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Pentagon plays down comments on US role in Iraq

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta suggested that Iraq had agreed to keep American troops in the country beyond a 2011 deadline, but Baghdad insisted the issue was still under negotiation. In an interview with two US newspapers published Friday, Panetta said the Iraqis appeared to have made up their mind…

Hackers shut down Saudi education ministry website

The Saudi education ministry’s website was shut down on Monday after hackers posted pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and a youth wielding a syringe. Hackers calling themselves the “True Promise Team” posted Nasrallah’s picture and blasted Saudi treatment of the kingdom’s minority Shiites in the first hack, according to…