Israel Spying on Iran from Iraq: Report


Arrests After Van Gogh Murder Foiled Attacks

Dutch prosecutors have accused 12 young Muslim men of threatening to kill prominent politicians critical of Islam and say their arrest after the murder of an outspoken filmmaker foiled other attacks. Asharq Al Awsat also reports that an organization called "the capital Amsterdam cell" recruited three girls to kill Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born politician with whom Van Gogh made the film. The girls, who carry Arab names, reportedly confessed to Dutch authorities about their involvement. (Reuters, Asharq Al Awsat)


Four Members of the Explosives Brigade Killed

Algerian security forces killed four members of the "explosives brigade" that's part of the Algerian Organization for Call and Combat, according to several sources who spoke to al Hayat newspaper. The brigade is comprised of explosives experts and is believed to be the real source of the group's strength, especially since Abdel Malek Dardakal aka Abu Musaab Abdel Wadud took over as head of the organization in September. (Al Hayat)

Saudi Arabia

Anti-Terror Center Proposed

Crown Prince Abdullah yesterday vowed to press ahead with Saudi Arabia's war on terror and called for the establishment of an international center to combat and pre-empt terrorism. (Arab News)

Saudis 'Reform Militants' On Web

The Saudi government has told an anti-terrorism conference in Riyadh that it has reformed Islamist militant sympathisers through the internet. (BBC)



Yemeni Court Ups Terror Convictions

A Yemeni court yesterday upheld the convictions of 15 Islamic militants for a series of terror attacks, including the October 2002 bombing of a French supertanker, and sentenced the group's leader Fawaz Al-Rabyee to death. (Arab News)


Sistani Wants Islam to Be Sole Source of Legislation

Iraq's Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani and another top cleric yesterday demanded that Islam be the sole source of legislation in the country's new constitution. Hours later US Vice President Dick Cheney said Iraq has the right to shape its own democracy without becoming "an Iraqi version of America." (Arab News)

At Least 30 Killed in Iraq

Bombings target Iraqi police station in Baqubah and a hospital in Mosul. (Washington Post)

Egypt Engineers Abducted In Iraq

Four Egyptian engineers working for a mobile telephone company have been kidnapped by gunmen in Baghdad. (BBC)

Web Site: Iraq Group to Release Italian Hostage

An Iraqi group which claims it is holding an Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq said Monday it would release her soon because she was not a spy, a statement on an Islamist Web site said. (Reuters)

Zarqawi Group Denies it's Behind Kidnapping of Italian Journalist

A statement posted online by Abu Musaab Al Zarqawi's Group, al Qaeda of Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers, denied that said it was behind the kidnapping of an Italian journalist in Iraq as some had reported. Asharq Al Awsat newspaper also reports today that a second group, al Jihad Al Islami Organization, had previously claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and threatened to kill the journalist today if Italy did not withdraw its troops from Iraq. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit, Asharq Al Awsat)

U.N. Oil-For-Food Program Chief Suspended

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