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- Israel is telling Washington it expects a full-scale Arab-Iranian war against it to be waged as early as 2006. Colt has more.
- The insurgency with the funnest name may be coming to a negotiated end. MILF and the Phillippines reentered peace talks at a secret location in Malaysia. They reached a breakthrough agreement over disputed ancestral lands, leading to the probability of wider full peace talks in the coming months.
Other Topics Today Include:
Iran Reports; Zarqawi on trial; Troubles in Yemen; Alien terrorist mechanics; FBI's terror caseload; EMP attacks ignored; Death in Darfur revisited; More Bali-styled attacks; Musharraf the traitor; Swinging in Scotland; Fears in Sweden and Britain; Libya centrifuges gone astray; Moussaoui pleads; The Voice Shairat; and much much more....
- Iran says it's time to close their nuclear dossier. Iran's nuclear chief warned Europe to take its latest offer, or leave it.
- Iran sees conspiracy and foreign meddling in the Arab riots in an Arab-majority southern area of Iran. I sure hope so.
- Regime Change Iran has the full weekly briefing available.
- Iran's state-owner automakers are interested in purchasing Britains troubled MG Rover.
THE MIDDLE EAST
- Sharon said in an interview with Israel Radio that Russia's sale of missiles to Syria is a threat to Israel.
- Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi is on trial in absentia in Jordan, along with 12 others (only nine of the 13 are in custody). The court heard witnesses say the group made plans for assassinations, growing biological agents, and attacking airports.
- Yemeni troops have their hands full handling both a Shiite rebellion and Al Qaeda terrorists.
- Oman has put on (secret) trial as many as 30 members of an Islamist sect that sought to overthrow the regime there.
- Egypt identified four individuals, three of whom are in custody, who plotted with and trained the bomber who prematurely detonated in Cairo recently, killing himself and three Westerners.
- The shootdown of the Bulgarian helicopter in Iraq has similarities to the Black Hawk Down incident in Mogadishu, Somalia. The suspects have already been detained due to tips from Iraqi locals.
AMERICAN DOMESTIC SECURITY & THE AMERICAS
- Brazil gave sanctuary to Ecuador's deposed President, who took the offer. It may have been a coup rather than a constitutional crisis, as the OAS called his successor illegitimate.
- Venezuela detained several wayward Colombian soldier, in the latest tense episode between the US-allied Columbia and the US nemesis Chavez.
- Over 27 illegal aliens, some from countries of special interest for terrorist activity, held aircraft mechanic jobs, some of them very senior.
- The Feds recommended a stiffer sentence for wannabe LAX bomber Ahmad Ressam, saying he's stopped cooperating with prosecutors to nab his coconspirators.
- A joint Canadian-American project is to train Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement personnel to track people in the Northern border's treacherous back-country.
- The FBI's total terror caseload: 338 open files on 22 terrorist networks.
- WorldNetDaily has extensive excerpts of Jerome Corsi's new book about the Iranian nuclear threat. These excerpts focus on the ease of infiltrating the US with sleeper cells.
- After two dodgy individuals caused the US to force a KLM flight to turn back to Amsterdam, and begin discussing receiving lists of fliers from airlines well in advance even if they're only crossing US airspace.
- The military is looking at ways to modify ICBMs, and use them with non-nuclear payloads to swiftly strike faraway targets.
- The army has a new Humvee-like vehicle, with a twist: this one's a hybrid, and it gets 50 miles to the gallon.
- Senator Jon Kyl is worried that we're having a failure of imagination in not preparing for the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse attack.
- Nigeria is using a very heavy hand against Biafran separatists. 53 participants in a soccer game are now facing the death penalty.
- Togo held a democratic election Sunday for President amidst much acrimony.
- Sunni-Shiite clashes in Nigeria ended in 21 arrests but no serious injury.
- Angola is at an important crossroads in its fight against the deadly Marburg virus.
- China and Sudan grow closer as China invests in Sudan's oil infrastructure. This makes China's vote in the UNSC all the more difficult to obtain in any attempt to sanction Sudan over Darfur.
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
- North Korea may be preparing to conduct a nuclear test, and the US is getting ready to get tough with them. Meanwhile, Russia's defense minister, in South Korea, insisted that North Korea must return to nuclear-free status. Late bilateral meetings between the Koreas were unproductive.
- There are serious implications for the US in the ongoing China-Japan spat. Japan's leader offered a new apology for Japan's war crimes.
- Four little-known terror groups called Musharraf a "traitor" for wanting to press peace with India over Kashmir, and for allowing the new Kashmir bus service to run.
- The leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels, whose nom de guerre means "awesome", ruled out peace talks with the government, predicting imminent Maoist victory against the state.
- Javier Solana declared that the EU was still determined to lift the arms sale embargo on China. Meanwhile, France made it clear that they support China's new law giving it a fig leaf to invade Taiwan.
- Bruce Chang reviews Chinese identity politics and its importance in relations with other nations.
- An Algerian Takfiri is on trial who has claimed to be the recruiter of Moussaoui and Richard Reid, and is accused of plotting to blow up the US embassy in Paris and abduct five children from their mother to Libya.
THE GLOBAL WAR
- Spain says the 9/11 attacks were partly conspired in its territory and has put two dozen suspects on trial. They face a maximum 40-year sentence under Spanish law.
- Rummy visited Azerbaijan amid rumors of a "Caspian Guard" unit of rapid-response US troops for regional crises.
- This piece in Parameters looks at the implications for the US of Al Qaeda's ideological underpinnings and present strategic aims.
- "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui is trying to plead guilty,
- The Voice of Sharia: the Taliban's pirate radio station is on the air in Afghanistan for two hours a day.
- The US ruled out seeking the death penalty for British terrorist suspect Babar Ahmad, it promised via diplomatic note in a court hearing in Britain. Meanwhile, Babar is running for Parliament! A US Grand Jury indicted another Brit who is now a fugitive.
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