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

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

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)

Afghanistan

Afghans Confront Surge in Violence

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

U.S.

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)

U.K.

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)

Morocco

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)

Japan

Authorities Find Unexploded Bomb in Tokyo

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