"Aerial spraying of insecticide is set to begin over Dallas on Thursday night as the city battles the worst outbreak of the West Nile virus in the US
Mayor Mike Rawlings has declared a state of emergency and announced the first aerial spraying in the city and its northern suburbs since 1966 in response to the growing number of victims of the virus, which spreads to humans via mosquito bites and is reaching epidemic proportions in north Texas.
"Right now, Texas has half the West Nile cases in the nation," Dr David Lakey, the Texas state health commissioner, told local reporters this week. "Dallas County has half of the cases in the state of Texas. So, about a quarter of all the cases in the United States are in this county. So, this isn't business as usual.""The number of cases, the number of deaths are remarkable, and we need to sit up and take notice," Rawlings said during a city council briefing. "We do have a serious problem right now."
"Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, was interviewed on WFAA two weeks ago. At that time he rated his concerns about the West Nile epidemic at "at least a 9" on a scale of ten."
The numbers change daily. As of yesterday evening, the state of Texas is reporting 381 cases of illness due to West Nile virus in humans during 2012, and sixteen deaths. The city and county of Dallas is reporting 190 human cases of WNV illness and ten deaths.
This represents 27 percent of all the cases in the United States and over half the cases reported in Texas."
As the Failures mount up
11 Killed in American Copter Crash in South Afghanistan " Seven American soldiers and three Afghan soldiers and an interpreter were killed after daybreak on Thursday when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, the American-led military command here said."
"According to reports from Kandahar province, at two o'clock last night, the occupation soldiers tried to storm houses in the area of Zirtali in Shah Wali Kot district of the aforementioned province,"
the statement said. "Intense clashes with them erupted immediately, during which the mujahideen targeted a Chinook helicopter belonging to the occupying American forces with a RPG shell."
The Taliban claimed the helicopter "was set ablaze in the air and fell to the ground,"
"The spike in American deaths and attacks by Afghan allies have stirred fresh doubts about the prospects for the U.S. plan to leave a capable Afghan government in place when most troops depart after more than a decade of war."
Kandahar is a traditional Taliban stronghold and the spiritual birthplace of the hardline Islamist movement that ruled Afghanistan before being ousted in 2001 by the U.S.-led alliance for sheltering al-Qaida's terrorist leaders.
"Nobody survived this," Ahmadi told The Associated Press by phone, the helicopter was shot down in Kandahar's Shah Wali Kot district, which lies in the northern part of the province."
"The casualties bring the US death toll this month to 25 -- putting August on track to be the deadliest month in a year. More than 1,960 Americans servicemen have been killed since the war began more than a decade ago."
Violence is beginning to surge in the country as the Taliban begins its annual summer offensive. Last week, a total of 13 US Army soldiers and Marines were killed."
Nato Soldier Killed in Insurgent Attacks
"A Nato soldier was killed following insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, Isaf has released; the death comes after a series of more than six US troops killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan this week.
The tally of Nato soldier deaths in Afghanistan this year now stands at 290. The majority of those who died are Americans, with 224 US soldiers 30 British soldiers killed.
There are currently 130,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan. Of those, 90,000 are from the US."
Three Afghan National Army Officers Killed in Baghlan
"At least three Afghan National Army soldiers were killed when a national army vehicle struck a road side mine in the Baghlan Markazi District of Baghlan province, the 303 Pamir Zone spokesman Laal Mohammad Ahmadzai said."
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Iran Supreme Leader: Israel will vanish from the 'landscape of geography'
"Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Israel will disappear from the "landscape of geography," adding that its land will be returned to the Palestinians.
"light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation, and the superfluous and fake Zionist [regime] will disappear from the landscape of geography."
The remark was reportedly made during a meeting with Iranian veterans of the Iran-Iraq war."
“The cries that rise from the entire Islamic world on the Quds Day send shivers down Israel and its supporters’ spines and this fact must not be doubted,”
Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi said on Thursday."
Iran war talk sends jitters through Israel economy
"In particular that trade on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange had been very nervous lately, commentators warned that the shekel could be the "first victim of a war that has not yet begun," and said it was showing signs of weakness against the dollar and the euro."
Israel deputy minister's aide meets with Syria insurgents
"Deputy Minister for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee Ayoob Kara’s bureau chief has met with Syrian insurgents in Bulgaria as Tel Aviv’s official envoy.
The meeting comes on the heels of remarks made by Israeli spy chief Dan Meridor, who had voiced Tel Aviv’s support for a regime change in Syria."
" what is notable is the wide disconnect between what Brennan asserts in Washington and what is felt in the hills and valleys throughout Yemen, not only among the Houthis, but among opposition party activists, youth activists, and the otherwise disgruntled masses."
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