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July 29, 2008

1. India continues search for terrorists responsible for spate of bombings throughout country. Dozens were killed in recent days with coordinated bombings in several Indian cities.

2. Though confirmed only by an anonymous Pakistani intelligence source thus far, it is believed that al-Qaeda’s chief bomb maker and chemical expert, Abu Khabab al-Masri, was killed in a US Predator drone strike inside Pakistan. Initial reactions are the standard lot; Pakistani warnings against US attacks inside Pakistan, US assurances that it respects Pak sovereignty, and dead al-Qaeda terrorists inside Pakistani territory.

3. The Taliban, true to past patterns, has abducted 30 Pakistani police and security force members in the tribal areas.

4. MEND militants have sabotaged two Shell Oil pipelines in Nigeria, prompting the oil company to announce that it may not be able to meet supply obligations from the Delta.

5. Following carnage wrought by female suicide bombers on crowds of Iraqi civilians, female members of security forces are now being deployed to conduct female-to-female searches.

WAR OF IDEAS
Deobandi Fatwa Against Terrorism Didn’t Treat the Jihadi Root - Counterterrorism Blog

AL QAEDA
Al-Qaeda Video Urges Muslims to Kill Saudi King for Hosting Interfaith Conference - FOX

AFGHANISTAN
Iran main entry route for rebels, says Afghan paper - Gulf Times
Doubts mount on Afghan surge - Washington Times
Several Militants Killed in Afghan Clashes - ABC

INDIA
Former Intelligence Officer: We Are Sitting Targets - The Times of India
Fear grows over India car terror - The Australian
Indian police hunt for bombers in suburb - Washington Times

IRAN
Iran’s Ahmadinejad says world powers on the decline - Africasia
Medvedev names Russia’s Iran pointman as U.S. ambassador- Reuters

IRAQ
Female guards to fill a ‘void’ at checkpoints - Washington Times

NIGERIA
Shell issues Nigeria oil warning after attack - CNN

PAKISTAN
CIA Drone Targeted Chemical Weapons Expert Abu Khabab Al-Masri On Afghanistan-Pakistan Border - CBS
Al-Qaeda weapons expert slain in Waziristan strike - Daily Times
Pakistan military warns US commander on strikes - Daily Times
Bush respects Pakistan sovereignty - The Press Association
Militants abduct 30 Pakistani police, troops - Washington Times

RUSSIA
Russian Army Boasts Less Desertions Than Years Past - New York Sun

ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Talks Near Collapse - New York Sun

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