Attack in Afghanistan Targets Governor Who Put Taliban Body On Display


Attack in Afghanistan Targets Governor Who Put Taliban Body On Display

A suicide attack today in Afghanistan killed at least three people, but the suspected target of the attack, the governor of Kandahar, survived. (ABC News)

Afghan Minister Wounded in Kandahar Suicide Raid

Afghanistan's information minister was wounded on Thursday when a suicide bomber targeted a car in which he was traveling in the southern city of Kandahar, the governor of the province said. (Reuters)

Tensions High on Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

Tension along the volatile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is quickly increasing as the government of Pakistan is sending troop reinforcements following reports the Afghan National Army had also sent significant numbers of troops and installed extra artillery and mortar guns there. (ABC News)

Afghans Say Gunfire from NATO Soldiers Wounded 5 Civilians

NATO soldiers driving through this southern city shot and wounded five civilians late Tuesday, local residents and police officials said Wednesday. The spokeswoman for the NATO forces, Lt. Col. Angela Billings, said, though, that they had no information that such shootings had occurred. (NY Times)


U.S. Says It Has Suspects in Iraq Ambush

The military said Wednesday that it had detained people believed to be "directly linked" to a weekend assault in which attackers ambushed two Humvees, killing four U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter, and leaving three others missing and presumed captured. (LA Times)

Mortar Rounds Hit Helicopters at US Base

Mortar rounds hit a U.S. Air Force base north of Baghdad on Thursday, destroying one helicopter and damaging nine others, police said. (AP)

Troops Killed After Botched June Mission, Probe Says Three U.S. soldiers slaughtered in a grisly kidnapping-murder plot south of Baghdad last June were not properly protected during a mission that was poorly planned or executed, a military investigation has concluded. (AP)


Clashes in Tank Leave Six People Dead

Six people were killed and 15 others, including four policemen, wounded in clashes between personnel of law-enforcement agencies and Islamic militants in troubled Tank city on Wednesday, officials said. (Dawn)


Estonia Accuses Russia of ' Waging Cyber War'

Estonia is accusing Russia of waging cyber war against it by launching massive attacks on computer systems in the Baltic republic. (The London Times)


Inquiry Links Total to Payoffs to Saddam Regime

Investigators in Italy, Switzerland and the United States say they have found evidence to support charges that Total, the biggest company in France, indirectly paid up to $1 million in illegal surcharges to Saddam Hussein's regime on oil it bought from Iraq from 2000 to 2002. (International Herald Tribune)


Colombia Hostage Was With 3 Americans

A police officer who fled to freedom after eight years as a hostage of leftist rebels said Wednesday that he was held until late last month with a former presidential candidate and three American military contractors. (AP)


Wolfowitz-World Bank Negotiations Stall

World Bank officials say the negotiations between the bank's board and a lawyer for World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz stalled today when the two sides could not agree on an "exit strategy" to allow Wolfowitz to "save face" over the issue of his efforts to seek a promotion and pay raise for his girlfriend at the bank.. (ABC News)

Capitol Watchdogs Fret Over Rise in 'Honest Graft' Land Deals A series of questionable land deals involving U.S. lawmakers have raised alarms among government watchdogs, who fear such dubious arrangements are on the rise. (ABC News)

Disclosure Forms Show Wealthy Lot of Hopefuls

Running for president is a pursuit for the wealthy, according to personal financial disclosure forms released yesterday that show that at least 10 of the major party candidates are millionaires and, collectively, the field of contenders is worth at least a quarter-billion dollars. (Washington Post)


Mexico Takes a Risk Using Soldiers in Drug War

Flying low over the colonial City Hall, the helicopters of the Mexican army are supposed to make people feel safe. But to many here, they are simply a reminder of the war unfolding around them. (LA Times)

20 Killed In Gunbattles in North Mexico

Police killed 15 armed assailants in a fierce gunbattle just south of the Arizona border on Wednesday after tracking a group of gunmen who killed five policemen into the nearby hills. (AP)


Female Police Unit in Liberia Hopes to Break Down Barriers In more than a decade of civil war in the 1990s, a quarter of a million Liberians were killed and an estimated 40 percent of all Liberian women were raped. (ABC News)


Top Computer Crimes of 2007 (First Quarte
r) This year is already shaping up as an impressive one for computer crime in America, with cases ranging from massive fraud to sophisticated "hack, pump, and dump" stock scams. Here are highlights of the top cybercrimes for the year's first quarter, drawn from cases at the U.S. Justice Department's Computer Crime Section, the FBI, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement: (USA Today)

A Defense We Just Don't Need (Yet)

By Michael O'Hanlon

As we all know, there is such a thing as a good idea whose time has not yet come. This adage can hold even for presidents of the United States. (NY Times)

Syrian Liberal Nidhal Na'isa On the West, Pan-Arabism, Islamism, and Al-Jazeera

Syrian liberal author Nidhal Na'isa began his career in journalism as a teenager, at the government dailies Al-Thawra and Syria Times,(1) but today he is a vocal opponent of the Arab regimes and the pan-Arab ideology, as well as of Islamism and Islamist terrorism. (MEMRI)

Waiting for Thabo Mbeki

Will Robert Mugabe's outrages never stop? For months he has been jailing and brutalizing opposition leaders and trampling the rule of law in order to guarantee himself another rigged victory in next year's presidential elections. (International Herald Tribune)

Widening The War In The Southern Philippines

Just when it seemed the Philippines was getting a handle on its terrorist problem on its southern island of Mindanao, a sudden shift in military strategy threatens to widen drastically the region's grinding conflict against Muslim insurgent groups. (Asia Times)

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