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America’s special operations forces are fighting and dying in Afghanistan. One of their deadly missions is recounted in this extract from Oliver North’s book, American Heroes in Special Operations.
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)






Does Ohio ruling send a signal about Seattle challenge to state preemption?

" Seattle’s anti-gun administration may have gotten a strong signal about the city’s chances of winning a court battle to skirt Washington State’s 1983 preemption act, courtesy of yesterday’s ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court that upholds the Buckeye State’s 2006 preemption statute....

"...Nickels must have thought they were all bluffing; a colossal miscalculation because, in this column's experience, SAF and NRA don't bluff. Just ask the cities of New Orleans and San Francisco..."

Ivory Coast Diplomat Warns Crisis Threatens to Bring Genocide

Ivory Coast's new U.N. ambassador said Wednesday the ongoing dispute over who won last month's presidential election is pushing his country to the brink of genocide.

Youssofou Bamba made his comments in New York after presenting his credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Mr. Bamba was appointed by Alassane Ouattara, who the United Nations and the international community recognize as Ivory's Coast's president.

Both Mr. Ouattara and incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo say they won the November 28 presidential runoff.

Unresolved Issues Will Render Referendum 'Illegimate' Warns Sudan Party Official

A senior member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) said failure to resolve all outstanding issues before the 9th January referendum will render the outcome of the vote, in his word, “illegitimate,” if southern Sudanese choose secession over unity.

Rabie Abdelati Obeid told VOA a decision by southerners to choose to become independent rather than be part of the north will only be “political secession” and would not have any impact on the ground.

Chavez Dares US to Cut Diplomatic Ties

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dared the United States to "cut diplomatic relations" amid a dispute over the White House's choice of a new ambassador in Caracas.

Mr. Chavez said Tuesday the U.S. "can do whatever they want," but diplomat Larry Palmer will not be coming to Venezuela.

Palmer was nominated to be U.S. ambassador to Venezuela four months ago. The U.S. State Department has said Venezuela's rejection of his appointment will have consequences for the countries' already strained relations.

Ivory Coast President Threatens to Expel Ambassadors

The government of Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, says it will sever ties with countries that recognize envoys named by presidential challenger Alassane Ouattara.

A government statement Tuesday said it will expel ambassadors from countries that cut ties with Gbagbo appointees.

Earlier Tuesday, three West African presidents traveled to Abidjan to demand President Gbagbo accept the results of last month's elections and step down or face possible removal by West African military forces.

Ivory Coast Leader Insists He is Rightful President

Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is insisting he is the true president of the country, but said he would be willing for an international committee to re-examine the election results.

In a speech broadcast on state television Tuesday, Mr. Gbagbo defied a global barrage of criticism, saying he won the November election.

However, he said he did not want more bloodshed in his country and offered to allow envoys from world powers, including the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union, to form a panel to study the post-election crisis.

B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo., Dec. 27, 2010 – If the landmarks here could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber sitting near the academy’s north gate would have quite a Vietnam War story to tell.

The crew of the “Diamond Lil,” a B-52D, tail number 55-083, took off from Utapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield on Christmas Eve in 1972. The crew’s mission was to bomb the North Vietnamese railroad yards at Thai Nguyen as part of Operation Linebacker II, which took place Dec. 18 to 29, 1972.