MEXICO: FBI joins probe of shooting
The two families climbed into white SUVs and left the children's birthday party put on by the U.S. consulate. One headed deeper into Ciudad Juárez, one of the world's most dangerous cities, the other toward a bridge to El Paso, one of America's safest. Neither made it. Gunmen chased them down in attacks that raised the chilling prospect that the drug cartels have dropped any reservations about killing Americans in their battle for the multibillion-dollar U.S. market. Three adults with connections to the consulate were killed, and two children were wounded. The FBI joined the investigation yesterday, working with U.S. State Department agents and Mexican authorities.
The Afghan government was holding secret talks with the Taliban's No. 2 when he was captured in Pakistan, and the arrest infuriated President Hamid Karzai, one of his advisers said. The detention of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, second in the Taliban only to one-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar, raises questions about whether the United States is willing to back peace discussions with leaders who harbored the terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Karzai "was very angry" when he heard that the Pakistanis had picked up Baradar with an assist from U.S. intelligence, the adviser said. He said Baradar had "given a green light" to participating in a three-day peace jirga Karzai is hosting next month. Meanwhile, a rocket attack on Bagram Air Field killed one person Monday, NATO said, while Afghan authorities in the east prevented three would-be suicide bombers from attacking a security post.
IRAQ: U.S. hands prison over
The U.S. military handed over control of a prison holding some 2,900 detainees to Iraqi authorities Monday as the Americans move ahead with preparations for a full withdrawal by the end of 2011. Most of the Taji prison's detainees are low and midlevel insurgents who were arrested by American troops.