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March 25, 2008

1. Pakistan swore in its new Prime Minister, Bhutto loyalist Yousaf Raza Gilani, whose first task was to order the release of all judges detained by Musharraf.

2. Shi'a militias continue attacks on coalition forces and Iraqi government targets from Baghdad to Basra. Muqtada al-Sadr referenced by some, but Iran sidelined him weeks ago. Petraeus says Iran behind attacks.

3. A US ship fired on approaching boats in the Suez canal after radio and siren warnings went unheeded.

4. In the War of Ideas, al-Qaeda recruiting efforts are being hampered by Muslim parents who will not give their children permission to join, commit suicide in attacks.

AL QAEDA
Parental Consent for Suicide: How al-Qaeda Will Perish - WSJ

CHINA
EU tells China to stop using force against Tibetan protesters - International Herald Tribune
But China Says: 'Nearly 100 Nations Support Chinese Actions in Tibet' - China Daily
US engineer gets 24 years for exporting military data to China - AFP

COMROS
Comoros Gov't: Rebel Capital Captured - ABC

EGYPT
U.S. Ship Fires on Approaching Boats in Suez Canal - ABC

IRAQ
Security Forces, Militias Clash in Basra - Asharq Alawsat
Petraeus: Iran 'behind Green Zone attack' - BBC
Fighting Breaks Out in Sadr City; Mahdi Army Takes Over Checkpoints - WSJ
Diyala’s Leaders Meet to Establish Tribal Support Councils - MNF-I

ISRAEL
IDF NCO Suspected of Passing Information to Hizballah - Arutz Sheva

LEBANON
Hizballah chief vows revenge against Israel after 40 Day Mourning Period over - AFP

PAKISTAN
New Pakistani PM Takes Over - ABC
PM’s first order: release judges - Daily Times
Major reshuffle in army - DAWN

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Fatah-Hamas agreement fizzles out - Jerusalem Post

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