Report: Rift Between al Zarqawi and Iraqi Insurgent Groups

Former Syrian vice president Abdel-Halim Khaddam has met with United Nations investigators probing the February bombing death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a Khaddam aide confirmed to CNN Saturday. (CNN)

Saudis Urge Syrian Leader to Cooperate With U.N.

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria rushed to Saudi Arabia and Egypt on Sunday for surprise meetings with their leaders. (NY Times)

Interview with Former Syrian Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam

Former Syrian Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam escalated his criticism of the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad, in response to the campaign against him by pillars of the regime, following his explosive interview with Al Arabiya. (Asharq al Awsat)


Taliban Scorn Karzai Offer to Mullah Omar

A deputy for fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Monday rejected an offer from Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, to "get in touch" if he wanted peace. (Reuters)


Egypt Islamists Hit Back At Zawahri

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood responded yesterday to Al Qaeda's accusations of complicity with Washington by charging that the Islamist violence advocated by Osama bin Laden's network was counterproductive. (AFP)

On the Web

'Bin Laden Ordered Rocket Attacks'

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, has said in an audio tape put on the internet that rockets had been fired at Israel from Lebanon last month "on the instructions" of Osama bin Laden. (AFP)


Jordan Backs U.S. on War Crimes Court

Jordan on Sunday approved an agreement that gives American citizens in Jordan immunity against prosecution for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. (AP)

Hamza Faces Court Ahead Of Trial

Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has appeared at the Old Bailey ahead of his trial for alleged offences committed while imam at a north London mosque. (BBC)

Guantanamo Inmate Pins Hope on Merkel's U.S. Trip

A German lawyer urged Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to press for the release of his client from the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay when she visits Washington this week. (Reuters)


Bird Flu Anguish in Rural Turkey

Bird flu has brought anguish and despair to rural Turkish communities, writes the BBC's Gavin Hewitt in Dogubeyazit, eastern Turkey. (BBC)

Democracy in the Arab World and Iraq

The current Iraqi situation poses an important, if rarely discussed or recognized, problem: to what extent can a pluralist democratic system guarantee the rights of the ethnic groups and factions that make up the fabric of Iraqi society? (Asharq al Awsat)

From the Blogs: World Opinion Roundup

Syria's Assad Looks for 'Face Saving Solution'

A daily survey of what the international online media are saying about Syria's President Assad and his potential future. (Washington Post)

The Iraqi Reconciliation, Where Does it Stand?

The most serious fact is that contacts made to cook up the governmental coalition were held without lingering over the forgery issue. (Al Hayat)

Bin Laden Family Values

The people who really knew the world's most wanted terrorist reveal the truth about his early life to Peter L Bergen. (The Sunday 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 Ellen Gustafson of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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