Clinton scolds Pakistan over al-Qaida efforts

ISLAMABAD - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chided Pakistani officials Thursday for failing to press the hunt for al-Qaida inside their borders, suggesting they know where the terror leaders are hiding.

American officials have long said that al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden and senior lieutenants of the network accused in the Sept. 11 attacks operate out of the rugged terrain along the border with Afghanistan.

But Clinton's unusually blunt comments went further in asserting that Pakistan's government has done too little about it.

'I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn't get them if they really wanted to,' Clinton said in an interview with Pakistani journalists in Lahore.

German troops OK airstrike

BERLIN - A top German general said Thursday that a NATO investigation of an airstrike against a pair of hijacked Afghan tanker trucks showed the attack was appropriate and that it could not be confirmed that 'uninvolved persons' were killed.

Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan, who is the general inspector of the German army, also said that the exact death toll could no longer be confirmed.

James Appathurai, a NATO spokesman in Brussels, said he could not comment on the report.

In Washington, Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell told a Pentagon press conference later Thursday that he couldn't comment because as far as he knows the investigation is not yet complete.

Iraq makes arrests in blast

BAGHDAD - Iraq announced the arrests of dozens of military and security personnel on Thursday over Baghdad suicide bombings that killed 155 people, trying to calm public outrage at the government's apparent inability to protect its people ahead of January elections and the pending U.S. troop withdrawal.

Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a military spokesman for the Iraqi capital, told The Associated Press that 11 army officers and 50 security officials have been taken into custody over Sunday's bombings - the worst attacks in Iraq in over two years.