Bombings in Iraq Kill 9 U.S. Troops

California Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA), who is facing multiple federal corruption probes, has used campaign contributions to pay over half a million dollars in legal fees in just the past three months, according to quarterly reports filed last Friday with the Federal Election Commission. (ABC News)


Jordan Convicts Militant Plotters

A military court in Jordan has found eight Islamist militants guilty of plotting to kill US troops in Iraq and Americans and Jews in Jordan. (BBC)


Stone Film Sets Sights on Osama bin Laden

In a follow-up to his recent 9/11 drama "World Trade Center," filmmaker Oliver Stone plans to direct a movie about the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and hunt for Osama bin Laden, Paramount Pictures said on Monday. (Reuters)


Monitoring a Little-Noticed War

On Monday, 94 people died and 150 were injured when a truck loaded with explosives rammed into a military convoy in Sri Lanka. The government blames the Tamil Tiger guerrillas - the pioneers of the suicide bombing - for the attack. The rebels have not said anything. (New York Times)

655,000 War Dead?

By Steven E. Moore

After doing survey research in Iraq for nearly two years, I was surprised to read that a study by a group from Johns Hopkins University claims that 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the war. Don't get me wrong, there have been far too many deaths in Iraq by anyone's measure; some of them have been friends of mine. But the Johns Hopkins tally is wildly at odds with any numbers I have seen in that country. Survey results frequently have a margin of error of plus or minus 3% or 5% -- not 1200%. [Subscription Required] (Wall Street Journal)

Somalia Simmers

Four months ago an Islamic fundamentalist movement gained control of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, after defeating an alliance of local warlords backed by the United States. (Washington Post)

The West is Running Out of Time in Afghanistan

By Michael Scheuer

From all observables, the Taliban insurgency is spreading from its deeply rooted base in southern and southeastern Afghanistan to provinces in the west and east. (The Jamestown Foundation)

A Terrorist's Immunity

If the Bush administration wants to be consistent in opposing terrorism in all its forms, it should declassify documents relevant to former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's possible guilt in the Letelier-Moffitt assassination. (The Boston Globe)

Striking the U.S. Where It Hurts

By Victor N Corpus

A noted Chinese theorist on modern warfare, Chang Mengxiong, compared China's form of fighting to "a Chinese boxer with a keen knowledge of vital body points who can bring an opponent to his knees with a minimum of movements." (Asia 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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