October 30th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

American carried out Somalia suicide bombing, Islamists claim

By the CNN Wire Staff

A suicide bomber who carried out an attack in Somalia this weekend was an American citizen of Somali descent, a website associated with the Al-Shabaab Islamist movement claimed Sunday.

The website named the bombers as Aden al-Ansari and Cabdi Salaam al-Muhajir, and posted what it said was an audio interview with al-Muhajir speaking American-accented English. FULL POST

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Iraq project not worth the millions spent
New report suggests major problems with Fallujah Waste Water System project in Iraq.
October 30th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Iraq project not worth the millions spent

By Charley Keyes, CNN Sr. National Security Producer

As the U.S. military heads towards the exits in Iraq, a new report released Sunday on a major reconstruction project there reads like a critique of the war in general - poorly planned, unexpectedly costly, years behind schedule and with an uncertain future.

The Fallujah Waste Water System was hailed as a showpiece of American efforts to rebuild and improve Iraq. It was designed to serve more than a 100,000 people, win public support and boost the economy.

After seven years of work, deadly insurgent attacks amidst some of the heaviest fighting inIraq, cost overruns and other problems, the system opened in May. But rather than a rush of success, the effect has been just a drip. By last month, only 6,000 houses were connected to the system. The initial cost estimate was $35 million but the actual cost so far has reached $100 million and may take much more before completion. FULL POST

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