Thursday, April 19 in the news.....
- Two men from the Detroit area have been charged with spying for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service, according to federal court documents. Najib Shemami and Ghazi Al-Awadi were indicted for giving the former Iraqi government information about its enemies in the US, and were freed on $10,000 bonds each after appearing in US District Court in Detroit on Tuesday. When asked what they planned to do while on bail, the men said they might discuss the charges with Saddam.
- Iran's army will "cut off the hand" of any attacker and is ready to fulfill its defensive duties, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday during an annual military parade. In response the US said it can 'design really cool bionic hands'. Iran has yet to reply to this response but it is expected they will steal the controls to the bionic hand.
- The head of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq said the country had become a "university of terrorism", producing highly qualified warriors, since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Many subjects were tough though and meant graduates never received their diploma.