U.S. Forces Step Up Efforts Against Insurgency

Iraq Held Hostage To Terror Hostage-taking has emerged as a powerful "smart weapon" in the Iraqi insurgents' arsenal. However, it does seem that its indiscriminate use could alienate Muslim opinion. (Asia Times)

Coming Unhinged? It is understandable that news coverage will focus on violence, and administration critics will spin events as negatively as possible. But if solid majorities of Iraqis believe conditions are improving, we should take them at their word. (National Review)

The End of Gitmo Limbo The legal limbo of the prisoners at Guantanamo is coming to an end. Spurred by the scandalous revelations from Abu Ghraib in late April and three Supreme Court decisions in late June, the administration is belatedly putting in place several layers of due process intended to ensure that the 585 detainees in the war on terror are being justly held. It remains to be seen how adequate and durable these arrangements will prove to be, but they are at the very least important steps. (Weekly Standard —subscription required)

Fellow Britons All must hope that the mission by two senior British Muslims to secure the release of Ken Bigley proves successful. Until now, moderate Muslims have done far too little to distance themselves from the religious extremism that is an insult to Islam. (The Times London —subscription required)

Is CIA at War with Bush? A few hours after George W. Bush dismissed a pessimistic CIA report on Iraq as ''just guessing,'' the analyst who identified himself as its author told a private dinner last week of secret, unheeded warnings years ago about going to war in Iraq. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Change the Iraq Conversation President Bush and would-be president John Kerry seem to agree that what America needs in Iraq is a new set of allies. They're right —but only to a point. What America needs far more urgently is a new set of goals for Iraq and a new way of thinking about international terrorism. (Washington Post)

The Najaf Peace Deal According to the Najaf peace deal, there is a need of a census to be taken to prepare for election, which is expected in Iraq by January 2005. This shows how firm Muqtada al-Sadr is on his one of the major four August 12, 2004 demands: the Iraqi transitional Government should be replaced with a Shia theocracy. (Pakistan Times)

So Much For Strategy Richard Armitage was being questioned by a committee member on some of the Bush administration's missteps in Iraq. One such misstep, Armitage volunteered, was that the US was not aware of, and was wrong-footed by, the "tribal influences" in that country. This admission of error —is truly astonishing. How can it be true? (Jordan Times)

Bush or Kerry: Who's Really Osama's Boy? We're suddenly having a national debate about who Bin Laden and Al Qaeda support for president. Bin Laden's opinion, if only we could know it, would probably affect the judgment of fellow voters more than that of any other independent thinker except, of course, John McCain. (LA Times)

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

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