Al Qaeda Linked Pakistani Terror Group in Spain

SPAIN

Terrorism: Al Qaeda Linked Pakistani Group 'Based in Spain'

Pakistani terror group Jaish-i-Mohamed (The Army of Mohammed) - allegedly linked to al-Qaeda's leadership - has made Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia its principle European base, Spanish daily El Periodico reported on Monday, citing unnamed Pakistani security sources. (AKI)

For the original report in Spanish (El Periodico)

Suspect Linked To Kamikaze Attacks In Iraq Held

Police arrested on Monday a Moroccan terrorist suspect who was wanted in his own country for alleged links to sending suicide bombers to Iraq. (Expatica)

IRAQ NEWS

Tanks, Troops Deployed in East Baghdad

Iraqi and U.S. forces are prepared to launch a massive crackdown in Baghdad to end sectarian violence pushing the country towards civil war as a wave of bombings killed 200 over the weekend. (AFP)

Bush Plan Seeks Billions More for Iraq

President Bush is sending Congress a $2.9 trillion budget that would provide billions of dollars for the war in Iraq, make his first-term tax cuts permanent and achieve a budget surplus three years after he leaves office. (AP)

Car Bombs Kill 24 in Baghdad Ahead of Crackdown

Three car bombs killed 24 people and wounded scores in Baghdad on Monday, and gunmen attacked two Sunni areas, clashing with residents and setting houses on fire. (Reuters)

Deadliest Blast Kills 135 in Iraq

A suicide bomber killed 135 persons yesterday in the deadliest single explosion in Iraq since the 2003 war began, driving a truck laden with a ton of explosives into a market in a mainly Shi'ite area of Baghdad. (Reuters)

2 Key Members of Mahdi Army Killed

Two key members of radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political and military organization were gunned down just days before the U.S. and Iraqi forces planned to open a massive security drive in Baghdad. (AP)

Court-Martial Looms for War Objector

Anti-war activists consider 1st Lt. Ehren Watada a hero for his refusal to go to Iraq. The Army accuses him of betraying his fellow soldiers. (AP)

Al Jazeera Claims US Chopper Shot Down In Iraq

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television aired late on Sunday night video footage which the station said came from an insurgent website showing a US helicopter being hit in central Iraq. (Times of India)

U.K. TERROR PLOT

Al Qaeda Tells British Cells To Carry Out Wave of Beheadings

Islamic terror cells in Britain have been instructed to carry out a series of kidnappings and beheadings of the kind allegedly planned by the nine terrorist suspects arrested in Birmingham last week. (The Sunday Times)

U.K. BIRD FLU

Scientists Investigate U.K. Bird Flu Outbreak

Scientists and government investigators were working today to pin down the source of a bird flu outbreak at a turkey farm in Suffolk as fears grew that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus could already be endemic in Europe's wild bird population. (The London Times)

IRAN NUCLEAR

Iran Installs 328 Centrifuges at Atomic Site

Iran has installed two cascades of 164 centrifuges each in its underground nuclear plant, laying a basis for full-scale enrichment of uranium and upping the stakes in a standoff with the West, European diplomats said on Monday. (Reuters)

CIA RENDITION CASES

In Another CIA Abduction, Germany Has an Uneasy Role

Details emerge as European legislative panels conduct investigations into CIA counterterrorism operations. (Washington Post)

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