BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of the military command in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday disputed claims by supporters of the country's deputy prime minister that he faced an assassination attempt a day earlier while traveling west of Baghdad. Shots were fired Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq's convoy was on the outskirts of the greater Baghdad area, near the border with the restive, Sunni-dominated Anbar province. The circumstances of what happened are in dispute. A Sunni lawmaker accompanying al-Mutlaq, Talal al-Zobaie, said after the shooting that a group of armed men in army uniforms opened fire at their convoy, triggering a firefight. Sam Patten, a U.S.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Israeli intelligence officials said Wednesday that they had arrested three Palestinians with links to Al Qaeda who were planning a campaign of terrorist attacks across Israel, including a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. The cell also planned attacks on the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and a bus line that connects that city with a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, officials said. In a statement released in Hebrew, the intelligence agency Shin Bet announced that it arrested two members of the cell, both residents of East Jerusalem, on Dec. 25. A third suspect, from the West Bank city of Jenin, was arrested Jan. 6. Read the rest of this story at LATimes.com .