Insider 12/27/04: 'Bin Laden' Backs Al Zarqawi

U.K.


Saudi Confident of Dissident's Extradition-Official

A Saudi diplomat said on Monday he was "confident" Britain would hand over a London-based Saudi dissident accused of links to al Qaeda. (Reuters)

U.K. Freezes Saudi Group's Assets

The Bank of England has frozen funds linked to a prominent Saudi dissident accused of links to al Qaeda. (BBC)

Philippines


3 Abu Sayyaf Militants Arrested in Southern Philippines

Security forces seized a cache of weapons and arrested three suspected Abu Sayyaf members in a raid on the remote southern Philippine island of Sitangkai, a military spokesman said yesterday. (Arab News)

Spain


Terror Suspect Arrested In Spain

A fourth man was arrested by Spanish police for alleged links to a gang that attempted to buy explosives for a terror attack, the BBC reported Saturday. (UPI)

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Jordan


Jordan Court Acquits Militants of Terror

Jordan's military court on Monday acquitted 13 Muslim militants, including three Saudi fugitives, of conspiring to commit terror attacks against U.S. targets in Jordan, but sentenced 11 of them to prison terms ranging from six to 15 years for possessing explosives. (AP)

Yemen


Terror Convict Admits to Links With Bin Laden

A key defendant in the trial of 15 militants convicted of terror attacks in Yemen told the court yesterday he had maintained ties with Osama Bin Laden. (Arab News)

France


French Magistrate Widens Bin Laden Finance Probe

A French judge has widened a probe into the financial network surrounding the family of Osama bin Laden after questioning his half-brother and learning of a 241 million euro transfer to Pakistan, Le Monde daily said. (Reuters)

IRAQ NEWS

Suicide Bomber Kills 15 People in Iraq

A suicide bomber detonated his car Monday at the gate of the home of the leader of Iraq's biggest political party, killing 15 people and injuring dozens, police said. The cleric was unharmed. (AP)

Iraq Militant Group Posts Video of Mosul Attack

Iraqi militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna Sunday issued a video tape about the bombing of a U.S. army camp which killed 22 people, identifying the suicide bomber as Abu Omar al-Museli. (Reuters)

U.S. Captures Two Zarqawi-Linked Militants in Iraq

U.S. Marines said on Saturday they had captured two leaders of a militant group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq's restive city of Ramadi. (Reuters)

Iraq's Top Sunni Party Withdraws from Jan. Election

Iraq's top Sunni Muslim party said Monday it was withdrawing from Jan. 30 elections because relentless bloodshed would keep people from voting in the long dominant Sunni north and west. (Reuters)

U.S. Ponders Election Pledge To Iraqi Sunnis

Government posts could be guaranteed for minority group. (The Guardian)

Iraqi Kurds Petition U.N. For Independence Poll

More than 1.7 million Iraqi Kurds have signed a petition calling for a referendum on independence. (ABC)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Elections in Iraq

Iraqis need to believe that U.S. forces will withdraw. (Asahi Shimbun)

Iraqi Insurgency and Strengthening Military Forces

CSIS expert, Anthony Cordesman, published two new reports on Strengthening Iraqi Military and Security Forces and on The Developing Iraqi Insurgency: Status at End-2004. (The Center for Strategic and International Studies)

Yes, You Must Pull Out - But Also Pay For The Damage

The U.S. isn't protecting or feeding Iraqis, it's stoking violence and hardship. (The Guardian)

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