The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

The Bush administration repatriated a group of British detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison earlier this month despite months of deep reservations by top Pentagon officials, who believed that they were hardened Taliban and al Qaeda operatives too dangerous to send home, according to officials familiar with the events. (Washington Post)

COUNTER-TERRORISM

Europe

Spain Hosts Five-Nation Intelligence Summit On Anti-Terrorism

Spain is hosting a meeting today of intelligence chiefs from the U.K., Italy, France and Germany to discuss coordinating anti-terrorism efforts among the five countries, Spain's Interior Ministry said. (Bloomberg)

U.S.

FBI Budget Squeezed After 9/11 Request for new counter-terror funds cut by two-thirds. (Washington Post)

Spain Blast Prompts Demands for Funds Transit agencies seek to improve rail safety. (Washington Post)

Australia

Australia's Biggest Counter-Terrorism Exercise Underway

Australia's largest-ever counter-terrorism exercise has begun. (abc.net — Australia)

Egypt

Egypt Wants U.N. Resolution Banning Asylum for Terrorists

Egypt wants the United Nations to adopt a semi-binding resolution that would ban all countries from giving "sanctuary or political asylum to terrorists," President Hosni Mubarak said here yesterday. (AFP)

ON THE WEB

"The Blessed Waziristan Operation": Statement Denies Al Zawahri Surrounded

A statement posted on the Global Islamic Media Center website claimed that Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahri and other "mujaheddin leaders" were unharmed. The statement, which was dated March 20th, lists details of alleged daily attacks against U.S. and Pakistani forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It also includes details of engagements with Pakistani troops in the Waziristan area. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)

THE WAR IN IRAQ

Coalition HQ Hit in Baghdad

The coalition headquarters in Baghdad came under rocket attack yesterday, hours after two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq and global anti-war protests marked the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion. (Reuters)

U.S. Soldiers Charged With Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners

The United States military charged six soldiers with abuses against Iraqi prisoners, US media reported yesterday. (Deutsche Presse-Agentur)

ITV Journalists 'Killed By U.S. Troops'

Two ITV journalists who went missing in the attack in which veteran reporter Terry Lloyd died were killed by US troops, according to new witness reports. (The Guardian)

Iraqi Militias Near Accord to Disband Move would aid U.S. handover. (Washington Post)

Powell: U.S. Looking into Saddam Money

U.S. administrators in Iraq have frozen records of a U.N. aid program to help investigators looking into possible corruption during the Saddam Hussein era, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saturday during a stopover in Kuwait. (AP)

Jaysh Ansar Al Sunna Rejects New Umbrella Group

Jaysh Ansar al Sunna, the group believed to be responsible for many of the attacks in Iraq, said it will not be part of "The National Front for the Liberation of Iraq," a group recently formed to bring together all the groups fighting in Iraq. The statement was dated March 17th and posted on the website of the Global Islamic Media Center. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Is Al Qaeda Unstoppable?

Even if leadership is destroyed, terror network model will endure. (ABCNEWS)

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