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Egypt media say six Sinai "terrorists" held after attack

Egypt media say six Sinai "terrorists" held after attack

By Shaimaa Fayed

CAIRO

Fri Aug 10, 2012

(Reuters) - The Egyptian army has captured six people it regards as "terrorists" in Sinai after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the border with Israel, a military source told state media on Friday.

Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

August 10, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan police officer shot and killed at least three American Special Forces soldiers on Friday after inviting them for a meal at a check post in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said, in what appeared to be premeditated killings of American soldiers by one of their Afghan allies.

South Korean’s Visit to Disputed Islets Angers Japan

South Korean’s Visit to Disputed Islets Angers Japan

By CHOE SANG-HUN

August 10, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea flew to a set of islets locked in a territorial dispute with Japan on Friday, dismissing protests from Tokyo and making a trip that was bound to heighten diplomatic tensions between Washington’s two key Asian allies.

Japan called Mr. Lee’s visit “unacceptable” and recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters in Tokyo.

Adding drama to the simmering historical hostility that Mr. Lee’s surprise trip magnified, the archrivals South Korea and Japan were set to clash in London on Friday for the Olympic bronze medal in soccer, a game to be watched by millions of people in both countries.

Washington puts its money on proxy war

Washington puts its money on proxy war

10 August,

by Nick Turse

In the 1980s, the U.S. government began funneling aid to mujahedeen rebels in Afghanistan as part of an American proxy war against the Soviet Union. It was, in the minds of America’s Cold War leaders, a rare chance to bloody the Soviets, to give them a taste of the sort of defeat the Vietnamese, with Soviet help, had inflicted on Washington the decade before. In 1989, after years of bloody combat, the Red Army did indeed limp out of Afghanistan in defeat. Since late 2001, the United States has been fighting its former Afghan proxies and their progeny. Now, after years of bloody combat, it’s the U.S. that’s looking to withdraw the bulk of its forces and once again employ proxies to secure its interests there.

Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push

Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push

By Dan Williams

JERUSALEM

Fri Aug 10, 2012

(Reuters) - Israel's prime minister and defense minister would like to attack Iran's nuclear sites before the U.S. election in November but lack crucial support within their cabinet and military, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday.

Assad replaces fugitive PM, Aleppo rebels pull back

Assad replaces fugitive PM, Aleppo rebels pull back

By Hadeel Al Shalchi

ALEPPO, Syria 

Thu Aug 9, 2012

(Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad named a new prime minister on Thursday to replace Syria's most senior government defector as his forces pushed rebels back from a strategic district in Aleppo.

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