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May 19th, 2009

Summary: Iraqi officials have announced that national parliamentary elections will be held Jan. 30, 2010, sliding the date into next year in a move that could complicate the U.S. timetable for drawing down its forces. … Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says “We cannot succeed … in Afghanistan by killing Afghan civilians” and warning that the deaths of Afghan civilians caught up in U.S. combat operations could cripple President Barack Obama’s revamped strategy for the seven-year-old war. … The U.N. refugee agency reports that nearly 1.5 million people have fled their homes in Pakistan this month, saying that fighting between government forces and Taliban militants is uprooting more people faster than probably any conflict since the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s.