The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Thousands of Baathists Return to Civil Service

More than 12,000 former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party will be reintegrated into public service one year after losing their jobs under a policy to punish those loyal to the ousted regime, a senior official said yesterday. (AFP)

Rebel Cleric's Fighters Seize a Police Station in Najaf Militiamen loyal to Moktada al-Sadr seized a police station in the center of Najaf, Iraq, set prisoners free and allowed looters to plunder the building. (NY Times)

Danes Probe Report of Prisoner Abuse

Denmark said Thursday that it has opened an investigation into claims by an interpreter for Danish and U.S. troops in Afghanistan that he witnessed incidents of torture and the killing of prisoners in American custody two years ago. (LA Times)

Pentagon Reinforces Policy for Reporting Deaths of Detainees

All deaths of detainees in U.S. military custody are to be reported immediately to criminal investigators under a policy announced by the Pentagon Thursday, following disclosures about lengthy delays in the military's response to prison fatalities, even those ruled homicides. (Washington Post)

Remote Facility Shows New Face of Iraq Prisons Military personnel at Camp Bucca are making a concerted effort to improve the quality of life for detainees in Iraq following the prison abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib. (Washington Post)

Bush Doesn't Expect NATO to Provide Troops for Iraq President Bush, however, continued to press for a more limited NATO role in training Iraqis to take on the burden of security in their own country. (NY Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Justifying Torture Brings Shame To U.S.

The Bush administration assures the country, and the world, that it is complying with U.S. and international laws banning torture and maltreatment of prisoners. (Toronto Star)

Evolution of Debate

After the United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 and began to capture members of al Qaeda and the Taliban government, U.S. officials debated whether to treat them as prisoners of war with full rights under international law. How the debate evolved: (USA Today)

Kurds Find U.S. Alliance Is Built on Shifting Sands

Before the war to oust Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration counted on the Kurdish minority in northern Iraq as its closest ally. But now ties with the Kurds have reached a bitter new phase, with some Kurdish leaders charging that they have been betrayed by Washington. (NY Times)

Fifth Version

The George W. Bush administration considered the majority consent of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the decision that transfers the authority to an interim government in Iraq at the end of this month, to be a victory; but is it truly so? (Al Hayat)

Sacrifice In the In-Box

The death notices from Iraq come across my computer screen by e-mail and always follow the same format. (Washington Post)

The Insider Daily Terrorism Report (DTR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to international terrorism and the war in Iraq. The DTR is edited from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman, and Brinda Adhikari of the ABCNEWS Investigative Unit. The outside views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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