Tribes Form Committees to "Liberate Iraq from Al Zarqawi"

Iran says it has detained about 50 suspects in connection with a deadly double bomb attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz in mid-January. (Radio Free Europe)

Bird Flu

Bird Flu Identified in Northern Cyprus

As day to day talk in Turkey about the deadly bird flu virus starts to settle down, two birds found dead 2 weeks in a village in Northern Cyprus (KKTC) near the border with Greek-run Southern Cyprus have been shown to have been carrying the bird flu. (Hurriyet)


Illegal Iraqis Seized in Mexico

Four illegal Iraqi migrants and their Mexican smuggler were arrested Jan. 29 in Sonora State, about 375 miles south of the California border, according to a local newspaper account picked up by a CIA media monitoring service. (Congressional Quarterly)


Interview: Claims About Guantanamo

Der Spiegel spoke to Nadja Dizdarevic, 31, a Bosnian Muslim, who is working with Amnesty International on behalf of the prisoners being held in the US terrorist suspect camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her husband has been held there since January 2002. Next week Amnesty will release testimony by eight former detainees about conditions in the camp. (Der Spiegel)


UK Army Faces Strain if Iraq, Afghan Missions Run On

Britain's army is under pressure in Iraq and ramping up operations in Afghanistan this year, but if the situation on the ground does not improve fast Washington may soon find that its closest ally is stretched too tight. (Reuters)

Optimism or Pessimism?

Those who have been critical about democracy in the Arab world, considered it an American creation and an attempt by the West to surround the region in order to control it once again, are the ones to have benefited; they are now victorious. (Asharq al Awsat)

Saddam Unrepentant

The trial of Saddam illustrates the extraordinary hazards of judicial proceedings after an era in which every facet of national life has been made prey to personal whim. (The Telegraph)

Afghan Opium: License to Kill

While fighting five "wars on drugs" at a cost of US$150 billion, the US has seen a fivefold increase in the world's illicit opium supply - and by far the biggest producer is US-occupied Afghanistan. The latest plan for solving the Afghan problem is to license poppy growing for medicinal uses, but, writes Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy, this harebrained scheme is as misguided as recent crop eradication efforts. (Asia Times)

Guantanamo in Spotlight At Berlin Film Festival

The U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay will be thrust into the spotlight at the Berlin Film Festival this year, with Michael Winterbottom's feature about the base among the main competition entries. (Reuters)

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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