The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Kidnaps Deflate Muslim Revolt On Scarf Ban

A date France had feared for months passed without serious incident as more than 12 million pupils returned to school —and only a handful defied the ban on Islamic headscarves that became law yesterday. (Guardian)

Kidnappers Kill Three Turkish Hostages

An Iraqi extremist group has killed three Turkish hostages, Al-Jazeera television said yesterday, adding it had received a video of the execution. Police and medical officers said three Turkish drivers were found shot dead by the side of a road in Samarra, north of Baghdad. (Arab News)

Prison Probe Raises Questions About C.I.A.

The latest Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal is raising new questions about whether the C.I.A., operating outside military rules, contributed to the breakdown of military discipline at the prison. (AP)

Militia Leaders Charging Betrayal by Iraqi Premier

Leaders of the insurgent Mahdi Army declared Thursday that they had been betrayed by Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who has been trying to lure away the militia's supporters with millions of dollars in aid. (NY Times)

U.S. Troops Urge Sadr Fighters To Hand In Heavy Weapons

U.S. troops in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City urged the Mehdi Army militia to turn in its heavy weapons, as talks continued Thursday between the Iraqi government and Moqtada al-Sadr's movement following a surprise truce call by the firebrand cleric. (AFP)

Oil Prices Soar On Iraq Fears and Yukos Woes

World oil prices soared yesterday after a pipeline explosion in Iraq fuelled fears about disruptions to supplies, traders said. (Gulf Daily News —Bahrain)

Samarra Latest No-Go Zone For U.S. Troops, Iraq Trying To End Standoff There

Over the past few months, insurgents in Samarra have deposed the U.S.-picked leaders and put to death people suspected of collaborating with them, making the northern Iraqi city the latest no-go zone for Iraqi and American troops. (AP)

Filipinos Still Seek Work In Iraq Despite Danger and Ban

Despite a presidential order banning Filipino workers from going to Iraq, hundreds of people still line up every day at employment agencies here, hoping for a chance to get a job in that strife-torn country. (NY Times)


A Terrible Lesson From A Classroom In Beslan

Children make it different. Like the tragedies of Columbine and Dunblane, the terror that stalks the classrooms of besieged Middle School 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia, is uniquely disturbing. (Guardian)

Acts of Terror

Ten years ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin's government made the catastrophic decision to launch an invasion of Chechnya. Although the government said it aimed to put down a separatist rebellion in what had been an autonomous republic in Russia, the invasion instead set off an endless and vicious circle of violence. (Washington Post)

Putin's Authority Under Challenge on Range of Fronts

For the second time in a week, Vladimir Putin was forced to interrupt his Black Sea holiday Wednesday and rush back to Moscow to deal with a horrifying terrorist outrage linked to the crisis in Chechnya. (Arab News)

Reports In, U.S. Must Act On Abu Ghraib

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