New Taliban Group Named After Tora Bora Setup

The United States government has shifted its Middle East policy in an increasing alliance on Sunni governments to counter the threat from Iran and a developing "Shiite crescent," journalist Seymour Hersh writes in the March 5 edition of "The New Yorker." (AP)

THAILAND

Thais Struggle with Violent Insurgency

Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years with almost daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings. (NY Times)

JAPAN

6 Cited in Deaths at Nuke Power Plant

Prosecutors on Monday took over the criminal investigation into six maintenance officials suspected of professional negligence resulting in bodily injury and death in Japan's deadliest accident at a nuclear plant. (Asahi)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Redirection

By Seymour M. Hersh

In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The "redirection," as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. (The New Yorker)

Jihadi Vs. Jihadi

By Christopher Isham and Hoda Osman

Although the killing continues, the jihad in Iraq is showing signs of stress. (ABC News)

Padilla Case Opens Old Questions on CIA 'Truth Serums'

By Jeff Stein

Why won't the government just deny that U.S. interrogators administered a "truth serum" to Jose Padilla? (Congressional Quarterly)

Three U.S. Reasons to Attack Iran

By Michael T. Klare

Some time this spring or summer, barring an unexpected turnaround by Tehran, US President George W Bush is likely to go on national television and announce that he has ordered US ships and aircraft to strike at military targets inside Iran. (Asia Times)

When Murder Should Simply Be Called Murder, Not 'Jihad'

By Laura McAleer and Hala Ali

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, many in the Western world have struggled to correctly identify acts of terrorism and their perpetrators. Often, people reading newspapers and watching TV news conclude that such acts were committed in the name of jihad, the Islamic concept commonly, and incorrectly, defined as "holy war." (The Daily Star)

Al Qaeda Resurgent

Almost five and a half years ago, America, united by the shock of 9/11, understood exactly what it needed to do. It had to find, thwart and take down the command structure of Al Qaeda, which was responsible for the deaths of 3,000 innocent people on American soil. (International Herald Tribune)

Why Our Enemies -- And Friends -- Hate Us

By Niall Ferguson

Provoking dislike throughout the world is part of being an empire. (L.A. Times)

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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