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A planned U.S. missile shield to protect Europe from a possible Iranian attack would be ineffective against the kinds of missiles Iran is likely to deploy, according to a joint analysis by top U.S. and Russian scientists.
The U.S.-Russian team also judged that it would be more than five years before Iran is capable of building both a nuclear warhead and a missile capable of carrying it over long distances. And if Iran attempted such an attack, the experts say, it would ensure its own destruction.
The U.S. plans to provide $100 million of humanitarian aid to Pakistan as part of the Obama administration's new strategy for countering the appeal of Taliban militants in the nuclear-armed American ally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday.
At a news conference at the White House, Clinton said the Obama administration is determined to help approximately 2 million Pakistani refugees who have fled fighting in the country's Swat Valley and are living in squalid tent cities.
In addition to the $100 million from the State Department, the Defense Department has pledged $10 million for used water trucks, halal food and large tents with environmental units, such as air conditioning, for hot weather.
Russia has started delivering military hardware, including up-to-date T-90 gun-missile launcher armed tanks to Russian army bases in South Ossetia and Abkhazia – the two republics, which suffered from Georgia’s aggression in August 2008. The arms deliveries were launched in accordance with the defense cooperation agreement between Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The agreement is to be signed within the forthcoming one or two weeks, The Vedomosti newspaper wrote.