To many, the August deadline to withdraw from Iraq might be seen as a “milestone”, but it does not indicate the true reality of the complexities of an unfinished mission in Iraq. More than 100 days after Iraq’s parliamentary elections, there are still disagreements over the formation of a new government; “when they signed that declaration, many of them did not even like one another.”
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Mike Matsche, a fisheries biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, remembers a day in 1998 when the calls started coming in. Fishermen were finding some of their catch covered in lesions that looked like cigarettes had been snuffed out on their scales. The sores were showing up on one type of fish in particular: the bay’s famed striped bass, known as rockfish.
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Los Angeles — Out here, security officials call it the 3 a.m. nightmare. It is the dream that wakes these folks up sweating in the middle of the night. In the last few months, the nightmares have been coming closer together. Among the government’s growing army of private security contractors, there is a new gut-wrenching fear. For the last several months, preparations have moved from dealing with a relatively scary but ineffective “dirty bomb” to a real, full-fledged nuclear weapon attack that could contaminate a city for 25,000 years and kill a million people.
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