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Taliban spokesman says US commando beheaded in Afghanistan

“Taliban militants in Afghanistan claimed to have beheaded a US special forces soldier they had held hostage since last week, but the US military said there was no proof the soldier had been killed.

Self-styled Taliban spokesman Mullah Abdul Latif Hakimi told AFP the soldier was killed on Saturday and his body was left on a mountainside in the northeastern province of Kunar.

An American navy SEAL has been missing in Kunar after the rescue attempt of a four-man team ended in the downing of a US military helicopter on June 28, killing 16 people. One soldier was rescued but the other two are dead.” (Agence France-Presse)

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The reality of this barbaric bombing

“If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency won’t come to us? ‘If you bomb our cities,’ Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, ‘we will bomb yours.’ There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.

And it’s no use Mr Blair telling us yesterday that ‘they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear’. ‘They’ are not trying to destroy ‘what we hold dear’. They are trying to get public opinion to force Blair to withdraw from Iraq, from his alliance with the United States, and from his adherence to Bush’s policies in the Middle East. The Spanish paid the price for their support for Bush – and Spain’s subsequent retreat from Iraq proved that the Madrid bombings achieved their objectives – while the Australians were made to suffer in Bali.” — Robert Fisk (Independent.UK)

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London Blasts Were Seconds Apart, Police Say

“Bombs that shook the city’s subway system last week exploded within 50 seconds of each other [The New York Times’ grammar checkers don’t know that this should be “one another”?? — FmH] and were made of high explosives, not homemade material, police said Saturday.

The three bombs went off nearly simultaneously at about 8:50 a.m. Thursday, said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said, revising earlier accounts that they occurred within a 26-minute span. An explosion tore through a double-decker bus nearly an hour later.

New information about the timing of the explosions also suggested they were detonated with synchronized timers rather than by suicide bombers, although officials said nothing had been ruled out.” (New York Times )