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The Bush administration's $75 million effort to promote democracy in Iran over the long run is likely to backfire, stiffening the resolve of the Islamic regime to hold on to power and landing democratic-minded activists in jail, a senior European diplomat tells U.S. News.
About 300 Turkish soldiers crossed the border into Iraq last night and remain there hunting for Kurdish rebels. At the same time, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Kirkuk, also in the Kurdish portion of northern Iraq.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Turkey today and assured Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan that the Kurdish rebels threatening the shared border between Turkey and Iraq are a "common threat." She said the United States, Turkey, and Iraq will counter any strikes the Kurdish rebels make in Turkey.
A promised peace conference looks distinctly unpromising
Tough new U.S. economic sanctions raise tensions with Iran--and talk of war.
The State Department is tightening its oversight of private security contractors operating in Iraq after an official panel found significant shortcomings in the department's operations of the security program. The panel, led by Patrick Kennedy, a senior State Department official, made 19 recommendations to improve the operations and monitoring of security convoys in the wake of the deadly incident last month in which guards working for Blackwater USA under a State Department contract were involved in a deadly shooting in downtown Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians.
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, try a dire sickness. That's what Democratic strategist, CNN analyst, and Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign boss Donna Brazile found during a series of medical emergencies that sidelined her.
But frustrated by Russia and China, the White House may need a different approach.