Base in Ethiopia Used to Hunt Al Qaeda

AL QAEDA IN AFRICA

U.S. Used Base in Ethiopia to Hunt Al Qaeda in Africa

The American military quietly waged a campaign from Ethiopia last month to capture or kill top leaders of Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa, including the use of an airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to mount airstrikes against Islamic militants in neighboring Somalia, according to American officials. (NY Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Soldier Gets 100 Years for Rape, Killing

A U.S. soldier sentenced to 100 years in prison for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and killing of her family said he was sorry but that he couldn't explain why he did it. (AP)

Suspected Insurgent Leader Held in Iraq

A suspected al Qaeda linked insurgent leader accused of financing attacks and recruiting fighters was captured in southern Iraq, Iraqi police said Friday. The U.S. military also said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties in fierce fighting in the volatile city of Ramadi. (AP)

Report: Al Sadr Disappeared After Seeing Leaked Security Plan

Radical Shiite cleric Muqatda al Sadr disappeared after he saw a copy of a joint U.S.-Iraqi security plan that was leaked to him, reports Elaph today according to an Iraqi source "close to U.S. parties in Iraq." The plan was going to include an arrest warrant issued by a "well-known" Iraqi judge for al Sadr, the source told Elaph. U.S. and Iraqi special forces were going to arrest al Sadr and go after his followers in al Sadr city. The goal of the plan, according to the report, was to weaken the current Iraqi government of Nouri al Maliki - which enjoys the support of al Sadr followers in parliament - and dismantle the Shiite militia called al Mahdi Army. The judge who was going to issue the arrest warrant is now worried about being the target of attacks by followers of al Sadr after the plan has been leaked. He is therefore considering seeking political asylum in a Western country, says the report. (Elaph)

Sunni Insurgents Want Revenge for Rapes

Sunni insurgent groups including al Qaeda in Iraq have called for revenge attacks after second rape allegation against the Shiite-dominated security forces. (AP)

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq's Anbar Province

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in combat on Thursday in Iraq's volatile western Anbar province, the U.S. military said in a statement on Friday. (Reuters)

CLUSTER BOMBS

46 of 49 Nations OK Ban on Cluster Bombs

A declaration calling for a 2008 treaty banning cluster bombs was adopted Friday by 46 out of 49 nations attending a conference in Oslo, officials for the Norwegian government and two non-governmental groups said. Norway's deputy foreign minister Raymond Johansen said Poland, Romania and Japan did not approve the final declaration. Officials for Human Rights Watch and the Cluster Munition Coalition also said those three countries dissented. (AP)

NORTH KOREA

North Korea Ready to Stop Making Plutonium: Seoul

North Korea appears ready to abandon the source of its weapons-grade plutonium but there is a still a long way to go before Pyongyang scraps its entire nuclear arms program, a top South Korean nuclear envoy said on Friday. (Reuters)

EGYPT

Bloggers Vs. Floggers: Another Video Exposes Police Brutality in Egypt

Egyptian bloggers are exposing acts of torture in the country through cell phone videos, and the government there is fighting back. (ABC News)

Kidnapped by the CIA and Abused by Egyptians, Cleric Claims

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