In their long-awaited first appearance before a war-crimes tribunal, the accused mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks and four alleged coconspirators faced a military judge today. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 suspects, who were moved this morning from their cells at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, appeared with their lawyers before Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann. Coming more than 6½ years after the terrorist attacks, the arraignment of the five detainees marks the highest-profile test to date of the controversial tribunal system, which is being challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court. All five could receive the death penalty if convicted of war crimes including murder, conspiracy, attacking civilians, and terrorism.
Hillary Clinton will end her historic bid for the presidency and place her support behind rival Democrat Barack Obama at a public event on Saturday. Clinton's decision comes after Obama racked up enough delegates and superdelegates after the Montana and South Dakota primaries Tuesday night. She was also pressured by Democratic members of Congress who didn't want to continue an intraparty brawl to the convention. In an E-mail to supporters, Clinton wrote she "will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise."
In an Internet posting today, an al Qaeda group claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide car bombing against the Danish Embassy in Islamabad and threatened more attacks. The statement, for which there was no independent verification of authenticity, said the bombing was in revenge for the reprinting in Danish newspapers of a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. The attack killed at least six people, including one Danish citizen, and caused widespread destruction. Signed by al Qaeda commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed and dated Tuesday, the statement warned that if Denmark fails to apologize for the cartoons, more attacks will follow and Monday's blast will "only be the first drop of rain."