Al Qaeda Linked Pakistani Terror Group in Spain

CIA Operatives Don't Have to Sweat Kidnap Charges, Despite Flurry of European Cases

Another 13 unlucky CIA operatives are going to have to revise any plans they had for European vacations anytime soon, on account of the warrants issued by a German prosecutor last week. (Congressional Quarterly)

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudis Silent on 'Terror' Arrests

The Saudi authorities are remaining tight-lipped about the identities of 10 men arrested on Friday on suspicion of funding insurgents outside the country. (BBC)

AFGHANISTAN

NATO Airstrike Kills Taliban Commander, Official Says

NATO-led troops killed a key Taliban commander today in an airstrike during an offensive to retake a southern Afghan town overrun by militants, a spokesman for the alliance said. (LA Times)

American Takes Over Command of NATO Force in Afghanistan

A senior American officer, Gen. Dan K. McNeill, took over command of the 35,000-member NATO force in Afghanistan from the departing British commander on Sunday, ahead of an expected spring offensive by a resurgent Taliban. (NY Times)

SOMALIA

Ethiopia PM: No Confirmed Somalia Al Qaeda Dead -FT

There has been no confirmation so far of any targeted al Qaeda suspects being killed in Somalia, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told the Financial Times in an interview published on Monday. (Reuters)

U.K.

Britain Says 15 Underage Troops Have Served in Iraq

Fifteen British troops under the age of 18 have been "inadvertently" sent to fight in Iraq, violating a United Nations protocol on children's rights, the government said Sunday. (AP)

Letter Bomb Explodes in London Office

A letter bomb exploded at the headquarters of the company which administers the London traffic congestion toll, injuring one woman employee. (Reuters)

EGYPT

Egypt Charges Four with Spying For Israel

Egypt has charged an Egyptian who holds Canadian citizenship and three Israelis with spying for Israel, a state prosecutor said on Saturday. (Reuters)

INDONESIA FLOODING

Press Sees Neglect behind Jakarta Floods

Several papers across Indonesia say that poor city management has exacerbated the flooding in Jakarta, where hundreds of thousands of people are now homeless. (BBC)

ON THE WEB

ABC News Extremist Website Monitoring

This is a daily update of some of what can be found on militant Islamist websites that are often used by al Qaeda and its sympathizers, insurgent groups in Iraq and other groups for propaganda, recruiting and communication purposes. (ABC News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Exclusive: Syrian President Says He Can Help Broker Peace If U.S. Will Talk

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a 41-year-old doctor, is the son of the legendary Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad, who negotiated with five American presidents. (ABC News)

Helicopter Losses and New Questions in the War

Over the past two weeks, four U.S. helicopters have been shot down in Iraq -- one of them a Blackhawk carrying 12 people. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a senior military spokesman, confirmed on Sunday that all four were shot down as a result of ground fire. He went on to say, "Obviously, based on what we have seen, we are already making adjustments to our tactics and techniques, as to how we employ our helicopters." (Stratfor)

Musharraf's Stale Promises

By Jackson Diehl

Pakistan's president has been promising for years to stop protecting the Taliban and make democratic reforms. It's time for results. (Washington Post)

The Arab World and New Directions

Hussein Shobokshi

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