The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

A video purporting to show the methodical, grisly killings of 12 Nepalese workers kidnapped in Iraq was posted Tuesday on a website linked to a militant group operating in Iraq, news wires report.

And, U.S. warplanes bombed a village in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight people and destroying the camp of a Danish relief group after assailants rocketed a nearby government office, Afghan officials and the aid group's director said Tuesday.

IRAQ NEWS

Twelve Nepalese Captives Executed In Iraq

Al Jazeera is reporting that an Islamist website has published video and pictures depicting the execution of 12 Nepalese captives seized by an Iraqi group two weeks ago. (Al Jazeera)

France Strives To Free Hostages

France is redoubling its diplomatic efforts to save two French journalists taken hostage in Iraq who have been pleading for their lives. (BBC)

Rebel Cleric Calls For Release of Journalists

Representatives of the rebel Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr today called for the release of two kidnapped French journalists, as the French government began crisis talks over their fate. (Guardian)

Rebel Shiite Cleric's Aides Hint He May Enter Politics

The rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr is considering a future in politics rather than warfare, one of his top aides said Monday, as the American-backed Iraqi government and Mr. Sadr's representatives continued talks on the future of his militia. (NY Times)

Other Troops Abused Iraqis —Convicted Soldier A convicted US soldier on Monday testified to a special military hearing here that he saw other American troops abusing Iraqi inmates detained at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad late last year. (AFP)

Sovereign Iraq Just as Deadly to U.S. Forces

Two months after the U.S. handed sovereignty back to Iraq amid hopes of reduced violence, more than 110 U.S. troops have been killed and much of the country remains hostile territory. The toll of U.S. dead since the war began last year is fast approaching 1,000. (LA Times)

THE WAR ON TERROR

Afghanistan

New Threats Against Americans in Kabul

Taliban takes responsibility for sunday's attack, warns of more against U.S. targets. (Washington Post)

United Nations

U.N. Seeks Tighter Sanctions As Qaeda Skirts Money Controls

Al Qaeda no longer needs large sums of money to mount terror attacks and is consequently able to finance its actions in less detectable ways, the chairman of a United Nations sanctions-monitoring committee said Monday. (NY Times)

Russia

Putin Says Link Probed Between Al Qaeda, Chechens

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday investigators were probing a possible link between al Qaeda and Chechen rebels widely believed to have downed two Russian passenger planes a week ago. (Reuters)

No Evidence Of Hijack Bid Found Before Jet Explosions

Russia's transport minister, citing a "black box" recording from one of two planes that crashed minutes apart last week, said yesterday there was no evidence of a hijacking attempt or any other disturbance before explosions aboard the jetliners. (AP)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Police Arrest Two Militants

Saudi police have arrested two wanted militants in the central city of Buraida, security sources said yesterday. (Gulf Times)

No Letup in Anti-Terror Campaign, Says Abdullah

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