Wednesday, June 7
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Rumsfeld: Zarqawi personified "the dark, sadistic and medieval vision"
BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) -- The death of known Iraqi terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi coinciding with the nomination of key figures in the Iraqi government is appropriate, said U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Thursday at NATO headquarters.
"I think it's appropriate that the man who tried to stop...the formation of the new Iraqi government failed on the very day that the elected officials of that country were able to finalize their ministries," Rumsfeld said.
With the Iraqi parliment's approval of the nominations to lead the Defense and Interior ministries and the Chief to the National Security the Iraq government is complete, he said.
Given the nature of terrorist networks, Rumsfeld said, the death of Zarqawi will not end all violence. However, it is a significant victory in the fight against terrorism, he added.
"I think arguably over the last several years no single person on this planet has had the blood of more innocent men, women and children on his hands then Zarqawi," Rumsfeld said. "He personified the dark, sadistic and medieval vision of the future of beheadings, suicide bombing and indiscriminate killings." (Posted 9:55 a.m.)
Bush in meeting on Iraq amid news of al-Zarqawi's death
From CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Upon learning that authorities believed Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may have been killed Wednesday afternoon, President Bush replied, "That would be a good thing," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters on Thursday.
Bush and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley were in a meeting with lawmakers who had just returned from Iraq when speculation surrounding al-Zarqawi's death began, Snow said. Ironically, one lawmaker, Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., had said during the meeting, "You know what you guys need to do? You need to get al-Zarqawi."
Bush, Snow said, assured LaHood and other lawmakers the United States was doing all it could in the effort to get al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq. -- 3:45 p.m.: Hadley realized he had been missing calls on his cell phone from Iraq and left the meeting, Snow said. He spoke to Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, who told him it appeared al-Zarqawi had been killed in Iraq. -- 4:20 p.m.: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld calls the White House from Brussels, Belgium, where he is attending a NATO defense ministers' meeting, Snow said. Rumsfeld repeats the news that the government believes al-Zarqawi has been killed. -- 4:35 p.m.: After the conclusion of the meeting, Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others are in the Oval Office, where they are briefed. Told that the government believes al-Zarqawi has been killed, Bush, clearly pleased, said, "That would be a good thing," Snow said. Bush noted, however, that more work lies ahead, and expressed admiration for the Special Forces in their search for al-Zarqawi.
-- 9:20 p.m.: Hadley calls Bush to confirm that the fingerprinting process has been completed and that al-Zarqawi is dead.
DNA testing is also being conducted, Snow said, and the results will be available within about 24 hours. (Posted 9:22 a.m.)
Al-Zarqawi last Web-based message fanned sectarian flames, urged militants to stay united
(CNN) -- This spring, the last Web-posted messages of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi surfaced on Islamist sites -- the latest containing virulent anti-Shiite religious ramblings and a posting in April that contained the insurgent's thoughts and images of him wielding a firearm.
Al-Zarqawi and other militants have favored the Web medium to communicate their stances and messages.
The Sunni, Jordanian-born militant has long been attempting drive a wedge between the two leading Muslim religious denominations and cause violence that would hurt Iraq's fledgling democracy.
In the audiotape issued late last week, al-Zarqawi again stoked the country's sectarian divisions between Shiites and Sunnis and fomenting civil war. He taunted Shiites and urged Sunnis to defend themselves against them
In late April, al-Zarqawi appeared in a video in which he defended the insurgent fight, exhorted followers to keep the faith, mocked the U.S.-led effort in Iraq, and disdained the new Iraqi government.
The video displays newly developed missiles that the insurgents say they plan to use in their fighting. It came two days after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden issued a tape in which he slammed the West for a "crusader-Zionist war" against Islam.
Al-Zarqawi is seen in a barren field, wearing black fighter's garb and wielding a firearm -- an image designed to make him appear bold.
A week later however, the U.S. military showed outtakes from those scenes they obtained from a raid and mocked al-Zarqawi's clumsy handling of a firearm.(Posted 9:17 a.m.)
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed near Baquba in airstrike
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted insurgent in Iraq, was killed in a coalition airstrike near Baquba, jubilant U.S. and Iraqi authorities announced Thursday, a major coup for the embattled coalition forces.
President Bush hailed the news, saying military forces had "delivered justice," and calling al-Zarqawi's death an opportunity to turn the tide in the fight against terrorism.
"Zarqawi has met his end, and this violent man will never murder again," Bush said.
A breakthrough in locating the elusive militant might have come after the Jordanians arrested a senior al Qaeda in Iraq figure recently. The man -- whose arrest was announced on May 22 -- provided crucial details to Jordanian and U.S. intelligence that helped them determine al-Zarqawi's whereabouts.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Gen. George Casey, the highest-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad announced the development at a press conference.
"Today, Zarqawi has been killed," al-Maliki said. The announcement was greeted by cheers and applause.
Khalilzad -- who called al-Zarqawi "the godfather of sectarian killing and terror in Iraq" said the death "marks a great success for Iraq and the global war on terror" and calls it a "good omen" for the new Iraqi government.
"His organization has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in Iraq and abroad." (Posted 9:16 a.m.)
Bush: al-Zarqawi operation a 'remarkable achievement'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush called the military operation that led to the killing of most-wanted militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "remarkable achievement" and said the airstrike that claimed the once-elusive militant's life "delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq."
Despite the stride, Bush cautioned difficult days forward in Iraq "that will require the continued patience of the American people." But he was generally resolute and hopeful in light of the raid near Baquba and the formation of the new Iraqi Cabinet.
"Yet the developments of the last 24 hours give us renewed confidence in the final outcome of this struggle," said Bush, who emphasized that "this violent man will never murder again."
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Bush echoed the pride, relief and determination that Iraqi and American officials stated and felt hours earlier in Baghdad when the death was announced.
The raid that targeted al-Zarqawi on Wednesday night came just hours before another momentous event in Iraq that Bush referenced -- the filling of the three security ministries in the Cabinet.
It also occurred ahead of important meetings in the United States early next week on Iraq's future. Bush said he will meet with his national security team and other Cabinet members Monday at Camp David "to discuss the way forward in Iraq."
"Our top diplomats and military commanders in Iraq will give me an assessment of recent change in the political and economic and security situation on the ground."
He said that on Tuesday that Samir al-Sumaidie, Iraq's new ambassador to the United States, "will join us" and there will be a teleconferenced discussion with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and members of his Cabinet.
"Together, we will discuss how to best deploy America's resources in Iraq and achieve our shared goal of an Iraq that can govern itself."
Bush's brief remarks, however, focused on the killing of al-Zarqawi, who had a $25 million bounty on his head.
"Zarqawi was operational commander of the terrorist movement in Iraq. He led a campaign of car bombings, assassinations and suicide attacks that has taken the lives of many American forces and thousands of innocent Iraqis," Bush said.
He ticked off al-Zarqawi's many terror acts, such as beheading American hostages and other civilians in Iraq.
"He masterminded the destruction of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. He was responsible for the assassination of an American diplomat in Jordan and the bombing of a hotel in Amman."
These are references to the 2002 assassination of U.S. envoy Laurence Foley, the 2003 suicide bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, and the November hotel bombings in Jordan.
"He worked to divide Iraqis and incite civil war. Last week, he released an audiotape attacking Iraq's elected leaders and announcing those advocating the end of sectarianism."
Bush praised Iraq's "early steps to improve" security and hailed American service members "who worked tirelessly with their iraqi counterparts to track down this brutal terrorist and to put him out of business."
The president said the operation against al-Zarqawi "was conducted with courage and professionalism by the finest military in the world. Coalition and Iraqi forces persevered through years of misses and false leads and they never gave up. Last night, their persistence and determination were rewarded. on behalf of all americans."
Bush cautioned that despite the stride, "terrorists and insurgents" are expected to continue their efforts without him.
"We can expect the sectarian violence to continue. Yet, the ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders and it provides an opportunity for the new government to turn the tide in the country." (Posted 9:14 a.m.)
House lawyers ask judge to rule Jefferson search unconstitutional
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House lawyers Wednesday asked a federal judge to find unconstitutional the May 20 search of Rep. William Jefferson's Capitol Hill office, which set off a tempest between Congress and the Justice Department over separation of powers.
However, in a brief filed on behalf of House leaders from both parties, the attorneys broke with Jefferson and conceded searches of congressional offices might be allowable under some circumstances -- and insisted they were not suggesting that Jefferson or any other lawmaker "is above the law or immune from prosecution."
The House position is also that members whose offices are being searched must be allowed to be present and remove materials protected by the Constitution's "speech and debate" clause, which gives immunity to lawmakers in performance of their legislative duties, according to the court filing. Any materials removed could be subject to later judicial review.
While the Justice Department had no official comment, a senior law enforcement official requesting anonymity rejected the idea of giving advance notice to members of Congress. (Posted 10:05 p.m.)
Bush says he'll sign bill to beef up mine safety
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House on Tuesday night passed what some see as the most significant mining-reform bill in nearly 30 years, following a series of disasters and deaths this year in American coal mines, and President Bush said he intends to sign the measure into law.
Critics say the bill doesn't go far enough and is just a starting point.
By a vote of 381-37, House members overwhelmingly approved the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response, or MINER, Act. The Senate unanimously passed the bill in May.
The measure, which is supported by both coal industry officials and the United Mine Workers, now goes to President Bush.
The bill would require more oxygen supplies underground, stronger seals on abandoned mine shafts, two-way communications throughout mines and less distance between miners and rescue teams. Mining companies would be required to install fire-resistant lifelines to help miners find their way out in an emergency. (Posted 9:59 p.m.)
Photos seem to contradict Marine version of Haditha killings
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pentagon sources say some of the most incriminating evidence against Marines under investigation for the killings of civilians at Haditha is a set of photographs taken by another group of Marines who came along afterward and helped clean up the scene.
CNN is the first news organization to get a chance to examine those images, which were snapped before an aspiring Iraq journalist videotaped the aftermath of the Nov. 19 killings. That video convinced Time magazine to pursue the story earlier this year.
Pentagon sources say the 30 images of men, women and children are some of the strongest evidence that, in some cases, the victims were shot inside their homes and at close range -- not killed by shrapnel from a roadside bomb or by stray bullets from a distant firefight, as Marines first claimed.
For now, the original photographs are evidence in a criminal probe, and only investigators and a few very senior officials have access to them.
But a source allowed CNN to examine copies of the photographs, which a military official said match in both number and description the pictures in the possession of investigators. (Posted 9:34 p.m.)
Haitian accused of taking U.S. woman hostage arrested, flown to DC for trial
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Haitian accused of taking an American woman hostage in Port au Prince last month has been arrested, flown to Washington and whisked into federal court, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Attly Hans, 21, was arraigned in Washington on charges he and other armed assailants abducted the unnamed U.S. citizen in a carjacking, took her hostage, demanded a ransom and repeatedly threatened to kill her during five days of captivity. (Posted 7:44 p.m.)
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman blasts vice president
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One day after the exasperated Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee openly complained about the Bush administration's refusal to cooperate with his panel, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., sent an angry letter to Vice President Richard Cheney threatening to subpoena executive branch officials on NSA surveillance and other contentious issues.
The stinging open letter from one powerful Republican to another is highly unusual, as Specter acknowledged, saying, "It is neither pleasant nor easy to raise these issues with the administration of my own party." But it was sharply personal, with Specter chastising the vice president for going behind his back a day earlier, even as they shared a buffet with other Republicans.
Specter demanded cooperation, starting with information on the warrantless National Security Agency surveillance program.
"If an accommodation cannot be reached with the administration the Judiciary Committee will consider confronting the issue with subpoenas," said Specter, who will need to find the votes to do so. --From CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden (Posted 6:04 p.m.)
Translator trainee at Fort Benning charged with threatening airliner
ATLANTA (CNN) -- A Saudi man training as a translator at Fort Benning, Ga., has been charged with threatening to blow up an airliner, but investigators have found no evidence he took steps toward doing so, the FBI said Wednesday.
Saleh Nasser al-Suwailem, 45, of Boise, Idaho, appeared before a federal magistrate in Columbus, Ga., where the Army post is located. According to court papers, he told a supervisor that the comment -- made while drinking after he learned he had been denied a security clearance -- was a joke.
He was in federal custody Wednesday afternoon, and a preliminary hearing was expected by the end of the week, said Steve Emmitt, an FBI spokesman in Atlanta.
Uttering a terrorist threat is a federal felony, and Emmitt compared the case to someone talking about a bomb in an airport. (Posted 5:51 p.m.)
Dow closes below 11,000
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The Dow Jones industrials fell for the fourth straight session Wednesday and closed below 11,000 for the first time in nearly three months as concerns about inflation and uncertainty about interest rates continued to hound investors.
The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled about 0.7 percent. The last time the blue-chip index finished below the 11,000 mark was March 9.
The 30-stock Dow, the world's most widely watched market gauge, has lost about 330 points over the past four sessions and has tumbled 6.1 percent since May 10, when it came about 80 points shy of its all-time high.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index declined 0.6 percent, and the Nasdaq composite lost 0.5 percent. -- From CNNMoney.com's Grace Wong (Posted 5:40 p.m.)
Feds arrest 2 dozen in alleged immigration document scheme
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Federal authorities Wednesday announced the arrests of more than two dozen people -- including a federal immigration employee -- in connection with an alleged scheme that they said procured hundreds of unearned green cards and netted conspirators over $1 million in profits.
The Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officials arrested 30 people allegedly involved in the scheme, in which it said undocumented immigrants, for fees reaching up to $16,000, were able to buy documents they could use to get green cards.
Authorities with the Southern District U.S. attorney's office, the FBI and ICE identified Beverly Mozer-Browne as the ringleader.
They said she and her brother, Phillip A. Browne, who was employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, ran the covert operation for four years out of Mozer-Browne's business, Help Preparers Professional Services, in the Queens Borough of New York. --From CNN's Cheryl Bronson (Posted 5:32 p.m.)
New York man accused of supplying al Qaeda faces extradition to U.S.
LONDON (CNN) -- An American citizen suspected of providing "material support" to al Qaeda appeared before a British magistrate's court Wednesday to determine whether he should be sent back to the United States to face charges of terrorism, Scotland Yard said Wednesday.
According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Syed Hashmi, a 26-year-old New York City man, conspired to smuggle military equipment to al Qaeda forces operating in Pakistan.
Hashmi was taken into custody Tuesday at London's Heathrow Airport on an extradition warrant originally issued on May 24.
The warrant, issued in New York City's Southern District, alleges that sometime between January 2004 and March 2006, Hashmi received "military gear" intended for use by al Qaeda to fight against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Federal prosecutors did not specify what materials or services Hashmi allegedly provided the terrorist organization. --From CNN's Christopher Browne in New York (Posted 5:28 p.m.)
9-1-1 operators charged with ignoring Michigan boy's plea for help
(CNN) -- A pair of 9-1-1 operators were charged Wednesday with willful neglect of duty for failing to take seriously a 5-year-old's call for help when his mother collapsed and ultimately died, prosecutors in Detroit said.
Robert Turner dialed 9-1-1 twice on Feb. 20, about three hours apart. The first operator, apparently thinking it was a crank call, chastised the boy and did not dispatch police to the address. The second operator sent police to discipline the boy and notify the parent about the supposed crank calls. By the time they arrived, the boy's mother was dead.
The two operators -- Sharon Nichols, 43, and Terri Sutton, 47 -- will be arraigned either Thursday or Friday, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County state prosecutor's office.
The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum of one year in jail. (Posted 5:16 p.m.)
Russia hopes Iran reacts to proposed nuclear incentives by July
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday he hopes Iran responds before July to a proposed package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to stop its uranium enrichment program, according to the state-run, Russian news agency ITAR-Tass.
"I hope these proposals will be interpreted constructively," Sergei Lavrov told the State Duma, the lower house of his nation's Federal Assembly.
Iran said it will resume talks on the proposals it received Tuesday after officials have a chance to study them, according to the Russian Information Agency Novosti. There is no deadline for them to respond.
The package was developed by the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, and were carried to Tehran by Javier Solana, foreign policy chief for the European Union. Solana gave the proposals to Ali Larijani, who heads Iran's Supreme National Security Council. (Posted 4:57 p.m.)
Suicide bomber's uncle gets 20 years in Tunisia bombing
(CNN) -- A Tunisian judge Wednesday sentenced the uncle of the suicide truck bomber behind a deadly attack on a synagogue to 20 years in prison after finding he acted as an accomplice in the bombing, his lawyer said.
Belqassam Nawar, 45, is the uncle of Nizar Nawar -- the man Tunisian authorities said carried out the April 2002 bombing of a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba. Belqassam Nawar was charged with helping his nephew obtain the fuel-laden truck that he crashed into the synagogue.
The al Qaeda terrorist network claimed responsibility for the blast, which killed 21 people -- most of them German tourists. Nawar's lawyer, Samir Ben Armor, called the verdict "unjust," and said his client will appeal.
He said the defendant wasn't given full access to his lawyers, and his defense team walked out of court in protest when the judge read the verdict. --From CNN's Caroline Faraj (Posted 3:03 p.m.)
Commandant: Marines in Iraq 'absolutely know right from wrong'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The commandant of the Marine Corps was tight-lipped Wednesday about investigations into allegations that his troops killed Iraqi civilians in two incidents, but said Marines "absolutely know right from wrong."
"Are they concerned? Yes," said Gen. Michael Hagee, who just returned from a trip to Iraq. "But they know that we're going to do -- we're going to complete those investigations. And if any individual has been found to have violated our standards, rules or regulations, they will be held accountable."
Hagee flew to Iraq two weeks ago on a trip the Marine Corps said was already scheduled. But he used the time to lecture his Marines on what he called "the American way of war" amid two probes into the killings of civilians in western Iraq. (Posted 2:07 p.m.)
U.N. official says Islamic forces have taken 90 percent of Mogadishu
(CNN) -- The United Nations' representative for Somalia said Wednesday that sharia courts have taken 90 percent of Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu, and urged that the interim government and Islamic militia forces begin talks to end the fighting.
"We should encourage them to open the door and sit and enter into genuine dialogue," said Francois Lonseny Fall, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative for Somalia.
Fall's assessment confirms the claim made Monday by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) that they have wrested control of Mogadishu from a coalition of warlords.
Fall said the warlords -- who describe themselves as an anti-terrorist coalition in what some observers say is an attempt to curry favor from Washington officials waging an international "war on terror" -- have been "almost defeated" in Mogadishu. (Posted 12:33 p.m.)
President Bush speaks to an Omaha audience about his immigration plan
OMAHA, Neb. (CNN) -- President Bush wrapped up his three-state tour to promote his immigration plan in Omaha Wednesday with a speech highlighting two provisions of his reform -- assimilation of foreigners into American society and tougher border enforcement.
"We have a responsibility to enforce the border and we're making good steps toward that," Bush said. "However, I don't believe we can enforce our border without having a rational way for people to come here to do work that Americans are not doing."
Under Bush's temporary worker program, workers would be required to provide a tamper-proof identification card to potential employees verifying they can work legally.
Bush said a temporary worker program would put out of business document forgers and coyotes -- those who help smuggle immigrants into the country illegally. (Posted 11:55 a.m.)
Senate procedural vote on same-sex marriage fails
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A key Senate procedural vote on a motion to cut off debate regarding a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages failed on a 49-48 vote Wednesday.
The motion, which required 60 votes to pass, was largely expected to fail, even among supporters of the amendment. Its failure effectively blocks the amendment from clearing the Senate. The vote also fell short of the 51 that Republicans needed to claim a symbolic majority victory, and gained only one vote over the last vote on the issue, in 2004.
Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who would have provided the 50th vote for cloture, was in his home state Wednesday with President Bush, and at least one senator -- Judd Gregg, R-N.H. -- switched his vote from two years ago. Gregg was among seven Republicans who crossed party lines to vote against cutting off debate.
After the vote, supporters of the amendment pledged to keep fighting, and maintained progress is being made.(Posted 11:32 a.m.)
Some Indonesian villagers defy Mount Merapi evacuations
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- As thousands of people evacuate the Indonesian region near a sputtering, volatile volcano, some are staying behind, reluctant to leave their homes and livestock unattended.
About 11,000 people have been evacuated from near Mount Merapi in central Java. The volcano's activity has increased recently, with hot ash spewing from its dome more frequently than usual and red-hot lava running down its slopes.
Many nearby residents are farmers, and although some have sent their women and children away, a few men and boys are staying behind, not wanting to abandon their livelihoods.
For miles around the volcanic crater, a thin layer of ash covered the ground, and the air smelled of sulfur.
Authorities have warned a major eruption could be imminent. Merapi, one of Indonesia's most dangerous and active volcanoes, has been rumbling for two months. Concern has focused on its increased lava flow and a new lava dome, now some 4 million cubic meters in volume, forming at its peak. The dome is growing by some 175,000 cubic meters per day. (Posted 10:31 a.m.)
Senate to vote on same-sex marriage amendment
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Although even supporters concede it does not have enough votes to win approval, the Senate will vote Wednesday on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.
The issue is important to the GOP political base. In 2004, opposition to gay marriage helped President Bush win re-election. Republicans are hoping it will work again, as a handful of states later this year are set to vote on measures banning same-sex marriages.
Democrats, however, claim the debate is a waste of time and characterize it as a Republican election-year ploy.
The Senate will vote not on the amendment itself, but instead on a procedural motion to cut off debate. That motion requires 60 votes to pass. It is expected to fail, which would effectively block the amendment from clearing the Senate. But even if it passes, 67 votes would be required for final approval -- an even higher hurdle. (Posted 8:51 a.m.)
One person killed, four wounded in a car bomb explosion
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A bomb exploded outside two liquor stores Wednesday killing one and wounding four, a Baghdad police official told CNN.
The bomb was detonated near Wathiq square in eastern Baghdad at 2 p.m. local time the official said. (Posted 8:50 a.m.)
First batch of Iraqi prisoners freed in national reconciliation program
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraq on Wednesday started releasing detainees under an initiative by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to foster national reconciliation.
Deputy Justice Minister Bosho Ibrahim Ali said that 592 detainees were freed. They were the first group of 2,500 detainees to be released.
The program is designed to placate Sunni factions and counter sectarian strife. --From Producer Mohammed Tawfeeq (Posted 8:11 a.m.)
CBS: Dozier being transported to United States
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (CNN) -- CBS Correspondent Kimberly Dozier, wounded more than a week ago in a Baghdad car bombing, is heading back to the United States Wednesday where she will receive further treatment.
Shortly after noon (6 a.m. ET), Dozier and several U.S. soldiers were loaded onto a military transport plane at Ramstein Air Base, near Landstuhl Regional Medical Center where she was being treated. The flight took off at 1:20 p.m. local time and is expected to land in the U.S. around 3:20 p.m. ET.
The 39-year-old reporter suffered shrapnel wounds to the head and severe injuries to her legs May 29 in the bombing. Her British cameraman and soundman were killed, along with an Iraqi translator and a U.S. soldier. Several other troops were wounded. Video showed Dozier on a stretcher, alert and talking, as she was being transported onto the the military transport plane. --CNN Correspondent Chris Burns contributed to this report. (Updated 8:07 a.m.)
Report: CIA 'spider's web' secretly transfers terror suspects with help of European states
(CNN) -- The head of a Council of Europe investigation into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe accused the U.S. spy agency of orchestrating a "spider's web" of detention centers and transfer sites, a report released Wednesday said.
The report -- by Swiss Senator Dick Marty -- was not able to offer direct proof, but it pieced together facts pointing to the existence of drop-off points near secret detention centers in Romania and Poland.
According to the senator, evidence was gathered from air traffic control authorities, as well as sources inside intelligence services, to put together a detailed picture of a "global system of secret detentions and unlawful transfers."
The report concludes at least seven Council of Europe member states have played some sort of a role in the alleged web: Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Kingdom, Italy, Macedonia, Germany and Turkey.
The report also says several other member nations colluded in the detention or transfer of terror suspects. (posted 5 a.m.)
Police: Man detained in Manchester, England, under terror act provisions
LONDON (CNN) -- Police in the English city of Manchester confirmed that a man was detained on Tuesday at Manchester Airport under the provisions of the Terrorism Act.
"The man was subsequently arrested by West Yorkshire Police," Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said on Wednesday.
"GMP continues to strive to ensure the safety of all our communities and to work with other police forces to combat terrorism." (posted 5 a.m.)
5 South Korean oil workers in Nigeria kidnapped by militants
LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigerian militants on Wednesday staged a bloody attack on an oil facility in the Port Harcourt area, abducting five South Korean oil workers to be held until two imprisoned local leaders are freed from jail, militants told CNN.
E-mails and phone calls from the militants to reporters in Nigeria described a huge attack on the facility, a strike that caused deaths and injuries.
A militant told CNN that 10 boats with seven people on each vessel staged the attack for the purpose of freeing two prominent Ijaws, the ethnic group predominant in the oil-rich region.
One militant told CNN that 17 Nigerian security forces were killed, a naval gunboat was sunk, and a drilling rig and a naval houseboat were destroyed.
But another e-mail indicated that the number of deaths could not be determined. (posted 5 a.m.)
Authorities: 15 of the 50 snatched in Baghdad are found freed
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Fifteen of the 50 people abducted in Baghdad on Monday were found late Tuesday in the Palestine Street area of the city, police officials and an Interior Ministry source said Wednesday.
Victims told authorities they were freed by the kidnappers, who blindfolded, beat and tortured them. Police said all of the people showed signs of torture and that three of them had gunshot wounds, each shot in the foot.
The 15 were found in three clusters -- a groups of eight, five, and two.
Iraq's Interior Ministry on Tuesday launched an investigation into whether Iraqi police, or insurgents posing as police, were responsible for the kidnappings. (posted 2:10 a.m.)
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