29 Killed During Holiday Festival in Iraq

IRAQ NEWS

Bombs Kill 29 in Iraq During Ashoura

At least 29 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Tuesday in attacks against Shiites in two cities near the Iranian border, including a bomb targeting members of the Islamic sect as they performed rituals on the Shiite calendar's holiest day. (AP)

Executions on Tape: Iraqi vs. Iraqi

A new propaganda video posted by Sunni insurgents on the Internet shows graphic scenes of the execution of more than a dozen captured fighters who were supposedly working with Iranian agents in Iraq to attack Sunni neighborhoods. (ABC News)

Missteps by Iraqi Forces in Battle Raise Questions

Iraqi forces were surprised and nearly overwhelmed by the ferocity of an obscure renegade militia in a weekend battle near the holy city of Najaf and needed far more help from American forces than previously disclosed, American and Iraqi officials said Monday. (NY Times)

U.N.: 700 Palestinians Stranded in No-Man's Land at Iraq-Syria Border

Some 700 Palestinians are stranded at the Iraq-Syria border, living in inhumane conditions in no-man's land after fleeing violence in Iraq, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. (Haaretz)

LITVINENKO INVESTIGATION

Russian Special Forces Used

They were the best of the best of Russia's special forces – and they were shooting Alexander Litvinenko. Images of elite Spetsnaz troops using pictures of the murdered former Russian spy for target practice prompted fresh accusations yesterday that the Kremlin was behind his killing. (London Times)

U.K.

More Images of Failed Bombing in London Released Today

More images from the failed July 21, 2005 bombing attempt in London were released today at the trial of the six men accused of trying to mount a deadly bomb attack there just two weeks after the deadly subway and bus bombings that are often referred to as the U.K.'s 9/11. (ABC News)

Terror Police 'Found 9/11 Speech'

A speech by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found at a London flat used by the alleged 21 July plotters to make rucksack bombs, a court has heard. (BBC)

TURKEY

Suspected Al-Qaeda Leader In Turkey Detained In Raid: Report

A man suspected of running Al-Qaeda's operations in Turkey was among 48 people detained in nationwide raids earlier this week, the Anatolia news agency has reported. (AFP)

Turk Police Warned of Editor Murder Plot: Press

Turkish police were warned a year ago about a plot to kill Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, media said on Tuesday, the latest suggestion authorities could have prevented a murder that has shocked the nation. (Reuters)

U.S.

Attack of the Drones

Call them UAVs, drones, remote-controlled aircraft, or robotic air vehicles–it's clear that this new generation of weaponry increasingly is playing a key role in the U.S. arsenal. And what we've seen so far is nothing compared with what's in the pipeline. (USA Today)

AFGHANISTAN

Group: Over 1,000 Afghan Civilians Killed More than 1,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2006, most of them as a result of attacks by the Taliban and other anti-government forces in the country's unstable south, a rights group said Tuesday. (AP)

Driving the Taliban Off Nipple Hill – Again

Royal Marines came under Taliban rocket attack in Kajaki overnight, and at dawn yesterday 16 insurgents carrying rifles and rocket-propelled grenades could be seen scurrying from their firing position. (London Times)

RUSSIA

Emergency Shutdown at Russia Nuke Plant

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