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January 28, 2009

1. Group with al-Qaeda links claims bombing an Israeli position along the border, killing an IDF soldier. Israel responds with strikes, and is also hammering tunnels again along the Philidelphi Corridor to the south. Meanwhile, Fatah's Abbas charged to US envoy Mitchell that Israel "does not want peace."

2. With the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) dispersed and in retreat, the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group has imposed sharia law now over Baidoa, the TFG's former seat of government. The outlook is bleak.

3. Pakistani Army has renewed operations in the Swat agency of the North West territory. The Taliban had issued a hit list of 43 local politicians there.

4. The Taliban said that closing Guantanamo was a 'positive step' but not enough. While Yemen security forces are already littered with 'rehabilitated' al-Qaeda terrorists, Yemen's president is anxiously awaiting the release of 94 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists from Gitmo, to be entered into a 'rehabilitation' program.

AFGHANISTAN
Gates Predicts 'Slog' in Afghanistan; Limits of Military Power - Washington Post
Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Again Threatens Germany's Afghanistan Mission - In German - Bloomberg

GAZA
Hamas to Accept 18 Month Truce - Asharq Alawsat
Terrorists Kill Israeli Soldier with Bomb Attack at Border - Washington Post
IDF: Hamas didn't carry out attack - but is responsible - Ynet News
Israeli Paper: Border blast demands strong - but not excessive - Israeli response - Ha'aretz
IAF attacks Hamas tunnels under Philadelphi Corridor - Jerusalem Post
Hamas awaiting delayed delivery of large arms shipment via Egypt - World Tribune
Hamas Accused Of Cracking Down On Opponents - NPR
Hamas Gathering 'Evidence' for Israeli War Crimes Trials - ITIC

GUANTANAMO BAY PRISONS
Taliban say closing Guantanamo 'a positive step' but insufficient - AFP

IRAN
Ahmadinejad tells U.S. to show change in policy not tactics, demands apology - Reuters
Mullen: Interdicted Iranian arms probably were bound for Gaza - AP
Iran could have a nuclear bomb by 2010, study warns - Telegraph (UK)
Gates: Iran playing "subversive" Latin America role, downplays Russian influence - VOA

ISRAEL
Hamas captives talk to Shin Bet about tactics and training - Ha'aretz
'Nicolas Sarkozy told me Gilad is alive' - Jerusalem Post
Fatah's Abbas to tell visiting U.S. envoy: Israel does not want peace - Ha'aretz

PAKISTAN
Pakistan relaunches Swat operation - Long War Journal
Pakistan's Crackdown on Militants Finds Imams Preaching More Jihad - Bloomberg
US drones fly over North Waziristan - Daily Times (Pak)

SOMALIA
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab impose sharia at TFG's former Baidoa capital - BBC
French navy foils Somali pirate attack, capture 9 - AFP
Japan to deploy ships off Somalia - BBC

UNITED KINGDOM
British government ordered to release Iraq invasion planning files - Deutsche Welle

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