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February 5, 2008

1. US officials now said to believe al-Qaeda's WMD program head, Abu Khabab al-Masri, alive and actively running WMD efforts.

2. As IAEA chief ElBaradei warns off military option in dealing with Iran, dismisses int'l concern over budding Arab nuclear programs.

3. As Egyptian troops and Hamas clash at border, Israeli FM and IDF split on Egyptian plan to increase troop levels.

4. Diyala raids in Iraq kill nine al-Qaeda terrorists, Iranian bombs in Baghdad on the rise.

Al-Qaeda said to focus on WMDs, Abu Khabab al-Masri believed still alive - Los Angeles Times
Backgrounder: Abu Khabab al-Masri: A Master of Terror - Counterterrorism Blog

China, Japan meet in Beijing over dumplings poisoning - Forbes
China Releases Jailed Taiwanese Journalist - VOA
China Wins Top Spot At World Bank - Forbes

1 Killed as Hamas and Egyptian Troops Clash - Washington Post
Israeli FM backs Egyptian request to double its forces on Gaza border - Haaretz

IAEA chief warns against military action to solve Iranian nuclear issue - Xinhua
IAEA chief not worried about Arab nuclear development - Jerusalem Post
Iran Test Launches Rocket Designed to Carry Homemade Satellite Into Space - VOA
Iran's gas shortages plague Ahmadinejad - Telegraph

Rise in Iran-made bombs in Baghdad district - Reuters
Al-Qaeda suspects killed in Diyala raids - News.com.au
Turkey Bombs Villages In N. Iraq - Washington Post

Threat Estimates by Mossad Chief: Iran at the Top - Turkish Weekly
Israeli police on alert after suicide bombing - AFP
Suicide bomber strikes in southern Israel - Globe and Mai

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