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NETHERLANDS: Extradition to U.S. blocked

Dutch judges blocked the extradition of a terror suspect to the United States on Tuesday, saying he was tortured in Pakistan after his 2010 arrest and it is unclear whether American authorities had any involvement. The Hague Court of Appeal ruling was a significant victory for the man identified only as Sabir K. in his attempts to avoid being sent for trial in America, but Dutch authorities can make a final appeal to the country's Supreme Court. Sabir K., who has Dutch and Pakistani nationality, was arrested in Pakistan in 2010 and expelled to the Netherlands in 2011. U.S. authorities accuse him of working with al-Qaida from 2004 to 2010, and of plotting a suicide attack on an American military base in Afghanistan.

IRAQ: A-Qaida claim in jail raids

Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad that set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers. The statement from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was posted on an online jihadist forum. It said the highly coordinated assaults on the prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji involved 12 car bombs, barrages of rockets and mortar shells, suicide bombers and help from prisoners who had managed to obtain weapons on the inside. Iraqi officials have said 25 members of the security forces were killed in the attacks, along with 21 prisoners and 10 militants.

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EGYPT: Bomb attack in Nile delta

A bomb blast outside a security building in a Nile delta city Wednesday injured 16 people, security officials said. The bomb exploded just after midnight outside the Security Directorate in Dakahliya's provincial capital of Mansoura. Police exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen in the abandoned building.

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