The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Japan Japan Investigating Warning of Al Qaeda Attack on Tokyo Japan is investigating a report that al Qaeda has warned of an attack in Tokyo if the country sends troops to Iraq, a foreign ministry official said. (AFP)

Philippines Al Qaeda Affiliate Training Indonesians on Philippine Island A regional terrorist network linked to al Qaeda has continued to train its militants in the southern Philippines, aided by local Muslim separatists, police and intelligence sources said. (Washington Post)


Revealed: Sydney Terror Suspect Linked To Al Qaeda Bombers The deported French terrorist suspect Willie Brigitte has been linked to the most senior echelons of al Qaeda. One of his associates counts Osama bin Laden and September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed as confidants, a French terrorism expert close the investigation told the Herald. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Taliban Links Spark Arrest A man with suspected links to the Taliban was arrested last week by police in Sydney. The Pakistani national, Muhammad Shahbaz, is being detained at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre in the same maximum security unit where French terror suspect Willie Brigitte was held before he was deported last month. (Melbourne Herald Sun)


Saddam Tape Follows 17 Dead in Black Hawk Loss The U.S. army was trying to establish yesterday whether hostile fire brought down two Black Hawk helicopters in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday evening, causing the heaviest loss of American life in one day in the entire Iraq campaign. (The Guardian)

CIA Unable to Determine if Latest Tape Is Saddam A CIA technical analysis of an audio tape broadcast this weekend was "inconclusive" as to whether it was Saddam Hussein's voice, an agency spokesman said on Monday. (Reuters)

Full text of Saddam Tape: (BBC)

Faster Transition U.S. Administrator presents new transfer of power plan to Iraqis. (ABCNEWS)

CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists The CIA's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no evidence that former president Saddam Hussein tried to transfer chemical or biological technology or weapons to terrorists, according to a military and intelligence expert. (Washington Post)

Force Fire U.S. troops are taking the battle for Iraq to Saddam Hussein's hometown. (AP)

U.S. Changes Helicopter Routes in Iraq Army changes helicopter flight routes after series of deadly crashes, most due to hostile fire. (AP)

British Olympic Hope 'Was Iraq Suicide Bomber' A 22-year-old martial arts expert from Sheffield who was hoping to fight with the British Olympic tae kwon do team is suspected of being one of the suicide bombers behind the recent spate of attacks in Iraq. (The Observer)

Former Iraqi FM Appears in Qatar "Informed Iraqi sources" confirmed to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that former Iraqi foreign minister Naji Sabry is now staying at a hotel in Doha after having spent the past six months in Vienna. Sabry is not on any U.S. wanted lists. (Al-Quds Al-Arabi)


Who are the Insurgents? (Time)

Istanbul Bombings Spark Widespread Condemnation A selection of views from the Middle East and North Africa, compiled and translated by The Daily Star. (The Daily Star)

Istanbul Lapses into Disbelieving Silence The two bombings left people with many unanswered questions such as why in Turkey (Turkish Daily News)

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