FROM Bobby Ghosh
American Embassies Become Targets of Muslim Mobs The scene turned violent after Friday prayers today and angry protesters attacked US outposts from the Middle East and Africa to Afghanistan and Pakistan, apparently inflamed by the crude insults to their religion in the video, The Innocence of Muslims. In Yemen, the American embassy was breached by an unarmed mob reportedly allowed in by local security forces; US Marines have been sent to the scene. Do the attacks result from the "Arab Spring?" Are US facilities adequately protected against a new wave of anti-Americanism?
Iran Offers to Ship Uranium to Turkey - What Does It Mean for Sanctions Talks? Iran, Brazil and Turkey have reached an agreement they claim will make it unnecessary for the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions for Iranian enrichment of nuclear materials. Western nations are expected to be highly skeptical
A 'Collective Failure' Led To Harsh Interrogations At the first congressional hearing into allegations of torture, Ali Soufan repeated what he has told reporters about the interrogation of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to harsher and harsher methods. Calling waterboarding "actionable intelligence," the retired FBI special agent said better results were obtained more quickly with "intelligent interrogation." Bobby Ghosh, senior editor at Time magazine who has interviewed Soufan, watched today's hearing.
The Battle for Basra and the Race for the White House Militias in Basra are not responding to Nouri al-Maliki's three-day ultimatum, and bitter fighting threatens civilian supplies of food and water. In Baghdad, protesters against the crackdown have crowded the streets, and rocket fire has American civilians taking to bunkers inside the Green Zone. At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, President Bush said the Prime Minister's effort to crack down shows the progress of Iraqi security forces during the surge. What if it backfires? Maliki's political life could be at stake, along with the prospects for stability. What about American troop withdrawals? What are the implications for the Presidential campaign?
Suicide Bombers Attack US Base North of Baghdad In Baghdad yesterday, two suicide bombers killed at least 62 people in the first major violence since a security crackdown Iraqi leaders claimed was working. Today, 11 were killed in a Shiite neighborhood. North of the city, three suicide bombers struck an American combat post, killing two Americans and wounding 17. Bobby Ghosh is Baghdad Bureau Chief for Time magazine.
New Stumbling Blocks for Crisis Diplomacy Just hours before his meeting with President Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was hit by two challenges to his leadership of Iraq. The first was a leaked memo from National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley saying al-Maliki is either unwilling or unable to control sectarian violence; the second, withdrawal from al-Maliki's government by a key bloc of supporters led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. How damaged is al-Maliki's leadership of his own divided country? Would more American troops make a difference?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?