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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

From the world's biggest embassy !

Cost of Iraq's 'new era':

AlJazeeraEnglish | August 28, 2010

The US government has said that the change of military strategy in Iraq is a "new era" for the country.

Operation Iraqi Freedom will become Operation New Dawn from Wednesday.

This means fewer soldiers in the country, but more diplomats who will be living in the world's biggest embassy in Baghdad.

The embassy stretches across 2km and and 104 acres of land - six times the size of the UN headquarters and bigger than the Vatican.

Along with four new regional offices it will house nearly 2,500 diplomats, protected by as many as 7,000 private security guards.

For travel anywhere outside of the embassy, the diplomats have a new fleet of armoured cars, trucks and special aircraft.

All this will cost the US $2.5bn next year, over and above the costs of maintaining a military force of 50,000 American soldiers.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Rainbow Warrior.

journeymanpictures | August 25, 2010 - 41min Documentary

The sinking of the Green Peace flagship by French Secret agents in 1985 would shame a nation. For the first time, we get to the bottom of the man behind the mission, the agents' repeated blunders, and the nationwide cover-up that followed.

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The Girls are at the receiving end!

August 25, 2010 | AlJazeeraEnglish  At least 70 students and teachers at an all girls school in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, have been sickened by an unknown gas that spread through classrooms.

School authorities evacuated everyone from the building and many of the girls were taken to hospitals.

It is still not clear who is behind the incident, but there is suspicion that the Taliban, who has opposed sending girls to schools, is responsible.

Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Kabul on what has become a part of a pattern of attacks on schoolgirls in the country.