The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell made a surprise visit to Iraq's capital today and marked the start of the war in Iraq about one year ago. (NY Times)

Arab Journalists Stage Powell Walk-Out

Arab journalists on Friday walked out of a news conference held by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to protest the shooting deaths of two Iraqi reporters, allegedly by U.S. troops. (AP)

Alleged Al Qaeda Official Claims Responsibility for Hotel Bombing

In an email to Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, Abu Mohammad al Ablaj, an alleged al Qaeda official who had communicated through email with another Arab magazine in the past, claimed responsibility for the bombing of Baghdad's Mount Lebanon Hotel Wednesday night. Al Ablaj also claimed al Qaeda was not behind the attacks on the Shiites and stressed that they are not a target. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Hussein's Fund Thefts Higher Than Estimated

Saddam Hussein's government illegally obtained more than $10 billion in revenue related to the United Nations' oil-for-food program, about $3.5 billion more than previously thought, a congressional committee was told Thursday. (LA Times)

Galloway Demands Inquiry

MP demands government inquiry after US newspaper which falsely accused him of accepting $10m from Saddam Hussein apologizes. (The Guardian)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Zawahiri: Bin Laden's Top Lieutenant and Al Qaeda's Intellectual

Ayman al Zawahiri, the al Qaeda deputy leader who the Pakistani military believes it has cornered in a village near the Afghan border, is Osama bin Laden's closest aide and personal doctor. (AFP)

U.S. vs. Europe: Two Views of Terror

Ever since George W. Bush's first reaction to Sept. 11 was that this is "war," debate has simmered over whether fighting terrorism is best handled as a military operation or as law-enforcement, using intelligence cooperation, police work, and the courts. (CS Monitor)

If the West Dances When Al Qaeda Acts, the Terrorists Win

It is wrong to think Madrid proves the perils of fraternizing with America. (The Age — Australia)

The Middle East Doesn't Need This Peace Plan

If the aim of the al Qaeda terrorist is to create a great division between Islam and the West — and I believe that this is their most deep-rooted — then Western leaders are marching straight into the divide. (The Independent)

Like It or Not, the West Just Can't Leave the Middle East

The dreams of al Qaeda and its allies are destructive — but doomed. (The Guardian)

One Year After

One year ago, President Bush began the war in Iraq. If we had known then what we know now, none of this might have happened. (NY Times)

One Year After …

What Iraq gained from the war is the fact that it got rid of a despotic regime. (Al Hayat)

Bush's Distortions Misled Congress in Its War Vote

A year ago, the United States went to war in Iraq because President Bush and his administration convinced Congress and the country that Saddam Hussein was an urgent threat that required immediate military action. The nation has paid a high price for that decision ever since. (LA Times)

Voices On Iraq: One Year On

Noam Chomsky, Hans von Sponeck, Tim Trevan and George Galloway on the one-year anniversary of the conflict. (The Guardian)

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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