The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

— Turkish papers are reporting that two of the masterminds behind the Nov. 15 and Nov. 20 bombings in Istanbul met with Osama bin Laden's chief deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri several times before the suicide attacks which killed more than 50 people. A suspect currently in Turkish custody alleges that these two individuals received their instructions from Zawahiri himself. Also, new terror threats coming from Saudi Arabia — U.S. Embassy officials issued a warning yesterday that a housing compound in Riyadh remained a target for terrorists — will Saudi Arabia be the site of another terror attack less than a month following its last one?

THE WAR ON TERROR

TERROR INVESTIGATIONS

Turkey Istanbul Bombings Linked to Bin Laden Reports: Istanbul suicide attack ringleaders met with Bin Laden's right-hand man. (AP)

TERROR ALERTS

Saudi Arabia Al Qaeda Suspects Had Targeted Saudi Royals, Officials Say Members of a suspected al Qaeda cell that plotted a foiled car bombing last week were planning to kill senior members of the Saudi royal family and also had staked out a Western-style residential compound, according to U.S. and Saudi intelligence officials. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Saudia Arabia, Kenya Saudi, Kenya Attacks Possible, U.S. Warns U.S. embassies warn of possible terror attacks on Kenyan hotels and Saudi Arabian compound. (AP)

ARRESTS

Saudi Arabia Saudis Announce Arrest in Riyadh Bombings Police detained a man in connection with the Nov. 8 terror bombings against a Riyadh housing compound, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday, the first arrest in the attack that killed 17 people. (AP)

United Kingdom 14 Detained Under Terror Act After Dawn Raids Anti-terrorist police yesterday arrested 14 people in dawn raids in London, Cambridge and the West Midlands, as the clampdown against al Qaeda suspects continued. (The Guardian)

Indonesia Six Indonesian Terror Suspects to Be Detained After Pakistan Deportation Six Indonesian students suspected of terrorist links will be held for questioning when they arrive home after being deported by Pakistan, police said. (AFP)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

United States Oral Arguments to Start in Moussaoui Case Va. court to hear arguments about whether gov't has right to seek death penalty in Moussaoui Case. (AP)

U.S. Fires Guantanamo Defense Team Military lawyers recruited to defend alleged terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay were dismissed by the Pentagon after members rebelled against the unfair way the trials have been designed. (The Guardian)

Pentagon: Terror Suspect Can See Lawyer Reversing course, Pentagon officials have decided to allow a U.S.-born terrorism suspect access to a lawyer, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The Defense Department will make arrangements over the next few days for a lawyer to visit Yaser Esam Hamdi ``subject to appropriate security restrictions,'' a Pentagon statement said. (AP)

United Kingdom Man in Court On Terror Charge A 36-year-old man is due in court on Wednesday charged under Section 57 of the Terrorism Act, which relates to the possession of articles for terrorist purposes. (BBC)

Kuwait Three Kuwaitis With Suspected Al Qaeda Links Freed On Bail Kuwait's court of appeals Tuesday released on bail three citizens accused of being members of Afghanistan's deposed Taliban regime and of having links with al Qaeda, their lawyers said. (AFP)

COUNTER-TERRORISM

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