The top U.S. military officer says the United States may double the
number of troops deployed in Afghanistan next year to deal with a
growing Taliban insurgency.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, told
reporters in Kabul on Saturday that up to 30-thousand additional troops
could arrive by the middle of 2009.
The U.S. currently has 31-thousand troops serving in Afghanistan.
Iraq's parliament has rejected a draft law that would have allowed
foreign troops from countries other than the United States to remain in
Iraq beyond the end of the year.
The law would have authorized the presence of troops from Britain,
Australia, Estonia, Romania and El Salvador to be deployed until the
end of July of next year.
The legislation does not pertain to U.S. troops because the U.S. has
already signed an agreement with the Iraqi government allowing troops
after the United Nations mandate expires December 31st. ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS:
Barrages of rockets fired from Gaza have hit southern Israeli towns
today (Sunday) in the second attack by Palestinian militants in two
Rescue services say one rocket struck a house in the town of Sderot.
The Israeli military says another rocket left one person lightly
wounded in the hard-hit town.
The Associated Press says that the militant group Islamic Jihad has
claimed responsibility for Sunday's rocket fire.
MAURITANIA PRESIDENT: Mauritania officials say ousted President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi has been released from house arrest.
Authorities say security forces drove the deposed president 250
kilometers from the confinement of his native village of Lemden to the
capital, Nouakchott, where he was freed today (Sunday).
The military junta that overthrew Mr. Abdallahi had recently announced
that the former president would be freed unconditionally before the end
of the month.
US-SOMALIA: The chairman of the U.S. Senatesubcommittee for Africa is urging
President-elect Barack Obama to start a new, serious effort to bring
peace to Somalia. Senator Russ Feingold told VOA (Somali Service) in an
interview Saturday that the recent U.S. policy towards Somalia has not
been as good as it should be. He said the United States needs a serious
and cohesive policy to try to restore stability to Somalia.