The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Unease Shadows Bush's Optimism A combination of escalating bloodshed, gloomy assessments and deteriorating security conditions in Iraq are challenging the Bush administration's upbeat view of the struggle to establish democracy in the beleaguered Middle East nation. (LA Times)

Humvee Windows Divide Two Starkly Different Worlds Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood is divided into two worlds: the one Iraqis live in and the one U.S. soldiers drive through. (Knight Ridder Newspapers)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

'Coordinated Attacks Signal Sophisticated Iraqi Insurgency' The scale and sophistication of militant attacks in Iraq are steadily increasing, with coordinated strikes and complicated ambushes that increasingly hit their targets, officials and analysts say. (AP)

Iraq's Universities Face Catastrophe Iraqi universities, once among the most prestigious in the Arab world, are facing potential catastrophe, with rampant kidnappings and murders causing the post-Saddam Hussein intelligentsia to flee abroad en masse. (Middle East Online)

Spreading Illusions On Iraq It should not be surprising that a classified National Intelligence Estimate completed last month projects three scenarios for Iraq over the next 18 months that range from dicey to disastrous - from fragile stability to civil war among Sunni Arabs, Shiites and Kurds. What is surprising is that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney go on campaigning as if their Iraq policy has been a great success. (Boston Globe)

The War Was Illegal While Kofi Annan's verdict on the war is welcome, the pity is that he did not have the courage to make it last year, before the US and Britain embarked on war. (Guardian)

This Is Bush's Vietnam George W. Bush is now trapped as tightly in Iraq as Johnson was in Vietnam. (New York Times)

See Ya, Iraq? Leaving unilaterally from Iraq would be a tragic mistake. We have already done something like that before —many times. What rippled out afterwards was not pretty. (National Review)

Securing the March Towards Democracy It goes without saying that free and fair elections can never be conducted in the absence of some semblance of peace and stability. (Jordan Times)

When Death Is Okay Some 10,000 Iraqis have lost their lives in Baghdad alone since the Americans entered the city a year and a half ago, both from insurgent and criminal acts. Such a great loss of human lives can never provide the right grounds for any Iraqi population approval of the American misadventure in Iraq. (Yemen Times)

Assessing the Risk of Terrorism in the Broader Scale

The bottom line is this: there will always be terrorists and legitimate efforts to catch them. But meanwhile, the bigger statistical threat comes from the driver next to you who is talking on the mobile phone (The Irish Times, subscription required.)

Operation in Tribal Belt

If analyzed with a pragmatic way, Pakistan's success in the fight vis-à-vis terrorism is matchless, explicitly when the figures of those killed, injured or arrested by Pakistan's forces is steadily going up. (Pakistan Times)

It's Up to Indonesians Themselves to Fight Terrorism

[The Indonesian] government carries too much baggage. It has little moral authority to deal with Islamic groups, lacks public support because of corruption and its security forces are seen as a problem rather than the solution. [The people] need to be the ones to fight back. (Time Asia)

Testing Our 'Ally,' Pakistan

Why not seek answers from that great friend of the United States, Pakistan? After all, Pakistan is known to have sold nuclear weapons technology to other nations, helping them develop the kind of weapons of mass destruction that the Bush administration erroneously said would be found in Iraq. (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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