British Blame Iran for UK Iraq Attacks

IRAQ NEWS

Iran 'Behind Attacks on British'

Britain has accused Iran of responsibility for explosions which have killed eight British soldiers in Iraq this year. (BBC)

Iraq U-turn on Charter Vote Rules

Iraq's parliament reverses its decision to change the rules of a referendum next week on the new constitution. (BBC)

U.N. Is Critical of Rule Change for Iraq Ballot

United Nations spokesman said Tuesday that newly adopted rules for the coming Iraqi constitutional referendum appeared to violate accepted international standards, and United Nations officials pressed Kurdish and Shiite legislators to reconsider the rule change. (NY Times)

Deaths Rise in US Iraqi Offensive

A major US offensive against suspected al-Qaeda fighters in western Iraq has entered its fifth day. (BBC)

In Baghdad, Violence Robs Ramadan of Its Happiness

Pressing his foot to the gas pedal as he closed on the white Mercedes-Benz in front of him, the bomber sped toward his target: a senior Iraqi official. (Washington Post)

Call-In Show Is Must-Hear Radio for Inmates Cut Off From Family

Prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq drop everything to listen for messages from friends and relatives. To many, the program is a lifeline. (LA Times)

INVESTIGATIONS

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Serb Panel Links 17,000 to Roles in Srebrenica Massacre

A Bosnian Serb commission said Tuesday that it had identified more than 17,000 people who had taken part directly and indirectly in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, the worst slaughter of civilians in Europe since World War II. (NY Times)

Bali Bombings

Bali Hunt Linked to Philippines

Intelligence officials investigating last weekend's Bali suicide bombings believe the bombers may have been "cleanskins" schooled at the Abu Sayyaf Group training grounds on the Philippines island of Mindanao. (The Australian)

Syria

U.S. Source: Unofficial Talks with Damascus

Syrian decision makers who met with an unofficial U.S. delegation in Damascus offered full Syrian cooperation in ensuring the stability in Iraq in return for guarantees that Iraq would keep its Arab identity and a guarantee that there will be no threats against the stability of Syria, according to a U.S. source who spoke to Asharq al Awsat. The source, who is close to decision makers in Washington, said Syria was willing to open an embassy in Baghdad immediately to prove its good intentions. The offer came in response to a suggestion by moderates at the Republican Party to make Syria a strategic ally, says the source. The sources described the Syrian offer as being "generous and detailed" and hard to reject and said the Syrian officials who participated in the talks were close to President Hafez al Asad. (Asharq al Awsat)

Turkey

Infiltrating al Qaeda Cells Difficult

Turkish intelligence agents are infiltrating mosques, monitoring underground Web sites and investigating Islamic front charities but are having little success penetrating al-Qaeda's tight-knit cells, agents and anti-terror police say. (AP)

Lebanon

Lebanon's Hariri Says Plot on His Life Uncovered

Saad al-Hariri, son and political heir of assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, said in an interview published on Tuesday that he had left the country after a plot to kill him was uncovered. (Reuters)

U.K./Libya

UK in Deportation Talks with Libya After Arrests

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