The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Terror Alerts Have Been Refined, Officials Say After issuing four terror alerts during the first eight months the U.S. government's color-coded alert system was in place, the administration has gone almost six months without imposing any. (USA Today)

9/11 Panel May Reject Offer of Limited Access to Briefings The White House has offered to provide a federal commission with limited access to Oval Office intelligence reports regarding the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but some members of the panel have described the offer as inadequate and are renewing the threat of a subpoena, commission officials said on Thursday. (NY Times)

Judge Lets Charge Against Lawyer Stand A federal judge refused to toss out the remaining conspiracy charge against civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart yesterday, saying that the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan had made no agreement to avoid prosecuting her. (Newsday)

Editorial: The Growing Collection of '20th Hijackers' Ashcroft now has three suspects in the 9/11 atrocity. But he still hasn't met his goal -- an executed terrorist. Will the real 20th hijacker please stand up? (LA Times)

Canada Foreign Spies May Have Stolen Arar Document Solicitor General Wayne Easter raised the prospect yesterday that foreign intelligence agencies operating in Canada obtained a rental lease for the former Ottawa home of Maher Arar through illegal means, which led to his deportation to a Syrian prison where he was tortured for 10 months. (CanWest News Service)

ASIA

Kyrghystan Plan To Bomb U.S. Base Foiled Security and intelligence officials in Kyrghystan announced that three youths from Hizb al Tahrir al Islami (The Islamic Liberation Party) were preparing to bomb a U.S. airbase. Only the first names of the three were revealed. Security agencies said they were trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan and received their orders from Afghanistan. Upon their arrest, weapons, explosives and maps of the base were found. (Asharq Al Awsat)

EUROPE

Northern Ireland 'Terrorist Manual' Found in House Computer discs which appeared to relate to al Qaeda terrorism and a terrorist training manual were found during a search of a house in County Antrim, a court has been told. (BBC)

Germany U.S. Rejects Germany's Request on Trial U.S. authorities rejected a German court's request that accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be allowed to testify in the trial of a suspected member of the Hamburg al Qaeda cell behind the attack. (AP)

France, Spain France, Spain Seek Meeting on "Islamist Terrorism" France and Spain plan to hold a meeting of police chiefs of a number of Mediterranean countries to discuss fighting "Islamist terrorism", the interior ministers from the two countries said on Thursday. (Reuters)

AFRICA

Somalia Somalis Shocked by U.N. Report Shocked by a U.N. report that their country hosted Al-Qaeda fighters, Somalis said yesterday they feared the findings might disrupt international attempts to heal more than a decade of anarchy. (Reuters, AP)

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 compiled daily from foreign and U.S. sources by the ABCNEWS Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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