The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

As any air traveler knows, the 48,000 screeners employed by the $5-billion-a-year Transportation Security Administration since 9/11 are proficient at confiscating small objects like pins and nail scissors. But not always, it seems, at detecting the very weapons that were used on Sept. 11, 2001 — box cutters. The real question, however, is how much that matters. (LA Times)

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-airplanes22oct22,1,5246635.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

Middle East

Pakistan

Pakistan nabs Al Qaeda money leader's aide

A Yemeni national arrested this week during a routine security check at a roadblock in eastern Pakistan is believed to be an aide of captured Al Qaeda financial manager Abu Zubaydah, a police official said on Wednesday. (AP)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031022/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_al_qaida_1

Yemen

Yemen holds Al Qaeda suspect

Yemeni authorities have arrested a Saudi suspected of being a member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network who entered Yemen secretly, a security official said today. (News.com, AFP)

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7636623%255E1702,00.html

Bin Laden's audio contained coded messages, reports newspaper

The Yemeni paper Al Balagh claimed that the recent Bin Laden statement aired on Al Jazeera contained coded messages to launch operations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The paper says it got its information through sources, who said the attacks will be carried out in the three countries within the coming two weeks. Yemeni security sources confirmed that they had foiled Al Qaeda plans to attack the American, British and German embassies in Yemen when 17 members of the group were arrested. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi detainees 'plotted attacks'

Terror suspects seized in Saudi Arabia were preparing to carry out suicide bombings across the country, a top security official has said. (BBC)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3209110.stm

Most of Saudi Arabia's terrorist cell members captured – says security official

A Saudi security source told Al Hayat newspaper that authorities managed to arrest most of the members of the terrorist cells in Saudi Arabia, leaving only one or two cells in the country, which security forces continue to hunt. (Al Hayat).

Ministry of defense official denies that missiles were found near port

Saudi sources rejected reports coming out of London that missiles were found in Al Quszeya area south of the port of Jeddah. The reports had claimed the missiles were pointing towards the sea and ready to fire on American targets. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Afghanistan

'New Species' of terrorist threatens Kabul

A new breed of terrorist has infiltrated Kabul and is planning attacks on civilians and soldiers, according to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander. (AP)

http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2003/10/22/232583.html

AUSTRALIA

Anthrax lab man 'held false passports'

A worker at a Commonwealth Serum Laboratory plant, which produces blood samples and stores diseases such as anthrax, has been arrested in possession of false passports that federal agents believe are linked to international terrorists, a court has heard. (Sydney Morning Herald)

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/21/1066631429714.html

ASIA

US war on terror wins support at Pacific conference

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