Germany Warns of Suicide Attacks, Increased Security

Somalia Imposes Curfew as Killings Mount

Somali authorities have announced plans to impose a curfew on the capital, Mogadishu, where at least five people were killed on Thursday in the latest violence to undermine government attempts to restore law. (Mail & Guardian)


Analysis: Hamas Conquest of Gaza Disturbs Arab World With Echoes of Recent Splits and Alliances

By Michael Slackman

The conquest of the Gaza Strip by Hamas has frightened Arab leaders because it was characterized by the same dynamics that have been agitating the region. (NY Times)

Fighting al Qaeda in Iraq

The largest offensive combat operation in Iraq since the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 is now underway outside Baghdad and in the city of Baquba, the command center of al Qaeda in Iraq. The Baquba operation is an offensive involving 10,000 U.S. soldiers backed by attack helicopters, close-air support, Strykers and Bradley fighting vehicles. Their mission is to capture or kill members of Al Qaeda in Iraq in and around the capital of the terrorist regime calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq. There are thought to be as many as 2,000 of them in and around Baquba. (Washington Times)

The Bones We Carried

By Lori Andrews

The White House visit today by President Nguyen Minh Triet of Vietnam will take place just a few miles from the resting place of some of his countrymen. When American G.I.'s returned from the Vietnam War, some tried to smuggle home the skulls of Vietcong and North Vietnamese soldiers. The graffiti-covered skulls served as ashtrays, candle holders and trophies. Six skulls were seized by the Customs Service. They remain in limbo, relegated to a drawer on the campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. (NY Times)

The Tortured World of US Intelligence

By Roger Morris

In this three-part series, Roger Morris, formerly a senior staffer of the National Security Council, provides not just a portrait of the real Robert Gates, but a history of America's global covert action and intervention. (Asia Times Online)

Palestinian MP From Hamas Dr. Yunis Al-Astal on Women's Participation in Jihad - from Islam's Beginnings to Modern Female Suicide Bombers

The following are excerpts from an interview with Dr. Yunis Al-Astal, a Palestinian MP representing Hamas, which aired on Al-Rafidein TV on June 17, 2007. (MEMRI)

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