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Iraq loses $20-30 billion over global financial crisis

RIA Novosti
Iraq has already lost $20 - $30 billion over the current global financial crisis, a government daily quoted the deputy chairman of the Iraq's oil and gas committee as saying on Tuesday.

According to the Al-Sabah newspaper, Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani said the losses had been caused by plummeting oil demand and prices.
(28 October 2008)



Index Research on Pakistan, October 2008

Sarah Meyer, Index Research
1. Preface
2. Timeline: War Zones in Pakistan
3. US Drones in Pakistan
4. Refugees in Pakistan
5. Articles on War in Pakistan
6. Financial Difficulties in Pakistan
7. Nuclear Pakistan
8. Oil and Gas in Pakistan
9. Human Rights in Pakistan
10. Obama and McCain on Pakistan
11. References
(26 October 2008)
Big changes seem to be underway in Pakistan. Sarah Meyer has a copious compendium of articls. She has compiled another set of articles: Index on Economics and Peril in Afghanistan, October 2008 Timeline -BA




We will defend territory against attack, vows Syria

Ian Black, Martin Chulov in Hilla and Julian Borger, The Guardian
Syria yesterday condemned the US for launching "criminal and terrorist aggression" on its soil, while the Iraqi government defended action against foreign jihadis amid warnings it might complicate plans for a controversial security agreement between Baghdad and Washington.

Walid al-Muallem, Syria's foreign minister, used a visit to London to lambast the US for its "cowboy politics" and hinted that Sunday's raid was designed to halt Syria's gradually improving relations with the EU and Britain. Iran and Russia also condemned the US for aggravating tensions in the region.

Syria reported that US troops, backed by helicopters, launched the attack five miles into its territory, killing eight people, including four children. But at the funerals of the victims, where angry crowds chanted anti-American slogans, an Associated Press photographer said he saw the bodies of seven men.

The US refused to comment publicly, but an official said the raid's target was Abu Ghadiya, a former aide of the Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Ghadiya was a major smuggler of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters into Iraq, the official told Reuters. "He [Abu Ghadiya] is believed to be dead. This undoubtedly will have a debilitating effect on this foreign fighter smuggling network."...
(28 October 2008)

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