December 2009

Itsuo Inouye / The Associated Press

Japan Delays Decision on Moving U.S. Marine Base


Martin Fackler
The New York Times
December 16, 2009

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s postponement of a decision on relocating an American military base on Okinawa may be the product of domestic political considerations as much as deeply held foreign policy principles, analysts here said on Tuesday. But it promises to put new pressures on Japan’s already strained ties with the United States, its closest ally.

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KBR Worker Reportedly Raped at Base in Iraq


James Pinkerton
Houston Chronicle
December 9, 2009

An American woman working for Houston-based KBR at a U.S. military base in Iraq was reportedly raped and beaten so badly by a base worker she had to be hospitalized, and while KBR officials declined to provide details, they confirmed Wednesday they are cooperating in a military criminal investigation.

U.S. military officials in Iraq confirmed the Nov. 30 attack, but few details were available, including the woman’s hometown, her age or her current medical condition.

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