Pakistan expects to capture bin Laden

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 6 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Interior Minister Faisal Hayat said Saturday he expects Osama bin Laden to be apprehended within days or weeks.

Al-Qaida threatens France over veil ban

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida's second-in-command Tuesday threatened to punish France with "bombs and rockets" for barring Muslim women from wearing the veil in public schools.

Bremer: al-Qaida, Saddam followers team up

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. civil administrator in Iraq said Monday al-Qaida members team with Saddam Hussein's followers and Kurdish Sunni extremists to attack coalition forces.

Bremer says Iraqi voting may be year away

BAGHDAD, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The top U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq says elections may be delayed for another year to 15 months because of "technical problems."

Syria PM: We have no WMD programs

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed al-Otari said his country has no programs for developing weapons of mass destruction, accusing Israel of framing Syria.

Syria: No peace talks restart from scratch

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Syrian minister said Wednesday her country will not restart peace negotiations with Israel from scratch.

Saadam's capture arranged -- newspaper

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- One of Saddam Hussein's companions had drugged the former Iraqi dictator to facilitate his weekend capture by U.S. forces, a Beirut newspaper said.

Saddam's daughter: My father was sedated

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein's daughter, Raghd, is pleading for an international and fair trial of her dictator father, who she said was sedated at the time of his capture.

Iraqi leaders ban Arab TV network

BAGHDAD, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Iraq's U.S.-appointed interim leadership reportedly banned an Arabic television station Monday, accusing it of inciting violence against the coalition.

CIA: Saddam tape evidence inconclusive

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The CIA says it cannot verify that a tape allegedly from ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is genuine, the BBC reported Monday.

Powerful explosion rocks Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Powerful explosions Sunday rocked the Iraqi capital of Baghdad while electric power went out in broad sections of the city.

Tape claims to be that of Saddam Hussein

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- An audio tape recording claiming to be that of Saddam Hussein said the occupying forces in Iraq had reached "a dead end," the BBC reported Sunday.

Iraq council bans two Arab networks

BAGHDAD, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S.-appointed government in Iraq has banned two of the Arab world's most popular TV channels, The Hindustan Times reported Tuesday.

Iraq pushes for sovereignty handover

BAGHDAD, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The Iraqi interim Governing Council has urged the United States to give them sovereign control of their country as soon as possible, a report said Thursday.

Iraqi ambush kills 8 U.S. troops

BAGHDAD, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- As many as eight U.S. soldiers were killed in a fierce attack Thursday near Khaldiyah, 60 miles west of Baghdad, Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV reported.

New Saddam audio tape surfaces

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A Dubai television station has broadcast what it says is a new audio tape from the deposed Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Al-Qaida denies role in Najaf blast

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida Sunday denied it had anything to do with the bombing of a mosque in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf.

U.S. criticizes Arab television channel

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An Arabic television network has come under criticism by the United States for airing death threats against Americans.

Saudis in Iraq 'preparing for a holy war'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Increasing numbers of Saudi Muslims are crossing into Iraq in preparation for a holy war, a report said Tuesday.

Audio tape claims bin Laden still alive

CAIRO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- An Arabic television station has received and broadcast Monday an audio tape claiming Osama bin Laden is alive and well.

Ashcroft says terrorist attacks possible

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft Sunday said the war on terrorism has disrupted more than 100 al-Qaida activities.

Tape believed from top al-Qaida man

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Al-Arabiya television played an audio tape claiming to be from Ayman al-Zawahari, the right-hand man of al-Qaida's Osama bin Laden, the BBC reported.

Daughter says Saddam betrayed by aides

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The older daughter of Saddam Hussein claims aides betrayed the deposed Iraqi president and caused Baghdad's fall to U.S.-led forces, the BBC reports.

Saddam: 'I mourn ... Uday and Qusay'

BAGHDAD, July 29 (UPI) -- Another audio tape purportedly from Saddam Hussein surfaced Tuesday, this one expressing sorrow over the deaths of his sons, Uday and Qusay. "I mourn to you the deaths of Uday and Qusay and those who struggled with them. You are the honor of this nation,"

U.S. officials doubt new al-Qaida claim

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. official Sunday cast doubt on claims by a group calling itself an al- Qaida affiliate taking responsibility for attacks on our troops in Iraq.
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