The alleged mastermind of the September 11th attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried for his crimes in New York City. Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, and Ramzi Bin al-Shib will be tried by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 5 other detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison (Omar Khadr, Mohammed Kamin, Ibrahim al Qosi, Noor Uthman Muhammed and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri) will be tried by a military commission, CNN. Profile: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, BBC News.
In Canada, the Supreme Court is hearing an appeal by the government that seeks to remove an order by a lower court that Canada must do everything possible to bring Omar Khadr back to Canada. Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was captured as a child soldier in Afghanistan when he was just 15 years old. He has been held in Guantanamo for the past 8 years, Toronto Star. Watch the hearing live on C-SPAN2.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will hold a press conference about Guantanamo Bay detainee trials at 11am EST today. Watch live on C-SPAN.
The U.S. seized a New York City skyscraper and 4 mosques suspected of illegally funneling money to Iran today. The buildings were under the control of an Iranian foundation that was set up during the reign of the Shah of Iran. After a coup displaced the Shah in 1979, the members of the foundation were replaced with supporters of the current government, ABC News. The U.S. also renewed financial sanctions against Iran yesterday, Reuters.
At least 60 killed in suicide bombing at a northern Baghdad Shi’ite shrine. Two Sunni suicide bombers struck outside of the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in the Shia neighborhood of Kadhimiya. With yesterday’s double suicide bombings, over 130 people have been killed in bombing in Iraq in the past 24 hours. It is not yet known if yesterday’s arrest of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, will increase or decrease the frequency of bombings, Telegraph.
Israeli bulldozers raze Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. Israel says the home were built illegally, but Palestinians say it is almost impossible to get permits to build. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in March that the Israeli practice of bulldozing homes is “unhelpful,” AFP via Yahoo News.
Canadian soldier found dead in her quarters at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Enemy action has been ruled out, CBC News.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of several flu events in north America. Seven cases of swine flu have been found in Texas and California while over 800 cases of an unknown serious flu/respiratory illness have been found in Mexico. The WHO is considering issuing a travel warning for Mexico. Schools for millions of Mexico children have been closed. Officials are particularly concerned because flu season in Mexico usually ends in late February, Reuters.
Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen accused of taking part in an attack in Afghanistan that lead to the death of a U.S. soldier. Khadr has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 when he was picked up at the age of 15. A Canadian federal court ruled that Khadr has been denied his due process rights and that he should be treated as a child soldier and that action by the federal government to get Khadr out of Guantanamo should be immediate because the government has known Khadr is being tortured since 2003. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party, has said he intends to appeal the decision. U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the prison facility closed by January 2010 by which time all prisoners must be either tried or returned to their home countries or to a country that will accept them, The Star.