The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Saudi Arabia Militants' Confessions Reveal the "Superficiality" of Their Ideas During the confessions on local television yesterday, a number of Saudi terror suspects were confused between a number of Muslim clerics, who they said incited them to commit acts of violence, notes Asharq Al Awsat newspaper. It was also clear that the militants were only superficially familiar with the ideas promoted by these clerics, remarks the paper. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Experts: Terrorists Use Military Explosives After following up on the interior ministry's statements regarding the explosives found with terror suspects, a Saudi explosives expert told Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that they are of the ready-to-use military kind, which do not require assembly. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Greece Greece Tests Counter-Terrorism Tactics for Games Olympic security chiefs say Greece will soon test its ability to deal with terrorist attacks involving biological, chemical and nuclear weapons ahead of the summer Games. (ABC Online — Australia)

Australia Govt Denies Visa System Terror Risk The federal government has defended Australia's online visa system against claims it was tougher on imported salami than potential terrorists. (The Age)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

United States U.S. Military Ordered to Hurry Guantanamo Trial Amid defense complaints that no case had been made against their client, a judge on Tuesday gave prosecutors a Feb. 25 deadline to present key evidence against a Syrian-American airman accused of spying while working as a translator in Guantanamo, Cuba. (Reuters)

Ohio Cleric Arrested; Terror Link is Cited A leading Islamic cleric who runs Ohio's largest mosque was arrested Tuesday on charges that he concealed his ties to terrorist causes when applying for U.S. citizenship. (NY Times)

Muslim Groups' IRS Files Sought Finance Committee to probe alleged terror ties; leaders decry tactics. (Washington Post)

Norway Court Orders Mullah Krekar to Remain in Custody An appeal court has ruled that Mullah Krekar shall remain in custody for at least four more weeks. (Norway Post)

Cambodia Cambodia to Try Terror Suspects for JI, Al Qaeda Links A Cambodian court will try five men next month for membership in the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and links to al-Qaeda, RFA's Khmer service reports.(Radio Free Asia)

Jordan Al Makdessi On Trial for Planning Attacks On Military Bases The name of the Jordanian Essam Mohammed Al Eteibi who is more known as Abu Mohammed Al Makdessi was mentioned by Saudi militants whose confessions were aired on Saudi television yesterday. A Jordanian source however told Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that Saudi Arabia did not request the extradition of al Makdessi, who is currently on trial for planning attacks on military bases and the U.S. embassy in Jordan. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Lebanon Saudi and Three Lebanese On Trial for Connections to Al Qaeda A Saudi and three Lebanese men appeared in a military court, as they were charged with belonging to al Qaeda network and planning to establish a base for the network in northern Lebanon under the cover of a restaurant project to harbor the hunted members of the terrorist organization. (Asharq Al Awsat)

ON THE WEB

U.S. Probes Online Terror Talk Intelligence agencies are investigating a series of internet warnings, said to be issued by al Qaeda, about major terrorist attacks on the United States. (BBC)

THE WAR IN IRAQ

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