Extremists sought recruits in Norway

OSLO, Norway &

Islamic terror networks tried to recruit young Muslims in Norway to launch attacks in other countries, the head of police intelligence was quoted as saying in an interview published today.

"We have some worrisome reports of older, manipulative Islamic extremists here in this country trying to motivate young people to join jihad attacks abroad," Joern Holme said, according to the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten.

The government responded to the remarks by saying it would speed up passage of a law banning recruitment for terrorist activities.

U.S. military accidentally kills 9 Iraqis


The U.S. military said today that it had accidentally killed nine Iraqi civilians during an operation targeting al-Qaida in Iraq &

the deadliest known case of mistaken identity in recent months.

The civilians were killed Saturday near Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of the Iraqi capital, U.S. Navy Lt. Patrick Evans told The Associated Press. Three wounded civilians were taken to U.S. military hospitals nearby, he said.

Rebels withdraw from Chad's capital

NAIROBI, Kenya &

Chadian rebels withdrew from the capital of the oil-rich country overnight after encountering fierce resistance from government forces backed by helicopter gunships and tanks, officials said today.

Casualties from the two days of fighting in N'Djamena were believed to be high, and the violence threatened peacekeeping and aid operations intended to stabilize a wide swath of Africa that borders the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan.

Hundreds of people were fleeing the city, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he was "profoundly alarmed" by the fighting. The U.N. Security Council, which held and emergency meeting Sunday on the situation, was to meet again today.

Iranians launch research rocket

TEHRAN, Iran &

Iran launched a research rocket today and unveiled its first major space center, which will be used to launch research satellites, state-run television reported.

The report said the rocket was the first launched by Iran "into space." But analysts have expressed doubts about similar technological achievements announced by the country in the past.

Iran launched its first domestically built rocket, which did not reach orbit level, last February.

Suicide attack rocks southern Israel

DIMONA, Israel &

A suicide bomber blew himself up today in the southern town that houses Israel's secretive nuclear reactor, killing an Israeli woman and wounding seven other people, Israeli officials said. Police said they killed a second attacker before he had a chance to detonate his explosives belt.

It was the first suicide attack in Israel in a year, and officials were investigating whether the attackers came in through Egypt after Palestinian militants breached the Gaza-Egypt border last month. An offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement claimed responsibility, complicating recently renewed peace efforts. The attackers, they said, came from the West Bank, though the claim could not immediately be verified.

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