Unprepared for Disaster

INVESTIGATIONS

U.S.

Unprepared for Disaster

Experts Say United States May Not Be Ready for Natural or Man-Made Calamities. (ABC News)

A Deadly Guessing Game

A secret study urges that U.S. agencies at least agree on how to measure success or failure in Iraq. (Newsweek)

F.A.A. Alerted on Qaeda in '98, 9/11 Panel Said

U.S. aviation officials were warned as early as 1998 that Al Qaeda could "seek to hijack a commercial jet and slam it into a U.S. landmark." (NY Times)

F.B.I. Found to Violate Its Informant Rules

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has often violated internal guidelines in its handling of confidential informants, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded Monday. (NY Times)

Afghanistan

U.S. Colonel Says Bin Laden May be Ill

The US received unconfirmed reports that the health of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was deteriorating, Al Hayat reported Wednesday quoting US Colonel Don Mcgraw, the director of operations at the Combined Forces Command. Mcgraw said the US received information that bin laden "was seeking medical care" said al Hayat. The Colonel refused to specify what bin Laden was supposedly suffering from or where he was seeking medical attention. (Al Hayat)

U.S. May Start Pulling Out of Afghanistan Next Spring

Pentagon and military officials are discussing a proposal to cut U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan by as much as 20 percent next spring. (NY Times)

Guantanamo

More Join Guantanamo Hunger Strike

Detainees demand hearings, allege beatings by guards. (Washington Post)

Pakistan


21 Important Tribal Personalities Arrested During Operation in NWA: Safdar

Al Qaeda backbone has been broken with dismantling its network in the volatile tribal areas when the Security Forces raided Haqqani Madrissa in Mir Ali, a region in the restive North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and arrested some key suspects. (Pak Tribune)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnian Serb Suspect Surrenders

A Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect, Sredoje Lukic, has surrendered to the Serbian authorities, government sources in Belgrade say. (BBC)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Ireland

'Al Qaeda' Suspect in Court

Northern Ireland's first suspected Al Qaeda terrorist was allegedly uncovered by police who had initially been inquiring after his "welfare". (UTV)

U.S.

Two Charged Over Katrina Deaths

The owners of a New Orleans nursing home are charged over the deaths of 34 people during the hurricane flood. (BBC)

Ice Cream Shop Terror Suspect Trial Starts

A Yemeni immigrant ice cream shop owner accused of illegally funneling $21.9 million overseas successfully fought to keep prosecutors from introducing evidence allegedly linking him to terrorist groups as his trial began Tuesday. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

Suicide Bomber, Gunmen Kill 105 in Iraq

Suicide Bomber and Gunmen Kill at Least 105 and Wounds 227 in the Iraqi Capital. (AP)

No Timetable for Iraq Withdrawal

Iraq's President Talabani appears to retreat from suggestions that some US troops could leave this year. (BBC)

U.S. Raids Militant Stronghold in Iraq

U.S. forces widened their operations against insurgents in northern Iraq on Tuesday, launching an attack on the Euphrates River stronghold of Haditha only days after evicting militants from Tal Afar. Residents also reported American air strikes in the same region near Qaim. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Divided They Stand

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