Report: Bagram Prison Fugitive Captured in Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN

Al Qaeda Escapee Caught in Afghanistan: Report

U.S. forces in Afghanistan have captured an al Qaeda operative who escaped from the main U.S. military prison in the country last year, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Monday. (Reuters)

60 Rebels Killed In Afghanistan

A NATO and Afghan operation that ended on Sunday killed more than 60 Taliban-linked rebels over six days, a provincial governor said, adding that Chechen and Arab fighters were among the dead. (Daily Times)

Hekmatyar Expects "Liberation" of Afghanistan Soon

In an interview with al Hayat, former Afghani Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said the conditions in Afghanistan today were similar to how they were right before the Russian forces left the country. Hekmatyar, who leads a militant group called Hizb-e-Islami, claims that "resistance" forces are in control of a number of areas and spreading to the different provinces. He says his group works independently of the Taliban, explaining that they've been in negotiations but have not reached any official agreements. Al Hayat says it sent its questions to Hekmatyar and received handwritten answers. (Al Hayat)

Analysis: Insurgent Activity Spikes in Afghanistan

Insurgent activity in Afghanistan has risen fourfold this year, and militants now launch more than 600 attacks a month, a rising wave of violence that has resulted in 3,700 deaths in 2006, a bleak new report released Sunday found. (AP)

PAKISTAN

'U.S. Not Allowed To Fire Missiles into Pakistan to Kill Terrorists'

The government has not allowed the United States to use unmanned aircraft to fire missiles into Pakistani territory to kill terrorists, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told CNN in an interview broadcast on Sunday. (The Daily Times)

'Taliban Law' Passed In Pakistan

Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has passed a bill setting up a Taleban-style department under a cleric to enforce Islamic morality. (BBC)

U.K.

Islamists Infiltrate Four Universities

Islamic extremists have infiltrated at least four British universities to radicalise Muslim students, says a "troubleshooting" imam who sends teams to campuses to tackle indoctrination. (Sunday Times)

Brown Backs Call to Extend 28-Day Limit on Detention

The government is ready to support calls by the police for tougher anti-terror laws, including an extension of the 28-day limit for holding terrorist suspects without charge. (The Guardian)

SUDAN

Dozens Killed In Attack on Darfur Village: AU

Up to 30 villagers were killed and 40 wounded when armed men riding horses and camels attacked a village in the Darfur region of western Sudan, an African Union (AU) official said on Monday. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

Bus Bomb Kills 20, Wounds 18 in Baghdad

A bomb tore through in a minibus in a largely Shiite Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 18. Gunmen killed at least 10 people, including a television cameraman, a city councilman and a Sunni sheik, in executions and assassinations around Iraq. (AP)

UK Seeks Help of Iraq's Neighbours

Des Browne, the defence secretary, today urged Iran and Syria to help stabilise Iraq, as Tony Blair prepared to deliver a keynote speech on future UK strategy on the war tonight. (The Guardian)

Investigation into Boat Blast That Killed UK Soldiers

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