All the news you won't hear at the top of the hour so they can go on and on about Blackwater, Sanchez, etc. etc.
Saturday civilian toll falls dramatically to just 4 reported deaths
"The daily number of civilians killed, not including those on days when there were massive casualties from car bombs, had climbed above 100 at the end of last year and the beginning of 2007.
Saturday's decline in deaths was in line with a sharp drop in September of both Iraqi civilian and U.S. military fatalities."
Poland won’t ’desert’ Iraq: PM
"Poland is determined to maintain its forces in Iraq despite a bomb attack which wounded its ambassador and killed his Polish driver and two Iraqis, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said....
Poland has become a close US ally since the collapse of its communist regime in 1989. It joined NATO in 1999....
Warsaw was a solid supporter of Washington in run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, earning it the ire of anti-war governments in Europe, particularly France....
On Saturday, Poland’s defence ministry announced it was preparing to send a new contingent to Iraq at the start of 2008, if required."
Mosque says to avoid Western holidays
"A Toronto mosque is telling Muslims not to say "Happy Thanksgiving" or invite friends into their homes for turkey dinner on the holiday weekend.
The Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque says to "avoid participating" in dinners, parties or greetings on Thanksgiving because it is a kuffaar, or non-Muslim, celebration.
A two-part article on the mosque Web site says Muslims should also "stay completely away" from "Halloween trick-and treat nonsense," Christmas, New Year's, anniversaries, birthdays and Earth Day.
How can we bring ourselves to congratulate or wish people well for their disobedience to Allah? Thus expressions such as:Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, etc, are completely out," it says.
In 2003, the Khalid mosque, which mainly serves the Toronto Somali-Canadian community, apologized for a newsletter that compared wishing someone a Merry Christmas to congratulating a murderer.
At the time, a junior employee was blamed for the slight, but the mosque's Web site has since posted similar edicts covering not only Christmas but also virtually every other Western celebration.
Muslims who participate in the holidays are termed ignorant and hypocritical.
While not all are religious holidays, the Internet site says Muslims are required to be different from non-Muslims "in matters which are representative of them or are characteristic of their identity."
Also banned, it says, are: watching sports or soap operas, walking dogs, family photos, wedding bands, Western hats, mingling and shaking hands with the opposite sex."
Labels: Iraq war, Islamism