posted on Oct, 27 2008 @ 03:18 PM
Other interesting news
US Troops Carry Out Deadly Attack in Syria
US forces attacked a farm in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border on Sunday, reportedly killing eight civilians. Syria’s official news agency said
four US helicopters crossed into Syria carrying the US troops. The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned what it described as as act of aggression. The
attack is believed to mark the first time that US troops have launched an attack inside Syria since the start of the Iraq war. The Bush administration
has accused Syria of not doing enough to stop anti-American forces from crossing the border into Iraq.
US Predator Drone Kills 20 in Pakistan
A suspected US missile strike inside Pakistan has killed up to twenty people. The target of the US drone attack was a compound used by members of the
Taliban. Since August, US predator drones have carried out at least eighteen strikes inside Pakistan. The New York Times reports the CIA recently
expanded its list of Pakistani targets and has gained approval from the government in Islamabad to bolster eavesdropping operations in the border
region. The new head of Pakistan’s spy service, the ISI, Ahmed Shuja Pasha, is in Washington this week to meet with CIA director Michael Hayden.
More Special Ops Forces Considered for Afghanistan
The Los Angeles Times reports senior Pentagon officials are considering sending additional teams of highly trained special operations forces to
Afghanistan to target wanted militants. Many military leaders are increasingly arguing that an Iraq-style troop “surge” and counterinsurgency plan
would not work because of the country’s rugged geography and a history of resistance to rule from Kabul.
Stocks in Japan and Hong Kong Fall
In economic news, Japan’s Nikkei stock index has fallen to a twenty-six-year low as fear grows about a global recession. The Nikkei lost more than
six percent today. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index tumbled nearly 13 percent.
Court Grants Troy Davis Stay of Execution
Death row prisoner Troy Davis was granted a stay of execution on Friday, three days before his scheduled execution. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
in Georgia gave Davis’s lawyers fifteen days to file documents with the court, supporting defense claims that Davis is being wrongfully held in
prison. The court will then decide if the case should go back before a lower court, which could order a new trial.
11,000 Absentee Ballots Not Mailed Out in Colorado
In election news, a series of voting disputes in key swing states remain unresolved with just eight days to go before the presidential election. In
Colorado, more than 11,000 voters in Denver have not received absentee ballots because of a mistake made by the company Sequoia Voting Systems.
Sequoia was supposed to have delivered 21,000 ballots to a Denver mail processing facility on October 16, but the company only delivered about half of
the requested ballots.
Colorado Sec. of State Sued for Vote Purges
In other election news from Colorado, the Advancement Project has sued Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman for his alleged illegal purge of
voters across the state. The suit alleges that between 16,000 and 30,000 voters were purged in violation of the National Voting Rights Act.
Justice Department Pressed by Bush to Contest 200,000 Ohio Voters
The White House is intervening in an election dispute in the state of Ohio. The White House has asked the Department of Justice to look into whether
200,000 new Ohio voters must reconfirm their registration information before the Nov. 4 election because their records don’t precisely match other
government databases. Last week, the US Supreme Court dismissed a case brought by the Ohio Republican Party over the issue.