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February 22, 2008

1. 10,000 Turkish troops cross into northern Iraq in a massive operation against the PKK, which organizes and launches attacks against Turkey.

2. US embassy in Belgrade, Serbia stormed and partially burned by Serbian protesters angry at US recognition of breakaway Kosovo.

3. Draft for 3rd round of Iran sanctions being considered at UN Security Council. Iran says will only work with IAEA as it expects positive ElBaradei report.

4. Muqtada al-Sadr announces extension of ceasefire between Iran-backed Mahdi Army (JAM) and Iraqi government.

5. Pakistan's victorious PPP and PML-N parties agree on new coalition as talk of easing military effort against Taliban and al-Qaeda continues.

IRAN
Security Council Weighs New Sanctions Draft on Iran - New York Times
Iran expects positive IAEA nuclear report - Reuters
Stay out of nuclear crisis, Iran tells Security Council - AFP
Sanctioned Iranian Bank Linked to IRGC Operates In Baghdad - The Nation

IRAQ
Turkish troops enter north Iraq - BBC
Earlier: Turkish artillery shells suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq - IHT
Muqtada al-Sadr prolongs Mahdi Army ceasefire - Sydney Morning Herald
US SecDef Gates Voices Understanding for Australian Troop Cuts in Iraq - Bloomberg

ISRAEL
US Wants NATO Troops in West Bank to Replace IDF - Turkish Weekly
Israel prepares, awaits Hizballah reprisals - ISN Security Watch
Israel's El-Al Airlines Tightens Security as Precaution - AFP

KOSOVO and SERBIA
US Furious Over Belgrade Embassy Attack - VOA
Storming of embassy in Serbia sparks U.S. outrage - International Herald Tribune

PAKISTAN
Pakistan parties agree on coalition - Los Angeles Times
Islamic stronghold in Pakistan goes secular - CS Monitor
Limited options for US in Pakistan - Asia Times

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