A court in Iraq has upheld death sentences for crimes against humanity of Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali", Hussein Rashid and Sultan Hashim -- convicted in June of the killings of at least 100,000 Kurds during 1988. They must be executed within 30 days. (BBC)
Al Qaeda is planning a new offensive in Iraq using martyrs, as the Parliament returns to work.
In a statement posted on an Islamic Web site, the Islamic State of Iraq said the "War Ministry" decided to form special battalions for martyrdom seekers "to pound the bastions of the crusaders and their renegade tails" in Iraq.
"These battalions, with God's help, will perform their duties in an excellent manner during the month of Ramadan and the enemies of God will suffer a lot,"
Meanwhile in Iran, American Journalist Parnaz Azima, who works for the US-funded radio station, Radio Liberty, will be the second of four detained Iranian-Americans to be allowed to leave captivity in Iran.