The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Are We Safer? Not As Long As Al Qaeda Lurks Have we permitted ourselves to become bogged down in Iraq, in what at best is a sideshow in the global war on terrorism, while diverting precious manpower and resources away from the real objective? (Knight Ridder)

Book Review: "Al Qaeda's Strategy and Bombings: The Mistakes and the Dangers" Asharq Al Awsat newspaper continues its review of the book published by the Egyptian Al Gama'a Al Islamiya, where it criticizes al Qaeda's ideas and acts. The book continues to point out to al Qaeda's mistakes and its promotion of wrong ideas. It argues against the legitimacy of using car suicide bombings and hijacking planes to crash them in targets. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Keeping Detentions Secret The Supreme Court's decision not to release the identities of hundreds of men rounded up after Sept. 11 diminishes the freedom of all Americans. (NY Times)

Overdue Reversal On Iraq The White House's course reversal Tuesday to let Canadian firms bid on billions of dollars worth of construction contracts in Iraq was overdue. The policy switch recognizes the reality that the U.S. needs allies — and not just in Iraq. (LA Times)

The Kurdish Question Kurds in Iraq not to demand so much autonomy that it may endanger the nation's unity will be a delicate task. (NY 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.

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