Daily News Digest

By Duane Shank 3-24-2008

The latest news on Iraq - US deaths hit 4,000, Terrorism, Immigration, Economy, Faith & politics, Darfur, Israel-Palestine, Pakistan, Tibet, Opinion, and On this day in history.

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Iraq - US deaths hit 4,000. U.S. logs 4,000th GI death "Four U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in southern Baghdad late Sunday, bringing the number of U.S. personnel killed in the Iraq war to 4,000." U.S. Deaths in Iraq War Reach 4,000; Green Zone Is Shelled "Earlier, mortar and rocket attacks pounded the Green Zone, the heavily fortified U.S.-Iraqi military and government complex, on a day when more than 60 people were killed in violence across the country." U.S. toll in Iraq hits 4,000 as four soldiers killed "Sunday's violence, in which dozens were killed, underscored the fragility of Iraq's security. There has been an increase in attacks since January, although U.S. military commanders say overall levels of violence are down 60 percent since last June." Iraq war shows limits of US power "Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the US armed forces almost to breaking point. America after the invasion of Iraq is no longer the superpower it was before."

Terrorism. Qaida No. 2 Urges Attacks on Israel, US "Al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on Muslims in a new audiotape to strike Jewish and American targets in revenge for Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip." Terrorism money is still flowing "The United States vowed to smother funding, but a lack of cooperation -- global and domestic -- along with other problems have hobbled the effort."

Immigration. Immigration issue rerouted to state level as national interest wanes "Illegal immigration, a hot-button populist issue that many experts had expected to top the nation's political concerns this year, has largely vanished from the presidential campaign" After deportation, migrants determined to return "as the Salvadorans' stories show, the policy is up against the economic reality of life in developing countries. The three say they went to the USA to escape poverty and crime. Now that the deportation flight has left them back in their homeland, they say the same things may spur them to try again." Stalwart Service for U.S. in Iraq Is Not Enough to Gain Green Card "During his nearly four years as a translator for U.S. forces in Iraq, Saman Kareem Ahmad was known for his bravery and hard work.

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