ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran

IRAN

ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News. (ABC News)

Iranian Diplomat Is Said to Be Released in Iraq

An Iranian diplomat seized two months ago in Iraq has been released, Iran's official news agency reported Tuesday, citing informed sources in Tehran. (AP)

U.S./INDIA

U.S. Says India Broke Law to Get Weapons Technology

The Justice Department has charged that agencies of the Indian government participated in a conspiracy to sidestep U.S. export regulations and obtain secret weapons technology from American companies over several years. (International Herald Tribune)

IRAQ NEWS

Deadline Extended for Abducted Germans

An insurgent group that claims to have kidnapped a German woman and her son in Iraq extended a deadline by 10 days for Germany to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan or the hostages would be killed, according to a U.S. group that monitors extremist messages. (AP)

Former Iraqi Justice Minister on Reasons for Stepping Down

Iraqi Justice Minister Hashim al-Shibli told Asharq Al-Awsat that he resigned from his post because his political views differed from those of the government and the Iraqi National List, headed by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. - Led Troops Kill 10 Taliban in Afghanistan

U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops killed at least 10 Taliban fighters on Tuesday in an attack on a compound in the southern province of Helmand after a tip-off that a junior commander was hiding there. (Reuters)

U.S. Transfers Prisoners to Afghan Custody

The U.S. military handed over a group of suspected Taliban rebels to the custody of the Afghan government on Tuesday, the start of a program to transfer all Afghan prisoners it holds both in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN

Protesters Gather at Pakistan Court

Thousands of lawyers and flag-waving political activists rallied for the reinstatement of Pakistan's chief justice Tuesday as he appeared before a judicial panel investigating whether he abused his office. (AP)

Tribesmen Vow to 'Evict al-Qaeda'

The council has raised a Lashkar, or armed troop, to evict the foreigners Hundreds of tribesmen in Pakistan's tribal area of South Waziristan have been told to oust al-Qaeda-linked foreign militants from the area. (BBC)

JORDAN

Jordan Sentences 6 for Planned Attacks

Jordan's military court convicted six alleged militants of planning suicide attacks against Jordan's main international airport and against hotels hosting Israeli and American tourists. (AP)

DETAINED BRITONS

Tehran Releases Fresh Images of UK Captives

Iran today released new images of its 15 British captives as Tony Blair said the next 48 hours would be "fairly critical" in solving the crisis over their seizure. (Guardian)

Blair: Next 2 Days with Iran are Crucial

The next two days are "fairly critical" to resolving the dispute over a seized British navy crew, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday, after Iran's chief international negotiator offered a new approach to end the standoff with Tehran. (AP)

Iran, Britain Signal Ways Out of Dispute

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