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US ratchets up its global war

The US is increasing its aggression against a number of countries as the "war on terror" spills over into new conflicts and tensions are heightened.

Issue No. 2091


Somalia

US warplanes bombed a small town in Somalia earlier this week killing four people and wounding 20 – including four children.

The planes targeted a home in Dhoble as part of a campaign to wipe out opposition to the US backed Ethiopian invasion.

People took to the streets following the attack, chanting “Down with the so-called superpower” and “Down with their stooges!” – a reference to the US imposed government.

The US backed the Ethiopian invasion against the Islamic Courts in December 2006 as part of the “fourth front” in the “war on terror”.

The country had been in the grip of warlords before the Islamic Courts Movement took power following an uprising. The movement rose out of grassroots opposition to militias that ruled the country.

The war has sparked one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in Africa.


Lebanon

The US has sent warships to the coast of Lebanon in an attempt to intimidate growing opposition to its policies in the country.

The USS Cole – the ship that was almost sunk by Al Qaida off the coast of Yemen in October 2000 – is armed with missiles and heavy machine guns.

The opposition, made up of Hizbollah and the mainly Christian Free Patriotic Movement, are demanding a government of national unity.

Hizbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah called the deployment “an attempt to spark tensions in Lebanon”. He said, “The US administration has used the policy of sending warships to support its allies in Lebanon before, and that experiment failed and backfired.

“We don’t succumb to threats and military intimidation practised by the US to implement its hegemony over Lebanon.”


Iran

The US, Britain and France have imposed more sanctions on Iran in an attempt to scupper the country’s nuclear power programme.

The move, which includes a freeze on assets, the right to search Iranian cargo ships and a travel ban on named officials, comes as Iran’s president made a historic visit to Iraq.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a press conference in Baghdad, “We believe that the forces that came from overseas and travelled thousands of kilometres to reach here must leave the region and must let the people of this country rule themselves.”

He then announced that Iran will lend Iraq $1 billion.


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Tue 4 Mar 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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