Iraqi Official: "Third Iraqi Army" Responsible for "Dirty Jobs"

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Iraqi Official: "Third Iraqi Army" Responsible for "Dirty Jobs"

Officials in Baghdad are talking about a "third Iraqi army" that takes direct orders from the U.S. and is responsible for "dirty jobs," al Hayat reports today. Iraqi National Security Minister Abdul Karim al-Anzi said the special Iraqi force is not supervised by the Iraqi government. A Colonel in the U.S. military denied this information and said the force was meant to fight kidnappings and assassination and takes its orders from the Iraqi ministry in coordination with coalition forces. The existence of the special force was revealed after its members participated in the operation at the Huseyneyat al-Mustafa in Baghdad resulting in the killing of 16 Shiites last Sunday. "Informed sources" told al Hayat that the force that participated in the operation was formed in mid-2004 and is made up of fighter from the former Iraqi intelligence, Republican Guard and Special Forces who were tested and offered a chance to volunteer to become part of the force. (Al Hayat)

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A Carefully Coordinated and Crafted Pleas May Have Reached Hostage-Takers. (ABC News)

Insurgents Justify Release of Jill Carroll in Web Tape

Tape Claims Americans Met Some Demands. (ABC News)

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Comment:

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The call-in program is hugely popular, tackling complaints ranging from high bills to traffic jams. But the newly free media have a ways to go. (LA Times)

MOUSSAOUI TRIAL

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Documents released in the sentencing of Zacarias Moussaoui have offered an eerie parallel view of Al Qaeda and the F.B.I. (NY Times)

SAUDI TERROR ARRESTS

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Saudi security forces conducting a series of raids throughout the kingdom in March arrested 40 suspected militants, uncovered caches of explosives and weapons, and seized two vehicles rigged with explosives -- likely thwarting an imminent attack. (Stratfor)

IRAN

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Recent History Suggests That the Prospects Aren't Good. (Washington Post)

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Iran Says It Has Successfully Test-Fired Locally Made Missile Able to Avoid Radar. (AP)

PAKISTAN - SAUDI ARABIA

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Pakistan has rejected in categorical terms a report indicating it was helping Saudi Arabia in developing a nuclear program. (Asian Tribune)

YEMEN

Head of Aden Islamic Army: Americans Were Present At Interrogations

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