At Least 90 Killed Today in Iraq Bomb Attacks


Bombs Kill at Least 90 People in Iraq

At least 90 people were dead and about 180 wounded in bombings targeting Shiite areas in and around Baghdad Monday, police and officials said. (AP)

U.S. Toll in Iraq is 27 for Deadly Weekend

The United States military said that two marines died Sunday in western Iraq and that an additional seven service members died Saturday. The deaths brought the weekend toll to 27 and made Saturday the third-deadliest day for United States forces since the war here began. (NY Times)

Disguises Used in Attack on Troops

The armored sport-utility vehicles whisked into a government compound in the city of Karbala with speed and urgency, the way most Americans and foreign dignitaries travel along Iraq's treacherous roads these days. (Washington Post)


Top Somali Islamist 'Surrenders'

One of Somalia's Islamist leaders has given himself up to the Kenyan authorities, a Kenyan police source has told the BBC. (BBC)

Insurgents Attack Palace in Somalia

Insurgents blasted Somalia's presidential palace with heavy explosives on Friday night, Somali officials said, but it appeared that no one was hurt. (AP)


SA Dentist 'Not Al-Qaeda Backer'

A South African dentist and his cousin, a Muslim cleric, have denied having any links to al-Qaeda or the Taliban. (BBC)


Egypt: Torture, Sodomy Exposed in Cell Phone Videos

Purported videos of torture sessions in Egyptian detention centers, posted on the Internet by a human rights activist, have led to the arrest of two police officers and raised new questions about interrogation practices in a country that already has a bad track record for human rights abuses. (ABC News)


UK Police Silent on Litvinenko Killer's Identity

British police declined to comment on Sunday on a report that they had identified the man suspected of killing the former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko in London. (Reuters)

Litvinenko Poisoners May Have Tried Before

Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have survived a first attempt to poison him with radioactive polonium 210 more than two weeks before receiving the dose that killed him, the BBC reported on Monday. (Reuters)


Colombian Government Is Ensnared in a Paramilitary Scandal

The government of President Álvaro Uribe, the largest recipient of American aid outside the Middle East, has found itself ensnared in a widening scandal as revelations surface of a secret alliance between some of the president's most prominent political supporters and paramilitary death squads. (NY Times)


Group Posts Algeria Attack Video

An Al Qaeda-linked Algerian militant group posted a video on the Internet yesterday showing what they said was a deadly bomb attack on a bus carrying oil workers in the North African state in December. (Reuters)


First Swiss Al-Qaeda Trial Gets Underway

Seven defendants accused of supporting terrorist activities associated with al-Qaeda are to appear in court in Lugano on Monday. (Swissinfo)


Slain Philippine Militant Said No Link With Al Qaeda

The slain leader of the Philippines' deadliest Islamic militant group said in his last interview that he had no links with al Qaeda but had received funds from two men close to Osama bin Laden, a newspaper said on Monday. (Reuters)


Outspoken Editor Is Slain in Turkey

Hrant Dink, the most prominent voice of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community, a man who stood trial for speaking out against the mass killings of Armenians by Turks, was shot and killed in broad daylight Friday at the entrance to his newspaper's offices. (AP)


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)


Bush's Baghdad plan: What Do The Numbers Mean?

By Anthony H. Cordesman

President George W. Bush has presented a new strategy for the war in Iraq that may be able to defeat the insurgency and reverse Iraq's drift toward large-scale civil war. His speeches to date, however, raise many questions as to both the risks it will create over the coming months and the real-world ability to actually implement his plans. (Daily Star)

A Day in the Life of an Iraqi Youth

There is no place for social life in a city inhabited by fear such as the Iraqi capital. Violent incidents have cast their shadow over the life of Baghdad's residents making it a prison for all. (Asharq al Awsat)

Spying in Baghdad: The CIA's Real Mission Impossible

By Jeff Stein

Many years ago, when I was a young Army Intelligence operative in South Vietnam, I had a daily routine to see if my spies had any new information for me. (Congressional Quarterly)

Shocking Egypt Police Video Stirs Debate

By Maggie Michael

Video Showing Egyptian Police Sodomizing Prisoner With Pole Goes Public, Stirring Angry Debate. (AP)

Intercontinental Guided Hypocrisy

China's success on January 11 in destroying one of its own old orbiting weather satellites with a ground-based ballistic missile sent shock waves through US military circles. Not that it came a complete surprise to the Americans. What surprised them was the timing. (Asia Times)

China's Muscle Flex in Space

China spread alarm and consternation among space powers when it destroyed one of its own satellites last week with a missile fired from the ground, thus becoming the first nation in more than two decades to successfully test an anti-satellite weapon. (International Herald Tribune)

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