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September 4, 2008

1. With Anbar Province security handed over to Iraqi control, the United States and Iraqi forces are continuing to kill or apprehend men belonging to Kataib Hizballah, an Iranian-supported Special Group.

2. A US special forces raid on a Taliban/al-Qaeda position 1km across the Afghan border into Pakistan's South Waziristan province reportedly killed 20, though high value targets apparently were not at the location. A very assertive operation by the US, one surely with Pak military cooperation and knowledge.

3. Pakistani operations in the NorthWest Frontier Province draw to a close heading into Ramadan, but the Taliban are targeting keypolitical leaders and the military's chief, General Kiyani, for assassination - with the exception of al-Qaeda-linked Nawaz Sharif. Assassination attempt earlier this week on PM Gilani failed, but bullet proof glass in motorcade was pierced.

4. Al-Qaeda terrorist out on bail in the UK is observed and believed to be directing other individuals through surrogates.

AL QAEDA
Alleged Mata Hari of Al-Qaeda Indicted: Could Provide 'Treasure Trove' of Intelligence - ABC
Indictment Hints of Plan to Attack Landmarks, Siddiqui Had Liter of Cyanide - NY Times
Fears Qatada is beating bail terms to spread terror - This Is London

CHINA
Bank of China may escape Hamas terror funding probe - Times of India

GEORGIA
VP Cheney, In Tbilisi, Slams Russia for War Against Georgia - ABC

IRAQ
U.S. Hands Off Pacified Anbar, Once Heart of Iraq Insurgency - NY Times
Understanding Iraq Through Anbar's Lens - ThreatsWatch
Coalition forces round up four Kata’ib Hizballah suspects in Baghdad Tuesday - MNF-I
Iraq militants plotted bomb attack using tunnel - Union Tribune

PAKISTAN
US SpecOps Raid 1km Inside Pakistan - Reuters
Pakistani elders vow to protect vital Khyber Pass - Reuters
A sting in Pakistan's al-Qaeda mission - Asia Times
Attempt on PM's Life, Cross-Border Violence Rock Pakistan - ABC
The Urgent Need for a Broader Counterinsurgency Approach in the FATA - Counterterrorism Blog
Pakistan prosecutor seeks to reopen Sharif graft cases - Gulfnews
Pak IM Official Calls Pak, Afghan Taliban & al-Qaeda "Troika" - Daily Times

RUSSIA
Russia Selling Hizballah Surface-to-Air and Anti-Tank Missiles - International Analyst Network

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