An Egyptian fundamentalist called Abdel Aziz Mostafa Nasir, who has been convicted of involvement in the murder of a Jewish rabbi in 1990 and is serving his prison sentence in Colorado, sent a letter to Asharq Al Awsat newspaper. Nasir, who is also accused on involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, said he submitted a request to change his lawyer for the case. Nasir also said he was being kept in solitary confinement out of fear for his safety at the prison. (Asharq Al Awsat)
9/11 Lawsuit Blames Kingdom, Sudan, Syria
The family of a former FBI counterterrorism chief killed in the World Trade Center collapse sued Saudi Arabia, Syria and Sudan on Wednesday, accusing them of aiding terrorists worldwide. (AP)
Saudi Prisoners 'May Be Released Soon'
Although the Saudi government has not yet received an official notice from the U.S., letters sent by the Saudi prisoners held at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba indicate improved treatment and optimism that they may be released soon, according to a Saudi interior ministry official. (Al Hayat)
THE WAR IN IRAQ
Ex-Aide in Congress Charged As Iraq Spy
The government is accusing a one-time journalist and Congressional aide of secretly becoming a paid Iraqi intelligence agent before trying to influence her distant cousin - the White House chief of staff — on U.S. policy. (AP)
G.I.'s May Be Targets of Kidnappers and Rebels Posing as Policemen
The insurgents may make a symbolic spectacle of abducted soldiers or use captives to negotiate the release of Iraqi prisoners. (NY Times)
U.S. Wants Saddam's Assets Returned
The United States said Thursday it was negotiating with other countries to return Saddam Hussein's assets to Iraq. (UPI)
ANALYSIS & OPINION
Press Review: Was it ETA or Al Qaeda?
European media: 'For us, terrorism is no longer a spectator sport.' (CS Monitor)
A New — and Bloody — Style of Attack If Eta is behind the attacks, it would point to a deadly change of tactics. (The Guardian)
Al Qaeda Link is One Possibility
The size and savagery of Thursday's synchronized train station bombings suggest a significant shift in tactics by Basque separatists — or the work of an entirely new player in Spain. (LA Times)
Terror Plain and Simple
It is time to ditch once and for all the old lie that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. No cause, however noble, can justify the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians. It is not a matter of what these people believe in or support. It is what they do. (Arab News)
Is Al Qaeda Now a Role Model for Other Terrorists?
Regardless of who is behind the Madrid bombings, the attacks add new urgency to the fight against bin Laden, writes Tony Parkinson. (The Age — Australia)
To Die in Madrid Events such as yesterday's in Madrid define our age and annotate its calendar. (The Guardian)
Taken for a Ride
An indicted crack-dealing informant told the FBI he could lead agents to bin Laden. Guess what happened next? (Newsweek)
Temporary, in an Endless Framework
Ayatollah Sistani's reservations seem realistic. (Al Hayat)
Iraq's New Constitution Goes a Long Way but Still Falls Short
The soap opera of getting the Iraqi transitional constitution signed made for great theater and ended, fortunately, with all 25 members of Iraq's Governing Council signing the document into law. But no one should mistake this success as anything more than a small step on the very long road to a worthy future for Iraq. (LA 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.