Three U.S. soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting with Taliban guerrillas in northeastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Saturday.
Three other U.S. soldiers and an Afghan colleague were wounded in the battle on Friday close to the border with Pakistan, when rebels attacked their patrol with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.
U.S. forces called in artillery support to repel the attack.
They said she was too frail. That the mold growing on the warped walls of her flooded house would make her ill. That she shouldn’t bother since her mottled, mud-filled home would likely be bulldozed anyway. But Willie Lee Barnes, who recently turned 94, didn’t listen.
The investigation into a plot to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic zeroed in Saturday on brothers arrested in Pakistan and Britain, one named as a key al-Qaida suspect who left the family’s home in England years ago and the other described as gentle and polite.
A U.S.-backed diplomatic pact to end more than a month of war between Israel and Islamic militants in Lebanon may stop the worst of the killing and retire the daily television images of burning buildings and suffocated children. It will not do much to improve the image of America in the Arab world.
By JOHN SOLOMON
As the British terror plot was unfolding, the Bush administration quietly tried to take away $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new explosives detection technology. Congressional leaders rejected the idea, the latest in a series of Homeland Security Department steps that have left lawmakers and some of the department’s own experts questioning the commitment to create better anti-terror technologies.
Homeland Security’s research arm, called the Sciences & Technology Directorate, is a "rudderless ship without a clear way to get back on course," Republican and Democratic senators on the Appropriations Committee declared recently.
"The committee is extremely disappointed with the manner in which S&T is being managed within the Department of Homeland Security," the panel wrote June 29 in a bipartisan report accompanying the agency’s 2007 budget.
By Caroline Drees
An al Qaeda link to a foiled plot to bomb transatlantic flights could signal that the core militant Islamic group or local spin-offs are stronger than some officials and experts believed, analysts say.
While senior U.S. officials have always stressed that the original al Qaeda leadership was versatile and remained the pre-eminent threat, they have also said the arrest or killing of many of its senior militants had undermined the group.