Ambushed: Two ABC News Journalists Killed in Iraq

A leading human rights activist expressed fears that a northbound mobilization of troops in Sri Lanka indicated the Colombo government was planning to open another front in its push into Tamil Tiger territory, in retaliation for increasingly brazen rebel attacks involving airstrikes against military air bases. (Washington Post)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

How the World Can Save the Bank

By Paul Blustein

The long institutional nightmare is over. That, at least, is the hope at the World Bank, now that Paul Wolfowitz has resigned as the bank's president amid the furor over the hefty pay raise and job transfer received by his woman friend, a bank employee. (The Guardian)

Meeting the Taliban

They emerge on the back of a pick-up truck from the shores of a sunken river. Six young men in black turbans, thick black beards and guns strapped to their shoulders, hips and chest. They are Taliban, or religious seminary students, but we are not in Afghanistan. We are in Hawed, a Pakistani village near the Afghan border. (Al-Ahram)

The Insurgent Advantage

By David Brooks

The war on terror has shredded the reputation of the Bush administration. It's destroyed the reputation of Tony Blair's government in Britain, Ehud Olmert's government in Israel and Nuri al-Maliki's government in Iraq. And here's a prediction: It will destroy future American administrations, and future Israeli, European and world governments as well. (NY Times)

Afghan Battle Lines Become Blurred

By M K Bhadrakumar

New fault lines have appeared on the Afghan chessboard. While the "international community" kept watch on the obscure lawless borderlands of Pakistan's tribal agencies for the Taliban's spring offensive, templates of the war began to shift - almost unnoticed. (Asia Times)

Saudi Press Reactions to the Arrest of Seven Terrorist Cells in Saudi Arabia

By: Y. Admon and M. Feki

In a recent sweep, Saudi authorities arrested the members of seven terrorist cells that were operating within the country. The cells were receiving assistance from elements outside the country to establish training bases abroad, with the aim of carrying out attacks in Saudi Arabia. After the arrests, senior Saudi officials and columnists expressed criticism of the lapses and failures in the authorities' handling of the problem of domestic terrorism and extremism, and made recommendations for improvement. The following are excerpts of the reactions from Saudi officials and the Saudi Press. (MEMRI)

Just File Padilla under 'Jihadi of a Lesser Allah'

By Dale McFeatters

Al-Qaeda may be doomed, and evidence of that surfaced in the trial of Jose Padilla, who is charged by the Justice Department with maybe, sort of, wanting to do something, not sure what, but really bad. (Boston Herald)

Immigration Bill Faces a Wall of Opposition

The compromise immigration plan unveiled Thursday by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats offers the best prospect for congressional action on the explosive issue this year — perhaps for several years to come. (LA 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 and Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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