State Dept to Stop Terror Report

Britain's top policeman has called for high-tech eye recognition technology to be pressed into use to track Al Qaeda affiliates he claimed were targeting the country. (Sydney Morning Herald)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENT

Germany

"Al Zawahri's Man" Loses Asylum

A man who is believed to be Ayman al Zawahri's man in Europe will lose his asylum status in Germany, a court has ruled saying he represented a threat to national security. Sayed Agami Mahlel is likely facing extradition to Egypt, his country of origin. Mahlel and a number of Islamists interviewed by Asharq al Awsat in London says he will be tortured if sent to Egypt. (Asharq Al Awsat)

IRAQ NEWS

'No Hostages Found' in Iraqi Town

Iraqi forces say they can find no hostages in the town where Sunnis had reportedly taken scores of Shia captive. (BBC)

Iraq Militias 'Could Beat Rebels'

Iraq's new president has said the insurgency could be ended immediately if the authorities made use of Kurdish, Shia Muslim and other militias. (BBC)

Iraqi Security Forces Search Farming Town

Iraqi security forces searched this small farming town on Monday after reports that Sunni militants had kidnapped as many as 100 Shiite residents and were threatening to kill them unless the entire Shiite population left town — a display of sectarian violence brazen even by Iraqi standards. (AP)

Iraq Kidnap Reports May Be Exaggerated

Security forces seal Iraq town after hostage-taking report; residents see no sign of kidnappings. (AP)

Iraqis Take Up Gauntlet

Iraq's top two leaders called for jump-starting the nation's court system and revamping security forces to end the bloody insurgency and open the way for U.S. troops to come home. (Washington Times)

Iraqi Alliance Seeks to Oust Top Officials of Hussein Era

The U.S. fears the move by Shiite leaders could oust thousands of the most capable Iraqis from military and intelligence forces it has spent more than $5 billion rebuilding. (Washington Post)

Iraq Car Bomb Kills American Activist

Iraq, where she had been on and off since the March 2003 invasion began, conducting door-to-door surveys to determine the number of civilian casualties, friends and family said. (AP)

Britain Estimates on Pullout

Britain's foreign secretary, Jack Straw, said Sunday that he expected British troops to leave Iraq within the next two years. (LA Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Terrorism Tempers Shift to Openness

Governments respond with draconian security even as they consider more political openness. (Washington Post)

America Can Achieve Its Goal By Focusing On Five Pillars of Middle East Stability

The American administration has set for itself an enormous challenge: according to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the top priority of the Bush administration is stabilizing the Middle East. Undoubtedly, this challenge will require a firm commitment on the part of the U.S. administration. We want to see them succeed in this endeavor and therefore, we suggest that they focus on the following five pillars of Middle East stability. (The Daily Star)

With Poison In Their Souls

The demonisation of the ricin suspects by politicians and the media smacks of Salem. (The Observer)

In Iraq, Security in Name Only

The new police force is largely untrained, frequently unreliable, and all too ready to abuse civilians. How can U.S. troops hand over control? (Business Week)

Lack of Enthusiasm For Jihad

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