The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Report: New U.S. Strategy to Capture Al Qaeda Leaders

U.S. forces are scattered in groups of 40 soldiers in the villages and towns close to the Pakistani borders, sources in East Afghanistan told Al Hayat, adding that this was part of a new plan to capture al Qaeda leaders and members. The sources, who arrived in Pakistan yesterday, said the soldiers were living with the people of the area in their homes and mingling with them in an attempt to better understand the situation. The paper is also reporting according to Pakistani security officials that the 25 who were arrested include a Saudi, an Egyptian and a Yemeni, while the rest are from Chechnya and Uzbekistan. In Egypt, Ayman al Zawahri's uncle Mahfouz Azzam denied that Khaled Al Zawahri, who was reportedly arrested in Pakistan and has been described in some reports as al Zawahri's son, has any relation to the family. (Al Hayat)


Zawahri's Son Not Held: Operation Against Al Qaeda Continues

The Foreign Office has said that the operation to flush out al Qaeda militants from Pakistan's territory has not yet ended, although the crackdown in the western border town is over for the time being. (Hi Pakistan)

United States

U.S. Pressing Hunt for Osama Bin Laden

The U.S. military said Wednesday that a "renewed sense of urgency" is firing the search for Osama bin Laden, even as it dismissed reports that the fugitive al Qaeda leader had been located near the Afghan-Pakistan border. (AP)

Al Qaeda's Changing Threat to U.S.

Intelligence officials see cells acting on own — and targeting U.S. (CS Monitor)

9/11 Panel Seeks Rice, Bush Testimony

The federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks expressed disappointment Wednesday with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice for refusing to testify in public. (AP)

Bush to Limit Testimony Before 9/11 Panel

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have placed strict limits on the private interviews they will grant to the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, saying that they will meet only with the panel's top two officials and that Mr. Bush will submit to only a single hour of questioning, commission members said Wednesday. (NY Times)


Terror Suspects Arrested In Italy

Italian police have arrested three North Africans suspected of plotting to bomb Milan's metro and a cathedral in the north of the country. (BBC)


United Kingdom

British Gov't Wants Debate On Anti-Terror

Prime Minister Tony Blair's government stepped up its fight against terrorism, announcing plans to recruit hundreds of new spies and to review its anti-terror laws. (AP)

Q&A: Anti-Terror Measures

Home Secretary David Blunkett has outlined measures being considered to stop a terror attack on the UK. BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford looks at the proposals. (BBC)


Prison Term for Terror Convicts Shortened

A Lebanese military court shortened to a year and a half the prison sentence for a Saudi and three Lebanese convicted of belonging to al Qaeda and trying to form cells inside the country to carry out terrorist attacks. (Asharq Al Awsat)


Guantanamo Prisoner Released to Denmark

The United States has transferred a Danish national imprisoned at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Denmark's custody after receiving assurances the Danes would ensure the man does not pose a further threat, the Pentagon said. (LA Times)


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