1. Russia is expanding its influence in the West by enhancing ties with states such as Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia. The Russian naval fleet is set to visit Chavez's Venezuela, Bolivia and Venezuela have kicked out the US Ambassadors there, and Nicaragua was the first state to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.
2. A chasm is forming between the United States and Pakistan and future cooperation against al-Qaeda and the Taliban is in jeopardy as Pakistan's army head rebuked US strikes on enemy positions on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border. General Kiyani had been seen as a relatively friendly military leader with American ties.
3. Internal al-Qaeda documents from Iraq display the dire straits and greatly diminished terrorist capabilities and morale there.
4. Iran is reported in the UK press as having renewed its nuclear weapons development program.
RUSSIAN ALLIES IN THE WEST
Russian Fleet to Visit as Venezuela's Chavez says US ambassador must leave - AP
Bolivian president wants U.S. ambassador to leave - USA Today
Ortega, Nicaragua recognize South Ossetia, Abkhazia - AP
US eyes Russia in Latin America amid crisis over Georgia - AFP
Pakistan’s Military Chief Criticizes U.S. Over a Raid - New York Times
Pakistan Did Not Agree to New Rules, Officials Say - Washington Post
CIA launches offensive against al-Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan - NY Daily News
Background And Context:
Behind The US Strategy: PrincipalAnalysis: The Clock Ticks For The President - ThreatsWatch
Behind The al-Qaeda Strategy: PrincipalAnalysis: Al-Qaeda's Progression On Pakistan's Demise - ThreatsWatch