Attack on Abu Ghraib

Pakistani nuclear scientists A Q Khan and Sultan Bashiruddin Mehmood had held meetings with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders, exchanged letters with militant groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and attended their gatherings and rallies, a media report said. (Times of India)


Prosecutor: Aide Killed Maskhadov

Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov was shot by an aide at his request to avoid being captured alive, Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Shepel said Friday, in a remarkable departure from the previous official version of Maskhadov's death. (Moscow Times)


Alleged Terrorist Leader To Be Deported From Norway

Media reports emanating from Norway in recent weeks indicate that the Norwegian government intends to deport purported Ansar Al-Islam leader Najm al-Din Faraj Ahmad, aka Mullah Krekar, to Iraq. (Radio Free Europe)

Al Hairi Investigation

U.N. Set To Vote On International Probe

Lebanon is seeking amendments to draft resolution. (The Daily Star)


German Intelligence Dismisses Al Zarqawi Chemical Attack Report

The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) dismissed a report published in a German magazine about an alleged plan by most wanted terrorist Abu Musaab al Zarqawi to launch a chemical weapons attack in Europe. BND officials told ABC News that the magazine, Cicero, used outdated information that was also misinterpreted. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)


9 Cops Die as Taliban Storm Govt Building

Taliban militants stormed a government building in southern Afghanistan and killed up to nine Afghan policemen in a two-hour gunbattle before fleeing, officials said yesterday. (Arab News)

Afghan Government Accuses Aid Agencies of Wasting Cash

A simmering row between the Afghan government and western aid agencies explodes into the open. (The Guardian)

Ex-Taliban Commander Surrenders, 3 Arrested

A former Taliban commander has surrendered to the Afghan government, one of the most high-profile figures to do so since the regime was toppled more than three years ago, officials said yesterday. Three mid-level Taliban commanders have also been arrested without a fight in an operation by U.S. and Afghan troops in central Afghanistan, officials said. (AFP)

Soldier Facing Trial in Death of Prisoner Wins Round

A military hearing officer has recommended that a soldier charged in the 2002 beating death of an Afghan prisoner should not face a court-martial for manslaughter. (LA Times)


Paper Quotes U.S. Intelligence Report About Al Zarqawi

Most wanted terrorist Abu Musaab al Zarqawi has become the al Qaeda military official in charge of the area from Morocco to the Arabian Gulf, a Spanish newspaper quoted a secret U.S. intelligence report as saying. According to the paper, the report says Osama bin Laden and al Zarqawi disagreed on strategies after the war, as the former wanted to form a strategic alliance with the Shiites. Al Zarqawi however rejected and eventually bin Laden agreed to follow his strategy. The report supposedly also mentions the recent attack on a theater in Qatar which left one person dead as proof that al Zarqawi is expanding his operations. According to paper, the report also indicated there were 1500 foreign fighters, mostly Syrians and Moroccans, under al Zarqawi's command during the clashes in Fallujah last November (Asharq Al Awsat)


Authorities Looking for 250 Al Qaeda and Taliban Members

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