Protest and Investigation after Saddam Execution


Saddam Video Inquiry Promised

Hundreds of Sunni Arabs gathered to show their anger and grief for Saddam Hussein on Tuesday as the Iraqi government promised an investigation into illicitly filmed footage of Shi'ite officials taunting him on the gallows. (Reuters)


Al Qaeda Posts Fighting Words

Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, attacked Egyptian and Palestinian leaders, accusing them of betraying Islam and collaborating with the United States and Israel, according to an Internet statement published in his name Monday. (AP)


16,273 Deaths Reported In Iraq In 2006

As enraged crowds protested the hanging of Saddam Hussein across Iraq's Sunni heartland Monday, government officials reported that 16,273 Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police died violent deaths in 2006, a figure larger than an independent Associated Press count for the year by more than 2,500. (AP)

Sunni Party Office Hit in U.S. Raid in Iraq

U.S. forces said they were fired on from an office building belonging to a leading Sunni Arab politician during a raid on a suspected al Qaeda safehouse in Baghdad on Monday in which six insurgents were killed. (Reuters)


Arroyo Justifies Transfer of Convicted Marine

A row has broken out in the Philippines over the transfer of a U.S. marine convicted of rape into U.S. custody, but President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said on Tuesday the move was aimed at preserving bilateral ties. (Reuters)


Confusion over Missing Indonesian Airplane

The disappearance, and presumed crash, of an Indonesian airliner with 102 people on board Monday was another tragic blow to a country with a checkered record of aviation safety. (International Herald Tribune)


Iran Will Press Ahead With Nuclear Work: President

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday Iran would not retreat from its right to nuclear technology and that a U.N. resolution imposing sanctions on Iran was "invalid." (Reuters)


Spain Vows Tough Response to Bomb

Spain's attorney general has vowed an "energetic" response to a bombing in Madrid blamed on Basque separatists Eta, believed to have killed two men. (BBC)


Somali Government Moves To Assert Control

Somali government troops pursued Islamist forces into a rugged, forested corner of Somalia on Tuesday, as the Kenyan military sealed its border against infiltration by the Islamists. (AP/International Herald Tribune)


The Execution Of Saddam Hussein…A Crime Of Timing

By Tariq Alhomayed

Saddam Hussein killed his opponents in the name of Arabism, honor, and pride. The Iraqi government executed Saddam Hussein by hanging at dawn on Saturday, before Muslims slaughtered their sheep as a sacrifice on the first day of Eid ul-Adha, in the name of democracy. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The Fault Lines of Civilizations

By H.D.S. Greenway

The old year closed with the murderous musketry of a new war. Ethiopia holds to the legend that it was founded by King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba's first son, Menelik, 3,000 years ago. Christianity came in the fourth century with Ethiopia's first bishop, Frumentius of Tyre. Seventeen centuries later, Ethiopia spent Christmas bombing the airfields of Mogadishu in neighboring Somalia. (The Boston Globe)

The Quality of His Mercy

By Jon Meacham

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