Iraq Investigates Prisoner Torture

IRAQ NEWS

Iraq Investigates Abuse of Prisoners in Government Bunker

Iraq is investigating allegations of abuse after more than 170 prisoners were found locked in an Interior Ministry bunker in Baghdad, many of them beaten and malnourished and some apparently tortured. (Reuters)

Iraqi Sunnis Demand Abuse Inquiry

Iraq's main Sunni party calls for an international inquiry into the alleged abuse of 173 prisoners in Baghdad. (BBC)

US Used White Phosphorus In Iraq

US troops used white phosphorus as a weapon in last year's offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja, the US has said. (BBC)

British Troops May Start To Leave Iraq in May

Government plans to begin phased withdrawal by middle of next year. (The Guardian)

Terrorist Plot to Kill Foreign Diplomat In Iraq Revealed

Terrorists cells planning to assassinate a foreign diplomat and forge local currency notes have been uncovered and their members arrested, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday. (Asharq al Awsat)

INVESTIGATIONS

U.K.

Terror Suspect to Be Extradited to US

Home secretary, Charles Clarke, orders extradition of British man Babar Ahmad to America. (The Guardian)

Syria

7 Iraqi Women Arrested at Damascus Airport

Syrian authorities arrested seven Iraqi women carrying Australian passports at Damascus airport on Tuesday, Asharq al Awsat reports. One of the women had a gun hidden inside a toy and a child with her. The women were on their way to Australia through Bahrain. A Bahraini diplomatic source told the paper a man who was accompanying the women is still at large. The women are being questioned by the authorities to determine why they were hiding a gun. (Asharq al Awsat)

Spain

Spaniard Calls C.I.A. Plane Case 'Very Serious'

Spain's interior minister expressed concern on Tuesday about accusations that planes used by the C.I.A. to transport terrorism suspects had made stopovers at a Spanish airport, saying the charges were "very serious" and would not be tolerated if proved. (NY Times)

Jordan

Jordan Questions Relatives of Iraqi Woman Bomber

Jordan's security forces are questioning the Jordanian relatives of an Iraqi woman who took part in last week's triple suicide bombings that killed 54 people in Amman hotels, security sources said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

11 Top Jordanian Advisers Resign in Wake of Attacks

In an interview, King Abdullah II described the threat to his country as Iraqis "who believe they're resistance fighters." (NY Times)

Tunis

EU Attacks Police Tactics At Tunis Internet Conference

European Union makes formal complaint to Tunisian government on the eve of a world internet summit. (The Guardian)

U.S.

Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force

A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress. (Washington Post)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

France

France to Vote on Emergency Laws

The French Senate is set to pass emergency laws a day after the lower house of parliament voted for a three-month extension. (BBC)

U.S.

Journalists Said to Figure in Strategy in Leak Case

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