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US Foils Terror Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport in New York


US Terror Plot: U.S. authorities say they have foiled a terrorist plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, charging four suspects in the case.
Three of the four suspects - including a former airport employee - were arrested Friday and Saturday in New York and the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. A fourth suspect is still at-large and believed to be in Trinidad. Charges were filed against all four men Saturday.
The indictment says U.S. federal law enforcement officials had been tracking the plot since January 2006.
Police say the suspects were planning to blow up Kennedy Airport's enormous fuel tanks and vast network of underground pipelines.
Officials say the suspects were trying to get a Trinidad-based Muslim extremist group (Jamaat al-Muslimeen) to finance their plan and provide them with explosives. But authorities say the plot never went beyond the early planning stage, and the public was never in imminent danger.

Iraq: Iraqi Police say a suicide car bomber killed 10 people and wounded at least 25 others today (Sunday) in an attack on a police convoy north of Baghdad.
Authorities said the bomber targeted a convoy of police vehicles as it drove through a market area in the town of Balad Ruz.
A police spokesman said at least one police officer was among the dead.
On Saturday, insurgents bombed a bridge on a strategic highway that connects Baghdad to the oil hub of Kirkuk and other Kurdish cities to the north. The attack stopped all traffic along the road.
In Baghdad, there were reports of explosions late Saturday in the vicinity of the Mahdi Army stronghold of Sadr City.

Afghanistan: The NATO military force in Afghanistan says a NATO soldier and an Afghan interpreter have been killed in a rebel attack in the east of the country.
An alliance statement says insurgents ambushed a NATO convoy Saturday using guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Seven NATO soldiers were wounded.
NATO did not give the exact location of the attack or the nationalities of the foreign casualties.
In another development, the Afghan defense ministry says NATO and Afghan forces launched operations in three southern provinces Thursday aimed at providing security for reconstruction work. The provinces include Ghazni, Kandahar and Helmand.
An Afghan defense official (Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi) says the offensive caused about 60 Taleban fighters to flee across the Helmand River Friday. He says all the militants drowned when their boat sank.

Lebanon: Lebanese troops backed by tanks, artillery and gunships continued their assault on a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli today (Sunday), the third day of an offensive to crush Islamist militants.
Security forces say members of the Fatah al-Islam group have vowed to fight until the last drop of blood is spilled, in defiance of a surrender demand by Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
The Lebanese leader calls the group operating inside the Nahr al-Bared camp a criminal gang that must give up its arms.
Despite Mr. Siniora's comments Saturday, a spokesman for Fatah al-Islam said the group's members are not contemplating surrender.
At least two Lebanese soldiers were killed Saturday, raising the military death toll to about 40. There is no word about casualties among the militants.

Israel – Palestinians: The Israeli army says Palestinian militants wounded four soldiers in a mortar attack on an army post in southern Israel today (Sunday).
The army said the attack occurred at the Erez crossing on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Officials said one soldier was seriously wounded, while three others received light injuries.
In a separate incident, Israeli medical officials say a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip today (Sunday) seriously wounded one person and slightly injured at least two others.
Earlier in the day in the occupied West Bank, Israeli military officials said their troops killed a Palestinian gunman.
They said the member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with troops in the Jenin refugee camp.

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