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January 15, 2009

1. The Obama administration is looking to bring yet another top-level terrorist from Guantanamo Bay to American civilian courts. This time it's Hambali, the captured leader of Jemmah Islamiyah, responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed over 200.

2. Just after the students unions at the London School of Economics and at London University "twinned" with the Islamic University in Gaza as a show of political support, it is revealed that a key professor at one of the universities has ties to the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

3. Somali pirate attacks also continue unabated. Ransom of millions has been paid to free a Greek tanker. The amount is reportedly the most ever given, continuing an upward trend for the pirates' reward.

4. Mexican authorities have captured a top cartel boss implicated in the killing of at least 300.

ISMALIST GROUP HIZB UT-TAHRIR
London School of Economics and London Univ. Students Unions Twinned with Gaza's Islamic University - ITIC
London School of Economics professor tied to radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir - UPI
Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir America Enters Public Stage - Counterterrorism Blog
Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir to Hold Conference at Chicago Hilton - Jawa Report (2009)
Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir: Sharia Takes Precedent Above US Constitution - Investigative Project

AFGHANISTAN
Roadside bomb kills 5 family members, including 4 children - Canadian Press
Japan Ends Refueling Ships in Support of War in Afghanistan - Bloomberg

HAITI
Obama sends troops, immediate $100M to Haiti's rescue - Washington Times
Damaged airport, dock hamper Haiti aid efforts - CNN
Burst of Mobile Giving Adds Millions in Relief Funds - New York Times
Yesterday's Roundup: 'Haiti is the broken bloody body of Christ' - The Anchoress
Today's Rolling Updates: From Ed, In Haiti - The Anchoress

IRAN
Iran police chief says SMS, e-mail for protests punishable - M & C
Iran to try 16 soon over December unrest - Washington Post
China to send lower-level envoy to talks on Iran - Washington Post
China continuing to play diplomatic games on Iran - American Thinker

IRAQ
Iraq sentences 11 to death in attacks on government buildings - Dallas Morning News
Iraq Erasing Hebrew Markings on Ezekiel's Tomb - Jerusalem Post

ISRAEL
Jordan makes arrests for failed bomb attack on Israel diplomats - CS Monitor
Israel reassures Lebanon ahead of IDF maneuvers - Jerusalem Post
Related: Hizballah Leader Nasrallah: 'Israel lost its power of intimidation' - Ha'aretz (Israel)

MEXICO
Mexico nabs drug boss suspected in 300 killings - Dallas Morning News
A Revolutionary Idea in Mexico: Don't Have One This Century - Wall Street Journal

NORTH KOREA
N. Korea: S. Korean plan may mean holy war - UPI

PAKISTAN
Pakistan probes reports of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud's death in US Strike - AFP
Pakistan Officials: U.S. Killed Another Militant on FBI Most-Wanted List, Abdul Rahim - FOX News

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
U.S. tells Abbas it's pushing hard for Mideast talks - Reuters
The Egypt-Hamas collision course - Jerusalem Post
Hamas urges Egypt to halt Gaza border wall - Reuters

SOMALIA
Pirate Attacks Off Somalia Nearly Double - VOA
Italy to fund Somali government ministries - Washington Post
In Neighboring Kenya: Kenyan protests over radical cleric turn violent - Toronto Star

UNITED STATES
U.S. said to eye D.C. for Gitmo trial - Hambali, Mastermind of Bali Bombing - Washington Times
Pentagon report faults Hasan's bosses - Washington Times
Detroit plotter Abdulmutallab pleads not guilty in civilian court - M & C
Intel indicates Detroit was a random target choice - UPI
Civil Trial Games: Accused 'Lady al-Qaeda' terrorist Aafia Siddiqui demands no Jews in jury pool - NY Daily News

YEMEN
Yemen jets 'strike al-Qaeda cell killing six' - BBC
Yemen Country Profile - BBC

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