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Top News Stories 2008-03-12 07:07:57

Front Page: Attack Stats, UN Supports Kosovo, Afghan Cell Phones

  • Just-released declassified reports on the frequency of insurgent attacks in Iraq show a large decrease in attacks directly following the surge of US troops, but the conflict now seems to have drifted into a stalemate. Levels of violence have plateaued recently, remaining constant from November 2007 through early 2008. The report was released yesterday at a Senate hearing. News of the stabilized level of violence comes just a day after eight American soldiers were killed in bomb attacks, in addition to bombings and small-arms attacks in or near at least eight cities, the worst being a roadside bomb that struck a bus full of Iraqi civilians, killing at least 16 and wounding 22.

  • UN authorities in Kosovo told Serbia today to stop interfering in Serb areas of the new state, where Serbian unrest makes it appear as though Belgrade is trying to split up the territory. Kosovo's declaration of independence comes with a list of Western supporters. and the UN mission called on Serbia to respect the resolution. The recently declared independence comes nine years after a NATO bombing drove out Serbian forces to halt the killing and ethnic cleansing of Albanians.
  • Afghan cell phone companies have started closing down phone signals at night after attacks by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. Ten cell phone towers were attacked in recent weeks, including one last night. Cell phones were only introduced to the country in 2001, after the fall of the Taliban. The Taliban is now threatening the companies, saying that the networks are being used by Afghan and NATO troops to target them. Cell phones are the only method of communication for many Afghans.
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