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April 18, 2008

1. Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri professed eternal US failure in Iraq as another anti-al-Qaeda funeral is bombed, killing 30 in Diyala province. While largely cornered in north, al-Qaeda still capable of bombing elsewhere.

2. In Pakistan's Mohmand Agency, the Taliban have declared the implementation of Shari'a law after a two day council.

3. Israeli defense officials report increase in Iranian arms smuggling through tunnels and sea containers that float just beneath waters' surface.

4. Hamas attacks have spiked during Carter's visit, during which he declared Gaza siege a "crime and atrocity," and said "the worst thing" Hamas has done is fire rockets, which is "abominable and an act of terrorism.”

AL-QAEDA
New Zawahiri Tape: Al-Qaeda declares 'failure and defeat' for U.S. troops in Iraq - CNN
Zawahiri calls on Muslims to make Iraq 'fortress of Islam' - AFP
Al-Qaida's Finances: Evidence of Organizational Decline? - Counterterrorism Blog
Analysis: Al-Qaeda’s New Hardliners in Yemen Strike Western Interests - Jamestown

AFGHANISTAN
Suicide Bomber Kills 23 in Front of Mosque in Southwest Afghanistan - VOA

PAKISTAN
Pakistani Taliban Hold Jihad Conference, Issue 6-Point Shari’a Implementation in Mohmand Agency- MEMRI Urdu

IRAN
Bush, British PM Pledge Tough Stance, More Sanctions on Iran's Nuclear Ambitions - FOX News
Iran progress in uranium enrichment slow, ElBaradei says - Forbes

IRAQ
Another funeral bombing kills 30 more anti-al-Qaeda Iraqi mourners - BBC
Intercepted al-Qaeda Letter Reveals Tactics, Strategy - DefenseLink
U.S. Begins Erecting Wall in Sadr City - New York Times

ISRAEL
Defense officials: Iran smuggling arms into Gaza by sea - Jerusalem Post
Flashback 2007: Karine-A Redux: Saggers In Gaza - ThreatsWatch
Background: The Threat of Maritime Terrorism to Israel - International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

LEBANON
Hizballah Serves Warning to UNIFIL - An-Nahar
Bush pledges support to Lebanon - Ya Libnan

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Gaza violence up during Carter visit - Washington Times
HAMAS pledges to avenge Israeli attacks - AKI
Carter calls Gaza blockade a 'crime and atrocity' - Haaretz
Carter meets again with Hamas - Los Angeles Times
Carter: Gaza residents 'starving to death' - Ynetnews

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