Tribes Form Committees to "Liberate Iraq from Al Zarqawi"

IRAQ NEWS

Tribes Form Committees to "Liberate Iraq from Al Zarqawi"

The tribes of al Anbar formed "a front" for "the liberation of Iraq from Abu Musaab al Zarqawi," according to al Hayat newspaper. Sources close to "the front" told the paper that two committees were formed for that purpose. The first will be responsible for dialogue with the government to clarify misunderstandings between the Sunnis and the Shiites. The second will be active in the Arab world to stop all forms of support and financing to the radical networks in Iraq, especially in al Anbar. One of al Anbar's tribal leaders told al Hayat there were contacts with prominent politicians and religious figures about the situation. He said contacts with Shiite tribal leaders were also made. (Al Hayat)

Italy Has 'Paid Ransom for Hostages' in Iraq

Italy paid millions of dollars in ransom for the release of Italian hostages in Iraq over an 11-month period beginning in April 2004, left-leaning La Repubblica on January 30 quoted a carabinieri inquiry as saying. (The Middle East Times)

New Video Shows Kidnapped Reporter Weeping

The U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, weeping and veiled, appeared on a new videotape aired Monday by Al-Jazeera, and the Arab television station said she appealed for the release of all Iraqi women prisoners. (AP)

Hostage Killed After '$US10m Ransom' Refused

The kidnappers of Margaret Hassan, the British aid worker murdered in Iraq in 2004, demanded a ransom of $US10million to spare her life, according to a leaked Italian police report. (The Australian)

Several Bodies Found in Baghdad

Iraqi police have found the bodies of 11 young men, all blindfolded and shot in the head, in the back of a deserted truck in western Baghdad. (Al Jazeera)

100th British Military Death in Iraq

British soldier dies in explosion in southern Iraq, taking death toll of UK military personnel to 100 since US-led invasion in March 2003. (The Guardian)

Saddam Lawyers Say Will Not Attend Next Session

Saddam Hussein's lawyers said on Tuesday they would not attend Wednesday's session of his trial and threatened to boycott future sessions unless a new chief judge they accuse of bias apologises for "intimidating" them. (Reuters)

ABC News' Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt Heading Back to United States

'World News Tonight' Co-Anchor and Cameraman Responding Well to Treatment for Injuries in Iraq (ABC News)

A Trip from Iraq Aboard A Flying ICU

On the five-hour flight from a frontline airfield in Iraq to a US military hospital in Germany, a dozen doctors, nurses and therapists attended to the badly wounded ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt. (Boston Globe)

INVESTIGATIONS

Sudan

Thousands Displaced as Violence and Tension Mount in South Darfur

Armed militias have driven more than 55,000 people from their homes in South Darfur. Gunmen on camels and horses prompted the mass exodus after shooting and looting in the camps and the town of Mershing, local people said. (Reuters)

Iran

Iran Papers Reveal 'Uranium Warhead Instructions'

UN nuclear inspectors have taken possession of Iranian papers appearing to describe how to shape weapons-grade uranium into a warhead, it was claimed today. (The Guardian)

Iran to Be Reported To Security Council

Iran says referral to Security Council would mean end to diplomacy. (Washington Post)

Iran Detains 50 Suspects in Deadly Bombings

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