As US forces pull back, Iran is expected to widen its influence in Iraq, despite the two countries' history of war and mistrust.
In cash-strapped, hungry Somalia, the pirate life may be risky, but payoffs are huge.
Control of roads and rural areas vexes coalition effort.
A Bush administration proposal to allow foreign forces to go ashore in Somalia to hunt the country's notorious pirates is getting a cool reception from US military leaders, regional analysts, and some Somali officials.
US forces may stay in the volatile northern city beyond the June deadline for Americans to pull back to bases.
The move sets the stage for an appeals court to review the rights of Guantánamo prisoners.
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A growing feud between Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, and Sayyed Imam al-Sharif, the jailed ex-leader of Egypt's Islamic Jihad, could weaken support for Al Qaeda.
While President Bush traveled to Baghdad Sunday to hail progress, the war is far from over in places like Mosul where US and Iraqi forces still battle insurgents linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq.