Reward money has climbed to $275,000 for information in the kidnapping of nine foreigners in Yemen — three of whom have been found dead — as troops search for the remaining six hostages, Yemeni officials said. The Ministry of Interior offered a $250,000 reward, in addition to the $25,000 reward offered by the governor of Saada City — both aimed at information leading to the arrest of the kidnappers — according to the Yemeni Embassy in Washington. Special forces and anti-terrorism teams with helicopters were sweeping the Saada area for the hostages, the embassy said Tuesday
Iraqi police and soldiers on Saturday launched major raids in a once-notorious insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. A police official in the Anbar province city of Falluja told CNN that a large number of security forces were scouring its Sinaie district for an array of weapons — machine guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.