The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Canada Toronto Teenager 'Admits He's Terrorist' A Canadian detained as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay has admitted he is a trained al Qaeda terrorist and that he killed an American soldier in Afghanistan, according to internal U.S. military documents disclosed yesterday.A summary of the U.S. government's case against Omar Khadr reveals for the first time that the Toronto-born teen was trained by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, acted as a translator for the terrorist network and tried to blow up American soldiers. In June, 2002, the then-15-year- old "conducted a surveillance mission" in which he spied on an airport near the Afghan city of Khost to collect information about military convoys, it says. He is also accused of planting 10 land mines a few weeks later that were aimed at U.S. forces operating in the region. (National Post —Canada)


Dismissal Urged for 2 on Guantanamo Panel Two members of a panel hearing cases of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay should be dismissed because their pasts may make them biased against the defendants, the presiding officer recommended. (AP)

Terror Indictments May Be Linked to Padilla Two men allegedly aided extremists with funds and recruitment. 'Dirty bomb' suspect may have been a beneficiary of their support. (LA Times)


U.S. Forces Pound Fallujah; 44 Said Dead A suicide attacker detonated an explosives-packed vehicle near a row of police cars blocking off a bridge in central Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 20, officials said. The attack came hours after U.S. jets pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, leaving at least 44 dead. (Associated Press)

2 Americans, Briton Seized By Gunmen In Baghdad Masked gunmen kidnapped two Americans and a Briton from their Baghdad residence Thursday in an attack that appeared to herald a new level of danger for foreign civilians in Iraq. (Washington Post)

Gunbattles Rage After Car Bomb Tries to Ram Baghdad Checkpoint Gunbattles raged for hours between US-led Iraqi troops and insurgents in a Baghdad bastion of Saddam Hussein loyalists after an explosives-rigged car tried to ram a checkpoint, the US military said. (Agence France-Presse)

Iraq Study Finds Desire for Arms, but Not Capacity A new report on Iraq's illicit weapons program is expected to conclude that Saddam Hussein's government had a clear intent to produce weapons. But, like earlier reports, it finds no evidence that Iraq had begun any large-scale program for weapons production by the time of the American invasion last year, the officials said. (NY Times)

U.K. ready to Send More Troops to Iraq Britain is prepared to send more troops to Iraq if necessary to safeguard elections planned for next year, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has said. (Al Jazeera)

AMS: U.S. Actions Foiling Hostage Deal Iraq's influential Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) has accused the US army of hampering efforts to secure the release of two abducted French journalists. (Al Jazeera)

Armitage: Iraq Elections Will Be Held As Planned Elections will take place in Iraq as planned by next January, US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said here Friday after talks with Polish officials. "We realise they might not be pretty, but they will be held," he said, referring to the disastrous security situation in occupied Iraq. (Middle East Online)

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