Jordan arrests prime suspect in rocket attack
AMMAN, Jordan - A Syrian linked to an Iraqi-based terrorist group has been arrested as the prime suspect in the rocket attack that barely missed U.S. warships docked in the port of Aqaba, the Jordanian government said Monday.
The government statement, read on state television, said the suspect, Mohammed Hassan Abdullah al-Sihly, plotted and carried out the attack along with two of his sons and an Iraqi.
Explosion rocks Beirut suburb, two injured
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A powerful explosion late Monday rocked a shopping center and hotel in the Zalka neighborhood in northern Beirut, injuring at least two people and causing extensive damage, security officials said.
Heavily armed Lebanese soldiers cordoned off the area, punching and hitting journalists to keep them back.
Security forces were seen rounding up several suspects, including five men with their hands tied behind their backs. They were taken to a military vehicle.
Last settlers leave Gaza
NETZARIM, Gaza Strip - The last Jewish settlers left Gaza on Monday aboard armored buses for Israel, ending decades of turbulent occupation long denounced as a stumbling block to Mideast peace.
Before leaving, the holdouts in Netzarim - one of Gaza's oldest settlements - staged a tearful goodbye procession past abandoned homes, marching behind Torah scrolls and a giant wooden menorah.
As they mourned, thousands of Israeli troops surrounded two settlements in the West Bank, where some 2,000 extremists have holed up with an arsenal of stun grenades, gas canisters and automatic weapons, defying orders to leave.
U.S., Afghan forces kill 40 militants
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. and Afghan troops killed at least 40 suspected rebels in an offensive targeting militants who ambushed Navy SEAL commandos and shot down a special-forces helicopter - the deadliest attacks on American forces in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Monday.
The military declared the weeklong operation in lawless Kunar province near Pakistan a success, following the spate of insurgent attacks that already has made 2005 the bloodiest year for American forces in the country since the Taliban's ouster.
- From wire reports