32 Militants Killed by Missile Strike in Pakistan

An Enron Corp unit's former chief executive has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for securities fraud linked to the energy-trading giant's 2001 bankruptcy, which exposed one of the biggest US corporate scandals. (Times of India)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Syrian Efforts to Deny Fath Al-Islam Affiliation With Syrian Intelligence

By H. Varulkar

Following the exposure of an affiliation between Fath Al-Islam and Syrian intelligence during the interrogation of Fath Al-Islam members, Syrian and pro-Syrian elements and media have been making efforts to deny this affiliation. Fath Al-Islam leaders with connections to Syria have suddenly disappeared, to be replaced by new leaders, claimed to be connected to Al-Qaeda. In addition, one of the organization's new leaders and a pro-Syrian Lebanese source have stated that Fath Al-Islam is under the command of Al-Qaeda, a claim that was firmly denied by the organization's previous leadership. (MEMRI)

Myths about Western Aid to Arab Political Parties

By Thomas Carothers

Until recently Western assistance programs aimed at strengthening political parties were less present in the Arab world than in almost all other areas of the developing world. As part of the heightened American and European interest in promoting Arab political reform, however, such programs are multiplying in the region. (Daily Star)

The Failed States Index 2007

The world's weakest states aren't just a danger to themselves. They can threaten the progress and stability of countries half a world away. In the third annual Failed States Index, FOREIGN POLICY and The Fund for Peace rank the countries where the risk of failure is running high. (Foreign Policy)

Escape from Gaza

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed

Over 12,000 residents fled from the Gaza Strip to escape the thugs fighting for power who have turned this small piece of land, 130 square kilometers, into a living hell for approximately one million and a half inhabitants. They are the cause of fear, misery and poverty amongst the residents of Gaza. (Asharq Alawsat)

The Fog of 'War on Terror'

On the face of it, the "war on terror" is going well in Southeast Asia. But in this murky world, intelligence and propaganda easily become interchangeable. (International Herald Tribune)

Behind the New Iraq Offensive

The thunderous start of Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Diyala province inaugurates the second phase of Gen. David Petraeus's "surge" strategy. If the first, a massive security crackdown in and around Baghdad, was designed to smoke Al-Qaeda and other militant groups out of their foxholes, the new assault is meant to pick them off in open battle. The assault began in and around Baqouba, the volatile provincial capital about 31 miles northeast of Baghdad, and involves over 10,000 American soldiers and heavy air cover. (Time)

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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