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Iran To Attend Egypt Summit On Iraq

Iran agreed on Sunday to attend the regional conference on Iraq security this week in Egypt, announced by Ali Larijani in Baghdad. Larijani, a former general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is the head of Iran's National Security Council and his brother is a top radical cleric and a member of the powerful Guardian Council.

Larijani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki while in Baghdad, who encouraged the Iranians to attend the regional summit. But, in a statement later released, al-Maliki also warned Iran of the consequences of terrorist attacks in Iraq. al-Maliki said, "Terrorist operations targeting Iraq will affect all countries in the world that are supposed to be supporting the Iraqi government in its war against terrorism." Iran has been supplying explosives, weapons, ammunition, funding and training to both Shi'a and Sunni groups involved in attacks in Iraq.

Iran's Larijani also rejected claims by the EU's Javier Solana that Ayatollah Khameini is prepared to talk directly to the United States about its nuclear program. When asked about such a disposition by Khameini, Solana offered, "I say without any hesitation, yes." But Larijani dismissed the claim saying, "I saw his comments in news reports. If he has said so this would be surprising since such an issue was not discussed in the meeting and his impression is wrong."

Top al-Qaeda Commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi Captured

Top al-Qaeda terrorist Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was captured in fall of 2006 and his custody has been transfered from the CIA to the Defense Department and is being held at Guantanamo Bay, the US revealed over the weekend. Iraqi-born al-Hadi was a former major in the Iraqi Army and was a member of al-Qaeda's ten-member Global Shura Council up until the attacks of September 11, 2001. He was making his way back to Iraq to organize attacks - potentially attacks outside Iraq - when he was captured. He has been interrogated under CIA custody until his transfer the Defense Department.

He was also one of the key figures in the 2003 assassination attempts against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf that killed many but missed Musharraf. In the 1990's, Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi ran numerous al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan.

Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi now joins at least 15 high-value al-Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention facilities, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi Binalshibh, Abu Zubaydah and Hambali.

Bombing Targets Pak Interior Minister In NWFP

In Charsadda, north of Peshewar, a suicide bomber attacked a political rally in an attempt to assassinate Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao. 28 were reported killed and Sherpao was among the over 50 injured. his survival was described as 'miraculous.' The interior ministry, which controls the Pakistani police, is still loyal to President Pervez Musharraf

Authorities are running DNA tests and examining the severed head and torso of the bomber as Pakistan works to identify the bomber. A Pakistani investigator said that the attacker's "fair complexion suggested that he hailed from Pakistan's border areas or Afghanistan." One report went so far as to speculate that he may have been an Afghan Tajik. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also, the bodies of two men were found near Jandola bordering South Waziristan, shot dead for being 'US spies' according to a note found with the bodies. The note said that "they were spying for Americans. They were involved in fake currency business and were enemies of 160 million Pakistani people." The Taliban has executed many similarly accused in the past and attached notes to their bodies as warnings to the public.

Raids Follow Karbala Bombing That Killed 70

car bomb in Karbala in a crowded market near the Shi'a al-Abbas shrine killed over 70 Saturday. Iraqis pelted police in the area, accusing them of not protecting them, which is a desired result for al-Qaeda in their sectarian bombings.

US and Iraqi forces launched overnight raids in Anbar and Salaheddin provinces, netting 72 suspected terrorists, nitric acid and bomb-making equipment. The raids were in part a response to threatened suicide attacks on a bridge in Samarra. Al-Qaeda had also distributed leaflets warning Iraqi police to quit their jobs or be killed and threatened to attack any oil company that wanted to explore oil fields in the area.

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