The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

FBI teams probe sites of terror overseas Scouring the mangled USS Cole, Kevin Finnerty and his fellow FBI agents came across strands of burned orange carpet, evidence that would become crucial in the investigation into the terrorist explosion in Yemen that killed 17 sailors. (Washington Post)


Trial of terror suspects to begin next week

Jordan's Supreme Court will start next week the trial of 10 Jordanians and three Saudis for planning attacks against US interests in the country. Four of the suspects are still at large and will be tried in absentia. Sources told Asharq Al Awsat that the arrest of the group was made after they spoke in phone conversations about obtaining explosives and planning attacks.(Asharq Al Awsat)


U.S. worries al-Qaeda in Iran may be running operations

A handful of senior al-Qaeda operatives who fled to Iran after the Afghan war may have developed a working relationship with a secretive military unit linked to Iran's religious hard-liners, American counterterrorism officials say. (AP)


Australians quiz terror leader The alleged mastermind of a terrorist bombing, the Lebanese Mohammed Yehia Kaaki, has been interrogated at the Australian embassy in Beirut over his relationship with two Sydney brothers. (The Australian),5744,7334941%5E2702,00.html


United States

Statue of Liberty threat triggers security boost

A threat to attack the Statue of Liberty prompted city police to tighten security near the monument yesterday with increased air and sea patrols. (Newsday),0,4702867.story?coll=nyc-topheadlines-span

Wife, FBI agent testify at hearing for Yemen man accused of al-Qaeda links

Using freshly declassified evidence, an Akron FBI agent testified yesterday that the bureau believes a Kent man is an al-Qaida operative as potentially lethal as the terrorists who flew the hijacked planes Sept. 11, 2001. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Shake-up amid war on terror 'has hit campaign'

The US effort to shut down financial support for terrorist networks is being seriously hampered by a government reorganisation that has left the most experienced agencies without any real power, the US government's former top counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke said yesterday. (Financial Times)

Moussaoui wants testimony from Hambali, Government is expected to oppose motion

Zacarias Moussaoui has asked his trial judge for access to another high-ranking captured al Qaeda leader, this time the man known as Hambali, who is recognized as the terror group's top operative in Southeast Asia.(CNN)

Probe of two groups that train Muslim chaplains sought

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) yesterday renewed his request for an investigation into two institutes that train Islamic chaplains for the military in light of the Sept. 10 arrest of Army Capt. James "Yousef" Yee, an imam who ministered to detainees held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Washington Post)

Guantanamo probe stirs wider security concerns

The investigation into security breaches at the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison has not yet turned up evidence of a coordinated Al Qaeda penetration of the heavily guarded Cuban camp. (CS Monitor)

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