Musharraf: Post 9/11 U.S. Threatened to Bomb Pakistan

Chile Seeks U.S. Files on 1976 Assassination

Thirty years after a Chilean-organized hit squad assassinated former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and an American colleague on the streets of Washington, investigators here are drawing closer to implicating this country's former dictator, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, in the killings. (NY Times)

BAHRAIN

Terror Raid Eight Deny Charges

Eight men accused of planning to travel abroad to join a terrorist group only wanted to go on a holiday, their lawyer claimed last night. (Gulf Daily News)

YEMEN

Yemen Arrests Qaeda Suspect Carrying Explosives

Yemeni authorities arrested a man suspected of belonging to al Qaeda in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, a security source said. (Reuters)

SAUDI ARABIA

Bin Laden an Intelligence Agent: Naif

Interior Minister Prince Naif yesterday called Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden a silly intelligence agent. He also refuted Western allegations that Saudi Arabia was supporting Bin Laden and his terrorist organization. (Arab News)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Dying as Darfur Awaits Peacekeepers

By Jonah Fisher

Tawilla town is completely empty. Its dust roads still and quiet. (BBC)

Al-Sahab Media: The Strength and Weakness of Al Qaeda

By Diana Mukkaled

Many would rush to the conclusion that the impact of the latest al Qaeda's tapes is exactly as it was a few years ago. but the truth of the matter is that the sight of Osama Bin Laden threatening America and the west, or celebrating the attacks on New York and Washington, or the countless other Video statements released over the years no longer have the same impact on us as they once did. (Asharq al Awsat)

Book Review: The Dream Palace of the Empire: Is Iraq a "Noble Failure"?

By L. Carl Brown

Fouad Ajami is inescapably part of the story of the American adventure in Iraq. In the run-up to the March 2003 invasion, he was one of the most influential intellectual proponents of war, frequently appearing on talk shows and writing in publications. (Foreign Affairs)

The Pope Missed How Central Religion Is To Muslims

By Rami G. Khouri

The controversy over remarks by Pope Benedict XVI on Islam made last week continues to simmer. It could move toward a greater global backlash by angry Muslims against the pope and Christianity itself, or it could fade away in light of his sincere but slightly clipped public expression of regret and sorrow. (The Daily Star)

Ideals and Realities Clash In Bush 'Freedom Agenda'

By Peter Baker

At the United Nations lectern this week, President Bush hailed the spread of democracy. "From Beirut to Baghdad," he said, "people are making the choice for freedom." (Washington Post)

Thailand Reinterprets the Rules of Democracy, Again

By Seth Mydans

The generals billed it as a pro-democracy military coup, and although they had ousted one of the most popular prime ministers in Thailand's history, most commentators here tended to agree on Wednesday. (International Herald Tribune)

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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