Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned Tehran on Tuesday that if she were president, the United States could ''totally obliterate'' Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel. Clinton said she wanted to make clear to Tehran what she was prepared to do as president in hopes that this warning would deter any Iranian attack.
Time magazine named Russian President Vladimir Putin its person of the year for 2007 on Wednesday, saying he had returned his country from chaos to ''the table of world power'' though at a cost to democratic principles. ''He's not a good guy, but he's done extraordinary things,'' said Time managing editor Richard Stengel.
United States intelligence has concluded key elements of Iraq's violence could be described as a ''civil war,'' a term Bush administration officials have been reluctant to use until now, a new report said on Friday. The report also suggested President George Bush's new strategy for controlling Iraqi violence must show progress within 12 to 18 months or risk further deterioration.
Africa has emerged as a leading front in the United States military campaign against al-Qaeda, which Washington believes would like to create a new safe haven in the continent's vast, hard-to-govern regions. Small groups of US special forces have begun traversing the hinterlands of more than a dozen countries in the Horn of Africa.