Billions of Dollars in Damage Followed by Billions of Dollars in Fraud

Sources: Hezollah Members to Germany with Evacuees

"Press sources" say an unknown number of Hezbollah members may be in Germany after leaving Lebanon with the Germans who were being evacuated during the war. Elaph reports that those in charge of evacuations were unable to check citizenship papers for all evacuees since everything was being done very quickly. Some officials however doubt that Hezbollah would try to send members to Germany, suggesting those who left wanted to escape the war. (Elaph)

GUANTANAMO

Experiencing Guantanamo Part Three

There is a big difference between the prison conditions of the fourth and fifth camps in the US naval base in Guantanamo, in which Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners. (Asharq al Awsat)

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi "Corrects" Ideas of 700 Al Qaeda Sympathizers

Saudi Arabia has released over 700 suspected militants after clerics "corrected" their thinking in a special program aimed at stemming a three-year-old campaign of violence by al Qaeda, officials said. (Reuters)

Saudi says 34 Militants Seized in al Qaeda Swoop

Four militants arrested in the Saudi city of Jeddah this week were part of a group of 34 men rounded up in an effort to prevent a resurgence of al Qaeda violence, the Saudi interior ministry said on Saturday. (Reuters)

SOMALIA

US Ends Somali Banking Blacklist

Somali banking company al-Barakat says all its international representatives have been taken off a US terror list. (BBC)

AUSTRALIA

Australia Applies New Anti-Terror Laws

Australia on Monday restricted the movement of a terror suspect whose conviction was struck down earlier this month, applying tough new laws adopted in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (AP)

EGYPT

Egyptian Islamist Group Criticizes Al Qaeda in New Book

In a new book, parts of which are exclusively published by Asharq al Awsat newspaper, the previously militant Egyptian group al Gamaa al Islamiya criticizes al Qaeda and argues that "America's unjust policies towards the Muslim world's issues" do not justify the killing of civilians. The group says al Qaeda has tainted the image of Islam and led the whole world to unite against "the so-called Islamic threat." The group renounced violence in 1997 and started revising it's ideology in several books have been written since then. (Asharq al Awsat)

TONIGHT ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America

A spy infiltrated America. Acquired U.S. secrets. And revealed them to the one man...we came to fear most. (National Geographic Channel)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Could This War Produce a Sunni-Israeli Alliance?

Ever since he joined American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 25 years ago, Martin Indyk has been devoting his life to Middle Eastern affairs and the Israeli-Arab conflict. (Ha'aretz)

Still Blind to the Poverty

A year ago, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, NEWSWEEK published a cover story called "Poverty, Race and Katrina: Lessons of a National Shame." The article suggested that the disaster was prompting a fresh look at "The Other America"—the 37 million Americans living below the poverty line. (Newsweek)

No Place for Cluster Bombs

All weapons kill and maim, but some are especially insidious - like cluster munitions, miniature explosives packed into a bomb, rocket or artillery shell and designed to scatter over a wide area. (NYTimes)

Gaza: In Need of Journalists

What is surprising regarding the kidnapping of the two Fox News journalists, Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig who were freed after nearly two weeks, is that the operation was unlike other hostage-taking operations that have preceded it in Gaza. (Asharq al Awsat)

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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