Troops Out of Iraq; Woman Killed While Protecting Children; Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Dies

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Yesterday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing all of its forces from Iraq by the end of the year. The Washington Post reports there are about 39,000 troops in Iraq today, and all will come home except a small contingent of Marines who are assigned to protect the embassy, as well as "other personnel to provide training related to new military sales and other tasks." In a press conference, Obama said, "After a decade of war, the nation that we need to build -- and the nation that we will build -- is our own, an America that sees its economic strength restored just as we've restored our leadership around the globe." [Washington Post]

Zurana Horton was killed yesterday when a gunman opened fire on a group of schoolchildren in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The New York Times reports Horton was shot while trying to shield children gathered outside P.S. 298 from a hail of gunfire that was coming from a rooftop across the street. A police spokesperson said the shooting was related to teenagers who were in a fight and were "throwing things at each other." An 11-year-old girl was grazed in the cheek and another woman is in stable condition after being shot in the arm and chest. [NYT]

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud died yeserday in New York. CNN reports he was "thought to be in his 80's" and died of an unknown illness. Reports "have indicated that Crown Prince Sultan was battling cancer," and that he had traveled to New York for treatment before. People are unsure who will succeed Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud as the next crown prince, and now Saudi Arabia's Allegiance Council has to make that decision. [CNN]

Police busted a Queens operation that sold "pot, crack, and Ecstasy out of a sprawling housing complex and a state-licensed daycare center for children." The Daily News reports that forty-six people related to the ring that ran out of LeFrak City have been arrested, including an inspector for the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission. The Daily News says "he unleashed a pit bull on cops when he was caught smoking a joint outside his apartment on 57th Ave. this week." [NYDN]

It's expected to be sunny today, with highs in the low-sixties. [TWC]


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