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CIA Thought Double Agent Was Key to al-Qaeda

Balawi was agency's best hope in years

(Newser) - The CIA was more optimistic than they had been in years about finding al-Qaeda's leaders—until their Jordanian double agent turned out to be a triple agent, officials say. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi—who killed seven CIA operatives and one Jordanian when he blew up himself up last week—established... More »

Afghan Suicide Bomb Killed CIA Employees

Sources ID victims as agents, contractors

(Newser) - The complex in eastern Afghanistan where a suicide bomber struck today was a CIA facility, and the eight people killed were agents and contractors, a source tells ABC . Government officials refused to give specifics about the victims because relatives were still being notified. The attack, in Khost province near the... More »

US Apologizes For Insensitive Soccer Balls

Afghans don't like prophet's name being kicked around

(Newser) - The US military apologized to Afghans today for soccer balls it distributed to young Muslim Beckhams in “good will.” The balls sported the Saudi flag, which carries the Islamic declaration of faith—including the names of Allah and Muhammad. An Afghan governor said villagers wanted to demonstrate against... More »

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