- - Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Security sweep launched after attack

CAIRO | Egypt has launched a wide security sweep of the Sinai after rockets said to be fired from the peninsula landed in Israel and Jordan and killed one person, an Egyptian security official said Tuesday.

A senior Jordanian official said earlier that his country had proof the deadly rocket that landed in the port town of Aqaba had been fired from Sinai.

“Following the Jordanian comments, Egypt has launched a wide security sweep of the Sinai Peninsula,” the Egyptian official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

He insisted that “there are no organized groups operating in Sinai, and security on the peninsula is extremely tight. Any suspicious activity would have been detected,” he said.

At least five blasts were heard on Monday, with one rocket exploding in open ground outside the Israeli resort of Eilat, two crashing into the Red Sea and the rest hitting Jordan.


Al Qaeda kills 5 troops, plants flag in Baghdad

BAGHDAD | Suspected al Qaeda militants killed five Iraqi soldiers in a brazen dawn attack Tuesday at a western Baghdad checkpoint and planted the terror group’s black banner before fleeing the scene, officials said.

It was the second time in a week that al Qaeda’s flag has appeared at the scene of an attack. On Thursday, in Baghdad’s Sunni Azamiyah district — a former al Qaeda stronghold — suspected al Qaeda militants stormed a checkpoint, killed 16 members of the security forces and briefly planted their banner nearby before fleeing.

Such attacks raise concerns that insurgents are successfully taking advantage of the enduring political vacuum nearly five months after Iraq’s parliamentary elections failed to produce a clear winner.


Iran to reject offer to halt death sentence

TEHRAN | Iran signaled Tuesday it would likely reject the Brazilian president’s offer to give refuge to an Iranian woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.

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