Reuters: Al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blamed for the beheading of foreign captives and the death of hundreds in suicide bombings, has been killed in a raid north of Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday.
New York Times: Bush administration officials said on Wednesday that the package of incentives offered to Iran could theoretically allow it to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes someday, but expressed severe doubts that Iran could satisfy the conditions that would allow it to do so.
AP: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, carried out some of the bloodiest suicide attacks in Iraq and led a campaign of kidnappings and hostage beheadings until he was killed in a U.S. bombing Thursday.
New York Times: The single most influential man in Iraq today, the Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, provides cash, free housing and medical care to tens of thousands of religious students and operates hundreds of religious Web sites across the globe.
Reuters: The United States said on Wednesday Iran would have to suspend nuclear enrichment throughout any negotiations as a condition for proposed talks with the Islamic republic over curbing its atomic programs.
Reuters: Iran must halt enrichment work under an incentive package to end its nuclear dispute with the West, Germany said on Wednesday, and would then find the door open to negotiations on other terms of the offer.
Iran Focus: London, Jun. 07 - On Tuesday, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana formally presented a "carrots and sticks" package to Iran over its nuclear program which had been endorsed by the Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States.
Washington Post: The confidential diplomatic package backed by Washington and formally presented to Iran on Tuesday leaves open the possibility that Tehran will be able to enrich uranium on its own soil, U.S. and European officials said.
Reuters: The United States is not expected to provide technology or equipment directly to Iran if the light-water nuclear reactor project offered in a proposal to Tehran goes forward, Western diplomats said on Tuesday.
New York Times: Iran on Tuesday welcomed an array of international incentives aimed at persuading the country to freeze crucial nuclear activities, but stressed that there were issues that needed to be resolved before any agreement could be reached.