Troops from countries serving with the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq are accused of abusing prisoners, witnesses told army investigators, according to the Associated Press. The only country named in the witness statements obtained by AP was Poland, which was quick to deny the allegations. The documents also include other new details about the involvement of U.S. military intelligence soldiers in the abuse.
And, Iyad Allawi, a Shiite Muslim physician who spent years in exile, has been nominated by the Iraqi Governing Council to become the prime minister of the transitional Iraqi government. Allawi was endorsed unanimously by the council, but the White House stressed the nomination was only one of many recommendations being made to U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who is expected to announce the final lineup by Monday.
THE WAR IN IRAQ
U.S. Allies Also Accused in Prison Abuse AP Exclusive: U.S. allies also accused of Iraq prison abuse; Polish official condemns allegations. (AP)
Allawi Nominated As Transitional Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi, a Shiite Muslim physician who spent years in exile, has been nominated by the Governing Council to become prime minister of the new government to take power June 30, a Governing Council member said Friday. (AP)
Al-Sadr Gunmen Fire on U.S. Troops Gunmen opened fire on a U.S. patrol Friday near the mosque stronghold of a radical cleric, wounding two American soldiers and raising fears over an agreement aimed at ending the bloody standoff around this Shiite holy city. (AP)
Bodies Found After Reporters Attacked in Iraq Japan urges its journalists to leave after two bodies found in Iraq are identified as Japanese citizens. (The Guardian)
Sources: Iranian Office Established to Send Suicide Bombers to Iraq and Other Countries An Iranian intelligence unit established a new center to replace the Revolutionary Guard's office responsible for supporting and training revolutionary forces around the world, reports Asharq Al Awsat. The new center started registering the names of volunteers for suicide operations in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Asharq Al Awsat obtained a tape of a speech by "H.A." a member of the Revolutionary Guard speaking about the secret strategy to control Arab and Islamic counties through revolutionary forces. The speaker heavily criticized Khatami and the reformers for calling for dialogue between civilization and talked about destroying the Anglo-Saxon culture. (Asharq Al Awsat)
Sensitive U.S. Military Equipment Leaves Iraq An estimated 100 semitrailers carrying material for oil rigs and water plants have left Iraq traveling to Jordan. (NY Times)
For South Koreans, Deployment to Iraq Is a Tough Sell Seoul has pledged to send 3,600 troops. But violence and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal are turning the public against the mission. (LA Times)
THE WAR ON TERROR
Pakistan Plotter in Pearl Murder Linked to Bombing Official says plotter in Pearl murder linked to bid to assassinate Pakistani leader. (AP)
U.S. White House Divided Over Terror Alert The FBI and Justice Department insist that warning the public about a possibly devastating terror attack in this country was justified by intelligence and may avert a repeat of the Sept. 11 attacks. But some Bush administration officials and lawmakers aren't so sure.(AP)