The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Issue 11 of Sot Al Jihad: Writer Defends "Don't Go To Iraq" Article

In the 11th issue of the bi-weekly online magazine Sot Al Jihad, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Salem, who had previously written an article entitled "Don't go to Iraq" urging the mujaheddin to stay for jihad in Saudi Arabia defended himself against the many criticisms he said he got. In a new article he praises Iraq and says it is "in our prayers." "We are fighting the same enemy" he says about the mujaheddin in Iraq and in Saudi Arabia. He stresses that nothing should divide between the mujahddin in the two places, but is careful in maintaining the distant tone that hints that those fighting in Saudi Arabia should continue to do so. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Beyond Bin Laden And Future of U.S. War On Terror

The hype surrounding western media reports that the capture of Osama bin Laden may not be far away has prompted intense speculation over the future of the American-led "war on terror". (Gulf News)

The Al Zarqawi Letter By any measure, the capture and publication of the letter should be big news. Writing in mid-February, however, Washington Times columnist Diana West lamented the media's preferences for stories about the President's National Guard record. (Accuracy in Media)

Reinstated Overturning the action of its senior disciplinary officer, the FBI has reinstated a high-profile Muslim agent who had been fired last year amid a swirl of controversy over allegations of conflicting loyalties in the war on terrorism, Newsweek has learned. (Newsweek)

Casualties of Terror

The victims of terrorism are not confined to those whom the bombers kill, maim and traumatize. Terror's lasting victims also include the principles and habits that make human society cherishable. (The Guardian)

Clarify Detainees' Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to review the case of a U.S. citizen, arrested in Chicago but held indefinitely in a military brig as an "enemy combatant," is welcome news because it, along with two other cases, should help set legal parameters in the war on terror. (Denver Post)

Iraq Standoff May Give U.N. the Lead Role The U.S. wants out, the Iraqis want a vote, and the interim may require international supervision. (Time)

Dirty Tricks

A revealing new light was cast yesterday on the maneuverings in Washington and London before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. President Bush, clearly against his better judgment, followed the advice of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and sought the approval of the U.N. Security Council for an attack on Iraq...the Americans also spied on them by tapping the officials' telephones and monitoring their conversations. (Arab News)

Book Review: Reuters Book Tells Untold Tales From Iraq

In recent months, we've seen many articles and books about journalists' experiences covering the Iraq war, the vast majority of them emerging from the "embed" experience. Now Reuters has provided a more wide-ranging collection of stories, in a new book, "Under Fire: Untold Stories from the Front Line of the Iraq War." (Editor & Publisher)

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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