Bush Visits Pakistan, Al Qaeda's Home Territory

As President Bush arrives in Pakistan on the heels of a suicide bomb which killed a U.S. diplomat, he visits a key ally in the Global War on Terror. Despite this alliance, America's chief enemy Osama bin Laden may be in Pakistan, protected by what ABC News consultant Alexis Debat believes are increased links between Al Qaeda and Pakistani militants.

Will the President Be Safe in Pakistan?

Bush Heads to a Country Where al Qaeda Is a Major Force, and the Bombs Are Already Exploding. (ABC News)

Why Al Qaeda Is At Home In Pakistan

Terror Organization Believed to Be Drawing Less From Arabs, More From South Asia (ABC News)

Opinion: Bush, Bin Laden Visit Pakistan in Tellingly Different Ways

This weekend, President Bush and Osama bin Laden will, in all likelihood, be in the same country for the first time. That nation is Pakistan. (USA Today)


US 'Plans Stealth Shark Spies'

Pentagon scientists are planning to turn sharks into "stealth spies" capable of tracking vessels undetected, a British magazine has reported. (BBC)


17 Al Qaeda Figures Amongst Prison Escapees

Seventeen out of the 23 men who escaped a prison in Sanaa 10 days ago are considered leaders of al Qaeda who were going to implement the organization's plans in the region, al Hayat quotes "trustworthy sources" as saying. The al Qaeda figures spent more than a year in one prison which allowed them to think and discuss their plans before digging the tunnel and escaping the prison, the sources add. They are considered dangerous and may be planning attacks inside and outside Yemen, according to the sources. Al Hayat had reported that two security officers working for Yemeni intelligence were believed involved in helping the prisoners escape. (Al Hayat)


A Guantanamo detainee interviewed by the BBC has called the force-feeding of hunger strikers a form of torture. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports administration lawyers' arguments that Guantanamo prisoners have no recourse to anti-torture provisions in new legislation introduced by Sen. John McCain. Another prisoner at the Cuba base has refused to appear at a military tribunal, after he was denied the right to defend himself.

Guantanamo Man Tells Of 'Torture'

A Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo since 2002 criticizes the US regime at the military camp, in a rare BBC interview. (BBC)

Audio: Detainee Interview
(BBC News)

U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban

Administration lawyers argue that the new law prohibiting cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo Bay. (Washington Post)

Bin Laden Aide Snubs Tribunal

An alleged aide to Osama bin Laden refused to appear before a US military tribunal yesterday after his request to defend himself was denied. (Gulf Daily News)


Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S.

Defunct Charity's Suit Details Eavesdropping. (Washington Post)

Paper Said to Show NSA Spying Given to Post Reporter in 2004

A classified document that an Islamic charity says is evidence of illegal government eavesdropping on its phone calls and e-mails was provided in 2004 to a Washington Post reporter, who returned it when the FBI demanded it back a few months later. (Washington Post)


Iran, EU Nuclear Talks End Without Result

Talks Between EU Negotiators, Iran Over Controversial Nuclear Program End Without Result. (AP)


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