A senior Iraqi Shi'ite leader says Sunni Arabs can join a new government of national unity only if they agree to help fight insurgents.
Hussain al-Shahristani, the deputy speaker of Iraq's transitional parliament has been widely quoted as saying that Sunni Arab parties must do more than just condemn terrorism. He says the Sunnis would have to fight the insurgency actively in areas where Sunni insurgents are based.
Representatives of a prominent Muslim group in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, are appealing for the release of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll.
A senior member of the influential U.S. Islamic group traveled to Baghdad (Saturday) to launch a public appeal to Carroll's abductors to release the 28-year-old writer. The American-Islamic council says Carroll is an objective reporter, and her work has demonstrated respect for the Iraqi people and Arab culture
Carroll's kidnappers have threatened to execute her unless all eight female prisoners being held in Iraq by American forces are freed. There has been no word on the young journalist's fate since a deadline set by the kidnappers expired Friday.
A U.S. Army interrogator has been convicted of causing the death of an Iraqi general during a round of questioning more than two years ago.
However, a court-martial jury of six officers decided the officer was not guilty of murder -- a charge that could have sent him to prison for life.
The military court found Lewis Welshofer Junior guilty of negligent homicide -- a charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment.
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