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August 3, 2008

1. Iraqi responsibility for security continues to expand as southern Diyala province is handed over to the ISF by Coalition forces, even as operations elsewhere in the province continue in an effort to put the final stake in the heart of al-Qaeda in Iraq. After being run out of Ramadi in Anbar, AQI chose to use Diyala province as its alternate headquarters. No more.

2. Islamist insurgents attacked Somali and Ethiopian military bases and government offices in the same night that a bomb placed under trash killed 20 Somali civilians. As violence escalates there after a period of relative calm, in neighboring Kenya an operation was launched to capture al-Qaeda’s African commander, also wanted for the twin bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. He escaped custody as the search continues.

3. With another Syrian ally in the presidency following Hizballah’s siege on the Western-backed government in Beirut, the Lebanese government has codified Hizballah’s right to fight Israel, writing that “”Lebanon, its army, its people and its resistance [Ed.: Hizballah] have the right to take action to liberate lands that have remained occupied at the Shaba Farms, the hills of Shuba village and the northern portion of the village of Ghajar, with all legitimate means possible, and to resist Israeli aggression.”

AL-QAEDA
Al-Qaeda Confirms: Bomb and Chemical Expert al-Masri Killed - ABC
Al Qaeda’s East Africa operations chief escapes raid in Kenya - The Long War Journal

AFGHANISTAN
The Haqqani Network: Reign of Terror - The Long War Journal

IRAN
Ahmadinejad: Iran Aims to Reinforce Nuclear Rights - ABC
Last Week: Secret Iranian Nuclear Facility In Ahwaz? - ThreatsWatch

IRAQ
Security Responsibility in Southern Diyala Province Transfered to Iraqi Security Forces - Victory Caucus
Marine Gen. on Anbar: “We have all but won this thing when they once said that was impossible.” - North County Times
Related: Iraqi forces to take control of security in Anbar Province - International Herald Tribune
*Setting Record Straight:* Battle of Sufia: The 2006 Tipping Point for Anbar Awakening - Mudville Gazette

LEBANON
Hizballah may fight Israel to recover land - Haaretz

PAKISTAN
Pakistanis aided attack in Kabul, U.S. officials say - International Herald Tribune
Pakistan says plan to place ISI under Interior Ministry intact - Daily Times
U.S. said to pressure Pakistan to rein in spy agency (ISI) - International Herald Tribune
Bomb kills eight policemen in Swat - Daily Times

RUSSIA
Georgia accused of lethal attack, Georgians say separatists attacked - BBC
6 die as Georgia battles rebel group - International Herald Tribune

SOMALIA
Insurgents attack military bases, Bomb kills 20 Somali civilians - ABC

SYRIA
Top Syrian Army Officer and Liaison with Hizballah Killed, Report - An-Nahar

SPACE WARFARE
Russia, China Seek To Supplant Leading-US Under Guise of ‘Avoiding Space Arms Race’ - The Tank

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