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

An Intelligence Gap Hinders U.S. in Iraq

The U.S. was slow to start creating intelligence networks and has had trouble developing informants because of death threats to Iraqis and their families. (Washington Post)

First We Vote, Then We Kick You Out

As the January 30 elections near, the majority of Iraqis have one thing on their minds: get the US occupiers out - and get them out fast. At the moment, however, the risk of post-election civil war is stronger than ever, with various factions refusing to sit back and let the Shi'ites take control of the country. (Asia Times)

A Glimpse of the Ghost of Vietnam in Iraq Lies and Atrocities

Who said this and when? "The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. (The Independent)

Uncivil Liberties And The Other Victims Of Sept. 11, 2001

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, millions of words have been written about the "terrorists in our midst" and what law enforcement agencies are doing to fight it. However, few questioned whether an overzealous American government was compromising American civil liberties. (The Daily Star)

Analysts: Bin Laden Seeks Transformation

Osama bin Laden appears to be trying to transform himself from terrorist to political leader, the conclusion reached by some Middle Eastern experts from watching recent messages attributed to the al Qaeda leader. (AP)

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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