Archive for August 23rd, 2006

Marines to Issue Involuntary Call-Ups

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

We need to pray continually for our military men and their families.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday it has been authorized to recall thousands of Marines to active duty, primarily because of a shortage of volunteers for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Up to 2,500 Marines will be brought back at any one time, but there is no cap on the total number of Marines who may be forced back into service in the coming years as the military battles the war on terror. The call-ups will begin in the next several months.

This is the first time the Marines have had to use the involuntary recall since the early days of the Iraq combat. The Army has ordered back about 14,000 soldiers since the start of the war.

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Iran Will Be Asked to Suspend Uranium Enrichment While Talks Occur

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

World powers are going to ask Iran to cease uranium enrichment while responding to the request for talks concerning nukes. Considering the fact that the president of Iran has been outspoken about uranium enrichment and his plans to continue, the outcome of the request should be interesting to say the least. My bet is that Iran says “No Deal” to stopping enrichment.

World powers are ready to respond to Iran’s call for talks over its nuclear ambitions but only if it first suspends uranium enrichment, France said on Wednesday.

Iran handed over its response to an incentives package offered by six nations on Tuesday, saying it offered ideas that would allow serious talks to start immediately.

The West has in the past said such calls for talks were a stalling tactic.

“As we have always said … a return to the negotiating table is tied to the suspension of uranium enrichment,” French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told a news conference.

There has been no sign Tehran agrees to this precondition, which it has previously dismissed as unacceptable.

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UN Allows Use of Force in Lebanon

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Well, isnt it sweet that the UN has given permission for the peacekeepers to defend themselves and innocent civilians in Lebanon. Did they expect these peacekeepers to just stand by and be killed by Hezbollah? The UN is a joke.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – New rules of engagement for U.N. troops in Lebanon permit soldiers to shoot in self-defense, use force to protect civilians and resist armed attempts to interfere with their duties, a U.N. document says.

The 21 pages of rules, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, adhere to the mandate laid down by the U.N. Security Council in an August 11 resolution and drafted by France and the United States. That did not call on the U.N. force, known as UNIFIL, to carry out large-scale disarmament of Hizbollah guerrillas in a southern Lebanon buffer zone.

The rules, given to potential troop contributors last week for approval, have been generally accepted, said Vijay Nambiar, a special adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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