Base in Ethiopia Used to Hunt Al Qaeda

Egyptian cleric Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, better known as Abu Omar, told reporters at an Alexandria court today he was tortured in an Egyptian prison after allegedly being kidnapped by CIA agents off the streets of Milan in 2003. (ABC News)

COLUMBIA

Colombia's Ex-Spy Chief Charged

Colombia's former intelligence chief has been arrested and charged with murder and collaborating with right-wing militias. (BBC)

SOMALIA

Somali Insurgents Threaten Attacks

Extremists in Somalia threatened to carry out suicide attacks against African Union peacekeepers who are to begin deploying in the coming days, and the capital's international airport came under mortar fire Thursday. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Drone Crashes in Afghanistan

An unmanned U.S. military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Friday after developing a mechanical failure, U.S. military statement said. (AP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Nuclear Poker with Iran

The effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability has reached a crisis point. (The Boston Globe)

Wounded and Abandoned

When the U.S. Senate next debates whether to debate the Iraq war, members would do well to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, just five miles to the north. There they can run a stark reality check on how the country is failing the war's wounded despite all those Capitol orations about unstinting support of our fighting troops. (International Herald Tribune)

The US Psychological Torture System Is Finally On Trial

By Naomi Klein

Something remarkable is going on in a Miami courtroom. The cruel methods US interrogators have used since September 11 to "break" prisoners are finally being put on trial. This was not supposed to happen. The Bush administration's plan was to put José Padilla on trial for allegedly being part of a network linked to international terrorists. But Padilla's lawyers are arguing that he is not fit to stand trial because he has been driven insane by the government. (The Guardian)

Geopolitical Diary: Syria's Russian Connection

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday that Syria is strengthening its army "in an unprecedented way" and massing troops near the border with Israel along the Golan Heights. Syrian lawmaker Mohammed Hasbah denied the report, saying Syria has not redeployed its troops to the front lines but is prepared for any situation. Hasbah warned that Israel would "pay a heavy price" if it should "decide to do something stupid." (Stratfor)

Read Original Harretz article: Syria Rearms, Moves Troops Closer to Golan Heights Border (Harretz)

N-Risk Reduction Pact

The ministerial-level talks in New Delhi have ended on a positive note, with the two sides signing an agreement on nuclear risk reduction, besides reaching an understanding on a number of issues to carry the peace process forward. (Dawn)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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