Insider 12/23/04: Married to Al Qaeda

Suicide Bombing Is Now Suspected in Mosul Attack

"At this point it looks like it was an improvised explosive device worn by an attacker," Gen. Richard B. Myers said. (NY Times)

Clashes Disrupt Return To Falluja

Clashes erupt in the Iraqi city of Falluja as residents begin returning for the first time since the US offensive there. (BBC)

Web: Zarqawi's Group Says Not Behind Shi'ite Attacks

A group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it did not carry out twin suicide car bombings in Iraq's main Shi'ite holy cities on Sunday, according to an Internet statement dated Thursday. (Reuters)

Iraqi Police Arrest Al Qaeda-Linked Suspects Over Karbala Bombing

Karbala police said Thursday they have arrested five Iraqis and one foreigner linked to the al Qaeda network who confessed their involvement in Sunday's deadly bombing in the Iraqi Shiite shrine city. (AFP)

Foreign Team Will Watch Vote in Iraq From Jordan

Representatives of seven nations agreed to watch the Iraqi elections, but from the safety of Amman, Jordan. (NY Times)


ANALYSIS & OPINION

Tightest Security Has Holes

After the attack on a mess tent near Mosul, the military looks at its protective measures. Iraqis working at bases come under scrutiny. (LA Times)

U.S. Search for a Route Out of the Iraqi Quagmire

The bloodbath in the U.S. Army base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday has again shown drastically that the end of the Iraqi nightmare is nowhere near in sight. (Deutsche Presse-Agentur)

Basic Services Vs. Foreign Wars

After last weekend's spate of devastating attacks on key Iraqi election officials and the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, which killed 69 Iraqis, US President George W. Bush finally admitted that things were not going well in Iraq. (Jordan Times)

Falluja: City With History Of Rebellion

Falluja - a predominantly Sunni Muslim city 50km (30 miles) west of Baghdad - has had a long history as a rebellious city. (BBC)

Worth a Thousand Words

Iraq is a war between people who are trying to organize an election and the virulent nihilistic minority that wants to prevent it. (NY Times)

2004: Killing, Kidnapping And Corruption

No sign of an end to Iraq's troubles, and a series of strange elections. (The Guardian)

War Crimes

Thanks to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other human rights groups, thousands of pages of government documents released this month have confirmed some of the painful truths about the abuse of foreign detainees by the U.S. military and the CIA -- truths the Bush administration implacably has refused to acknowledge. (Washington Post)

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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