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Nuclear hopes drive caution on Iran

July 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Group of Eight leaders were divided last night on whether to take a tough approach on Iran’s crackdown on opposition protesters, weighing the risk of jeopardising possible talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

At issue was whether the leaders would make a united condemnation of Iran. But diplomats said the heads of government were unlikely to move further than a statement issued by their foreign ministers in mid-June, which deplored the violence in Iran and expressed “solidarity” with peaceful demonstrators contesting the results of the presidential elections. Read more…

Finmeccanica: Oil powers fuel confidence of Italian conglomerate

July 14, 2008 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore

Published: July 14 2008

Soaring commodity prices and falling incomes have hit many Italian companies but for Finmeccanica – the defence-aeronautics-rail-power-plants conglomerate – oil-rich states offer expanding markets while the US remains a constant in big weapons spending. Read more…

Iran has to take into account the Arab interest in Iraq (video)

September 13, 2007 Leave a comment

guy5Iran has to take into account the Arab interest in Iraq, says secretary-general of the Arab League

Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, tells Gu Dinmore the only aim for all players in Iraq now should be “to clear up the mess” for the sake of the country

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Iraq sliding into civil war, report warns

January 29, 2007 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore in Washington

Published: January 29 2007

Iraq is rapidly sliding into an all-out civil war that is likely to spill over into neighbouring countries, resulting in mass deaths and refugee flows, serious disruption of Gulf oil supplies and a drastic decline in US influence in the region.

This grim forecast is set out in Things Fall Apart, a 130-page report released today by the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, which also recommends how the US might contain the disastrous consequences of “spillover”.

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Iraq casts doubt over Darfur options

December 13, 2006 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore in Washington and Daniel Dombey in Brussels
December 13 2006 03:43

The crisis in Iraq has left US and British officials wary of waging a further unilateral action in a hostile Muslim country. “You must go to the dance with a partner,” says one Washington official.

But the worsening violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has led the allies to look at various last-ditch military options, including a US naval blockade of Sudan’s Red Sea coast, targeted air strikes, or imposition of a no-fly zone over Darfur. That last option has received Tony Blair’s backing, on the condition that it has UN approval.

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U.S. Admits: Phosphorus may have killed civilians in Iraq

November 17, 2005 Leave a comment

by Guy Dinmore in Washington

The US military on Wednesday acknowledged it might have killed civilians in the Iraqi city of Falluja with white phosphorus munitions during the battle against insurgents a year ago.  The Pentagon insisted civilians had not been targeted, however, and that it had avoided unnecessary casualties by evacuating the city before the offensive.  Read more…

U.S. Admits: Phosphorus may have killed civilians in Iraq

November 17, 2005 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore in Washington

The US military on Wednesday acknowledged it might have killed civilians in the Iraqi city of Falluja with white phosphorus munitions during the battle against insurgents a year ago. The Pentagon insisted civilians had not been targeted, however, and that it had avoided unnecessary casualties by evacuating the city before the offensive.

White phosphorus, which is fired by artillery or mortars, can be used as an incendiary device or to create a smokescreen.

While it is not classified as a chemical weapon, the chemical is covered by Protocol III of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons, which prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against military forces located within concentrations of civilians – as was the case with the insurgents in Falluja. The US is party to the convention but, unlike a number of its allies, including the UK, it has not signed Protocol III.

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