The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

U.S. Raises Reward for Al-Zarqawi to $25m U.S. authorities have increased to $25 million the reward for information leading to the arrest of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant suspected of masterminding a wave of terror attacks in Iraq. The increase, announced by the State Department Wednesday, more than doubles the previous offering of $10 million that was set in February and puts al-Zarqawi on par with Saddam Hussein, now jailed. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has a $50 million bounty on his head. (Washington Post)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Iraqis React To Saddam Trial With Mixed Feelings The fate of Saddam Hussein, transferred to Iraqi custody yesterday, sparks controversy more than six months after his capture, as many Iraqis regard their foreign-bestowed sovereignty with mixed feelings. (AFP)

Much At Stake in an Iraq Trial When Saddam Hussein is charged with crimes against humanity in an Iraqi court on Thursday, much more will be at stake than his own fate. For the people of this country, the Iraqi Special Tribunal could open the door for a thorough accounting of the crimes committed by his notoriously repressive government. (NY Times)

The U.S.-led CPA is Leaving a Legacy of Muddled Accounting Handing over sovereignty to the new Iraqi interim government means that the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) ceased to exist. Many fear that the US and UN commissioned audits checking for waste and fraud in Iraq reconstruction contracts will simply disappear and accountability will be lost. (The Daily Star — Lebanon)

Is This Good for America? Who among us didn't hear Monday's news of Iraqi sovereignty, filter it through our respective opinions about Iraq, and silently ask: Is this good for my side? (Bahrain Tribune)

The Trial of Saddam Hussein In Saddam Hussein's Iraq, courts counted for nothing, while fear, death and vengeance were the only laws of the land. A new Iraq must be built on more solid foundations: democracy and the rule of law. One of the first challenges will be bringing Saddam Hussein to justice. His trial can be a significant step toward the rule of law - or a detour back to the rule of revenge. He should have a fair trial under an elected government applying the relevant principles of Iraqi and international law. (NY Times)

Print Media Invade New Iraq Under the ousted leader Saddam Hussein's long reign Iraqis had only access to five state-controlled dailies.In the nearly 15 months since Saddam Hussein's overthrow, 278 newspapers have appeared, almost one every three days. (Iraq Press Agency)

Time Running Out in Sudan Sudan has edged away from being the playground for terrorists it was in the 1990s, when Carlos the Jackal, Abu Nidal and Osama bin Laden called the African country home. In recent years it has tried to improve relations with the United States, but the Sudanese government's lies about the ethnic cleansing it is sponsoring in the country's Darfur region threaten to again make it a pariah. (LA Times)

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