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July 21, 2008

1. Following making his recommendations on Iraq, presidential candidate Barack Obama will now meet with General David Petraeus in Baghdad. Elsewhere in Iraq, US forces wrapped up another militant with ties to Iran.

2. Reacting to speculation that NATO forces are preparing an incursion, the governor of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has said that any foreign troops will be repelled by military and paramilitary forces. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda Arabs and Chechens, among other foreigners, continue to remain and another peace accord has been signed, now in Orakzai agency.

3. Iran’s president praised this weekend’s talks in Geneva, Switzerland, as signs of progress. Iran rejected out of hand all calls to suspend uranium enrichment. Secretary of State Rice question’s Iranian sincerity at talks.

4. Five bombs were detonated in Spain, causing damage but no injuries, leading to speculation of a summer of terror by Basque separatist group ETA. A warning call was received before the blasts by an individual claiming to be part of the ETA group.

AFGHANISTAN
Gen. Natynczyk says Afghanistan situation is worsening - CTV

AL QAEDA
Still Driving News: Al-Qaeda ‘changing focus to Pakistan’ - The Australian
Last Week: Al-Qaeda Shifting Resources To Pakistan - ThreatsWatch

EGYPT
Egypt arrests 39 Muslim Brotherhood members - Washington Times

IRAN
Iran Praises Latest Nuclear Talks - ABC
Rice Questions Iran’s Seriousness at Weekend Nuclear Talks - New York Sun
Iran’s Aggressive Proselytizing Campaign - Middle East Times

IRAQ
US forces arrest another Iran-linked militant - Washington Times
Iraqi, US forces keep pressure on the Mahdi Army - Long War Journal
Barack Obama Arrives in Iraq, Will Meet With Gen. Petraeus - ABC
Obama, Maliki May Soon Talk of a Timeline - New York Sun
Timeline for Iraq Drawdown Would Be Dangerous, Mullen Says - DefenseLink
Key vote may be postponed, election panel warns - Washington Times

KOSOVO
Meet The Bin Ladens of the Balkans, Part I - Michael J. Totten

PAKISTAN
Restrictions Eased for Pakistan Bomb Scientist AQ Khan - ABC
‘Pakistani forces, tribesmen will expel foreign troops if attacked’ - Daily Times
Pakistan signs peace accord in Orakzai tribal agency - Long War Journal
Militants kill ‘US spies’ in Pakistan: official - AFP

SPAIN
Spain Bombings Signal Basque Terror Campaign - New York Sun

ZIMBABWE
Mugabe and Tsvangirai sign deal to open Zimbabwe talks - International Herald Tribune

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