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January 18, 2009

1. A horrid 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran is now set to be revised. The 2007 NIE claimed that Iran had halted all nuclear weapons work in 2003 and had not restarted it. Recent revelations have debunked this myth to point authors must revise.

2. A Greek tanker has been released by Somali pirates after a record ransom as paid by ship's owners. Reward begets more piracy. Meanwhile, Somali government troops and African Union troops were surprisingly reported involved in a deadly clash, blue on blue, in Mogadishu.

3. Iraq's "Chemical Ali," a colonel in Saddam's army, will be hanged for the murderous 1988 nerve gas attacks on Kurdish villages in Iraq's north.

4. One of the only truly offensive approaches to terrorism - the CIA's aerial drone attacks on al-Qaeda in Pakistan - are coming under fire from within the United States via the ACLU. The group has filed FOIA requests challenging the legal status of such operations.

BACKTRACKING A VERY BAD IRAN INTEL ESTIMATE
Coming Around On Iran: Bad 2007 NIE Now To Be 'Revised' - Newsweek
Explaining Why 2007 NIE Was So Bad: NIE: Cutting of your nose to... - NRO (2007)
Lingering Bad NIE Effects: A Manufactured Debate - Is Iran Designing Warheads? - ThreatsWatch (2009)

CIA DRONES: TERROR OFFENSIVE HOW UNDER ATTACK
ACLU Challenges Legal Basis for CIA Drone Strikes - Washington Independent
Vets Respond: Universal Jurisdiction & Targeted Killing - Warrior Legacy Foundation (PDF)

HAMBALI TERROR TRIAL IN DC?
Obama administration may try Hambali in criminal court - Hot Air
Meet the Real Jack Bauers - National Review Online

AFGHANISTAN
Taliban bombers strike Kabul; at least 5 dead, 40 injured - - USA Today
Hitting Karzai Outreach: What's behind latest Taliban attack on Kabul? - CS Monitor

HAITI
More US troops, aid flow to Haiti, but hunger, frustration persists - AP
MilBlogger Aids Rescue Mission: Rubicon Rescue: Mission Haiti - Blackfive
All Team Rubicon Updates Here: Team Rubicon Haiti Archives - Blackfive

IRAN
China balks at Iran sanctions - CS Monitor
Schippert Interview: The China-Russia-Iran Axis - FrontPage Magazine (2008)
Iran hails UN indecision over further sanctions - Forbes
Iran Vows Revenge On Israel For Professor's Death - CBS
But... Hizballah behind slaying of Iranian prof? - UPI

IRAQ
Iraq's "Chemical Ali" to Hang for 1988 Gas Attack - TIME

ISRAEL
FM: No more Israeli gestures towards Abbas' Palestinian Authority - Jerusalem Post
Israel and Turkey Hope to Salvage Their Damaged Alliance - WSJ

SOMALIA
Bitter Confrontation Between AU And TFG Troops Erupts in Mogadishu - allAfrica
Record Ransom Frees Hijacked Tanker off Somali Coast - VOA
Somalia protests after Kenya arrests MPs in riot swoop - BBC

SYRIA
Syria Trained Hizballah on Advanced SA-2 Anti-Aircraft Missiles - Ha'aretz

UNITED KINGDOM
LSE's Islamist teacher 'groomed suicide bomber for Tel Aviv attack' - London Evening Standard
Friday: London School of Econ. & London Univ. Student Unions Twinned with Gaza's Islamic University - ITIC
Friday: London School of Econ. professor tied to radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir - UPI
U.K.'s Universities Offer Conducive Environment to Islamic Extremists - WSJ

YEMEN
Yemen claims arrest of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula No. 2 - UPI

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