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January 8, 2009

1. Israeli forces continue advance and airstrikes against Hamas terrorists positions. Reports indicate at least 3 Katyusha rockets were launched from Southern Lebanon into Northern Israel today, raising concerns of developing a second front, this one against Hizballah.

2. A reported thousand Afghan men crowded into the library of Kabul's Milad ul-Nabi mosque, lined with banners reading "Death to Israel" and "Death to America," to sign up to fight Israel.

3. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issues a ban on volunteers leaving Iran to carry out suicide bombings against Israel, but warned that Iran would assist the militant group Hamas in other ways.

4. A new international naval force under American command will soon begin patrols to confront escalating attacks by Somali pirates.

HAMAS, AND OTHERS v. ISRAEL
Afghans sign up to fight Israeli troops in Gaza - Reuters
Israel Attacked from the North - FDD
Analysis: Lebanese rockets raise fear of 2nd front - AP
Iran bans volunteers from fighting Israel - AP

GAZA
Perilous Gaza City combat raises stakes - Financial Times

SOMALIA
New US-led naval force to battle Somali pirates - AP
Navy creates force devoted to fighting piracy - CNN

TURKEY
Turkey holds suspicious Iran-Venezuela shipment - IHT

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