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July 28, 2008

1. India’s major cities remain on high alert after a wave of bombings has killed dozens. Last week, bombings rocked Bangalore, and this weekend 45 were later killed in synchronized bombings in Ahmedabad, a state capital. With another jihadist group claiming responsibility, tensions between India and Pakistan remain high on the heels of the bombing of the Indian embassy in Afghanistan.

2. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a bombing in Yemen carried out against security forces. A building housing the forces was struck with a car bomb, killing four.

3. In Baghdad, a Shi’a pilgrimage was bombed, killing 28. South of Baghdad, the same pilgrimage was attacked by gunmen hiding in reeds. Al-Qaeda in Iraq has a history of bombing Shi’a pilgrimage processions in order to achieve a high body count and stoke Sunni-Shi’a tensions. In Kirkuk, a suicide bomber killed 17 and wounded 170 at a Kurdish rally.

4. In Instanbul, coordinated bombings killed 17. Turkish authorities blame Kurdish PKK terrorists for the blasts. A second blast was coordinated to kill first responders to the first blast.

AFGHANISTAN
Canada eyes beefing up troops - Toronto Star

INDIA
India on alert after two days of bombings kill 46 - Reuters
Islamic Group Claims Responsibility for India Bombings - New York Sun
Bombings may threaten India-Pakistan relations - CS Monitor
India: The Terrorists Within - TIME

IRAN
What ‘s Motivating Shift in US-Iran Policy? - VOA

IRAQ
Bombs kill 28 in Iraqi Shi’a pilgrimage - International Herald Tribune
Gunmen ambush Shiite pilgrims near Baghdad - International Herald Tribune
Bombings kill 43 in Baghdad, Kirkuk - AP
Despite Today’s Attacks, Iraqi Counterterrorism Capabilities Expanding - MNF-I

LEBANON
Fatfat blames Hizballah for north Lebanon clashes, says Army ‘negligent’ - Ya Libnan

PAKISTAN
Pakistan feels the heat in Washington - Asia Times
Bush, Pakistan PM Hold Talks Amid Rising Concern Over Afghan Violence - VOA
15 killed in Dera Bugti clashes near Quetta - DAWN

TURKEY
Coordinated Blasts in Istanbul leave 13 dead - Washington Times
Turkey Blames Kurdish Rebels For Istanbul Blasts That Killed 17 - Wall Street Journal

UNITED STATES
New York Jihad Birthday Invitations Warn of Terror Threat In Lower Manhattan - National Terror Alert

YEMEN
Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Yemen attack - CNN

ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe army nearing collapse as recruits lack basic training - Telegraph
Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Talks Break Off - ABC

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