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Nigeria Committee Questions Use of Army Against Muslim Terrorists

In Nigeria, a presidential committee investigating violence in northern states is questioning the effectiveness of using soldiers to stop a series of bombings by Islamist terrorists.

Those terrorists claim responsibility for last month's bombing of the Abuja U.N. headquarters that killed 23 people.

President Goodluck Jonathan's principal approach to putting down a campaign of violence by Islamic fundamentalists has been sending in soldiers to take charge of security.

Taliban Says it Controls Haqqani Network, Denies Links to Pakistan

The Taliban says it, not Pakistan, controls the Haqqani network, which U.S. officials blame for numerous attacks on American targets and have linked to Islamabad's intelligence agency.

A statement released on the Taliban's website (Voice of Jihad) said "all insurgent activity is of "our own initiatives and our own actions." It said there are no ties between the Haqqani network and Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI.

Suicide Bomber Targets Yemen's Defense Minister

Yemeni security officials say a suicide bomber has attacked a convoy carrying Defense Minister Mohammad Nasser Ahmed in the southern port city of Aden.

The officials said the blast Tuesday wounded at least 10 people traveling in the motorcade, but the defense minister was not hurt in the attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Yemeni troops have been battling al-Qaida-linked militants in the south for months, trying to retake parts of Abyan province, which sits to the east of Aden.

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Pakistani Officials Say Army Will Not Go After Haqqani Network

Pakistani officials said Monday that the nation's military will not launch an offensive against the terrorist Haqqani network, despite growing pressure from Washington to do so.

CNN quoted an unnamed Pakistani military official as saying the military had decided not to target the Haqqani network. He said it is stretched too thin battling militants in northwest Pakistan and “not in a position to undertake an operation at this point” to take on the Haqqanis, who are believed to be based in North Waziristan.

Tribesman Kill Yemeni Commander in Base Attack

Yemeni officials say anti-government tribesman have seized a base operated by troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, killing a commander and capturing 30 soldiers.

The defense ministry said Monday's attack on a base north of the capital, Sana'a, killed Ali al-Keleibi, a commander in the elite Republican Guard. Officials said four tribesman were also killed in the fighting.

Mass Grave Found in Libya With 1,270 Bodies

Libya's interim rulers say they have found a mass grave believed to hold the remains of 1,270 inmates killed by Moammar Gadhafi's security forces in a notorious 1996 massacre at Tripoli's Abu Salim prison.

Investigators found the site, a field scattered with bone fragments, using information obtained from witnesses and former Gadhafi officials. Authorities believe the bodies were kept in the prison before they were buried in 2000 just outside the building's walls.

15 Dead in Philippines Clash

Philippine authorities say 13 suspected Muslim militants and two marines were killed Sunday in the southern Philippines, when a little-known rebel group attacked a military outpost on Jolo island.

A military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, said about 50 gunmen attacked the garrison, triggering a two-hour battle near a village in Sulu province. He said 13 of the assailants' bodies were later recovered, and said five marines were wounded.

He tied the pre-dawn attack to a radical organization with ties to the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group.

Pakistan Warns US it Risks Losing an Ally Over Afghan Accusations

Pakistani officials have responded angrily to U.S. accusations that the country's intelligence agency supported attacks by the Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network on U.S. targets inside Afghanistan.

War against terrorism

Speaking in New York Friday, Pakistan’s foreign minister warned that Washington risks losing Pakistan’s partnership in the war against terrorism if U.S. leaders continue to make such accusations. Hina Rabbani Khar spoke to Pakistan’s Geo TV.

Pakistan Arrests Extremist Leader For Inciting Sectarian Violence

Pakistani police say they have placed a prominent Islamist militant under house arrest after accusing him of trying to incite sectarian hatred.

Officials say Malik Ishaq, the head of the banned Sunni Muslim extremist group Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, is under house arrest for 10 days in the city of Rahim Yar Khan. Police accuse Ishaq of making public sermons in recent months promoting violence against minority Shi'ite Muslims.