Officials: Qaeda Trials will use New Law in 2007


Officials See Qaeda Trials Using New Law in 2007

The Pentagon expects to begin conducting the first war crimes trials at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, under the new military commission law by summer, senior military officials have said. (The New York Times)


Iraqi Police Find 56 Bodies in Baghdad

U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte met Friday with the Iraqi prime minister, in the second visit this week by a top U.S. official amid spiraling violence that included four American deaths and the discovery of 56 bodies bearing signs of torture. (AP)

U.S. Troops Kill 13 in Iraq Raid

U.S. troops killed 13 suspected insurgents in a raid south of Baghdad early Friday, the military said. (AP)

An Abu Ghraib Offender Heads Back to Iraq

As if the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal weren't bad enough for America's image in the Middle East, now it may appear to much of the world that one of the men implicated in the scandal is returning to the scene of the crime. (Time)


Italy Photographer Freed In Afghanistan

Gabriele Torsello, an Italian photojournalist kidnapped in Afghanistan last month, was released on Friday, the Defense Ministry said. (Reuters)

Six Police Die in Afghan Attack

Six policemen died and three were hurt after their convoy in Herat, western Afghanistan, was attacked by suspected Taleban militants, officials have said. (BBC)


Pak Accused of 'Extrajudicial Executions'

Pakistan's massacre of 80 alleged militants in a helicopter attack by its military on a madrassa compound found White House endorsement on Wednesday even though human rights groups charged Islamabad with 'extrajudicial executions' and demanded an investigation into the incident. (Times of India)

Suspected Spy Killed in Bajaur

Militants shot dead a man suspected of spying for Pakistani and US authorities near the seminary where over 80 people were killed in this week's air raid, witnesses said on Thursday. (AP)


Iraq Military On Alert Ahead Of Saddam Verdict

Iraq cancelled all military leave on Friday and put the armed forces on alert to thwart any outbreak of violence after the verdict in the trial of Saddam Hussein, which is expected on Sunday. (AFP)

Factbox-What Happens Next After Saddam Verdict

A verdict is expected on Sunday in the trial of Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants charged with ordering the killing and torture of hundreds of Shi'ite villagers after a 1982 assassination attempt in Dujail. (Reuters)


U.N. Corruption Probe 'At Full Throttle'

A day after a senior U.N. official was indicted on bribery charges, the United Nations management chief said Thursday an investigation into corruption was "at full throttle" and he urged anyone with relevant information to cooperate. (AP)


U.S. Put Nuclear Kit on Web, Experts Say

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. (New York Times)


UK Citizens Monitored Hundreds of Times a Day

Britain is becoming a surveillance society where individuals are filmed hundreds of times a day by CCTV and where companies data mine to build up profiles on customers, the Information Commissioner warned today. (ITPro)


Militias Kill 63 in Darfur

Attacks in West Darfur have killed at least 63 people, half of them children, as rebels on Friday accused Khartoum of remobilising Arab militia after suffering two military defeats on the Sudan-Chad border. (Reuters)


Taiwan President's Wife Indicted For Corruption

Taiwan prosecutors indicted the wife of President Chen Shui-bian on corruption charges on Friday, and said Chen himself might also have committed offences but could not be prosecuted while in office. (Reuters)


Somali Islamists Test Rockets

Somali Islamists test fired rockets on Friday and prepared for war with the government as the United States warned of possible suicide attacks against neighboring countries. (Reuters)

US Warns Of Africa Terror Attacks

The US has issued a warning to its citizens in the Horn of Africa about the threat of suicide attacks from Somali extremists. (BBC)


CIO to Flush Out Journalists Writing for Foreign Media

President Robert Mugabe has directed the spy Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to infiltrate internet service providers to monitor private communication and flush out journalists using the internet to feed "negative information" about his government to the international media, sources told ZimOnline. (Association of Zimbabwe Journalists)


ABC News Extremist Website Monitoring

This is a daily update of some of what can be found on militant Islamist websites that are often used by al Qaeda and its sympathizers, insurgent groups in Iraq and other groups for propaganda, recruiting and communication purposes. (ABC News)


Taking The Road To Damascus

Like it or not, and increasingly large numbers of Britons do not, this country is linked indissolubly to the United States through its participation in the war in Iraq. Any assessment of British foreign policy has to begin with that large and grimly unavoidable fact. But it does not necessarily have to end with it and it does not mean that Tony Blair need always follow blindly where George Bush leads, even elsewhere in the Middle East. The news that the prime minister's senior foreign policy adviser has just been on a not-so-secret visit to Syria is a good illustration of the point. Mr Bush does not talk to President Bashar al-Assad. Tony Blair does - or at least seems to be trying to. (The Guardian)

Seeking Options on Iraq

By David Ignatius

Following Tuesday's elections, President Bush will face some of the most difficult decisions of his presidency as he struggles to craft a strategy for dealing with the ruinous mess in Iraq. He will have to do what he has sometimes found hardest: make a decisive choice among conflicting recommendations from his advisers. (Washington Post)

An Emerging Clash of Civilizations in Europe?

By Patrick Sabatier

A year after the wave of violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world protesting the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by a Danish newspaper, frictions between Europe and the Muslim world multiply, threatening to make the "clash of civilizations" a self-fulfilling prophecy: (Daily Star)

India Fails To Kick Out Arms Kickbacks

By Sudha Ramachandran

The controversy over kickbacks in the purchase of the Barak anti-missile defense (AMD) system from Israel has brought under scrutiny the role of arms agents in India. Although middlemen in defense purchases are banned in India, they are far from banished. (Asia Times)

Book Review: Chronicles Of Disaster in Iraq Foretold By Experts

By Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

One morning in March 2004, four Sunni suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims outside a shrine in northern Baghdad. The blasts, which killed dozens, were an ominous early sign of Iraq's descent into civil war. But when Rajiv Chandrasekaran, then the Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, mentioned the bombings over dinner that evening, the American officials he was dining with had barely registered the event. "Yeah, I saw something about it on the office television," one said. "But I didn't watch the full report. I was too busy working on my democracy project." (Los Angeles Times)

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