Saturday, July 30, 2011

Iraq Less Safe Than a Year Ago

A report on Iraq five months before the US withdrawal doesn't exactly inspire confidence: "It is less safe, in my judgment, than 12 months ago," declares Stuart Bowen, the official appointed by Congress to keep an eye on the transition. He cites an increase in bombings and assassinations, rampant corruption, continued trouble training Iraqi police, and even electricity problems, report AFP and the New York Times.
The shift in control away the US military is occurring "against the backdrop of a security situation in Iraq that continues to deteriorate," says Bowen, who runs the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. His assessment contradicts rosier statements by US and Iraqi officials. “There are failures and shortcomings in the government and the security forces, but it is not as bad as the report says it is," says a member of the Iraqi parliament.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pakistani Father Kills Six Daughters

FAISALABAD: A man killed six of his daughters on suspicion that two of them had relations with boys in the neighborhood.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Taliban Hanged Eight Year Old Boy

Suspected Taliban militants hanged an eight-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after ordering his father, a local police commander, to surrender, a government spokesman says.