Former Oil-For-Food Director Accused in Investigation

The American military said today that it had begun a major offensive in the insurgent-controlled desert region of western Iraq, where at least 22 marines have been killed since Monday, in one of the deadliest weeks of the war for American troops. (NY Times)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Al Qaeda Is Now an Idea, Not An Organization

Bin Laden may not be capable of organising terror attacks directly, but then he does not need to. (The Guardian)

Afghanistan's Forgotten War

Pakistan's ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, seems to invest far more energy in explaining his government's tolerance of Taliban activities than he does in trying to shut them down. (NY Times)

After John Garang

Helicopters do crash, especially in bad weather, and the weekend crash that killed John Garang, the longtime leader of Sudan's southern rebels, does not appear to have been the result of foul play. (Washington Post)

Iran Has a Good Case in Its Nuclear Dispute

The talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions are now slithering helplessly between low farce and high drama. (The Independent)

Stupid, Brazen, and Uncivilized

By even suggesting that Makkah could be bombed in retaliation for a terrorist attack, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has made the world a more dangerous place. (Arab News)

Basic Questions About Bases

The Bush administration talks freely of its plans to reduce its military footprint in Iraq next year. But when it comes to the issue of permanent bases in the country, it has turned rhetorical cartwheels to avoid the question of a long-term presence, even though clarity is crucial in determining the longevity of the insurgency. (Asia Times)

The Insider Daily Investigative Report (DIR) is a summary of major news articles and broadcasts relating to investigative news, including international terrorism and developments in Iraq. The DIR is edited daily from foreign and U.S. sources by Chris Isham, Hoda Osman and Brinda Adhikari of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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