The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Iraqi Leadership Approves a Flag of a Different Color Iraq's U.S.-picked leaders approved a new flag for the country, dumping ousted President Saddam Hussein's red-white-and-black standard. The new design is white with two blue stripes, and although it has a crescent representing Islam, the flag no longer bears the words "Allahu akbar" ("God is great"). (LA Times)

3 Freed Japanese Hostages Will Foot Bill for Expenses Three Japanese who were held hostage for a week in Iraq were billed about $7,000 each to cover their plane tickets home and other expenses, an official said Monday. (LA Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Looking Through Keyholes These are the crucial months in Iraq. The events in Najaf and Falluja will largely determine whether Iraq will move toward normalcy or slide into chaos. (NY Times)

The Threat is Real It is rare that Jordan's security authorities go to such great lengths to put confessed terrorism suspects on television. But that was the case last night. (Jordan Times)

Pakistan Tries Amnesty to Stem Tribal Support for Al Qaeda In offering amnesty this weekend to five wanted tribesmen in this lawless region on the Afghan border, the Pakistan military hopes to isolate "foreign terrorists" by cutting off their local support and dismantling their safe haven. (CS Monitor)

How to Get Out of Iraq In the year since the United States Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad's Firdos Square, things have gone very badly for the United States in Iraq and for its ambition of creating a model democracy that might transform the Middle East. (NY Review of Books)

Restoring Former Baathists Demands Implementing a System of Laws In what appears to be a major shift in position, Washington has decided to allow many former Baath Party members in Iraq to go back to their jobs. (Daily Star — Lebanon)

Not All is Bad in Iraq: Look At the Kurdish Areas One year after the demise of Saddam Hussein's regime, most Iraqi Kurds say they have never had it so good since establishing their self-declared mini-state in 1992. (Daily Star — Lebanon)

Waiting for Change in Najaf, Preparing to Force it in Falluja When American commanders on the outskirts of Najaf and Falluja peer into the two troubled Iraqi cities, they see very different problems. Each place has its own culture, each harbors a different enemy, and each offers its own potential allies to help calm a volatile situation. (NY Times)

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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