12 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

The specially built Camp X-Ray detention centre was so rudimentary that prisoners were forced to live in outdoor cages

Camp Delta’s ‘good kid’ fights for a second chance

In the third of his Guantanamo dispatches, Robert Verkaik reports on the treatment of its youngest detainee…………………………


Iraq ‘not ready for US pullout’

Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Iraqi army will not be able to ensure the country’s security until 2020, the country’s most senior officer is reported as saying……………………..


Guantanamo Bay jury sentences al-Qa’ida cook

 A Guantanamo jury has recommended a 14-year sentence for an al-Qa’ida cook, though he could be released much sooner under a plea bargain that will limit the time he spends in prison. 

 Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi of Sudan pleaded guilty last month to supporting terrorism, making him only the fourth Guantanamo detainee to be convicted since the prison, which has held nearly 800 men, was opened in 2002. 

The jury of 10 US military officers was not told about the sentence limit in the plea agreement. If it is less than 14 years, the jury’s sentence will only be applied if al-Qosi does something to break the deal, said Navy Captain David Iglesias, a spokesman for military prosecutors. 

Military officials say al-Qosi’s actual sentence would not be disclosed publicly until it was reviewed by a Pentagon official known as the tribunals’ convening authority, a process that could take several weeks. 

Critics said the case’s handling dashed hopes that the offshore tribunal system would be more transparent under President Barack Obama. 

“To find out that the first conviction under the Obama administration is accompanied by a secret plea agreement, coupled with a dummy sentence, it’s really troubling,” said Andrea Prasow, a lawyer observing the hearings for Human Rights Watch. “I think this proceeding was a farce.” ………………….


Iranian woman ‘confesses’ on TV

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Lawyer says Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was tortured before interview, and fears execution imminent



Iraq army ‘not ready’ until 2020

Senior general says planned US withdrawal will increase instability in the country.
‘Booby trap’ kills Iraqi soldiers
Aziz: US is leaving Iraq to wolves
Obama confirms end of Iraq mission
Iraq’s K-9 bomb detectors
US troops’ ‘toxic legacy’
Leaving Iraq
The future of al-Qaeda in Iraq


Tamil ‘refugee’ ship nears Canada

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