Attacks rise near Baghdad, fall nationwide

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Attacks on Iraqi security forces have increased in an area south of Baghdad where the Iraqis are in control, even as violence nationwide has fallen to levels of the first months of the war, U.S. officers said Wednesday.

The spike in attacks has not risen so much that it would affect U.S. plans to turn over more security responsibility to the Iraqis, Gen. Carter Ham, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, was told during a visit with Europe-based units.

During a briefing for the general, Maj. Pat Kaune, intelligence chief of the 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, said attacks on U.S. forces in his sector had fallen by about half since the unit arrived a year ago.

In the last month, however, attacks on Iraqi army and police leaders had increased, he said.

Mexico seizes 'most-wanted' drug trafficker

MEXICO CITY - Soldiers captured one of Mexico's most-wanted smugglers, a man accused of controlling the flow of drugs through the northern city of Monterrey for the powerful Beltran-Leyva cartel, the Mexican army said Wednesday.

The announcement came hours before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Mexico promising to do more to help Mexico crack down on drug violence that is spilling over into the U.S.

Gen. Luis Arturo Oliver said Hector Huerta was detained Tuesday in a Monterrey suburb, along with four men identified as his bodyguards.

Israel, Egypt mark 30 years of peace

JERUSALEM - When Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shook hands with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the White House lawn on March 26, 1979, ordinary Israelis saw not only an end to war with their largest neighbor but also the hope of warm relations with the people next door.

Things haven't quite worked out that way. This week, the countries mark the 30th anniversary of a historic treaty that is known in Israel as the 'cold peace.'

Business and cultural ties are minimal, and Egypt is barely acknowledging the date.

The frosty relationship, though, has given the two neighbors exactly what they need: peace and stability.