Thursday, February 15, 2007
The Situation Online: Israeli web cams, Iraq strategy


Israeli workers dig with a bulldozer in a walkway to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem's Old City on February 7.

Israel excavations online
The Israeli government is hoping that live Web cams will help ease tensions over an ancient site in Jerusalem sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Israeli construction near the sacred Al Aqsa Mosque triggered protests and violence by Palestinians last week. Can the Internet help allay fears that the religious mosque is being damaged?

Murtha's new plan
In an effort to sidestep Republican claims that Democrats want to cut off funding for U.S. troops, Congressman John Murtha (D-MI) is going online to roll out a new strategy to end the war. Hoping to limit the President's ability to send more soldiers to Iraq, Murtha's plan links future deployments directly to troop readiness. We have more details on the plan and its criticism from the GOP.

Declassified Iraq war planning
Recently declassified military briefing slides from before the U.S. invasion of Iraq reveal that top U.S. commanders anticipated that only 5,000 troops would be left in Iraq by December 2006. Click here to view the 2002 CentCom PowerPoint presentation, made public with a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Security Archive.

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