Hezbollah Claims Arsenal Undiminished

Nearly 7,000 civilians were killed in Iraq in the past two months, according to a UN report just released - a record high that is far greater than initial estimates had suggested. As American generals in Baghdad warned that the violence could worsen in the run up to Ramadan next Monday, the UN spoke of a "grave sectarian crisis" gripping the country. (Guardian)

SOMALIA

Somali Islamists Stage Execution

Somalia's Islamist group have carried out their first execution since seizing the capital, Mogadishu, in June. (BBC)

BRID FLU

Indonesia Bird Flu Toll Hits 50

An 11-year-old boy has become Indonesia's 50th victim of bird flu, health officials say. (BBC)

PAKISTAN

Bad Deal: Pak Puts Off Signing F-16s Deal with US

Pakistan has put off signing the letter of acceptance (LOA) for purchase of 36 F-16 fighters from the US after complaints from its Airforce that the planes were "bereft" of vital electronic warfare systems. (India Times)

U.S. BOARDER CONTROL

Boeing Secures US Border Contract

Boeing has won a US government contract to develop security equipment for monitoring the 7,500 miles of borders the US has with Mexico and Canada. (BBC)

POPE V. ISLAM

AKP and Turkish Media Reactions to the Pope's Statements on Islam

Pope Benedict XVI has come under fire in Turkey following his remarks in a lecture at Germany's Regensburg University, in which he quoted a 14th-century text by the Byzantine emperor Constantine XI Manuel Palaiologos critical of the Prophet Muhammad and of the concept of jihad in Islam. Among those who criticized the Pope were Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, government ministers, and other MPs from the ruling AKP party, as well as opposition leaders and much of the Turkish media. AKP Deputy Chairman Salih Kapusuz said that Pope Benedict XVI would go down in history like Hitler and Mussolini. The following are reactions from the Turkish media to the Pope's statements. (MEMRI)

TURKEY

Turkey Abuse Claims 'On the Rise'

An EU delegation on a fact-finding mission to Turkey has reported a "worrying" increase in allegations of torture and abuse in the country. (BBC)

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Workers Killed In Ambush

Nineteen construction workers have been killed in southern Afghanistan when their bus was hit by a bomb and then fired on by insurgents, officials say. (BBC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The Trials of the Century

By Lawrence Wright

The fifth anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone, but there was a conspicuous figure missing from the retrospectives and commentaries: Osama bin Laden. (New York Times)

How Military Service Affects Officials' Views on Torture

By Daniel Schorr

There is no doubting the sincerity on both sides in the White House/Senate contest over rules for the interrogation and trial of terrorist suspects. (Christian Science Monitor)

Kenya: Corruption as Catalyst of Crime

Three gunmen attacked a U.S. Embassy officer as he drove to his home in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 16. The assailants shot the officer through the window of his car, threw him in the backseat and sped away, robbing him of his valuables in the process. The officer was allowed to drive home a few minutes later -- with a bullet wound in the chest. He was treated at a local hospital. Less than a month earlier, four men robbed a U.S. Embassy employee and her husband as they drove to work in Nairobi, and the Russian ambassador to Kenya was stabbed during a roadside robbery on the outskirts of the city. (Stratfor)

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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