Expected: New Bin Laden Audio Tape on the Death of Zarqawi

TERROR HUNT

New Bin Laden Audio Tape: Osama Speaks on the Death of Zarqawi

A new Osama bin Laden audio is expected to be released within three days. On the tape, bin Laden will talk about the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi. More details to come. (ABC News)

SAS Men Died in Ambush after Snatching Four Taleban Chiefs

The two special forces soldiers killed during an hour-long gunfight in southern Afghanistan were part of a daring raid on a Taleban stronghold in which four key commanders on the "Most Wanted" list were seized. (London Times)

Intelligence Officers Widen the Net in Hunt for Taliban

A crucial intelligence war is going on in southern Afghanistan, where American, British and Canadian troops are trying to glean better information about the Taliban while attempting to persuade Pakistan to close Taliban command centres and camps. (Telegraph)

GUANTANAMO

Supreme Court Blocks Trials at Guantanamo

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

String of Attacks Kill 12 in Iraq

A trash collector and the head of security for Baghdad University were killed in separate drive-by shootings Thursday as a string of attacks nationwide left a dozen people dead, most in the capital, police said. (AP)

US, Iraqi Forces Clash With Shi'ite Militia

Iraqi and U.S. troops battled Shi'ite militiamen in a village northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, and witnesses and police said U.S. helicopters bombed orchards to flush out gunmen hiding in the palm groves. (Reuters)

Insurgents Offer to Halt Attacks in Iraq

Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered an immediate halt to all attacks - including those on American troops - if the United States agrees to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in two years, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. (AP)

Romania PM Orders Iraq Pullout

Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu said Thursday he had ordered the defense minister to withdraw Romania's 890 troops from Iraq because of security concerns and the cost of the operation. (AP)

U.S.

FBI Picks Its Seventh Counterterrorism Chief since Sept. 11, 2001

Willie T. Hulon has been tapped to head the FBI's new National Security Branch, making him the seventh official to run the bureau's counterterrorism operations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Congressional Quarterly)

Government Using 'Brain' Scans on Terrorists?

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to get details on the possible use of "brain scanning" technology during terrorist interrogations by the U.S. government. (ABC News)

IRAN NUCLEAR

Ministers Warned of Terrorism Threat from Iran

The intelligence agencies have warned ministers that Iran could launch terrorist attacks against British targets if the row over its controversial nuclear programme escalates, it was disclosed today. (Guardian)

Nations Want Answer from Iran Next Week

The United States, Russia and other industrial democracies said Thursday they expect Iran to answer "yes" or "no" next week to an international offer to bargain over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

One soldier was killed and three wounded when U.S.-led troops on patrol in southern Afghanistan hit a landmine, while 12 Taliban were killed in a separate clash, the U.S. military said. (Reuters)

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