COMMENTS: Elsewhere…

The Pakistani Army has abandoned a pair of frontier forts along the border with Afghanistan, leaving the region controled by rebels under the command of Baitullah Mehsud, ABC's Martha Raddatz (embargoed link) reported from Washington…the Combating Terrorism Center, based at West Point, has issued an alert about radical Islamist Websites. CBS' Bob Orr repeated the warning that "myspace-like social networking hubs" recruit, train and deploy militants. Yet the activity seems rather sporadic. In the whole of 2007, he reported, just 97 messages were posted online by al-Qaeda. Orr tried to make that scary by calling that "a record 97 messages" illustrating the number in a big bold typeface…Roger Chapin was subpoenaed to testify on Capitol Hill about the charity he runs. Help Hospitalized Veterans promises craft kits for casualties. CBS' Sharyl Attkisson and ABC's Brian Ross both publicized his record of spending only 25c of each dollar raised on the kits. Attkisson aired his "surprisingly candid" explanation as to why he does not publish that ratio: "If we disclose, which I am more than happy to do, we will all be out of business"…both ABC's Jim Sciutto (embargoed link) and NBC's Tom Costello covered the crash landing of a British Airways jetliner short of the runway at Heathrow Airport. "It is the first serious accident ever involving a Boeing 777," noted Costello, out of the 700-or-so in operation worldwide. None of the 152 on board was seriously injured.


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