Mideast Crisis: Deadliest Day for Israel

The events of the past few days have clearly demonstrated the depth of the Middle East crisis. A UN meeting to determine which countries might contribute troops to an international force was postponed. (The Times of London)

US Giving Aid - And Bombs

By Thalif Deen

As Israel's bombing of Lebanon continues unabated into its fourth consecutive week, the United States says it stands ready to provide food, medicine and humanitarian assistance to the thousands of internally displaced Lebanese caught in the crossfire. (Asia Times)

The Uneven Calculus of Mideast Victory

By Scott Peterson

Since Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000, after an 18-year occupation, Hizbullah has been seen as the only Arab force to ever "defeat" Israel's sophisticated, US-supplied and funded military machine. (The Christian Science Monitor)

AFGHANISTAN

4 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Four NATO soldiers died in Taliban attacks in southern Afghanistan Thursday and a suicide car bomb went off near Canadian military vehicles in a crowded market in the same province, killing 21 civilians. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

Iraq Civil War Warning for Blair

Civil war is a more likely outcome in Iraq than democracy, Britain's outgoing ambassador in Baghdad has warned Tony Blair in a confidential memo. (BBC)

Report Outlines British Concerns on Iraq

A confidential report from Britain's outgoing ambassador to Iraq warned the country is sliding toward civil war and is likely to divide eventually along ethnic lines, according to a news report Thursday. (AP)

Ten Killed By Roadside Bomb in Baghdad: Police

At least 10 people were killed and 32 wounded by a roadside bomb that exploded among street vendors in central Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said. (Reuters)

HADITHA INVESTIGATION

Haditha Report 'Will Back Up US Execution Allegations'

A criminal investigation into the deaths of 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha last year is close to completion and will support allegations that they were deliberately killed by a group of US marines, it was reported yesterday. (Guardian)

PAKISTAN

Pak Executing Prisoners in a Hurry

Pakistan has resorted to hurried executions to reduce congestion of overcrowded jails holding death row inmates as also to deal with the spiralling crime rate in the country, a human rights body has claimed. (Times of India )

UGANDA

LRA Leaders Decline Talks Offer

The Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel movement has said it will not send its most senior leaders to peace talks with the government. (BBC)

UKRAINE

Ukraine Head Accepts Rival as PM

Mr Yushchenko (centre) wants his rival to back a pro-Western agenda Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has backed his arch-rival Viktor Yanukovych for prime minister, ending a four-month political stand-off. (BBC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Ukraine: At Last, Yet Another Government

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko agreed to nominate his rival, Viktor Yanukovich of the Party of Regions, to be the country's next prime minister, almost four months after the parliamentary elections. Although the decision brings relative stability to the divided country, the staying power of the new government remains uncertain. (Stratfor)

Dishonorable Service

By New York Times Editorial

What happens to a general who turns a military detention camp into a center for the torment of prisoners, and then keeps exporting those vile practices to other U.S. prisons until their exposure sickens the world? (New York 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 Elizabeth Sprague of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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