400 BAE workers, mainly in Victoria.

Train bombers 'funded by British businessmen'
Indian officials claim that bogus charities are sending £8m to Kashmiri terror groups
SOME of the main fundraisers for the terror group suspected of masterminding the Bombay train bombings are operating from Britain, according to Indian intelligence officials.
The officials accuse Britain of failing to act against a number of wealthy businessmen, who they claim are using bogus charities to funnel up to £8 million a year to Kashmiri militants groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which remains the main suspect for orchestrating the synchronised bombings that killed 182 people.
Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, raised the terror link with Tony Blair at the G8 summit in St Petersburg yesterday, reminding him that India handed over a detailed dossier three years ago identifying 14 men living in Britain and was assured the suspects would be investigated.
“Since then nothing has been done, and the money still coming from Britain helps to pay for the terrorist camps where we believe the bombers were trained and this atrocity was planned,” a senior Indian security official said last night.

Video Reality in Lebanon

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