U.S. Copter Crash Claims 13 in Iraq
BAGHDAD - A U.S. Army helicopter crashed northeast of the capital yesterday, killing all 13 persons on board on one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces since the Iraq war began. At least five other American soldiers died in an attack blamed on militiamen in the city of Karbala.
The crash and other deaths came as a brigade of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Baghdad and prepared for deployment in early February the first of the 21,500-troop buildup ordered by President Bush.
... obviously folks, something is happening over there! ... meanwhile, is al Sadr trying to make amends? ... will Maliki cave and become friends with "Mookie" again?
Al-Sadr-Linked Legislators End Boycott of Iraqi Parliament
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc announced Sunday that it is lifting its nearly two-month political boycott after reaching a compromise over its demands for a timetable for Iraqi forces to take over security and the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
... methinks Mookie is getting worried.
Analyst: U.S. Planning Iran War, Not Attack
U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday.
... just a Plan? ... or is something up?