29 May 2005 Military News
- MARINE KILLED AFTER IED BLAST NEAR HAQLANIYAH
- Top US General Says Zarqawi Probably Injured VOA 29 May 2005 -- America's top military officer says Washington believes terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been injured in Iraq.
- "Operation Lightning" Launched in Baghdad RFE/RL 29 May 2005 -- Iraqi security forces launched a 40,000-man security operation today to seal off Baghdad and hunt for insurgents.
- Afghan TV Airs Video of Kidnapped Aid Worker RFE/RL 29 May 2005 -- Afghanistan's private Tolo-TV today aired a video of an Italian aid worker who was kidnapped by gunmen in Kabul two weeks ago.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. Military 'Very Busy but Healthy,' Myers Says AFPS 29 May 2005 -- The U.S. armed forces are in good shape on this Memorial Day weekend, and military personnel well understand and believe in what they are fighting for overseas, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said today.
- Israel Approves Release of 400 Palestinian Prisoners VOA 29 May 2005 -- Israel has approved the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. But Palestinians say it's not enough.
- Abbas is Optimistic After Washington Visit VOA 29 May 2005 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he believes Palestinians and the Israelis can and should move quickly toward bringing about a lasting peace. He spoke in an interview broadcast on television today (Sunday).
- Annan says 115 UN peacekeepers killed in 2004 IRNA 29 May 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Sunday 115 UN peacekeepers were killed in the service of peace in 2004 to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.
- Annan Visits Troubled Darfur Region RFE/RL 29 May 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited the troubled Darfur region of Sudan yesterday. Annan visited a huge refugee camp, home to some of the 2 million people who have fled violence and famine in the region. He also appealed for more aid for Darfur -- as well as for the country's south, where aid officials are warning of growing hunger.
- France Rejects EU Constitution VOA 29 May 2005 -- French voters have rejected the European Union's draft constitution, dealing a personal setback to President Jacques Chirac and plunging the 25-nation bloc into what could be a long period of uncertainty.
- Hariri Candidates Claim Victory in Beirut Parliamentary Elections VOA 29 May 2005 -- The opposition bloc led by the son of the slain former prime minister Rafik Hariri is claiming landslide victory In Beirut in the first round of Lebanese parliamentary elections Sunday.
- Lebanon's Parliamentary Elections Kick-Off in Beirut VOA 29 May 2005 -- Voting is underway in Beirut in the first parliamentary elections to be held in Lebanon in three decades, without the presence of Syrian forces. Observers expect the son of Rafik Hariri, the slain former prime minister, to make a strong showing in the first round of the staggered elections.
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