Exclusive: Iraq Study Group Says Large Numbers of U.S. Troops in Iraq Must Not Be

IRAQ STUDY GROUP

Exclusive: Iraq Study Group Says Large Numbers of U.S. Troops in Iraq Must Not Be

The United States "must not make open-ended commitments to keep large numbers of troops deployed in Iraq." (ABC News)

Read The Report: Iraq Stduy Group Report (United States Institute of Peace)

IRAQ NEWS

At Least 5 Marines Are Expected to Be Charged in Haditha Deaths

At least five marines are expected to be charged, possibly as early as Wednesday, with the killing of 24 Iraqis, many of them unarmed women and children, in the village of Haditha in November 2005, according to a Marine official and a lawyer involved in the case. (NY Times)

8 Iraqis Killed, 40 Wounded in Baghdad

A mortar attack killed at least eight people and wounded dozens in a secondhand goods market Wednesday in a shelling followed closely by a suicide bombing in the Sadr City Shiite district of the capital, police said. (AP)

LITVINENKO INVESTIGATION

Key Witness in Litvinenko Case to Meet British Investigators Wednesday

Andrei Lugovoi, a key witness in the radiation poisoning case of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, will meet with British investigators on Wednesday, a business associate said. (AP)

Scaramella: I Warned Poisoned Spy

The Italian security consultant who met Alexander Litvinenko on the day he was believed to have been poisoned said he wanted to warn the ex-spy his life was in danger. (CNN)

Russia Demands the Handover of Putin's Critics in Exchange for Poison Case Help

Russia named its price yesterday for providing help in the investigation into the death by poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. It demanded that Britain hand over the enemies of President Putin who have been given asylum in London. (London Times)

Contact Says Secret Russian Groups Poisoned Ex-Spy

An Italian contact of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko accused "clandestine organizations" from Russia that were not under direct control of the Kremlin of targeting his dead friend. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

2 Americans, 4 Afghans Killed in Bombing

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a compound for security contractors in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two Americans and four Afghans, a company official and witnesses said. (AP)

DARFUR

U.N. Chief: Darfur Is in 'Free Fall'

The conflict in Darfur has spread to two neighboring countries and is now in "free fall" with six million people facing the prospect of going without food or protection, the outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday. (AP)

ISRAEL/LEBANON

Think Tank: Hezbollah Used Human Shields

An Israeli think tank with strong links to the military released videos and testimony Tuesday it said proved Hezbollah guerrillas used civilians as human shields during last summer's war in Lebanon. (AP)

FIJI

Fiji Imposes State of Emergency

A state of emergency has been declared on the South Pacific island state of Fiji, as the military tightens its grip a day after a bloodless coup. (BBC)

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka Invokes Anti-Terror Law

Sri Lanka's cabinet has announced sweeping anti-terror measures after months of worsening violence between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. (BBC)

ON THE WEB

Al Zarqawi Called Hizbullah "The Party of Satan"

An old interview with Abu Musaab al Zarqawi, the former leader of al Qaeda in Iraq who was killed in June, was posted on militant Islamist forums today. The 28-page-interview sums up al Zarqawi's opinions about jihad, Iraq, the Shiites and Afghanistan. (ABC News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Price of Iran's Help

By David Ignatius

On the eve of the Baker-Hamilton commission's report, a top Iranian official set a tough condition for his country's help in stabilizing Iraq, saying that Tehran isn't interested in such cooperation unless the Bush administration sets a timetable for withdrawing its troops. (Washington Post)

The International Community and Iran's Nuclear File

By Randa Takieddin

The international community's faltering over the issue of dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the division between the countries seeking extremely harsh sanctions, and those seeking limited and moderate sanctions is alarming. (Al Hayat)

Arabs Must Not Shirk Their Duty toward Iraq

By Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor

We in the Gulf can no longer avert our eyes from the terrible carnage and suffering in Iraq. For too long, we've tended to adopt the attitude that "the Americans broke it, so it's up to them to fix it." The problem is not only that they are incapable of fixing it; their very presence makes the situation worse. (Daily Star)

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