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December 4, 2009

1. In the context of a recent Iranian arms shipment intercepted by Israel, Lebanon's government gave the green light allowing Hizballah to keep its weapons as part of a Lebanese government defense structure against Israel. UN forces tasked with stopping Hizballah rearmament - a colossal failure - now has no purpose.

2. Iran effectively and predictably nullified all nuclear negotiation efforts by declaring that it will produce all of its own enriched uranium rather than agree to outsource it to other countries.

3. A November 17 incident at the Atlanta airport involving 11 men acting in a recalcitrant manner and speaking only in Arabic caused the cancellation of Flight 297 when passengers and crew refused to fly the aircraft. One Navy veteran passenger believes it was a terrorist dry run or probe of security.

4. Under fire from Americans for not doing more to capture or kill al-Qaeda's leader, Pakistan's Prime Minister Gilani said that Usama bin Laden is not in Pakistan. Only those who think he's dead agree.

AFGHANISTAN
Karzai willing to hold talks with Mullah Omar - Daily Times (Pakistan)
Afghan ambassador in Washington disappointed in Obama's 18-month deadline to start withdrawal - Washington Times
Rumsfeld Cries Foul on Obama Claim Troop Requests for Afghanistan Were Denied - FOX News
Audio Analysis: Roundtable: Four Veterans Discuss Obama Strategy Post-Speech - Steve Schippert Show
Counterinsurgency Incoherence - Washington Times
Al Qaeda No. 1 Target in Afghanistan War Despite Renewed Focus on Taliban - FOX News

IRAN
Iran Building Extensive Terrorist Network in South America - Jerusalem Post
Iranian arms merchant says 'war is coming' with US - Philadelphia Inquirer
Ahmadinejad: Iran will produce its own uranium - UPI
Will more sanctions against Iran work? - Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH)
Iran to review ties with countries over IAEA vote - Reuters
Five British sailors detained by Iran vow to continue racing despite ordeal - Telegraph (UK)

IRAQ
Congressman Hunter to SecDef Gates: Review SEAL abuse claims - Navy Times

ISRAEL
Iran Ramping Up Efforts to Arm Anti-Israel Militias, Building Terrorist Arsenals - Washington Post
Context - November: Israel Intercepts Massive Iranian Weapons Cache for Hizballah - Right Side News
Larijani: Iran supports Hezbollah, Hamas - Press TV (Iran State Media)
Hamas Denies Report IDF Captive Shalit Transferred to Egypt - Ynet (Israel)

LEBANON
Lebanon & Hizballah Up the Stakes: Terror Group Allowed to Keep Arms - FOX News

MEXICO
Drug tunnel found under US-Mexico border - ABC (Australia)
Former Police Commander Witness in Mexico Protection Program Killed - Los Angeles Times
Only sliver of aid for US-Mexico drug plan spent - AP

NORTH KOREA
US envoy prepares for North Korea visit - Australia Network News
Seoul not hopeful on North Korea-US talks: Yonhap - AFP

PAKISTAN
Gulled by [Hamid] Gul: Former ISI Chief Again 'Propaganda Mouthpiece of the Taliban' - UPI
Bin Laden Not in Pakistan, Prime Minister Says - New York Times
Pakistan: '15 militants killed' in Swat clashes - Adnkronos Int'l (Italy)

SOMALIA
Somali training camps fuel threat of attacks on US - AP
Deadly Suicide Blast Rips Through Mogadishu Hotel Killing 19 - VOA
Dutch military captures 13 pirates off Oman coast - AP

UNITED STATES
Veteran Thinks November 17 Atlanta Flight 297 Incident May Have Been Terrorist Dry Run - Nobody Asked Me... Blog
Audio: Clouthier: Exclusive Interview With Flight 297 Passenger Dr. Keith Robinson - Take That! Radio
Homeland Security chief warns of threat from al-Qaeda sympathizers in U.S. - Washington Post
Isolationism soars among Americans, poll finds - MSNBC
Shortsighted: Shrinking The War on Terrorism - TIME

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