Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

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US security crackdown over suicide bombing

.THE SUICIDE attack inside a US army mess tent in Iraq breached basic principles of military security and points to significant weaknesses in screening Iraqis allowed on to the base, experts said yesterday.

The devastating blast at a base near Mosul was "an incredible occurrence", said retired army officer Mitch Mitchell, who helps design security training for the military. "I'm just amazed that the force protection on the base was as poor as that."

Tuesday's explosion killed 22 people, including 14 US service members, and injured scores more.

It forced General Richard Myers, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, into an embarrassed defence of security under the American commander in northern Iraq, Brigadier General Carter Ham.

"It's not General Ham that attacked his dining hall," General Myers told reporters. "It was the insurgents that did this. We know how difficult this is, to prevent people bent on suicide and stopping them."

But Mr Mitchell, an analyst with the Institute for National Strategic Studies, said: "It shows you the level at which force protection was addressed on that base - and it wasn't very high."

Don't talk to Moore, say drug firms

.PHARMACEUTICAL companies have warned staff against talking to US filmmaker Michael Moore as he digs for dirt for his latest movie, provisionally entitled Sicko.

Pfizer has told research and development staff not to talk to "a scruffy guy in a baseball cap" who asks too many questions about the industry. Five other pharmaceutical giants have told employees to rebuff any approaches by the controversial documentary maker and refer him to their corporate communications departments.

AstraZeneca's Rachel Bloom said: "Moore's past work has been marked by negativity, so we can only assume it won't be a fair and balanced portrayal."

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