U.S. Forces Step Up Efforts Against Insurgency

Key Terror Figure Dies In Attack A key member of a terrorist network led by Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was among 19 people killed in U.S. airstrikes Saturday in the insurgent-held city of Fallujah, witnesses and hospital officials said Sunday. (Washington Post)

War Blazed Imam's Path to Extremism Abu Anas Shami lived in Jordan, teaching Islam and known as a moderate. He may have died in Iraq as spiritual aide to Zarqawi's band. (LA Times)

Heady U.S. Goals for Iraq Fall by Wayside Despite continuing violence and instability, President Bush has stuck doggedly to his central message on Iraq: There is no need to change course because the administration's plan for planting democracy in the Middle East is working. Yet behind the unwavering public posture, there is evidence that the Bush administration has altered its approach. (LA Times)

For Police Recruits, Risk Is Constant Companion The nascent Iraqi security forces are the key to U.S. plans for bringing the insurgency under control and ultimately drawing down American troops. But the recruits, almost uniformly poor, have become the primary targets for insurgents seeking to undermine that strategy. (Washington Post)

Blair Faces Iraq Pull-Out Debate Tony Blair will face calls for him to set an early date for the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq when Labour conference debates the conflict on Thursday. (The Guardian)

Syria Seeking To Oust Iraqi Nuclear Scientists Syria is making desperate efforts to persuade Iran to accept a group of 12 Iraqi nuclear scientists and their families who had sought refuge in Damascus before the US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein. (Jerusalem Post)

Kidnapped Iranian Diplomat Freed An Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped in Iraq in early August has been freed. (BBC)

Man Who Leaked Pentagon Papers Calling For Insiders To Do Same About War In Iraq The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War called for government insiders to provide similar classified documents about the war in Iraq. (AP)

Cat Stevens Urges Freedom For British Hostage Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has urged Islamic militants in Iraq to free British hostage Kenneth Bigley. (Reuters)

THE WAR ON TERROR

INVESTIGATIONS

Pakistan

Pearl Slaying Suspect Killed in Pakistan Police stepped up patrols around foreign consulates and government offices in this volatile city Monday, fearing a backlash after Pakistani forces killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative wanted for his alleged role in the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. (AP)

Farooqi Key Link Between Pakistan and Al Qaeda Amjad Hussain Farooqi, who was shot dead by security forces on Sunday, was one Pakistan's most wanted men, a cohort of September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and a key link between al Qaeda and local Pakistani militants. (Reuters)

Profile: Amjad Farooqi Pakistani intelligence services revealed in May that a massive manhunt was under way for Amjad Farooqi, alias Amjad Hussain. (BBC)

United States U.S. Takes Offensive To Thwart Terrorists In Election Season Agencies across the federal government are launching an aggressive and unusually open offensive aimed at thwarting terrorist plots before and during the presidential election in November. (Boston Globe)

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