Revised war plan indicates possible Iraq timetable

WASHINGTON - A revised U.S. military plan for Iraq envisions local authorities enforcing security by 2009 but leaves open the questions of how many U.S. troops will still be needed and how quickly Americans can begin to leave in large numbers.

The plan appears to reflect an assertion by U.S. commanders that this year's troop buildup will be needed until next summer, one defense official said.

Businessman accused of trafficking meth

WASHINGTON - A Chinese-Mexican businessman produced tons of the main ingredient in methamphetamines, knowing the drugs were destined for the United States, the government asserted in a criminal complaint made public Tuesday.

Zhenli Ye Gon, tied to what U.S. officials say was the world's largest seizure of drug cash, was ordered held without bond for at least the next 10 days on charges that he smuggled drugs and laundered the profits from drug sales at Las Vegas casinos and elsewhere in the United States.

Bush warns of al-Qaida threat

CHARLESTON, S.C. - President Bush on Tuesday lashed out at critics who say that al-Qaida's operation in Iraq is distinct from terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

'The merger between al-Qaida and its Iraqi affiliate is an alliance of killers, and that is why the finest military in the world is on their trail,' Bush said.

Citing security details he declassified for his speech, Bush described al-Qaida's burgeoning operation in Iraq as a direct threat to the United States. Bush accused critics in Congress of misleading the American public by suggesting otherwise.

'That's like watching a man walk into a bank with a mask and a gun and saying, 'He's probably just there to cash a check,' Bush told troops at Charleston Air Force Base.

Survey indicates global attitudes

WASHINGTON - Muslims around the world increasingly reject suicide bombings and other violence against civilians in defense of Islam, according to a new international poll dealing with how the world's population judges their lives, countries and national institutions.

A wide ranging survey of international attitudes in 47 countries by the Pew Research Center also reported that in many of the countries where support for suicide attacks has declined, there has also has been decreasing support for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.