Iraq Terror Threat: Newly-declassified portions of a U.S. government report say the war in Iraq is causing deep resentment of the United States in the Muslim world. The intelligence report says U.S. involvement in Iraq is shaping a new generation of terrorists and increasing support for what it called the global jihadist movement. The report says Islamic extremists have spread in numbers and geographic reach, despite the killing of several top al-Qaida leaders. But the report also notes that if jihadists are perceived to have failed in Iraq, fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.
Pakistan-Afghanistan-US: President Bush meets with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan today (Wednesday) to discuss rising tensions over violence in Afghanistan. The three-way White House meeting comes after Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf criticized each other's efforts to fight terrorists. But Mr. Bush says the two share common goals, including seeing fugitive al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden brought to justice.
Thailand-Coup: Military officials in Thailand say arsonists have torched at least four schools in northern Thailand, in what may be an act of defiance against the military coup that toppled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government.
Japan-China-SoKor: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to hold summit meetings with China and South Korea, to mend Japan's ties with its Asian neighbors. Yasuhisa Shiozaki said today (Wednesday) that Japan's newly elected leader is ready to hold talks with China and South Korea as soon as possible.
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