The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Don't Expect Others to Pay for Your Follies When the US took the infamous decision of attacking Iraq and overthrowing the Saddam regime, it had not consulted the world at all. (Arab News)

The War on Terror

MIDDLE EAST

Afghanistan How Much Did Afghan Leader Know? Cable says Massoud learned bin Laden was planning U.S. attack. (CNN)

For the text of the cable (PDF format)

Afghanistan Says Al Qaeda Opens Second Front The al Qaeda network has stepped up activity along the Afghan-Pakistan border, opening a "second front" to divert U.S. military resources and attention from Iraq, Afghanistan's interior minister says. (Reuters)

Taliban Puts Conditions to Release Kidnapped Engineer Taliban spokesman Mavlavi Ahmed told Al Hayat in a phone interview that the kidnapped Turkish engineer Hasan Onal would be released in return for 250 Taliban members imprisoned in the provinces of Zabul and Ghazni. The engineer, who works on a U.S.-funded road project in Afghanistan, was kidnapped last week from the province of Zabul. Ahmed also warned against any attempts by U.S. or Afghan forces to free Onal and said they were awaiting directions from "the Taliban leadership." He explained that Onal was chosen because Turkey was part of the "crusader alliance against Muslims in Afghanistan." (Al Hayat)

Taliban Threatens Afghan Taxi Drivers Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers are threatening to kill taxi-drivers and other Afghans if they work with foreigners, according to a pamphlet received on Friday. (IAfrica, Al Jazeera)

Saudi Arabia Paper Reveals Names of Saudi Militants Killed in Mecca Al Hayat reports according to sources that the two terror suspects who blew themselves up yesterday in Meccca were Mot'ab Al Mahyani and Samy Al Loheiby, both Saudis. Sources believe that Al Loheiby was the one who shot and injured an American working at a Saudi naval base in Al Jubail town last May. (Al Hayat)

Top U.S. Aides Arriving for Talks on Iraq, Terror Fight U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will arrive here early next week to hold talks with Saudi officials about Iraq and the Middle East peace process. (Arab News)

Special Unit Screening U.S. Visa Applications The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has opened an office in the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh as part of its effort to review visa applications and prevent potential terrorists from visiting the U.S. (Arab News)

Morocco Moroccan Crackdown 'Includes Torture' Amnesty International says the practice of torture has widened in Morocco as part of an 'anti-terrorism' campaign. (News Agencies)

Yemen Continued Attempts to Release Yemenis Held in Germany Sources told Elaph, an Arab online news service, that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh renewed his request to Germany for the release of Mohammed Ali Hassan al Mouyad, a prominent Muslim leader in Yemen, and his aide. U.S. officials believe Sheikh Mouyad, who was arrested in Germany in January is associated with terrorism. Sources said Saleh also discussed the issue with F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller. (Elaph)

AMERICA

United States Travel Warning Updated The State Department updated its warning on travel to the Middle East on Thursday to say that ships and planes could be hijacked. (Reuters)

Moussaoui Is Warned About Threatening Notes The alleged Sept. 11 conspirator could lose his right to represent himself, judge says. (LA Times)

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