The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

The United States military formally opened its first trial of an accused al Qaeda collaborator Tuesday, alleging that the former personal chauffeur for Osama bin Laden helped him ferry weapons and flee after the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Washington Post)

Guantanamo Britons Get Legal Access

The United States is to allow three British citizens and two residents their first access to lawyers since being imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay over two years ago. (Al Jazeera)

Guantanamo Trial of Two Yemenis Unfair

Human rights activists in Yemen condemned the USA's military trial in Guantanamo Bay of two Yemenis. The trial of four prisoners, also including a Sudanese, and an Australian started on Tuesday and is being widely criticized throughout Yemen for not meeting the minimum standards of a fair trial. (Yemen Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Report: Militants Kidnap Iraqi Defense Minister's Brother-In-Law, Demand End to Najaf Fighting

Militants said Wednesday they had kidnapped the brother-in-law of Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan and demanded he end all military operations in the holy city of Najaf, according to a video, Al-Jazeera television reported. (AP)

Website Shows Beheading of 'C.I.A. Spy' In Iraq

An Islamic militant group posted pictures on its website on Wednesday of what it said was the beheading of a man it called a United States Central Intelligence Agency spy in Iraq. (Independent Online)

Prison Abuse Panel Faults Leaders

An investigative panel said Tuesday that ultimate blame for the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq goes all the way to the Pentagon's top civilian and military command, but the panel's chairman said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld should not resign, because his forced departure would "be a boon to all of America's enemies." (LA Times)

Abu Ghraib Hearing Underway In Germany

Charles Graner, the suspected ringleader in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal and three others are facing pre-trial hearings in Germany, marked by warnings by the judge for the U.S. to speed up investigations. (Deutsche Welle)

Najaf Standoff Nears End

The siege of the Imam Ali shrine in the holy city of Najaf was today approaching its end, with U.S. forces reportedly only 20 meters away and most of the rebel Mahdi army fighters said to have either fled or been killed. (Guardian)

Govt Ultimatum to Sadr

Iraqi forces yesterday threatened to storm the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf while representatives of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr appealed for talks. US and Iraqi forces battled Sadr's Mehdi Army militia and Iraqi National Guardsmen advanced to within 200 meters of the mosque compound. (Arab News)

U.S. Warplanes Bomb Fallujah

U.S. forces launched heavy bombing strikes on the volatile city of Fallujah today, residents said. U.S. warplanes went for targets at least 15 times on the city's eastern outskirts, and explosions could be heard for over two hours. (Ireland Online)

Top Shia Leader Returns To Iraq

Iraq's most influential Shia leader has returned after medical treatment in Britain as fighting continues to rage in the Shia holy city of Najaf. (BBC)

Lebanese Captive Freed Claims Islamist Group

An Islamist group said it had released Lebanese hostage Mohammad Raad, whom it kidnapped in Iraq, Al Arabiya television reported yesterday. (Gulf Daily News —Bahrain)

Freed U.S. Journalist Found Solace in Philosophy During 'Moments of Terror'

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