- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 26, 2009

ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

(LONDON/SAUDI ARABIA)

Special ops moves 10 Yemeni Jews

The Jewish Agency, charged with bringing the world’s Jews to Israel, has announced it transferred 10 Jews, including eight from the same family, from Yemen to Israel in a covert operation.

They were taken secretly from their homes in the Yemeni town of Raida to Tel Aviv, as each family was given the equivalent of $10,000 until they are settled in permanent housing.

AN-NAHAR (LEBANON)

Agency: Graphite not from air strike

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) again criticized Iran and Syria for their lack of cooperation on pending issues, urged Iran to provide it with information on its nuclear program and asked Damascus for information on the source of the traces of uranium found on its soil.

IAEA officials said the graphite they found at the site that Israel bombed in September 2007 were not from the Israeli missiles, but they added the agency’s investigation remains inconclusive.

AZ-ZAMAN (LONDON/IRAQ)

Forces find rockets produced in Iran

The U.S. military in Iraq says that it has found Iranian weapons in Iraq that were manufactured in 2008.

Among the large amounts of Iranian-made munitions the military found were 500 hand grenades and hundreds of 107 mm rockets, in addition to raw material used to manufacture bombs.

AL-MASRY AL-YOUM (EGYPT)

Prosecutor releases al-Ghad Party head

In a surprising move, the general prosecutor has decided to release the head of al-Ghad Party, Ayman Nour. He has served three years and three months in prison on charges of fraud to establish his party.

The Interior Ministry made the decision in “complete secrecy,” while Washington welcomed the release of Mr. Nour, who was given a five-year sentence. An Egyptian official said the decision did not come as a result of American or any other external pressure. But the move came after news reports that receiving President Hosni Mubarak at the White House is linked to dropping the charges against Mr. Nour and releasing him.

AL-WASAT (BAHRAIN)

Iran denies holding former FBI agent

The Iranian judiciary is denying it has detained a former FBI agent who went missing two years ago on an island in the Gulf.

In response to a reporter’s question on whether Robert Levinson was being held in a secret Iranian prison, judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said, “We don’t have anyone with this name in our prisons or by the judicial authorities.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last month urged Iran to release Mr. Levinson, who retired from the FBI 10 years ago.

• Compiled by Sana Abdallah of the Middle East Times

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