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Shia' Unrest Intensifies; Al-Wafeq to Compete in Elections: The Al-Wefaq Islamic society, the largest opposition group in Bahrain, officially announced May 1 that it will compete in this year's scheduled parliamentary elections. Al-Wefaq and three other major Shia' parties boycotted the 2002 elections while demanding constitutional changes.

The decision comes amid a growing wave of bombings and arson attacks by Shia' youth. The wave of attacks began in earnest April 26 when a grenade or a pipe bomb exploded in Al-Adliyah neighborhood of central Manama, Bahrain, at approximately 2100. A similar, unexploded device was found outside the Phoenicia Hotel in Hoora that same night. The same day, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a police car in Sitra injuring two officers. From April 28 to May 1, two more police officers were injured when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their car in Abu Saeba'a village, forcing the closure of Budaiya Road for several hours. A small riot took place outside Ajam Ma'atam (in Manama) and three Molotov cocktails were found there. Seven cars were set on fire in Umm Al-Aysh area of Sitra.

Afghanistan Suicide Atttacks Continue: A suicide car bomber detonated himself in a car May 2 on the main road connecting Kabul and the U.S. military base in Bagram, located 50 km (30 miles) north of the capital. The bomber's suspected target was military but the explosives reportedly detonated prematurely, killing the bomber and a civilian.

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Afghanistan British Forces to Take Control in South: A British contingent took over security responsibility of the troubled southern Helmand Province May 1. The forces have taken over their role as NATO expands its peacekeeping operations in the region.


China and Philippines, Philippine Pirates Blamed for April 27 Attack: Chinese media has blamed an April 27 attack on the Chinese fishing vessel MV Jinghai 03012 on Philippine pirates. The incident occurred at the southern reaches of the disputed Spratly Islands west of Palawan Province. Four crew members died and three others sustained injuries when the attackers strafed and boarded the fishing boat. The assailants escaped with navigational and communications equipment aboard a vessel that supposedly "resembled a Philippine boat."


Pakistan, Major Al-Qaeda Militant Handed to U.S., Al-Qaeda militant Mustafa Setmarian Nasar (aka Abu Musab Al-Suri) has been handed over to U.S. authorities and flown out of Pakistan. Syrian-born Nasar carries a USD 5 million bounty on his head and has been labeled as a key figure in the Al-Qaeda network; Nasar is known for his explosives and chemicals expertise and his prolific writing. The Syrian, who holds Spanish citizenship, is also accused of setting up Al-Qaeda's cell in Spain and was allegedly closely involved in the March 2004 Madrid bombings.


Iraq, Security Increased Throughout Baghdad: There is an elevated threat of suicide and car bombings in Baghdad May 3, when members of parliament attend the first true working session of the newly elected National Assembly. Insurgents have frequently staged major, spectacular attacks on such occasions and may repeat the same tactic again to undermine political negotiations.


Jordan, Islamic Militants Sentenced: On May 2, Jordan's State Security Court sentenced 10 Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants to prison for their role in plotting attacks on Jordanian anti-terrorism officials and U.S. forces in the region. Authorities who discovered the plot in July 2005 sentenced alleged ringleader Motassem Suleiman to five years of hard labor and co-defendant Ziad Nsur to four years, for "conspiring to carry out terror attacks" The Court asserts that Suleiman, who was arrested in 2002 in Saudi Arabia by Saudi security forces and deported a year later to Jordan for trying to preach Islamic radicalism, went to Iraq to fight U.S. troops and actively tried to recruit fighters. In 2005, Suleiman allegedly met followers of the Jordanian-born Abu Al-Zarqawi in Syria and plotted attacks which were foiled by Jordanian authorities. Meanwhile, the court acquitted seven others for lack of evidence.
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Default whats your take on Iran??

Its very likely to get messy over in the dust bowl? Your opinions would be of great interest!
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