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.
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
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
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