The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Washington's three major airports, along with a select handful of others, stepped down from "elevated yellow" alert Tuesday, ending more than three months of intense security procedures put in place in December over concerns about a possible terrorist attack during the holidays. (Washington Post)


Britain Forces Through Demand to Retain EU Airline Passenger Data

France and Germany last night bowed to a British demand that EU governments automatically retain data on airline passenger records to help fight illegal immigration and investigate terrorist networks. (The Guardian)


Guantanamo Briton Alleges Torture

One of the Britons freed from detention at Guantanamo Bay has made allegations of torture against the camp authorities. (The Guardian)


Bomb Kills Five U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

Road bomb kills five U.S. soldiers West of Baghdad; at least four others killed in separate attack. (AP)

Brutal Attacks in Iraq Kill Civilians, Soldiers Jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of four foreigners — one a woman, at least one an American — through the streets today and hanged them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. Five American troops died in a roadside bombing nearby. (AP)

U.S. Shifts Focus of Iraq Weapons Hunt to Saddam's Intentions

The new leader of the U.S. hunt for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction told Congress he intends to focus on Saddam Hussein's intentions instead of hidden weapons. (AFP)

Iraq Rebuilding Plan Reviewed Authority's Inspector General Cites Initial Oversight Concerns. (Washington Post)

Iraq Faces $310bn Debt Crisis

Iraq is heading for economic meltdown under the weight of its $310 billion international debt and reparations bill. (The Observer)

Saddam's Wife Sajida Moves to Qatar

Saddam's wife Sajida, who was staying in Syria, headed to Doha yesterday, where she will be living, reports al Hayat. (Al Hayat)


Let's Not Forget 9/11 Commission's Main Goal: Preventing Future Attacks

The past is past; terrorism prevention should start now. (CS Monitor)

An Obsession With Secrecy

At the heart of the bipartisan grumbling over the belated agreement to let Condoleezza Rice appear publicly before the independent panel probing the 9/11 attacks is this fundamental principle: The people in a democracy have a right, indeed an obligation, to probe the thought processes that their leaders pursued to arrive at policies; citizens also have a right to reach their own judgments about the soundness of those decisions. (LA Times)

International Relations 101

Security measures that keep out legitimate foreign students only hurt us in the war on terror. (NY Times)

Wartime Stress Poor morale and high suicide rates point to big problems for troops in Iraq. (Newsweek)

Terrorism in Tashkent Worries U.S.

Violence in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan has left nearly 40 dead and many injured putting the capital Tashkent on high alert and causing concern in Washington that the situation could disrupt allied operations in neighboring Afghanistan. (UPI)

Maybe None of Them are Terrorists

Even the U.S. military's own lawyers realize Guantánamo is an own goal. (The Guardian)

The Blame Game Was Iraq a distraction from the war against America's real enemies? And could those enemies have been countered earlier? (Economist)

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