1. Al-Qaeda took two swipes at its former strongholds of Baquba (Diyala) and Ramadi (Anbar) with car bombs that killed scores of civilians, including over a dozen children. Likely target is media more than Iraqis as news of US surge success continues.
2. Germany's Army Chief of Staff has been quoted as saying he wants more German troops in Afghanistan in support of Germans stretched thin in northern Afghanistan.
3. Recent poll reflects Europeans see China (35%) as the greatest threat to global security. The United States, however, did receive 29% of the European threat vote.
4. Hamas has denied an Egyptian report that the Gaza terrorists intend a second breach of the Egyptian fence. The group did not, however, deny a Friday fatwa calling for attacks on Egyptian soldiers.
Al-Qaeda Strikes Lost Strongholds with Car Bombs in Baquba, Ramadi - New York Times
Marine Colonel: 'Insurgents Largely Marginalized in Western Anbar Province' - DefenseLink
Fadhil: Iraq's Moment of Truth in Baghdad and Basra - Pajamas Media
When Sons of Iraq grow up - Long War Journal
Hizbullah militants regroup amid war jitters, recruiting Sunnis - CS Monitor
Report: Hizballah to Launch Offensive Against Israel if Israel Wages War, Shi'a Terrorists Recruiting Sunnis - An-Nahar