The government-owned, pro-Maliki, as-Sabah had a different reading of the report, in an op-ed by its editor-in-chief, Falah al-Mish`al, the report was seen as a confirmation of the policies of the current Iraqi government. The editorial (its title can be roughly translated as 'Iraqi politicians knew it all along') argued that the report agreed with Maliki's vision on the exogenous sources of violence in Iraq, and on the necessity of preventing Iraq from becoming a battlefield for outside forces, namely Syria and Iran.
Al-Mada used material from international agencies in covering the report, while As-Sabah al-Jadeed and al-Mu'tamar did not mention it.
The focus of most Iraqi newspapers remained on the security situation in the country, al-Mu'tamar and al-Mada reported the capture of numerous leading figures in the Ansar al-Sunna organization (21 according to al-Mu'tamar); al-Mada showed a diagram of the organization's leadership with its leader Abu Ayyoub al-Masri in its center, with the caption 'the noose tightens around Abu Ayyoub al-Masri". Al-Mada quoted the national security advisor, Muwaffaq al-rubai`i saying that the 'supreme leader' of the terrorist organization resides in Syria, from which he directs terrorist attacks in Iraq. as-Sabah al-Jadeed, al-Mada and az-Zaman reported on yesterday's violence, especially the suicide bombing in Sadr City and the mortar attacks around Baghdad, which left dozens of civilians dead (over 36, according to al-Sabah al-Jadeed). In contrast, government-owned al-Sabah, which did not report on any of the aforementioned incidents -- except for the government force's killing of 5 terrorism suspects -- wrote on al-Maliki's efforts to pacify Iraqi universities and his announcement of new measures to protect college campuses, al-Mada also wrote on the issue in its first page. Al-Maliki is believed to be responding to the distribution of tracts by Ansar al-Sunna warning students and professors against going to their campuses, and asking them to refrain from attending classes for the current school year.
The killing of over a dozen employees in the Shi`a Waqf (endowment) of Baghdad was reported in al-Mu'tamar, az-Zaman and al-Sabah al-Jadeed, the newspapers stated that a bus carrying the employees was attacked by gunmen who executed most of its passengers (18 dead according to az-Zaman, 13 according to al-Mu'tamar).
Meanwhile, all the major newspapers relegated the coverage of Saddam's trial to their local news' sections.
Also prominent was the visit of Abdul `azeez al-Hakeem to the United States and his meeting with the American President George W. Bush. Al-Sabah, al-Jadeed and al-Mu`tamar focused on al-Hakeem's rejection of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's call for an international conference to debate the Iraqi crisis. Al-Mu'tamar and al-Sabah al-Jadeed cited al-Hakeem saying that the Iraqi issue is a domestic problem that needs to be solved without outside intervention. Al-Sabah al-Jadeed also quoted al-Maliki calling the proposed conference a "confiscation of the will of the Iraqi people."
In opinion pieces, al-Mu'tamar's writers attacked the latest diplomatic efforts by neighboring Arab states and the proposal of an international conference for Iraq. Jassim al-Tamimi accused Jordanian and Saudi intelligence of supporting Iraqi -Sunni- militias and ex-Saddamists in their efforts to counter the growing Shi`a influence in the Middle East. Qassim al-Khafaji said that the proposed international conference will be a way to circumvent the results of the democratic process in Iraq and reinsert those who were dispossessed by the fall of Saddam's regime in the Iraqi political establishment. Al-Mada's Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmad was equally skeptical of the latest statements by Arab heads of states; he insinuated that the latest Egyptian and Saudi statements regarding the Iranian influence in Iraq may indicate that the country will be used as a battlefield for Arab-Iranian feuds.
Finally, al-Sabah al-Jadeed published a large ad on its first page offering a $50,000 reward for anyone presenting information that could lead to the release of a "missing American soldier," the soldier's name was withheld, but the ad contained a photograph and a description of the missing American.