Morning Brief, Tuesday, September 11
Middle East Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At Monday’s hearing in front of the joint House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, Gen. David Petraeus hailed Iraq’s progress and called for a reduction in U.S. combat brigades in Iraq by summer 2008. The U.S. commander rejected firmer or faster timelines for withdrawal of U.S. troops, however. A ...
At Monday’s hearing in front of the joint House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, Gen. David Petraeus hailed Iraq’s progress and called for a reduction in U.S. combat brigades in Iraq by summer 2008. The U.S. commander rejected firmer or faster timelines for withdrawal of U.S. troops, however.
A rocket fired from Gaza struck an Israeli training base, wounding at least 30 soldiers. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad took credit for the attack.
Some on Wall Street are profiting from Chinese surveillance companies.
A U.S. delegation is in North Korea to survey that country’s nuclear facilities.
Flooding in northeast India has left some 3.5 million people homeless.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel are joining forces to develop a “foreign economic policy” for the EU in the face of rising competition from Russia and China.
On the six-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, Osama bin Laden emerged with a second video praising one of the “martyrs” of those attacks. It’s unclear, however, just when the tape was made.
Colombian authorities caught a man alleged to be one of the world’s most powerful drug lords—in his underwear.
Biofuel subsidies result in higher food prices and environmental destruction, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warns, while having only a minimal impact on climate change.
- Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker are to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 9:30 a.m.
- Oil ministers from OPEC countries are meeting in Vienna. As oil prices rise again to around $78 a barrel after an attack on a Mexican pipeline, OPEC is discussing a small production boost.
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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