The U.S. military is alleging that Iran's elite Quds force helped carry out an attack in January in which five American troops were killed. U.S. Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner also told reporters in Baghdad today (Monday) that Quds forces and Hezbollah instructors train about "20 to 60 Iraqis at a time" in Iran, then send them back to Iraq for attacks. He alleged Iran is using the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah as a proxy to arm Shi'ite militants in Iraq. General Bergner says a senior Hezbollah operative (, Ali Musa Daqduq,) was captured in March in southern Iraq.
British police say they have detained two more suspects in the car bomb attack on the main airport in Scotland's largest city. Authorities say the suspects, age 25 and 28, were arrested late Sunday in Glasgow under anti-terrorism laws. Seven suspects are now in police custody, but police are releasing few details. On Saturday, two men rammed their vehicle into the terminal at Glasgow airport, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Both men were detained. One of them remains hospitalized with severe burns.
BUSH-PUTIN: President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin are holding talks at an informal meeting at the Bush family summer home in (the northeastern U.S. state of) Maine. Upon Mr. Putin's arrival, he and President Bush joined Mr. Bush's father for a speedboat ride and later dined on lobster at the seaside home. The two leaders are expected to discuss the proposed U.S. missile defense shield in Europe and the standoff with Iran over its nuclear program during Mr. Putin's overnight visit.
NOKOR-NUCLEAR: The top U.S. military commander in South Korea
says he is concerned by North Korea's potential to combine its missile technology with its nuclear ability. General B.B. Bell told journalists in Seoul today (Monday) North Korea's recent missile tests show its weapons are advanced and could be fired quickly without warning at targets in South Korea. He called North Korea' s missile program disturbing and a threat to regional peace and stability.
BURMA POL: Malaysia's foreign minister has expressed hope that Burma's upcoming final session of its constitution drafting convention will lead to free elections in the country. Syed Hamid Albar made the comment Sunday in an interview with the country's national news agency, Bernama. Albar stressed that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) remain concerned about democratization in Burma, even though the regional organization may not publicly mention it.
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