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April 27, 2009

1. As AQ/Taliban insurgency gets bolder and creeps closer to Islamabad, Gen. Petraeus calls on Pakistani military to refocus. Pak military engagements in Swat operational epicenter include helicopters, area weapons such as rockets and artillery, but few troops on the ground to precisely defeat men.

2. Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari said there is no chance Pak nuclear weapons fall into terrorist hands. Proper question is: Will the government? Then control of nuclear assets in great peril.

3. Off coast of Somalia, Italian cruise ship attacked by pirates, but armed ship-board security repelled the Somali pirates. Another instance of prevention by making cost of piracy greater than reward through on-board armed security.

AFGHANISTAN
14 insurgents killed in Afghanistan: US military - AFP
G.I.'s to Fill Civilian Gap to Rebuild Afghanistan - New York Times

IRAN
Talks About Talks: Iran preparing response to US nuclear talks offer - New York Times
'Iranian arms ship destroyed near Sudan' - Jerusalem Post

PAKISTAN
Petraeus Calls On Pakistan To Redirect Military Focus - Washington Post
Pakistan troops continue assault [TW NOTE: Few Boots on Ground = Futile Effort] - Guardian (UK)
Pakistan troops shell suspect Taliban bases in Swat: military - AFP
Bergen: 'Pakistan lacks a Taliban strategy' - Daily Times (Pakistan)
Events prompt need for new Pakistan-Afghanistan strategy, experts say - Miami Herald
Militants burn more NATO fuel tankers in Pakistan - AFP
Zardari: No possibility of nuclear weapons falling in Taliban hands - Associated Press of Pakistan

SYRIA
Turkey, Syria to stage joint military exercise - Hurriyet (Turkey)

SOMALIA
Italian cruise ship guards fire shots to repel pirates near Seychelles - Times (UK)
On Ship-Board Security Success: FireWatch Audio: Interview with Private Maritime Security Firm President - ThreatsWatch

UNITED STATES
Kissing Intelligence Goodbye: 'Instant Closure' Will Be The Death of More of Us - ThreatsWatch

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