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2007-11-22 06:00:24

By Sternadori, Miglena Mantcheva The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the war on Iraq and the frequent ethnic conflicts around the world have spurred many news stories about Islam and religious fanaticism. Recently, a new sensation emerged: Muslim women who blow themselves up in suicide bombings were depicted as mysterious figures, sometimes veiled and sometimes in high heels. The Western world was disturbed. At least on the surface, Islamic terrorists had become more gender-liberated than the...

2006-08-28 13:41:43

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced a low-level inquiry into the Lebanon war on Monday, rejecting a fuller, independent probe that could have led to high-level resignations in the government and military. In a prime-time speech, Olmert acknowledged shortcomings in the way the 34-day campaign against Hizbollah was pursued but said the decision to go to war was his alone and that an inquiry should look at the government's actions not the...

2006-08-24 22:07:23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department is investigating whether Israel's use of U.S.-manufactured rockets armed with cluster bombs in Lebanon violated agreements with the United States restricting use of such weapons, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Unidentified current and former U.S. officials told the newspaper they doubted the investigation would lead to sanctions against Israel, but that the probe might be intended to help the Bush administration blunt criticism...

2006-08-23 15:12:49

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may order a state inquiry into the Lebanon war, Channel 1 Television reported on Wednesday, a move that could trigger a political and military shake-up. The station said Olmert was "considering favorably" setting up a state inquiry commission to review the handling of the offensive against Hizbollah. Such a body, usually chaired by a supreme court judge, has wide powers and holds public hearings. A government official said...

2006-08-23 15:11:59

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may order a state inquiry into the Lebanon war, Channel 1 Television reported on Wednesday, a move that could trigger a political and military shake-up. The station said Olmert was "considering favorably" setting up a state inquiry commission to review the handling of the offensive against Hizbollah. Such a body, usually chaired by a supreme court judge, has wide powers and holds public hearings. A government official said...

2006-08-21 04:04:26

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli reservists, in a scathing open letter published on Monday, accused government leaders and top army officers of inept handling of the war in Lebanon and called for a broad investigation of their actions. The letter, which appeared in the newspaper Haaretz, was signed by hundreds of veterans of the Lebanon campaign, the left-leaning daily said. An Israeli general said the military had been "guilty of the sin of arrogance" in its approach...

2006-08-14 18:17:19

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft carried out two air strikes in Gaza on Monday, hitting houses where members of militant group were living, witnesses and the Israeli army said. The first strike, in the Jabalya refugee camp, targeted the home of a member of Islamic Jihad, a group which earlier on Monday fired at least two rockets into Israel, the army said. Residents of the building were told to leave before the strike, but medics said eight people living nearby were injured. A...

2006-08-14 04:54:24

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead a Hizbollah fighter in Lebanon on Monday after he opened fire on them, marking the first casualty since a ceasefire went into effect, local media reported. Army Radio and the Haaretz newspaper's Web site said the shooting took place in southwest Lebanon. A military spokesman said the man was among a group of "armed terrorists" who approached the army position, but he declined to say whether the gunman had been killed. "We will continue...

2006-08-14 04:15:39

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops on Monday shot a Hizbollah fighter in Lebanon who tried to open fire on them, the first casualty since a truce went into effect, an Israeli Web site reported. Ynetnews said the shooting occurred in southwest Lebanon. It was not immediately clear if the man had survived his wounds.

2006-08-12 23:05:26

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Five Israeli soldiers declared missing after their helicopter was shot down by Hizbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon on Saturday were feared to be dead, the Israeli army said on Sunday. If the deaths are confirmed, it would bring the number of Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon on Saturday to 24.