Report: Al Zawahri's Son-in-Law Killed in U.S. Strike


Report: Al Zawahri's Son-in-Law Killed in U.S. Strike

The family of Ayman al Zawahri's son-in-law, Hossam Abdul Latif Abu Bakr, received news that he was killed in a US strike in Afghanistan, reports al Hayat today. Abu Bakr, 32, was one of Osama bin Laden's most important bodyguards, according to the newspaper. He was married to al Zawahri's daughter Fatema al Zahraa and they had four children, including one born this month. Al Hayat says he called his family in Saudi Arabia last week to tell them about the birth of his fourth child. As for Abu Marwan al Suri, who was killed in clashes with Pakistani forces, al Hayat says he was Saudi and he recently escaped the Kunar region. The paper quotes Pakistani security sources as saying that a laptop, a video camera, hand grenades and docs were found in his car. (Al Hayat)

Pakistan Taleban Vow More Attacks

The head of the Taleban in Pakistan's tribal areas has warned that there can be no peace in Afghanistan for as long as US forces remain in that country. (BBC)


Nepal King Seeks To End Protests

Nepal's King Gyanendra has called on opposition parties to put forward their candidate for prime minister, after days of protest against him. (BBC)

In Pictures: Nepal Protests


As The Genocide in Darfur Goes On, Chaos and Killing Spread to Sudan's Neighbours

It has been called a genocide in slow motion, its gruesome details unfolding while the world looks the other way. And it is spreading. (The Independent)


Uzbekistan Sends Spent Nuclear Fuel to Russia

A U.N. agency oversees a high-security operation to transport material that contains enough uranium to produce at least two bombs. (LA Times)

Russia Backs Iran's Nuclear Programme

Russia today offered its most outspoken support yet of the controversial nuclear programme in Iran, its neighbour and trading partner. (London Times)

Video: Nuclear Jihad: Pakistan's Weapons

A report into how a rogue scientist established the world's most dangerous black market. (NY Times)


EU Accused of Ignoring Human Rights Abuses In Rush For Gas Deal

Trade agreement with Turkmenistan revived. Fate of gas-poor Belarus 'provides telling contrast.' (The Guardian)


U.S. Suffers Setback in Case Of Alleged Enemy Combatant

Release of document containing allegations against man accused of being an al-Qaeda "sleeper" marks a setback for the U.S. government. (Washington Post)


Lobbyist Charged for Talking

Case against AIPAC advocate could have chilling effect on a field that deals in sensitive information. (Washington Post)


Rwanda Survivors Say Hollywood Has Got It Wrong

Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed. (Reuters)


Bible Studies May Reveal Godfather's Secrets

Italian police codebreakers are turning to the Bible in their efforts to get at the many secrets of the mafia's 'boss of bosses'. (The Guardian)


Iraq Shia Alliance to Vote on PM

Iraq's largest parliamentary bloc, the United Iraq Alliance (UIA), is to vote on a candidate for prime minister. (BBC)

11 Iraqis Killed in Scattered Violence

A drive-by shooting killed a Shiite baker heading to work in Baghdad on Friday, and the bullet-ridden bodies of four Iraqis were found in the capital, police said. (AP)

The One Certainty about Iraq: Spiraling Costs for Americans

Poor Planning, Need for New Equipment Could Push War Costs to $1 Trillion. (ABC News)

Wasted Funds? $190 Million Spent, Only 6 Iraq Health Centers Completed

Company Claims Insufficient Funding; Audit Cites Government Mismanagement. (ABC News)

Sectarianism Divides Baghdad Suburbs

Shrines store arms and host weapons training. Fears grow that fiefdoms could turn against US. (The Guardian)

Militant in Turkey "Judged" Slain Briton - Lawyer

The lawyer of a suspected al Qaeda militant now on trial in Turkey said on Thursday that his client had taken part in the mock trial and sentencing of Kenneth Bigley, a British engineer beheaded in Iraq in 2004. (Reuters)

Analysis: What Makes A Civil War?

The dispute over whether Iraq is in the grip of a civil war has surfaced again, with the UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his Saudi counterpart airing directly contrary views during a conference in Riyadh. (BBC)


A Glimmer of Hope in Iraq

A new prime minister in Iraq will have a chance to make a fresh start and begin undoing some of the costly mistakes Ibrahim al-Jaafari has made since taking office. (NY Times)

Iran: Tactical Success Could Lead to Strategic Disaster

In recent days an old slogan of the Khomeinist Revolution has made a spectacular comeback on city walls throughout the Islamic Republic: America Cannot Do A Damn Thing! (Asharq al Awsat)

Distance Grows Between Middle East, U.S.

As Security Tightens, Arab Nations Turn Away in Tourism, Education, Health Care. (Washington Post)

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