Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Chalabi 'boasted of Iranian spy link': "'If it turns out to be true, it was certainly a genius operation. [The Iranians] created an anti-Saddam opposition to get rid of him, and they got us to pay for it.' "

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My Way News: "Kimmitt has denied finding evidence that any children died in the raid although a 'handful of women' - perhaps four to six - were 'caught up in the engagement.' 'They may have died from some of the fire that came from the aircraft,' he told reporters Friday. However, an AP reporter obtained... Continue Reading →

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall May 22, 2004 11:14 PM (Printable Format): "According to several participants, President Bush told Republicans that the Iraqis are ready to 'take the training wheels off' by assuming power. That's a bit of a condescending thing to say about a country which encompasses what is generally considered to... Continue Reading →

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Surveying the ruins of Rafah: "Mr Hansen said later: 'One thing that strikes you is that so many people said they had their homes bulldozed while they were in the houses. 'I've heard the Israelis deny this, but to me it was quite striking the consistency of the reports... Continue Reading →

The Jamestown Foundation: "Iran's Ministry of Intelligence & National Security (VEVAK) and the intelligence directorate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) arguably have a better understanding of Wahhabi/Salafi terrorist networks and their institutional and ideological roots in Saudi Arabia than most other major intelligence organizations. They have gained such knowledge through the penetration of... Continue Reading →

Global Eye -- Dark Passage: "When the Dominators were temporarily ousted from government after 1992, they continued their strategic planning with funding from the military-energy-security apparatus and right-wing foundations. This culminated in a new group, the aptly-named Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Members included hard-right players like Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Zalmay... Continue Reading →

The president's real goal in Iraq: "The official story on Iraq has never made sense. The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based... Continue Reading →

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Gaza fury after Israeli pullback: "The tarmac has been stripped from the roads and the front of shops sheered off by the passing heavy armour, our correspondent adds. Along with the demolished homes the only zoo in the Gaza Strip has been ruined. Most of the nearly 80 animals... Continue Reading →

The Big Lab Experiment - Was our universe created by design? By Jim?Holt: "'You might take this all as a joke,' he said, 'but perhaps it is not entirely absurd. It may be the explanation for why the world we live in is so weird. On the evidence, our universe was created not by a... Continue Reading →

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