Iraq: Iraqi authorities say at least 10 people have been killed in a series of insurgent attacks around the country.
In one incident, police say a suicide car bomber crashed into an army checkpoint in the city of Tal Afar (420 kilometers northwest of Baghdad), killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding two others.
There were several attacks in the Iraqi capital, including a car bomb attack on a police patrol that killed at least one person and wounded 14 others, including some police officers.
On Saturday, more than 30 people were killed and 24 others wounded by a bomb blast in Baghdad's Shi'ite-dominated Sadr City neighborhood.
Iraq/Terror Threat: U.S. intelligence agencies
are reported to have concluded that the Iraq war has helped inspire a new generation of Islamic radicals, helping to fuel the threat of global terrorism.
The New York Times says the secret National Intelligence Estimate cites the invasion and occupation of Iraq as central to the creation of extremist Islamic networks and cells, united by little more than an anti-western agenda.
It says more than a dozen U.S. officials and outside experts who have seen the report say it concludes that the growing radical Islamic movement is inspired by al-Qaida's leadership, but has no direct connection to it.
The Times says Michael Hayden, who is now the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, used the report last April to warn that if the trend continues, threats to the U.S. will become more diverse and could lead to increasing attacks worldwide.
Palestinian Pol: Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas is expected to meet with leaders of the militant group, Hamas, later this week to revive stalled national unity government talks.
An aide to Mr. Abbas said today (Sunday) the Palestinian leader will go to the Gaza Strip on Monday or Tuesday to continue discussions.
Mr. Abbas said Saturday efforts to form a national unity government with Hamas have failed, and would have to be restarted.
Hamas and Mr. Abbas' Fatah party agreed to a form a coalition government in discussions earlier this month. It was widely reported the agreement called for an implicit recognition of Israel.
Afghanistan: NATO says its forces have killed 23 insurgents in recent fighting in southern Afghanistan.
NATO issued statements saying NATO air and ground forces killed 15 militants Friday, and another eight on Thursday clashes in Helmand province. There are no reports of NATO casualties.
Violence has increased in southern Afghanistan since NATO forces moved in earlier this year to destroy militant hideouts.
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