Official Denies Reports U.S. Is Holding Iranian General

IRANIAN GENERAL'S DISAPPEARANCE

Official Denies Reports U.S. Is Holding Iranian General

Contradicting news accounts that a former top Iranian military official was in the custody of the United States or one of its allies, a senior U.S. official told ABC News today the United States doesn't know where he is. (ABC News)

Former Iranian Defense Official Talks to Western Intelligence

A former Iranian deputy defense minister who once commanded the Revolutionary Guard has left his country and is cooperating with Western intelligence agencies, providing information on Hezbollah and Iran's ties to the organization, according to a senior U.S. official. (Washington Post)

U.S.

Update: Hearing Highlights Vet Tracking Woes

The Department of Veterans Affairs scrapped an early effort to track returning war casualties because it was too expensive to implement, a senior official confirmed today before a congressional panel.(ABC News)

Homeland Security Revives Supersnoop

Homeland Security officials are testing a supersnoop computer system that sifts through personal information on U.S. citizens to detect possible terrorist attacks, prompting concerns from lawmakers who have called for investigations. (Washington Times)

The Wages of Fear

The alleged plot to behead New York's police commissioner and bomb NYPD headquarters, however implausible, suggests the dangers of copycat terrorism. (Newsweek)

Ex-Sailor Gets Terror Charge

A former Navy sailor is accused of supporting terrorism by disclosing secret information about the location of Navy ships and the best ways to attack them. (AP)

IRAQ

House Democrats To Unveil Iraq War Plan

In a direct challenge to President Bush, House Democrats are advancing legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of next year. (AP)

U.S.: Iraqi Insurgent Attacks Intensify

Military force alone is "not sufficient" to end the violence in Iraq and political talks must eventually include some militant groups now opposing the U.S.-backed government, the new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Thursday. (AP)

INTERNET SCAM RING

Exclusive: Confessions of an Internet Scammer

The U.S. operative for a Nigerian Internet scam ring has turned on his one-time colleagues, providing new details of who they are and how they work, for a report to broadcast on 20/20 this Friday.(ABC News)

RUSSIAN POISONING

Mother, Daughter Return To L.A. After Being Poisoned In Moscow

A physician and her adult daughter returned to Los Angeles Wednesday after being poisoned during a trip to Moscow, the latest in a string of Russian poisoning cases that have sparked international intrigue. (LA Times)

IRAN

IAEA Governors Ratify Cuts In Nuclear Aid To Iran

U.N. nuclear agency governors on Thursday ratified cuts in technical aid to Iran over concern that Tehran might be trying to build nuclear bombs under cover of a civilian atomic energy program, diplomats said. (Reuters)

ISRAEL

PM Says Decided On Response To Abductions Months Before War

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Winograd Commission that his decision to respond to the abduction of soldiers with a broad military operation was made as early as March 2006, four months before last summer's Lebanon war broke out. (AP)

Syrian to testify before Knesset foreign affairs panel on secret peace talks

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