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Afghan leader warns NATO not to become ‘occupying force’

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday they were at risk of being seen as an occupying force rather than an ally after a spate of civilian casualties, and said he would take unspecified “action” if they continue. Raids on Afghan homes in pursuit…

Mitt Romney accuses Obama of betraying Israel

WASHINGTON — Top Republican contenders for the White House in 2012 accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of betraying staunch US ally Israel in his new long-shot push for Middle East peace. “President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus,” thundered former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, generally viewed as the…

Sarah Palin visits Israel, will see Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Leading Republican Sarah Palin toured Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Sunday as she began a two-day, private visit to Israel. She also planned on meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during her first trip to the Jewish state to discuss key issues facing the U.S. ally. Palin, a…

Iran objects to foreign troops in Bahrain

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran called the deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain unacceptable on Tuesday and warned Saudi Arabia and its ally Washington of “dangerous consequences” for intervening in the island nation’s political crisis. About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain on Monday as part of an effort by the six-nation…

Bahrain must reform now, Clinton says

WASHINGTON — Bahrain must carry out political reforms immediately, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in comments aired on Sunday in which she blasted any violence by the Gulf kingdom’s security forces as unacceptable . “Bahrain had started on some reform and we want to see them get back…

Obama consults Saudi King Abdullah on Egypt

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama stressed the need for a meaningful and lasting political transition in Egypt in a telephone call with key ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, officials said. “The President spoke today with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia about the situation in Egypt,” the White House said…

Cheney says Egypt’s Mubarak ‘a good man’

SANTA BARBARA, California — Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday as “a good man” and a strong friend of the United States, but said the Egyptian people will decide his fate as leader. “He’s been a good man, he’s been a good friend and…

White House spokesman refuses to say if Obama will ‘stand by’ Mubarak

It’s the classic non-answer: At a White House press briefing Friday afternoon, reporters pelted outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs with questions about the revolution in Egypt, but there was one key query he just could not address. It was Associated Press reporter Ben Feller who lodged the unanswerable, asking Gibbs…

Biden: Egypt leader Mubarak not a ‘dictator,’ shouldn’t step down

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is not a dictator and shouldn’t have to resign, but should be more “responsive” to the needs of his people. Biden’s remarks came as massive unrest ravaged Egypt every day since Tuesday targeting Mubarak’s 30-year regime, which…

WikiLeaks release to show NATO ally Turkey helped Al Qaeda in Iraq

US diplomatic cables set for imminent release by WikiLeaks will reportedly show that NATO ally Turkey aided Al Qaeda in Iraq, while the US supported the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group fighting Turkey. The claim was made in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, reports Reuters: The next release is expected…

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