Insider 01/04/05: Holding Suspects

Zarqawi Group Executes Five Guardsmen In Iraq

The group of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi aired a video on the Internet Saturday purporting to show the execution of five members of the Iraqi National Guard in the militant stronghold of Ramadi west of Baghdad. (Pakistan Times)

Islamic Army In Iraq Threatens Attacks In U.S.: Website

The Islamic Army in Iraq, one of the main armed groups fighting U.S. forces in the war-torn country, has threatened to carry out attacks inside the United States, according to a statement posted on a website Monday. (AFP)

Allawi Pressures Syria To Hand Over Iraqis

Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi sent a letter to the President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, urging him to handover Saddam's loyalists, saying that they are disrupting security in Iraq. (Aljazeera.com)

Tape Shows 2000 Meeting Between Udai And Former Al Jazeera Manager

Documents found after the fall of Baghdad included a videotape of meeting between a former manager of Al Jazeera Arab satellite channel and Saddam Hussein's son Udai, reports Asharq Al Awsat. In the March 2000 meeting Mohammed Jassem Al Ali is seen telling Udai he's in Baghdad to listen to his suggestions and comments. Asharq Al Awsat's report is based on a documentary which will be aired on Thursday by the Arab Al Hurra television station, which was launched by the U.S. government. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Bin Laden's Recognition of Al Zarqawi Angers Armed Groups In Iraq – Sources

Osama bin Laden's recognition of Abu Musaab Al Zarqawi as the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq upset resistance groups in Iraq, fundamentalist sources in London told Asharq Al Awsat newspaper. An Egyptian fundamentalist who preferred to remain anonymous told the paper Al Zarqawi's group may be one of the smallest compared to others like Jaysh Ansar Al Sunna and Al Jaysh Al Islami, which is why bin Laden's recent statement led to anger and jealousy amongst the groups. (Asharq Al Awsat)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

The War Inside the Arab Newsroom

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed is trying to turn Al Arabiya into a new kind of Arab news channel, with fewer hostage tapes and more moderate voices. But that's hard to do when his employees aren't sure they want to change, American troops occasionally arrest his reporters and his anchors get personalized death threats from Iraqi insurgents. (NY Times Magazine)

Militants' Campaign Twists Logistics of Iraq Election

Workers and candidates risk their lives and limit their visibility. Voting locations are still secret. (LA Times)

Gulf States Fear Shiite Victory

The likely prospect of a Shiite victory in this month's landmark Iraqi elections is making the oil-rich Gulf monarchies apprehensive, fearing Tehran's growing influence in the region. (News 24)

Are we Winning the War On Terror? An Interview with Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer served in the CIA for 22 years before resigning earlier this year. He is the once anonymous author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America. He served as the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999. He resigned from the CIA in 2004. (The Jamestown Foundation)

The U.S. Presidential Inauguration: A Safe Bet

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