Spain is seeking the extradition of Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, the Egyptian man suspected of plotting the March 11 Madrid attacks, the New York Times reports. Ahmed, also known as "Mohamed the Egyptian", was arrested in Milan on Tuesday. He has taken credit for the Spain attacks which killed 191 people, according to Italy's anti terrorism unit which monitored his conversations. Further evidence indicates he boasted of planning a chemical attack against Americans.
And in Iraq, violence has erupted again in Najaf, ending a cease-fire negotiated less than one week earlier. Militia loyal to the rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr seized a police station, set prisoners free, and allowed looters to destroy the building on Thursday, according to news reports. At least five people were killed and 29 were wounded. The attack casts doubt upon Iraq's ability to maintain control of its insurgents as the June 30th transition date approaches.
THE WAR ON TERROR
State Dept. Understated Terrorism Attacks
State Dept. admits error in reporting decline in terrorism last year; attacks, victims increased. (AP)
State Dept. Warned White House On Torture
State Department warned white house two years ago about rejecting international rules on torture. (AP)
Army Withholds Chemical Attack Antidote
Army withholds antidote for terrorist chemical attacks from U.S. state, local emergency teams. (AP)
Spain to Seek Extradition of Bombing 'Mastermind'
Spain will seek the extradition from Italy of an Egyptian man suspected of planning the March 11 Madrid bomb attacks that killed 191 people, officials said on Friday. (Reuters)
Pakistan 'Raids Militant Bases'
The Pakistani army says it is engaged in a fresh offensive against suspected foreign militants in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border. (BBC)
Taliban Deny Killing Chinese
The Taliban militia on Friday denied killing 11 Chinese workers in northeast Afghanistan, in the bloodiest attack on foreigners since their harsh five year rule was ended by US-led forces almost three years ago. (News 24)
Jakarta Rejects Assassin Threat
The Indonesian Government has cast doubt on media reports claiming Islamic militants are planning to assassinate Western ambassadors in Jakarta. (BBC)
U.S. Charges Australian Linked to al Qaeda
The Pentagon said Thursday that David Hicks, an Australian held at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be tried for alleged al Qaeda activities in Afghanistan. (AP)
Saudi Student Cleared of Terror Charges
A Saudi graduate student was acquitted Thursday of charges that he used his computer expertise to foster terrorism. (AP)
THE WAR IN IRAQ
U.S. Approved Use of Dogs Handlers say they were ordered to use dogs to intimidate Iraqi prisoners. (Washington Post)
Pentagon to Broaden Its Abuse Inquiry A four-star general is expected to take over to allow the questioning of high-ranking officers. (LA Times)
Seven Turks Taken Hostage as Iraqi Police, Militia Clash Claims 6 Lives
Iraqis are holding seven Turks hostage and demanding Turkish companies leave Iraq, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said yesterday as the first heavy fighting between Iraqi police and Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr's militia killed six people yesterday after a UN resolution failed to end diplomatic discord over Iraq or brewing ethnic tension in the country. (Arab News)