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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.

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

Perilous Gaza City combat raises stakes - Financial Times

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

Turkey holds suspicious Iran-Venezuela shipment - IHT

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