Iraqi intelligence casing U.S. embassy in Cairo



U.S. intelligence officials say Iraqi intelligence officers in Cairo have been spotted recently conducting surveillance of the U.S. Embassy there, raising fears that Iraq is planning a terrorist attack. Egyptian security identified the men as officers posted to the Iraqi Embassy in Cairo.

So far, the handful of Iraqis at Iraq’s diplomatic residence in Washington have not been observed conducting similar activities.

The State Department on Feb. 14 expelled Iraqi News Agency reporter Mohammad Hassan Allawi from the United States for improper activities that endangered U.S. national security, officials said.

Philippines authorities said two weeks ago an Iraqi diplomat, Husham Hussein, received a phone call from a member of the Al Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group after the group detonated a bomb outside a military base in the southern city of Zamboanga on Oct. 2.