CIA Helped in Sting Operation Exposing Smuggling of Nuclear Material

This is a daily update of some of what can be found on militant Islamist websites that are often used by al Qaeda and its sympathizers, insurgent groups in Iraq and other groups for propaganda, recruiting and communication purposes. (ABC News)


My Country Needs Help

By Saad Hariri

Today, the French capital plays host to an international donor conference whose aim is Lebanon's long-term economic stability. The conference, dubbed "Paris III," will be attended by representatives from approximately 40 countries as well as from international financial institutions. This is a critical moment for the international community to support the Lebanese people's choice for democracy, peace and stability. [Subscription Required] (The Wall Street Journal)

Paranoia in Turkey

There was a huge turnout in Istanbul on Tuesday for the funeral of the assassinated journalist Hrant Dink. Mourners held up placards saying, "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink." It was a heartening display of support for values that the slain editor of the bilingual paper Agos defended at the cost of his life: free speech, acknowledgment of the 1915 genocide of Armenians in Turkey, and reconciliation between Turks and the 60,000 Armenians who remain in Turkey. (The Boston Globe)

China's Missile Message

By Elizabeth Economy

China's successful anti-satellite missile test has sparked a political firestorm, as analysts have tried to ascertain who in China knew what when and to what end. Were China's diplomats in the dark about the missile strike? Was it all a gambit to force a reluctant United States to the negotiating table for a ban on space-based weapons? While interesting to China watchers and nonproliferation experts, this discussion risks obscuring the real message of the test: Chinese rhetoric notwithstanding, China's rise will be as disruptive and difficult as that of any other global power. (Washington Post)

Seek the Masters Not the Slaves

by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed

Americans in Baghdad have stated that they will stop their forces pursuing political leaders implicated in violence and that the US will track the culprits of the militia soldiers directly. This policy is doomed to fail, if indeed the aim is to end the violence that has already spilled much blood. (Alsharq al Awsat)

Moment of Opportunity in Somalia

Thanks to an unusual and probably fleeting set of events, Somalia has a chance to return to the community of law-abiding and legitimate states. For a country that dissolved years ago into chronic clan warfare and became a way station for international terrorists, that would be an enormous gain — and an enormous gain for the rest of the world. (NY 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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