Morning Brief, Thursday, July 27
Crisis in the Middle East Israel considers the failure of world powers to agree on a cease fire plan to be implicit permission to continue its strikes in Lebanon. The death toll rises amid heavy fighting, though the Israeli security cabinet decides against expanding its ground operation in southern Lebanon after suffering casualties yesterday. It ...
Crisis in the Middle East
Crisis in the Middle East
Israel considers the failure of world powers to agree on a cease fire plan to be implicit permission to continue its strikes in Lebanon. The death toll rises amid heavy fighting, though the Israeli security cabinet decides against expanding its ground operation in southern Lebanon after suffering casualties yesterday. It will increase air strikes, however, and has called up additional reserve troops.
Haaretz is reporting that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad and the head of Iranian security today in Damascus, apparently to discuss increasing Hezbollah's arsenal.
On the other front, Israeli troops pushed into northern Gaza yesterday, killing 24 Palestinians. The U.N. continues to charge that Israel deliberately targeted UN troops in southern Lebanon. Al Qaeda, uncomfortable out of the spotlight, issues a call for all Muslims to join in the fight for Lebanon and Gaza. If it is correct that they are reaching out to Shiites, it could mark a huge shift in the group's tactics.
More than two dozen are killed today in bombings around Baghdad. The verdict in Saddam's trial is expected in October. And U.S. troop morale is low. How low, you ask? Consider what this staff sergeant in Baghdad said:
Think of what you hate most about your job. Then think of doing what you hate most for five straight hours, every single day, sometimes twice a day, in 120-degree heat," he said. "Then ask how morale is."
The U.S. House approves the U.S-India nuclear deal, despite the deal's numerous faults. Chinese officials claim that an activist campaigning against the Three Gorges Dam beat himself up, breaking his own neck in the process. A helicopter crash in southern Aghanistan kills all 16 on board. Americans are pessimistic about peace in the Middle East and continue to give Bush low marks for his job performance. Enrique Krauze argues that Lopez Obrador's ongoing challenge of Mexico's election outcome is irrevocably damaging Mexican democracy. Exxon Mobil's second-quarter profits jump by a third, and a climate scientist wants people to stop misinterpreting his studies.
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