Insurgents Kill 7 Near Baghdad, Gadhafi’s Forces Launch Scud Missile at Rebels

BY News Desk  August 16, 2011 at 8:36 AM EDT

Following on the heels of a series of bombings in more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday that killed more than 60 people, insurgents dressed in military uniforms pulled seven people from a Sunni mosque in Youssifiyah and executed them later the same day.

The shooters claimed to be from Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida offshoot in the country. Youssifiyah, 12 miles from Baghdad, sits in what was called the Triangle of Death at the height of the insurgency.

Gadhafi Loyalists Launch Scud Missile at Rebels

For the first time in six months of fighting, forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi launched a Scud missile toward an opposition city. The intended target was the city of Brega, but the missile landed in a desert area, and no one was harmed.

Gadfhafi’s government is believed to have some 200 scud missiles.

In Syria, 35 Killed in Four Days

Heavy gunfire from Syrian government forces in the city of Latakia has killed 35 people in four days. The violence took place in poor neighborhoods within Latakia, where there is also a Palestinian refugee camp. Syria’s state-run television network said that the military was fighting “armed terrorists.”

Letter May Show Cover-up at ‘News of the World’

Britain’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee released letters and documents from “News of the World” that reportedly show that the use of phone hacking — which caused the paper to shut down as the scandal grew — was widespread within the company’s culture.

According to the BBC:

“Former royal editor Clive Goodman wrote the letter to News International as he appealed against his dismissal in 2007.

“Mr. Goodman said hacking was ‘widely discussed’ at editorial meetings until talk of it was banned by the editor.”

Goodman was convicted of hacking into voicemail and jailed in 2007, but was pinned at the time for acting alone.

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