Members of the al-Shabaab terrorist militia undergo training at a camp outside Mogadishu, Somalia, on Nov. 4, 2009. U.S. intelligence officials are watching with concern the movement's growth and its use of foreign fighters, many with experience in conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Associated Press) ** FILE **
** FILE ** Iranian clerics, who are members of the Basij militia affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, gather during a 2009 ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Basij foundation. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** Five-year-old footage of Mullah Mohammed Omar (center) rallying his Taliban troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was found in the BBC's vaults and aired late Wednesday. (Associated Press/BBC TV)
Hip-hop singer Emmanuel Jal survived war and hunger in Sudan after being saved by the late British aid worker Emma McCune. Today, he is fasting to raise funds for a school in Sudan dedicated to his rescuer's memory. (Associated Press)
Former child soldiers, who were forced by militant Tamil Tigers to fight government forces, attend a lesson at a rehabilitation center in Sri Lanka. The government wants to ensure that the youths don't pick up arms again, offering classes in plumbing, metalwork, sewing and cooking.
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Syrian military intelligence appears to be providing assistance to the U.N. special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) from blame.
**FILE** Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called Israel's plan to construct new housing units in West Bank settlements despite U.S. calls for a building freeze “completely unacceptable.” (Associated Press)
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gives a warm welcome in Tripoli in August 2009 to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP -In this file photo, masked Hamas militants march during a demonstration supporting Hamas' Spiritual Leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on January 16, 2004, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza Strip towns and refugee camps after the Israeli deputy defense minister stated that "Yassin is marked for death" following a suicide bombing that killed three Israeli soldiers and a security officer in Gaza. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)
**FILE** An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Gulf of Alaska. Production will be stopped at 187 Raptors. (Associated Press/U.S. Navy)
** FILE ** Gary McKinnon, shown in this file photo from 2009, is charged with breaking into computers belonging to NASA, the Department of Defense and several branches of the U.S. military. (Associated Press)
Camp Justice is the site of the U.S. war-crimes tribunal compound on U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prosecutors are moving forward with investigations and trial preparation while waiting for the completion of case reviews ordered by President Obama in January.