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Russian Troop Movements in Georgia Unclear


GEORGIA: Russian officials say their troops may be preparing to pull out of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, but reports conflict on how much progress has been made.
Some media reports quote a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman as saying Russia is only considering or preparing for a pullout, which would meet the terms of a French-brokered cease-fire agreement. But other reports quote a Russian commander (General Vyachislav Borisov) as saying troop movement has already begun.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner cautioned in an interview published today (Sunday) that the cease-fire is still fragile. He said "the main thing" is for Russia to begin withdrawing its forces and he said that has not yet happened.

AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan official said today (Sunday) a roadside explosion killed 10 police overnight in southern Afghanistan.
Kandahar province police chief Mutillah Khan says a bomb hit a police vehicle in the Shah Wali Kot district. He blames the deadly bombing on Taliban militants.
On Saturday, U.S. military officials said coalition and Afghan forces killed dozens of militants in recent clashes in southern and eastern Afghanistan.
The U.S.-led coalition said more than 30 militants were killed in three days of fighting in Zamto Valley, in southern Kandahar province.

TURKEY-KURDS: The Turkish army says it has bombed a Kurdish rebel target in northern Iraq.
The military said on its Web site today (Sunday) that Turkish warplanes attacked a rebel hideout in the Avasin-Basyan region. It said the attack was "successful," but did not provide any data on casualties.
Turkey has stepped up military operations against PKK rebels this year both in Turkey and across the border northern Iraq, where thousands of rebels are based.
The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The violence has killed more than 30-thousand people.

OLYMPICS WRAP: American swimmer Michael Phelps has made history by winning his eighth gold medal at the Beijing Games, something no other athlete has ever achieved in the modern Olympics.
Phelps and his teammates won the men's four-by-100-meters medley relay in a world record time of three minutes, 29-point-three-four seconds. Since the modern Olympics started in 1896, no athlete had ever won eight gold medals at a single Games. American Mark Spitz won seven medals in Munich in 1972.
In other swimming events, Australia's women's team set a world record on its way to winning the four-by-100 meter medley relay (in three minutes, 52-point-69 seconds).
Germany's Britta Steffen edged 41-year-old American Dara Torres by one 100th of a second to win the women's 50-meter freestyle event. In the men's 15-hundred meters freestyle race, Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won the gold medal.

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