Warnings About Foley's Behavior Failed to Move Congress to Action

A prominent leader of the Algerian Salafist Group for Call has been killed in a shootout with another armed group north of Mali, sources confirmed to al Hayat newspaper. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, 34, is believed to have been the group's main contact with al Qaeda. He also the group's main source for weapons, which is why his death is considered a blow to the group. Belmokhtar is also known as the Prince of the Desert and Khaled Abu El Abbas and is wanted internationally. The Algerian group had recently announced that it joined al Qaeda and pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden. (Al Hayat)

Analysis: Al Qaeda Increasingly Reliant on Media

On the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Abu Omar received the call to jihad. Literally. (NY Times)


Iran: Khomeini's 'Killer Poison' Returns

Former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has published a confidential letter by the late ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which has stirred a great deal of controversy in Iran, in part because the letter refers to a military commander's call to pursue nuclear weapons to be deployed against Iran's hostile neighbor, Iraq. (Asia Times)

U.S. has Plans to Kill Iranian Leadership

A report issued last month by the Century Foundation warns that some in the Bush administration are making the case for air strikes aimed not only at setting back Iran's nuclear programme, but also at toppling the country's government. (Daily Times)


Ex-ISI Officers May Be Aiding Taliban, Admits Pervez on TV

Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said in an interview telecast here on Sunday that some retired Inter-Services Intelligence officials could be assisting Taliban insurgents, adding: "We are keeping a very tight watch and we will get hold of them if that at all happened." (Asian Age)


Gunbattles Kill 6 in Afghanistan

Two gunbattles in eastern Afghanistan killed four Afghan and two U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday, and NATO prepared to assume military command of all of the country from the U.S.-led coalition. (AP)


Motive Probed In US School Attack

Pennsylvania police are investigating why a gunman killed girls at a rural primary school which serves the Amish, a pacifist Christian community. (ABC News)


Italian Police Say Smash Algerian Terror Cell

Italian police said on Monday they had smashed an Algerian Islamic fundamentalist cell that gave logistical support to suspected militants in Algeria. (Reuters)


Yemen Kills 2 Fugitive Members of Al Qaeda

Security forces in Yemen on Sunday killed two fugitive members of Al Qaeda who had escaped from a high security prison six months before, the Yemen official news agency, Saba, reported. (NY Times)


Rice Disputes Report She Brushed Off CIA Chief

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday disputed a report that she brushed off the head of the CIA when he warned of a possible attack on the United States before September 11, 2001. (Reuters)


U.N. Experts Seek Sanctions Against Top Sudanese Officials

A team of experts has recommended that the U.N. Security Council impose sanctions on top Sudanese government officials for violations of peace efforts in the war-ravaged Darfur region, diplomats said Friday. (Sudan Tribune)

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