- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 9, 2009

AFGHANISTAN

NATO ‘friendly fire’ wounds policemen

GHAZNI | At least five Afghan police officers were wounded when NATO helicopters mistakenly struck their post Saturday, NATO and Afghan police said.

One of the wounded was in a critical condition following the “friendly fire” incident in the central province of Ghazni in the early hours of the day, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said.

“Several Afghan national police were wounded when two AH-64 Apache helicopters responded to small-arms fire from insurgents in the early morning hours,” it said.

Meanwhile, President Hamid Karzai’s top political challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, accused the government of failing to establish safe conditions for the Aug. 20 election.

ISRAEL

Envoy in Boston grilled over memo

JERUSALEM | Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it has summoned for consultation a senior Israeli diplomat who in a confidential memo criticized the government for harming ties with the United States.

A ministry statement said Saturday that Israel’s consul general in Boston would arrive in Jerusalem this week to give a “clarification” to the ministry’s director-general.

It said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the summons.

Consul General Nadav Tamir wrote an internal memo that was leaked to Israel’s Channel 10 TV. It said that Israel’s public clashes with Washington over the U.S. demand for a settlement construction freeze is causing “strategic damage to Israel” and undermining the special relationship between the two countries.

INDONESIA

Police: President target of terrorists

BEJI | A leading Southeast Asian terrorist suspect reportedly killed Saturday in a gunbattle with police at a village hide-out was planning a suicide car bomb attack on Indonesia’s president, the national police chief said.

Police said they could not confirm that the body recovered from the house in central Java was that of Noordin Mohammad Top until DNA tests are complete.

Top is suspected of having masterminded Southeast Asia’s worst terror attacks, some with al Qaeda backing. If verified, his death would be a major victory in Indonesia’s fight against Islamist militants blamed for five major bombings that killed 250 people, including attacks on Bali island in 2002 and 2005.

National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said Top and other militants had been plotting to bomb the home of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

EGYPT

Sadat’s daughter upset over movie

CAIRO | The daughter of Egypt’s former President Anwar Sadat has filed a complaint against the makers of “I Love You Man,” a 2009 DreamWorks film, for naming a dog after her father, her lawyer said Saturday.

Egypt’s prosecutor will look into the complaint, but it is not clear what sort of action Egyptian courts could take against the Hollywood movie company.

In the movie, actor Jason Segel’s character has a dog named Anwar Sadat. When asked if it’s because he likes the former president’s policies, the character replies it is due to the dog’s resemblance to the Egyptian leader.

“This is a disaster, a serious affront,” said Samir Sabri, the lawyer for Rokaya Sadat, daughter of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The film opened in Egypt last month but the scene with the dog had been deleted by the distributor.

Calling someone a dog is one of the worst insults in the Middle East.

Mr. Sadat was Egypt’s leader between 1970 and 1981, when he was assassinated by Islamic militants who rejected the peace deal he signed with Israel.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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