Iraqi Insurgents Claim to Have Killed Missing Soldiers

Nine Rebels, Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

An Afghan soldier and nine militants were killed and 11 people, including nine foreign troops, wounded in fresh violence across Afghanistan, officials said Monday. (Middle East Times)

60 Dead, Including Taliban, After Boat Sinks

A boat crossing a river in Afghanistan's most dangerous province sank on Saturday, and at least 60 people were killed, including Taliban militants, the Defense Ministry said. (AP)

U.S. Transfers More Prisoners to Afghan Custody

The U.S. military has handed over another group of suspected Taliban fighters to Afghan custody under a program to transfer all Afghan prisoners from U.S. military detention. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN/ PAKISTAN

Bomb Kills Five Near Pakistan-Afghan Border

A roadside bomb killed five people including a government official on Saturday in Pakistan's troubled northwestern region near the Afghan border, officials said. (AFP)

NORTH KOREA

North Korea Restarts Nuclear Reactor after Reported Technical Problem

North Korea recently restarted its sole nuclear reactor for making radioactive material for bombs after it was halted for more than a week, reportedly due to a technical problem, an official and news reports said Monday. (AP)

RUSSIA

Putin Warns U.S. Missile Shield in Europe Will Force Moscow to Target Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in an interview published Sunday that U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe would force Moscow to target its weapons against sites in Europe. (AP)

TURKEY

Eight paramilitary killed in attack in eastern Turkey

At least eight Turkish paramilitary police were killed when Kurdish militants attacked their headquarters in eastern Turkey on Monday, security sources said, in the worst attack of its kind in a year. (Reuters)

SOMALIA

10 Slain In U.S. Strike, Somalia Says

Six foreign fighters linked to Al Qaeda, including one carrying an American passport, were among those killed in a U.S. missile strike Friday in Somalia's Puntland region, Somalian officials said Sunday. (LA Times)

Somalia's Prime Minister Survives Suicide Attack

A suicide bomber narrowly missed killing Somalia's transitional prime minister on Sunday afternoon after he rammed a pickup truck packed with explosives into the gates of the prime minister's house in Mogadishu, the capital. (International Herald Tribune)

Somali Group Says It Is Behind Attack on Premier

A Somali Islamist group on Monday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted the Horn of Africa country's prime minister, according to a statement posted on the Internet. (Reuters)

RUSSIA/NIGERIA

Russia Summons Nigerian Official over Kidnappings

Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned Nigeria's ambassador on Monday over the kidnapping of six Russian workers in the volatile Niger Delta. (Reuters)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Iraqi Dilemma: Lessons from Algerian Reconciliation

By Sayyed Wild Abah

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