EXCLUSIVE: Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held in Secret CIA Prisons

INVESTIGATIONS

CIA Secret Prisons

EXCLUSIVE: Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held in Secret CIA Prisons

10 Out of 11 High-Value Terror Leaders Subjected to 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques' (ABC News)

Video: Prison Moves

Captives at a secret prison were removed before Condi Rice's visit. (ABC News)

German Files Landmark Suit Against CIA over Secret Detention

A US rights group filed a lawsuit against the CIA on behalf of a German who alleges he was wrongfully abducted in Europe and sent to Afghanistan for anti-terrorism interrogation. (AFP)

U.S. Admits Botched Detention, Merkel Says

Secretary of State Rice, Chancellor Merkel Discuss German's Claim That He Was Wrongfully Held by CIA. (AP)

ACLU Posts Drawings by Al Masri

The ACLU has just posted 3 drawings that Khaled El Masri drew of his recollections of the secret facility in Afghanistan where he was detained. You can find them on the link below. http://www.aclu.org/safefree/extraordinaryrendition/index.html

CIA Ruse Is Said to Have Damaged Probe in Milan

Agency report to Italian national anti-terrorism police about the disappearance of a radical Islamic cleric damages a major investigation in Milan. (Washington Post)

Iran

Iranian Military Plane Carrying 94 Crashes Into Building

An Iranian military transport plane crashed in the suburbs of Tehran, killing as many as 100 people, early reports said. (NY Times)

Morocco

Moroccan Cell Planning to Reestablish al Qaeda Group in Saudi Arabia

Investigation by Moroccan authorities following the arrest of 17 members of a militant cell revealed that the group had planned to restore al Qaeda's activities in Saudi Arabia after the recent crackdown by Saudi authorities. The group also planned on forming an al Qaeda wing in the Arab Maghreb region to launch attacks against allies of the U.S. (Asharq al Awsat)

Lebanon

Lebanon to Probe Mass Graves

Lebanon has vowed to carry out a full-scale probe into the fate of 30 people whose skeletal remains were found in mass graves at the weekend, and has sought help from the Red Cross. (AFP)

U.S.

U.S. Is Given Failing Grades By 9/11 Panel

Federal government has not enacted reforms aimed at protecting against terrorist attacks, report says. (Washington Post)

FEMA Official: Katrina Response 'Broken'

Facing a growing body count and shortages of food, water and ice, federal emergency officials braced for riots in Mississippi in the days following Hurricane Katrina, new documents reveal. (AP)

Al Hariri Probe

Al Hariri Probe Chief to Step Down

Detlev Mehlis will step down shortly as chief UN investigator into the killing of ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri but will remain available should the inquiry require his services. (Reuters)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

New Charges Against Gen Pinochet

Chile's former military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, is to face fresh human rights charges. (BBC)

IRAQ NEWS

Bombers Kill At Least 36 at Baghdad Police Academy

Two bombers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up in a crowded courtyard in the Baghdad police academy today. (NY Times)

Witness at Saddam Trial Tells of Abuse

Saddam Trial Hears From Woman Whose Identity, Voice Is Kept Secret. (AP)

US Security Adviser Captured In Iraq

A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq has kidnapped a US security adviser, threatening to kill him in 48 hours unless the US military releases all Iraq prisoners. (Al Jazeera)

Saddam's No 2 Dismisses Reports Of His Death: Websites

Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, former number two of Iraq's deposed president Saddam Hussein, dismissed reports of his death in a message attributed to him and posted on Internet sites. (AFP)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

No Exceptions to the Ban on Torture

The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack. (International Herald Tribune)

How Much Torture is OK?

It is a shocking sign of the times that we are having a debate about the appropriateness of torture. (Boston Globe)

Iraq's Courtroom Drama

There's one body of American know-how we've successfully managed to impart to the Iraqis: How to stage a Trial of the Century. (Washington Post)

Interfaith Dialogue: The Overlooked Objectives

Dialogue is the first step to peacefully end conflicts; interfaith dialogue is its religious version with one of its objectives being to end religiously motivated conflicts. (Al Hayat)

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 Ellen Gustafson of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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