Fighting between U.S forces and Shi'ite militiamen loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr entered a sixth day today (Tuesday) in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf. Witnesses say artillery and gunfire echoes as U.S. warplanes flew over head near the city's ancient cemetery around the Imam Ali mosque-- one of the holiest shrines of Shi'ite Islam.
Thailand has begun with its military contingent from Iraq. A Thai military spokesman says its 443 troops are en route to Kuwait and are expected to return to Bangkok by September 20. The troops, part of a Polish-led multinational force, were dispatched to Iraq last September of a one-year mission to perform humanitarian tasks. Two Thai soldiers were killed last December in an insurgent attack south of Baghdad.
Burmese Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt has met with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.
President Bush picked Congressman Porter Goss to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Goss, a Republican from Florida, is a former CIA officer who now chairs the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee.
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