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July 1, 2008

1. While Pakistan has mobilized its military in FATA regions, it has yet to aggressively and directly combat Taliban and al-Qaeda with significance. Previous reports indicated mortar and other indirect engagements. Pakistani television reports 30 members of security forces have been abducted in Kurram agency.

2. President Bush has signed the supplemental war funding bill, freeing funds for Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters in the conflict before us.

3. Israel and Syria are engaging in a third round of talks in Turkey today, with the Golan Heights high on the Syrian agenda.

4. Israeli-Hizballah prisoner swap is expected to contain two separate phases. Meanwhile, Israel criticizes UN report on the implementation of UNSC Res. 1701 in Lebanon because it ignores Hizballah's violations.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee suicide bomber fought at Tora Bora - The Long War Journal
Commission Trial for Cole Bomber? Don't Bet On It - The Corner

Are Search Sites Over-Censoring in China? - ABC

Pentagon will buy satellites to do more spying - AP

Strait of Hormuz Won't Close, American Fleet Says - New York Sun

Iraq Opens Bidding on Oil and Gas Fields - New York Sun
President Bush signs emergency war spending measure - Los Angeles Times
Enemy Neutralized in Iraq’s Anbar Province, Colonel Says - DefenseLink

Lebanon: Hizballah prisoner swap marks 'failure' for Israel - Haaretz

'UN report ignores Hizballah violations' - Jerusalem Post

Pakistan's Army shying away from major Taliban assault - Seattle Times
Tribesmen kidnap 30 security men in Kurram Agency - GEO.tv
Mullah Omar wears shades, has trimmed beard, lives in Quetta, Pakistan: ex-follower - Canada East

Israel, Syria set for third round of talks today - Haaretz

Mugabe aide says Western critics can "go hang a thousand times" - BBC

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