Security Crackdown in Baghdad


Iraqi PM Launches Huge Security Crackdown Iraq's prime minister launched the biggest security crackdown in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, with tens of thousands of security forces deploying throughout the capital on Wednesday and increased checkpoints causing some traffic jams. (AP)

Marines Investigate Source of Video That Boasts of Murdering Iraqis

A music video posted to the Internet, telling a tale about a U.S. Marine killing members of an Iraqi family, is being condemned by an Islamic group and investigated by the Marine Corps. (New York Sun)


Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill 26 Militants

Coalition and Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants Wednesday in fighting in eastern mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops prepared for their biggest offensive since the fall of the Taliban five years ago. (AP)

Two Foreign Soldiers, 14 Taliban Killed In Afghanistan

Two foreign soldiers and 14 rebels have been killed in the latest clashes in the most serious spell of violence in Afghanistan since the Taliban were overthrown in 2001, military officials said on Wednesday. (Reuters)


Doubts over Gaza deaths inquiry

Doubts have been raised about Israel's denial of military responsibility for the deaths of eight Palestinians relaxing on a Gaza beach last Friday. (BBC)


Concerns Over Release Of Militant Cleric From Jail

Authorities once described him as the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings. Today he walked out of a Jakarta prison a free man. (ABC News)

Is Bashir Still a Potent Symbol?

Some Western security sources believe Abu Bakar Bashir, an admirer of Osama bin Laden, wants to revive the bombing campaign that briefly made Southeast Asia look like al-Qaeda's second front in 2002. (Times Online)


Somali Islamists Capture Key Town

Somali Islamic fighters have captured the town of Jowhar from warlords a week after driving them from the capital, Mogadishu, 90km to the south. (BBC)


North Korea Missiles Rattle Cages, Steel Hawks

South Korea called on the North on Wednesday to stop preparations for a ballistic missile test, saying it threatened regional security and caused grave concern. (Reuters)

Analysis: Of Soccer Mania and Missiles

A month ago, if anyone on the streets here or anywhere else in South Korea were asked to define the word "Togo", the response would have been a shrug of disbelief - except possibly on the part of a small minority of sophisticates wondering if the word was a mispronounced variation of "to go", as in "latte to go". (Asia Times)


Brits Lose Torture Case

The House of Lords allowed an appeal by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against a Court of Appeal decision in October 2004 allowing the men to sue for damages. (The Sun)

Officer Demands Critical Analysis

A top Muslim Metropolitan policeman has called for a more rigorous analysis of intelligence, following a controversial anti-terror raid in east London. (BBC News)


France Jails 25 For Attack Plot

A French court has jailed 25 alleged Islamist militants for planning attacks in France in support of Chechen rebels. (BBC)


Afghans Declare Gitmo Conditions 'Humane'

An Afghan delegation returning from a 10-day visit to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay said Wednesday that prison conditions there were "humane." (AP)


Justices Weigh Civil Rights Against Security

Its front lawn dotted with protest signs and its corridors bristling with police, the Supreme Court of Canada was told yesterday that a group of terrorism suspects live in a state of utter hopelessness in conditions the country declines to inflict on even its worst domestic criminals. (Globe and Mail)


A Prison We Need to Escape

When I hear U.S. officials describe the suicides of three Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay last Saturday as "asymmetric warfare" and "a good PR move," I know it's time to close that camp -- not just because of what it's doing to the prisoners but because of how it is dehumanizing the American captors. (Washington Post)

The International Criminal Court: A Justice Network

Luis Moreno-Ocampo - The Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court created a remarkable innovation: an international justice network. Supported by an evolving network of cooperation, the ICC is investigating three of the gravest situations in the world. (Al-Hayat)

The Nuclear Politics of Oil

As negotiations continue between the Western powers and Iran, the politics of oil are significantly shaping the showdown over Iran's nuclear program. (Washington Post)

Who Will Kill the Other Al-Zarqawi?

At last, Al-Zarqawi has fallen, and Iraq has won the first round in its anti-terror fight. (al Arab Online)

Baghdad's Unwelcome Visitor

There are numerous explanations for President George W Bush's surprise trip to Iraq - such a surprise that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki didn't know about it until five minutes before they met. (Asia Times)

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