Virginia Plot

Charles Clarke, the home secretary, will make limited concessions today on his plans for the detention and restrictions, of terrorist suspects by announcing that the orders will be subject to judicial review. (The Guardian)

IRAQ NEWS

Top Al Qaeda Man Killed

Iraqi security forces have killed a propaganda chief of al Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the government said on Sunday. (News24)

Shiites Name Jafari as PM Candidate

Iraq's majority Shiite coalition has chosen Ibrahim Jafari, Iraq's interim vice president, to be its candidate for the powerful post of prime minister of Iraq. (Washington Post)

Marines, Iraqis Launch Offensive In Violence-Prone Cities

After two days of suicide bombings nationwide that killed nearly 100 people, U.S. Marines and Iraqi security forces launched a joint operation Sunday to crack down on insurgents in troubled cities west of Baghdad, as the military announced the death of another soldier. (AP)

23 Dead, 90 Wounded in Series of Suicide Attacks in Baghdad

Insurgents killed at least 23 people and wounded around 90 in a series of suicide attacks and bombings in Shiite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Saturday, the holiest day of the Shiite religious calendar. (Reuters)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Chasing Bin Laden With TV Ads In Pakistan Offering Cash

This week, for the first time, Pakistan is allowing ads to air that offer rewards for helping find Al Qaeda leaders. (CS Monitor)

The Next 9/11 Could Happen at Sea

An unsuspected bit of good news related to the Indian Ocean tsunami was revealed this month when the International Maritime Bureau released its annual report on pirate attacks against international shipping. The new figures showed a 27 percent decline in 2004, to 325 incidents from 445 in 2003, and noted that there had not been single attack in the pirate-infested waters off Sumatra since the earthquake. (NY Times)

Nuclear Reality: America Loses Bite

Not so long ago, the terrifying rules of nuclear chicken were clear. When only superpowers and their allies held nuclear arsenals, deterrence worked, because all sides understood the horrific consequences of a misstep. (NY Times)

In Iraq, to Be a Hairstylist Is to Risk Death

A bomb rips through a women's hair salon, shattering wall-length mirrors and shredding posters of coiffures. (LA Times)

Letters from Basra: Testing Ground

In the Shiite south, Islamists and secularists struggle over Iraq's future. (New Yorker)

Lebanon, Syria and U.S.

Palestine is occupied. Iraq is occupied. Afghanistan, the Middle East, Gulf and the Caspian are seething with US military personnel, pilots, submarines, Apache gun-ships, fighter jets and spy drones. Iran and Syria are being threatened. And yet, it is absolutely imperative that Syria quits Lebanon tout suite, or so goes the White House line. (Arab News)

After Assassinating Hariri

More treacherous than the argument around who is responsible for the assassination of Rafiq Al Hariri is to link Lebanon to terrorism. (Dar al Hayat)

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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