"Armed Groups" Contact Iraqi Presidency, Offer to Lay Down Arms


"Armed Groups" Contact Iraqi Presidency, Offer to Lay Down Arms

Armed groups had contacted the Iraqi Presidency and expressed readiness to lay down their weapons and join the political process in Iraq, the Iraqi president's national security adviser Wafiq al-Samarra'i said in an interview with al Jazeera TV. Al-Samarra'i stressed that those who contacted the presidency were members of "important armed groups." The Associated Press had reported that Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi held talks for two weeks with members of some armed groups in Al-Anbar Governorate. Meanwhile, U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalizad confirmed to ABC News that there will be negotiations with the insurgency, which will be conducted primarily by the Iraqi government. Khalilzad said he was willing to play a role in those talks. (Al Jazeera, AP, ABC News)

Diplomats Hunt for Westerners Said Seized In Iraq

Western diplomats hunted on Monday for information on the fate of a group of American, British and Canadian aid workers reported kidnapped in Baghdad, but there was no clue as to who had seized them or why. (Reuters)

Saddam Trial Resumes, Then Is Postponed

Saddam Hussein Trail Resumes After 5-Week Break, Then Is Adjourned Until Dec. 5. (AP)

Video: Saddam Back in Court (ABC News)

Q&A: Saddam on Trial

Saddam Hussein has gone on trial in Iraq facing charges that include murder and torture. (BBC)

8 Sunnis Arrested in Assassination Plot

Iraqi police have arrested eight Sunni Arabs in the northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein, a senior police commander said Sunday. (AP)

Iraq Set to Lose Billions of Dollars in Oil Rip-Off

Iraq is currently losing millions of dollars in "rip-off" deals between the US-backed government in Baghdad and international oil companies, a report published in London on Tuesday said. (Asharq al Awsat)


Paying for Terror

How jihadist groups are using organized-crime tactics--and profits--to finance attacks on targets around the globe. (US News & World Report)

A Godfather's Lethal Mix of Business and Politics

He is a calm and quiet man, say those who know him, even when he's threatening your life. The boss of India's top syndicate controls a criminal network that reaches into 14 countries, with a small army of contract killers, smugglers, and extortionists at his command. But there is another side to Dawood Ibrahim. The Muslim exile from Bombay has thrown in his lot with al Qaeda and other jihadists, according to the U.S. and Indian governments, and has become one of the world's most wanted terrorists. (US News & World Report)


Tehran 'Secretly Trains' Chechens to Fight In Russia

Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to carry out more effective attacks against Russian forces, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. (The Telegraph)


5 Officials to Be Allowed to Go to Vienna for Questioning

Heading off a direct confrontation with the UN Security Council, Syria has agreed to allow five officials to leave Damascus to be questioned in Vienna by the prosecutor investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (Chicago Tribune)

Mehlis Has Enough Evidence to Arrest Two Officials

The UN investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al Hariri has enough evidence to arrest two Syrian officials, Rustom Ghazali, the former chief of military intelligence in Lebanon, and his assistant Jame' Jame'. Their names were believed to be on the list of five officials who will be questioned in Vienna, informed sources in Paris told al Hayat newspaper. The sources said Mehlis will request their arrest soon. Senior Syrian sources told al Hayat that "the Vienna list" also includes a civilian who UN Investigator Detlec Mehlis had not met before and who is suspected of having a relationship with the Lebanese Islamic Charitable Projects known as Al Ahbash. (Al Hayat)

No Syrian Top Brass on U.N. Hariri Probe List

U.N. investigators probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri will question five relatively junior Syrian officials in Austria later this week, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.  (Reuters)

Man Claims He Was Bribed to Frame Syria UN Hariri Probe

A man has claimed on Syrian state TV that he was bribed to accuse top Syrian officials of the murder of Rafik Hariri in his testimony to the UN commission into the former Lebanese premier's assassination. (AP)

Sources following the investigation told the Arab online news website Elaph this was a clear attempt by Syrian intelligence to discredit the UN report about al Hariri's assassination. They described the witness's new televised statements as being "fabricated." Husam was the witness who reportedly told Mehlis that the Mitsubishi car used in the attack was booby-trapped in Syria (Elaph)

CIA Secret Prisons

Thanksgiving in the CIA's Secret Prisons Detainees Responsible for Terror Attacks Get Bare Minimum to Ensure They Stay Alive. (ABC News)


Europe in Uproar over CIA Operations

Several countries are investigating alleged counter-terrorism missions on their turf, but some cases seem unlikely to advance. (LA Times)

The Hunt for Hercules N8183J

A bitter debate over torture has erupted in Europe. (Der Spiegel)


Afghans Confront Surge in Violence

Taliban may be getting foreign support for recent strikes that mimic Iraq attacks. (Washington Post)


Pentagon Expanding Its Domestic Surveillance Activity

The programs aim at gathering and analyzing data, creating new agencies, adding personnel and seeking additional legal authority in the post-9/11 world. (Washington Post)


London Police Chief Faces Probe

An inquiry is to examine claims that the London police chief misled the media over the shooting of a Brazilian man. (BBC)


Moroccan Al Qaeda Cell Planned Attacks on Parliament, Hotels

Interrogations of 17 members of a "Moroccan al Qaeda cell" revealed that they had planned attacks against the Parliaments building, ships carrying Americans, hotels in al Suweira and tourist establishments in Tanja. According to a Moroccan judicial source, the cell was led by two Moroccans, including one who also holds the Belgian nationality. Some of the suspects also confirmed to Moroccan police that they had stayed in Syria and helped smuggle Moroccan in Iraq to fight as part of the group led by Abu Musaab al Zarqawi. (Asharq al Awsat)


Authorities Find Unexploded Bomb in Tokyo

Thousands of residents were evacuated in Tokyo on Sunday while authorities dug up an unexploded 550-pound bomb, believed to have been dropped by the United States during World War II, a local official said. (AP)



Troops Who Burned Taliban Face Discipline

Four U.S. soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels - a videotaped incident that sparked outrage in Afghanistan - but they will not be prosecuted because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns, the military said Saturday. (AP)


The New Way Out

U.S. leaders finally have a coherent approach-but patience is wearing thin. (Newsweek)

Seeking Justice in Dujail

It is a sight that most Iraqis never thought they would see - the man who ruled over them for more than two decades standing trial, in an Iraqi court and before Iraqi judges. (BBC)

At Times, the Spirit Offers Better Results than the Letter

A heavy dose of pragmatism is suddenly being injected into local, regional and international politics. A first reaction to the announcement by Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Moallem Friday that Damascus will allow five of its senior officials to be interrogated by the Mehlis Commission in Vienna could be to ask why an "uncooperative" Syria should be allowed to choose the venue. (The Daily Star)

The Ties That Tangle Iraq and Iran

The US has gained a few months to put pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. What stands out, though, is that Washington has resorted to grandstanding to cover up the accelerating collapse of its regional policy in Iraq, which in turn casts a shadow on the US capacity to force its will on the Iran nuclear issue. (Asia Times)

Set a Deadline That Lets Iraqis Prove What They Want

If they are serious about freedom they'd help quash the insurgency. (CS Monitor)

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