Iran Already Seeking Nuclear Waiver

Indonesia


Indonesian Police Announce Terror Arrests

Four Islamic militants wanted for the Sept. 9 suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta have been arrested, including the alleged planner and two bomb-makers, Indonesia's police chief announced Wednesday. (AP)


India


Terror Alert: U.S. Consulate, Center Closed

The American Center and the consular section of the American consulate in Mumbai were closed Tuesday due to security concerns. (Rediff)


Pakistan


The One That Got Away

Declan Walsh on the young militant from the tribal regions who has become the scourge of the Pakistani government. (The Guardian)


Egypt, U.K.


The Story of the Secret Negotiations for the Hand Over of Four Fundamentalists A special report in Al Hayat newspaper today sheds light on secret negotiations that allegedly took place end of the 1990s between the Egyptian and British authorities for the hand over of a number of wanted Islamists living in London. The British government had a reputation for rejecting extraditions of wanted radicals. Court documents however show that the government was actually eager to send four members of Egyptian Jihad group to Egypt. Negotiations ultimately failed to secure an extradition. The newspaper however publishes details about the contacts between the two countries. (Al Hayat)

IRAQ NEWS

Al Zarqawi Tape First Shown in Jan 04

ABCNEWS has confirmed that an audio tape of Abu Musaab Al Zarqawi posted on the internet today is actually an excerpt of a 60-minute statement that was first posted last January. In the tape al Zarqawi had attacked Muslim scholars for not supporting the mujaheddin. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)

Iraqi Groups Threaten to Intensify Attacks Baath party, Islamist groups vow to step up armed attacks on US-led forces following Sharm el-Sheikh conference. (Middle East Online)

U.S. Expanding Iraqi Offensive in Violent Area

Thousands of American, British and Iraqi troops began a new offensive sweep on Tuesday across a region south of Baghdad known as the triangle of death. The area earned its fearsome reputation as a haven for thieves, killers, crime families and terrorists, as well as insurgents who fled Falluja before the fighting started there. (NY Times)

Neighbors Plan to Help Fight Rebels

Leaders gathering this week for a conference on Iraq's future are planning to give strong backing to the interim government's war against insurgents. (LA Times)

Medics Testify to Fallujah's Horrors

The first time Jose Ramirez saw a human body ripped apart by a rocket, it took hours for him to regain his composure. Nothing in his training as a Navy medical corpsman had prepared him for the sight of the dead Marine brought in September to the military field hospital outside Fallujah. (Washington Post)

Video Shows Insurgents On Haifa Street

An 11-minute video posted on the Internet by "the media department of al Qaeda organization in Iraq" shows insurgents walking around with weapons on an empty street. The group claims the video is proof they're in control of Haifa Street in Baghdad. Special calls to prayer however which mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and are heard in the background indicate that the tape was shot around Nov 14th. Towards the end, excerpts from a Nov 12th audio statement of Abu Musaab al Zarqawi are heard. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)


ANALYSIS & OPINION

A Good Delay

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