The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Not many men have returned safely from the forbidding domain where Micah Garen spent 10 harrowing days this month, as a captive of Islamic militants who took him hostage in the southern city of Nasiriya and threatened to execute him unless American troops withdrew from Najaf. (NY Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Important News About Iraq That Has Gone Unreported

For the past month or so, while the media have been obsessed with the activities of Moqtada Sadr and his fighters in Najaf, much of the really important news about Iraq has gone largely unreported. (Arab News)

The Najaf Battle Mirrors the Five Major Modern Arab Crises

Hundreds of millions of Arabs are pained to wake up every morning and learn of more inhuman, incomprehensible behavior by different actors in the Middle East. Iraq and Palestine epitomize the problems and distortions that make this violent region so dangerous, for its own citizens and for foreign armies and individuals alike. (Daily Star —Lebanon)

Rumsfeld's War Plan Shares the Blame

Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's leadership of the Pentagon has been weighed by a jury of his peers and found somewhat wanting. A report by a blue-ribbon panel he appointed to review the military establishment's role in creating and handling detainee abuse problems at Abu Ghraib prison said that the Iraq war plan he played a key role in shaping helped create the conditions that led to the scandal. (Washington Post)

A Trail of 'Major Failures' Leads to Defense Secretary's Office

For Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign over the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib would be a mistake, the four-member panel headed by James M. Schlesinger asserted Tuesday. But in tracing responsibility for what went wrong at Abu Ghraib, it drew a line that extended to the defense secretary's office. (NY Times)

The Minority, Majority and Participation Crisis! What happened, is happening, and will happen in Iraq, does not predict the end of the Iraqi people's crisis and the beginning of the security and stability through restoring sovereignty. (Al Hayat)

Breaking 'Evil Traditions' Is Possible

In Yemen, just as in many other Arab and developing countries, we have a huge number of traditions. Those traditions have existed for many years, and emerged due to many reasons. (Yemen Times)

Morocco's Crime-Terror Nexus

Last month, Spain's leading investigative magistrate testified that there were 100 Al Qaeda cells in Morocco —which at its closest to Spain is a mere seven miles away, across the neck of the Mediterranean —ready to cross over into Europe. (LA Times)

Najaf Mirrors the Five Major Modern Arab Crises

Hundreds of millions of Arabs are pained to wake up every morning and learn of more inhuman, incomprehensible behavior by different actors in the Middle East. (Jordan Times)

Made In Iraq: The New Antiwar Veteran

On the fringe of the recent Democratic National Convention in Boston, there was a miniconvention of a group called Veterans for Peace. Most of the 400-plus participants were Vietnam veterans, though there were smaller contingents of veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the first Gulf War. (Boston Globe)

FROM THE THINK TANKS

Intelligence Reforms Greeted With Urgency And Caution

The recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the US to reform the intelligence community has led to conflicting calls for urgent action and a need for caution. Gordon Corera examines the arguments on both sides and the obstacles to reform. (Jane's Intelligence Review)

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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