Asia

On Monday, May 31, the Los Angeles Times was reporting that officials in Pakistan have released Major Adnan Ahmad, recently taken into custody under suspicion of helping the Times Square bomb attempt suspect, Faisal Shahzad. Pakistani law enforcement sources said it had been determined that Major Ahmad had not been involved with the failed car bombing.

Casket cotaining victim of attackGeorge Washington warned Americans about entangling alliances with the Old World. Perhaps one reason is exemplified by last Friday's attack in Lahore, Pakistan, by Islamic extremists against a sect of Islam that rejects some tenets of the Islam practiced by most Musliims. The terrorists hit two mosques crowded with worshippers, killing scores of the minority sect.

According to UPI on Thursday, May 27, Pakisan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, has made known the results, to date, of his government's investigation concerning Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-American suspect who attempted a failed car bombing in Times Square on Saturday, May 1. According to Mr. Malik, Pakistan is now confirming that Shahzad had connections in that country's terrorist stronghold area of South Waziristan, “and his accounts are in focus for investigation.” He added that they intend to continue following these leads. Pakistani officials also have two individuals under questioning who are suspected of escorting Shahzad to Waziristan for terrorist training.

Voice of America News reported on May 26 that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking during a televised news speech made in the southeastern city of Kerman, called on Russia and the United States to accept a nuclear fuel-swap deal, warning that it will be the last chance to resolve the nuclear stand off.

The crisis that began with the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan by a North Korean submarine continued on May 25, as KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, announced that “All communication links between the north and the south will be cut off.”

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