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Dec 30th, 2008

Summary: More than 2 million Iraqis have fled the kidnappings, car bombings, and killings that have racked their homeland since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The United States has admitted more than 16,000 Iraqi refugees in the past two years and expects to more than double that number by the end of 2009. A coalition of advocates, including Refugees International, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Baltimore-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, is calling on the United States to nearly triple the money it spends on the displaced Iraqis while allowing the entry of as many as 105,000 in 2009 — a sevenfold increase over current admissions.


Dec 8th, 2008

Summary: Taliban militants blasted their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan and torched more than 160 vehicles destined for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital U.S. military supply line.


Dec 5th, 2008

Summary: With the number of terrorist attacks against police increasing from 113 in 2005 to 1,820 in 2007, police in northwestern Pakistan’s tribal regions bordering Afghanistan are outgunned, out-financed, and fighting a losing battle against Taliban insurgents.