Aide to Radical Cleric Sadr Held Over Killing of 5 U.S. Soldiers

SOMALIA

Somali Gov't Names Qaeda Leader as Fighting Rages

The Somali government said on Thursday that al Qaeda had made a young militant Islamist commander its leader in Mogadishu as fighting raged for a second day in the coastal capital. (Reuters)

MEXICO

Police Deaths in Mexico Jump 50%

The number of police deaths in Mexico in incidents involving organised crime has jumped 50% this year, according to official statistics. (BBC)

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe Pleads for African Solidarity

Zimbabwe's government asked for the support of other African countries on Thursday as cracks began emerging in the region over President Robert Mugabe's increasingly controversial rule. (Reuters)

Angola Sends 'Ninja' Paramilitaries to Bolster Mugabe's Security Forces

About 2,500 Angolan paramilitary police, feared in their own country for their brutality, are to be deployed in Zimbabwe, raising concerns of an escalation in violence against those opposed to President Mugabe. (NY Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Congress's Challenge on Iraq

The House of Representatives now has a chance to lead the nation toward a wiser, more responsible Iraq policy. It is scheduled to vote this week on whether to impose benchmarks for much-needed political progress on the Iraqi government — and link them to the continued presence of American combat forces. (NY Times)

Japan Shields Itself from Attack

It's not the fictional Super X project, designed to defend Tokyo, in the Godzilla movie series. It's a real project designed to shield Japan - the capital first and other parts of the country later - from a real threat. (Asia Times)

Rice Steps into the Maelstrom of Peace in Palestine

By David Ignatius

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is crossing a modest threshold in her efforts to mediate in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: She is signaling her willingness to meet with some members of the Hamas-backed "national unity government,'' even though the Israelis have publicly opposed such a move. (Daily Star)

Musharraf at the Exit

By Ahmed Rashid

In the rapidly unfolding crisis in Pakistan, no matter what happens to President Pervez Musharraf -- whether he survives politically or not -- he is a lame duck. He is unable to rein in Talibanization in Pakistan or guide the country toward a more democratic future. (Washington Post)

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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