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April 15, 2009

1. Another vessel with US crew attacked by priates of Somalia coast as pirates vow to show no fear of United States.

2. Trial of only captured Mumbai terrorist attacker set to begin in bomb-proof Indian court, but delayed as Kasab makes last-minute demand that a Pakistani lawyer represent his defense.

3. Cost of 'Peace Deal' in Swat, Pakistan: Taliban/al-Qaeda "rally" there and "march through region" in effort to expand areas of control. Peace deals with terrorists make them stronger, not peaceful.

4. US and Israel planning joint comprehensive missile defense drill, Juniper Cobra, in order to test defensive intercept systems in the region.

AL-QAEDA
How to Beat al Qaeda at Its Own Game: Drama - Foreign Policy

AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan warns against Swat 'peace deal' and allowing Sharia in Pakistan - Daily Times (Pakistan)
In Recruiting an Afghan Militia, U.S. Faces a Test - New York Times

INDIA
Trial of Mumbai gunman Azam Amir Kasab begins in bomb-proof court - Times Online (UK)
Trial Delayed as Kasab Demands Lawyer from Pakistan - Sify (India)

IRAN
Iran Says It Plans New Nuclear Offer - New York Times
Russia says it is not supplying air defence systems to Iran - AFP (France)
Trial of Iranian American journalist over, in hands of judge, officials say - Los Angeles Times

IRAQ
US troops 'might stay in Northern Iraq' after withdrawal date - BBC
Al-Qaeda Claims Blast That Killed 5 U.S. Troops - Washington Post
Signs of extremists' resurgence in Iraq - San Francisco Gate

ISRAEL
U.S., Israel to hold huge military drill (Juniper Cobra) - UPI
Israel and US to hold missile intercept drill - Kuwait Times

MEXICO
Mexico police find anti-aircraft machine gun in drug cartel raid - Dallas Morning News
Obama to name Alan Bersin his 'border czar' - San Diego Union Tribune
Obama Orders Treasury to Seize Cartels' Assets - Washington Post
Mexican President Vows to Win Drug War - ABC

NORTH KOREA
Seoul strikes back at Pyongyang as North-South tension grows - Asia Times
UN Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch - VOA

PAKISTAN
Militants said making inroads in Punjab in the heart of Pakistan - UPI
Terrorists rally in Swat, march through region - Long War Journal
Taliban on Swat Peace Deal: Sharia for other parts of Pakistan also - Dawn (Pakistan)
TNSM's Sufi says disarm in Swat, TTP says enforce sharia first - Daily Times (Pakistan)
Militants enjoy immunity from law: TNSM - Dawn (Pakistan)

SOMALIA
Somali pirates launch failed attack on second US vessel - Christian Science Monitor
Somali Extremists Have al-Qaeda Ties - Wall Street Journal
Somalia Islamists Order Women to Take Veil - AllAfrica
A Good Day at the Office for Navy SEALs - Knoxville News Sentinel

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The dark side of Dubai - The Independent (UK)

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