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51 US soldiers in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu
Citizens For Legitimate Government
09 August 2009  
51 US soldiers in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu --71 US soldiers in quarantine 09 Aug 2009 Fifty-one American troops in Iraq have been diagnosed with and treated for swine flu, while another 71 soldiers remain in isolation suspected of contracting the potentially deadly virus, the U.S. military said Sunday. The figures were released as Iraqi health officials confirmed Sunday the country's first swine flu death.
Iraq confirms first death from A/H1N1 09 Aug 2009 The Iraqi Ministry of Health confirmed that the death of a teenage girl several days ago in the city of Najaf was due to A/H1N1 virus, the state-run newspaper al-Sabah reported on Sunday. "The medical tests at Baghdad's public health laboratories confirmed that the girl in Najaf, some 160 km south of Baghdad, has died from the A/H1N1 flu," Ihsan Jaafar, spokesman of the Iraqi Health Ministry, was quoted as saying.
Swine flu outbreak suspected in military prison --Soldiers at IDF's Prison Four say 15 sick inmates held in isolation, army fails to provide proper treatment. IDF denied claims 08 Aug 2009 In recent days Ynet has received dozens of reports from soldiers and their parents about a swine flu outbreak in the IDF's Confinement Base 394, more commonly know as Prison Four. According to the reports, 15 of the soldiers held at the prison have been isolated from the rest of the inmates due to suspicion they have contracted the H1N1 virus. A phone conversation with one of the inmates revealed a grim picture. "What goes on here is a catastrophe."
Suffolk County man, an NYPD cop, dies after contracting swine flu 07 Aug 2009 A young New York City police officer who lived in Blue Point died Friday after contracting swine flu, officials said. Ryan Johnson, 27, of the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn, is the eighth person in Suffolk whose death is linked to swine flu, the Suffolk County Health Department said.
Baxter not to provide anti-swine flu vaccine to Czechs --Czech Health Ministry: Baxter unable to guarantee vaccine is safe, won't be responsible for its side-effects 03 Aug 2009  The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Baxter which manufactures a vaccine against the swine flu in its Czech branch will not ensure the vaccine for the Czech Republic in the case of a pandemic, Baxter media representative Jana Cechova told CTK today. "No contract for the delivery of the vaccines A(H1N1) between Baxter and the Czech Republic has been concluded," Cechova said. The server tn.cz writes that the Czech Health Ministry has explained its stopping the talks with Baxter by the firm's inability to guarantee that the vaccine is safe and who will bear the risks for possible side-effects. [See: Baxter: The 'Lucky Larry' of swine flu Baxter Vaccine 'Oddities' 17 Jul 2009.]
'The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK.' Fears As Pupils Get Swine Flu Jab 07 Aug 2009 Parents' fears were growing last night over plans to use Britain's 8.5 million schoolchildren as guinea pigs for swine flu vaccinations. The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK. In the biggest mass vaccination since the 1964 operation against smallpox, school nurses, health visitors and GPs would deliver the injections to five to 16-year-olds at all 33,700 schools. But there are serious concerns as little or no data exists on the safety or effectiveness of flu vaccines on young children.
Meanwhile in U.S-Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan..
Afghan war will exceed cost of Iraq, say experts 10 Aug 2009 As the US expands its involvement in Afghanistan, military experts are warning that it is taking on security and political commitments that will last at least a decade and a cost that is likely to eclipse that of the Iraq war. This assessment follows comments on Saturday from the new head of the British Army, General David Richards, who believes stabilising Afghanistan may take as long as 40 years. Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 the US has spent $US223 billion ($267 million) on war-related funding for that country, according to the Congressional Research Service. 'Aid' spending, excluding the cost of combat operations, has grew from $US982 million in 2003 to $US9.3 billion last year.
Afghanistan could take 40 years, says new army chief --General Sir David Richards says UK involvement will last decades 08 Aug 2009 The new head of the British army warned today that the UK's involvement in Afghanistan could last for up to 40 years, as the Ministry of Defence announced that three British soldiers working with special forces had been killed in a roadside ambush. The latest military losses in Afghanistan came as the army's incoming head, General Sir David Richards, predicted that British involvement in the country could last up to 40 years. Richards, who will become Chief of the General Staff later this month, told the Times: "I believe that the UK will be committed to Afghanistan in some manner – development, governance, security sector reform – for the next 30 to 40 years."
New Obusha money pit: US, UK to spend millions to persuade Afghan farmers 'not' to plant opium poppy 08 Aug 2009 The U.S. and British governments plan to spend millions of dollars over the next two months to try to persuade Afghan farmers not to plant opium poppy, by far the country's most profitable cash crop and a major source of Taliban US mercenary funding and official corruption. "We need a way to get money in [farmers'] hands right away," said a senior U.S. military official in Afghanistan... But many previous U.S.-funded crop-substitution programs have failed as well, from Asia to Latin America.
Afghan Bomb Explosion Kills NATO Soldier in Country’s South 09 Aug 2009 A bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan killed a North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldier, the coalition force said in an e-mailed statement. The soldier, belonging to the International Security Assistance Force and whose identity was not disclosed, died in the explosion yesterday, according to the statement.
Taliban commander denies Mehsud dead: report 08 Aug 2009 A fellow commander in the Pakistani Taliban insisted that Baitullah Mehsud, the movement's leader, was alive, the BBC reported on Saturday, rejecting government claims he had been eliminated in a U.S. drone strike. Hakimullah Mehsud, one of the most powerful commanders in the tribal region, described reports of Mehsud's death as "ridiculous" and said it was "the handiwork of the intelligence agencies," the BBC Urdu service website said. [It usually is. Where do you think Mehsud came from in the first place?]
Australian and British mercenaries killed in Iraq 10 Aug 2009 An Australian mercenary has been killed in a shooting in the Green Zone in Baghdad, reportedly by a colleague at a private security firm. Darren Hoare was killed alongside a Briton, Paul McGuigan, while working for ArmorGroup Iraq. The Washington Post reported that the alleged gunman, Danny Fitzsimmons, also shot an Iraqi as he tried to flee. The Iraqi was critically wounded, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said. Mr Fitzsimmons, a Briton, was taken into custody by Iraqi authorities.
Dozens dead in renewed Iraq violence 08 Aug 2009 A series of [Xe?] bomb attacks in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital Baghdad killed at least 35 people Friday. The worst explosion occurred near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, where eyewitnesses say a car-bomb packed with explosives killed more than two dozen worshippers at a mosque.
US Army finds Iraq electrocution death accidental 08 Aug 2009 The U.S. Army has found that the death of Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth, who was electrocuted while showering at a Baghdad base in January 2008, was accidental, the Defense Department said on Friday. A Senate panel had said in May that the electrocution of Maseth, as well as three other soldiers and a contractor, was linked to wiring work carried out by engineering company and military contractor [terrorists] KBR Inc.
US attorney general 'to probe CIA torture case' 09 Aug 2009 The US attorney general is likely to name a criminal prosecutor to probe if CIA officials used harsh interrogation methods against terror suspects, a report says. A senior Justice Department official said that Eric Holder envisioned an inquiry that would be "narrow" in scope, focusing on "whether people went beyond the [illegal] techniques that were authorized" in Bush administration memos that liberally interpreted anti-torture laws, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.
Criminal investigation into CIA treatment of detainees expected 09 Aug 2009 U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is poised to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses committed during the interrogation of terrorism suspects, current and former U.S. government officials said... Current and former CIA and Justice Department officials who have firsthand knowledge of the interrogation files contend that criminal convictions will be difficult to obtain because the quality of evidence is poor and the legal underpinnings have never been tested.
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