Monday, January 26, 2009

Middle East News - Obama's Muslim-TV Interview - President Barack Obama


Obama Also Reassures Muslim World: "Americans Are Not Your Enemy" In Interview With Al-Arabiya Arab TV Network... 
"We Want To Listen, Set Aside Some Preconceptions"... 

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  • President Barack Obama looks on as Middle East envoy George Mitchell speaks at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Israeli official: Obama envoy going to Middle EastAP - Sun Jan 25, 4:28 AM ETJERUSALEM - President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East will come to Israel Wednesday for talks on keeping alive a fragile Gaza cease-fire and reviving Mideast negotiations, an Israeli foreign ministry official said Saturday.

  • This image taken from a computer screen and released by Livestation on Thursday Jan. 22, 2009, shows Arab TV station Al Jazeera's English-language channel as made available on the Livestation Internet web site.  The image shows Ayman Mohyeldin,  Al Jazeera's 29-year old correspondent, who reported on Israel's recent military offensive live from Gaza Strip for 22-days, and also shows message blogs from viewers. Viewing figures point to big gains in U.S. online interest, suggesting the war gave the Arab station its first significant chance to break into the American market.(AP Photo/Livestation, HO)

    Al-Jazeera drew US viewers on Web during Gaza warAP - Sat Jan 24, 4:33 PM ETDOHA, Qatar - American viewership of Al-Jazeera English rose dramatically during the Israel-Hamas war, partly because the channel had what CNN and other international networks didn’t have: reporters inside Gaza.


 Obama attacks in Pakistan counterproductive, official says

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Pakistan military’s top spokesman said attacks against suspected terrorists by pilotless U.S. drones — such as two alleged to have occurred Friday — are “counterproductive,” because they undercut his country’s efforts to oust militants from Pakistan’s tribal region.

Seventeen people were killed Friday in the two missile strikes in the ungoverned tribal areas. One government official and two military officials said they were U.S. attacks. They are the first such strikes since President Barack Obama took office on Tuesday.


At least 18 people were killed in a suspected American missile attack in the North Waziristan agency of Pakistan on Friday.     


It was believed to be the first attack that took place since President Barack Obama took office. Pakistani officials had previously expressed hope that once Obama became president he would stop the attacks.

According to local officials, at least three missiles targeted a house in Mir Ali, North Waziristan, killing over ten people, including Arab nationals, and wounding many more.Decrease font