Insider 12/13/04: 'Al Qaeda Sympathizers' Sentenced in Iran

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, known for his brusque comments, seemed unusually humble Thursday during his news conference to announce that the Self-Defense Forces mission in Iraq is being extended for another year. And he bowed deeply, saying, ``I sincerely ask the Japanese people for your understanding and support.'' (Asahi)

The Insurgents' Troubling Gains In Mosul

A year ago, the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was a model for American commanders of how to do it right. U.S. troops worked closely with Iraqis and gradually gained their trust; they found ways to finance thousands of popular reconstruction projects; they even helped produce offbeat programs for local television, including a Mosul version of "Cops," and a talent show they called "Iraqi Idol." (The Daily Star)

Postponing The Election Can Save Iraq

As concerns over participation, security and legitimacy mount, rescheduling the vote is the best way to go. (Newsday)

An Electoral Nightmare

As Iraq hurtles with ever greater speed towards chaos US occupation forces continue to insist that the elections will take place as scheduled. Moreover, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi still claims that things are proceeding as they should and that free elections are around the corner. (Al Ahram Weekly)

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 Brinda Adhikari of the ABC News Investigative Unit. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ABCNEWS.

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