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November 23, 2009

1. Are we hearing whispers of surrender in Afghanistan? Saudi report cites Afghan source that US Ambassador Eikenberry has offered Taliban 5 provinces in exchange for halt on attacks on US bases.

2. Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and the other 9/11 terrorists have said that they will plead not guilty and, whi8le not denying attacks, use the trial to rail against US foreign policy. Show trial realized. They had planned to plead guilty before a military tribunal far from cameras and press.

3. With the threat of an Israeli attack growing as the US and the West fumble the Iranian nuclear crisis, Iran is staging air defense exercises around its nuclear facilities. While Iran barks loudly in public, their Russian-bought air defense systems were defeated by Israel in Syria.

4. An Islamic 'charity' controlled by the Iranian regime, the Manhattan-based Alavi Foundation, is funding Columbia University and Rutgers University Islamic and Persian studies programs. The foundation has recently been targeted by the US government, with assets - including mosques - seized.

KHALID SHEIKH MUHAMMAD SHOW TRIAL
KSM & 9/11 Suspects to Plead Not Guilty, Seek Show Trial - FOXNews
Todd Beamer's Father: Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision - Wall Street Journal

AFGHANISTAN
Whispers of Surrender in Afghanistan? - ThreatsWatch
Audio Analysis: The Steve Schippert Show: November 23, 2009 - Take That! Radio
Afghan Source: The U.S. Has Offered the Taliban Control in Return for Quiet - The MEMRI Blog
Mullah Omar and al Qaeda: a long term relationship - Threat Matrix
Background: Pakistan to US: Don't surge in Afghanistan, talk to Taliban - CS Monitor
Background: Report: Obama Asks For Study On Afghan Provincial Leaders - RFE/RL

IRAN
Report: Columbia and Rutgers funded by Iranian regime-controlled group - Haaretz
Iran war games to defend nuclear sites - BBC News
Iran stages war games as West's nuclear offer remains on table - Washington Post

IRAQ
Al Qaeda in Iraq becoming less foreign, Arms through Syria - U.S. general - Reuters

ISRAEL
Israel fires at Gaza, says weapons facilities hit - CNN

PAKISTAN
Pakistan's battle with Taliban militants expands north - CS Monitor

PHILIPPINES
30 kidnapped, slain in apparent political violence in Philippines - Los Angeles Times

UNITED STATES
Major Hasan and Holy War: FBI Unprepared to Fight Islamic Threat - Wall Street Journal
Col. Cucullu: Fort Hood: terror's 'third wave' - New York Post

UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan Closes Border With Kazakhstan - RFE/RL

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