ABC Exclusive: Marine Sergeant Comes Forward to Report Abuse at Guantanamo Bay

A man who said he was a jihad leader in Iraq called on al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden to disown Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the recently appointed leader of the group in Iraq, Al Arabiya television reported on Friday. (Reuters)

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide Bomber Kills Eight in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber in a car targeted a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing eight civilians and wounding five other people, including two NATO soldiers, alliance and police officials said. (Times of India)

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Foils Coup Plot

A plot to stage a coup against Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf soon after his recent return from the US has been uncovered, resulting in the arrest of more than 40 people. (Asia Times)

Eight Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Seized Over Pakistan Rocket Plot: Sherpao

Pakistani security forces have arrested eight militants with suspected links to Al-Qaeda for an attempted rocket blitz in and around Islamabad, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said Friday. (Times of India)

INDIA

Naxal Arms Stolen From Govt.

The Army and the state police on Thursday recovered a huge stockpile of arms and ammunition, including over 500 anti-personnel landmines, all manufactured at the Ichapur ordnance factory, from a rented house at Behala, Kolkata. (Asian Age)

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Bank Pays Holocaust Survivors for Missing Accounts

Martin Stern, a British-Israeli businessman who resides in Jerusalem, was surprised earlier this week to receive an announcement that he had been awarded $5,000. He was even more surprised to discover that the announcement came from the New York court handling claims for dormant Swiss bank accounts from the Holocaust era. (Hareetz)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Stoking Muslim Anger

Fawaz A. Gerges

While the U.S. debate over Iraq focuses mainly on the effects of the American military presence on Al Qaeda and its affiliates, the Bush administration has little appreciation for how its involvement in Iraq, as well as its staunch support of Israel, is radicalizing mainstream Muslim opinion. (International Herald Tribune)

The Last Laugh

By Diana Mukkaled

Looking somewhat plump and with a grown beard, Mohammed Atta seemed meek as he played with a Pashtun hat like a child. (Asharq Alawsat)

Resolution on N. Korea

Talks within the United Nations Security Council over a resolution to punish North Korea for its proclaimed nuclear test appear to be making headway. (Asahi)

  Beyond the Coup Rumors, Options for Iraq

By David Ignatius

As the security situation in Baghdad has deteriorated over the past month, there has been growing talk among Iraqi politicians about a "government of national salvation" -- a coup, in effect -- that would impose martial law throughout the country. This coup talk is probably unrealistic, but it illustrates the rising desperation among Iraqis as the country slips deeper into civil war. (Washington Post)

The Nuclear Crisis with Korea and Iran: A Test for Washington's Relations with Washington and Beijing

By Raghida Dergham

The North Korean and Iranian files overlap in the Chinese-Russian-US-British-French negotiations. The US administration hopes collective work will prove fruitful in confronting the two members of the 'axis of evil', since it has been crippled by its unilateral action in Iraq, making it contingent to the Chinese-Russian influence over Tehran and Pyongyang. (Al Hayat)

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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