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February 27, 2009

1. The Taliban targeted foreigners - specifically Indians - in a Kabul car bombing. India was readying "to hand over the Chimtala power station and transmission power line - which brings electricity to Kabul - to the Afghan authorities."

2. Russia - treating Iran again as a stalwart ally and not a target for sanctions - cited 'regional tensions' for announcement that it will proceed with sale of advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to the Iranian regime.

3. The House attempted to pass legislation deemed as an attack on the CIA, using loose language to ban and make punishable "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." Under heavy criticism, the amendment was pulled, but Rep. Hoekstra says House leadership will attempt it again soon.

3. The Institute for Middle East Understanding, a group organized to assist global media outlets with the anti-Israeli pro-Palestinian narrative, issued a report stating that "the US cannot afford military aid to Israel." Naturally, no such accompanying report exists from IMEU decrying $900 million pledged by President Obama in American aid to rebuild Hamas' Gaza Strip. That, apparently, is quite affordable.

AFGHANISTAN
Taliban attack in Kabul targets Indians; insurgents not crippled - Washington Times
May derail India PM's Pak talks agenda: India was to give Afghans control of power station - Economic Times
Pakistani court blocks transfer of senior Taliban leaders to Afghanistan - Long War Journal
Germany votes to extend, boost Afghanistan mission - Ottawa Citizen

IRAN
Another Puzzle After Iran Moves Nuclear Fuel: Why Then, and Why Now? - New York Times
Russia will supply S-300 air defense missiles to Iran: Lavrov- Times of India
That's What Allies Do: Russia Links Iran Arms Sale to 'Regional Tensions' - New York Times
Opposition leader: "A cult is ruling Iran" - Washington Post

IRAQ
Ahmed Chalabi's renewed influence in Iraq concerns U.S. - Washington Post
Who's Losing Iraq? And Could Iran Be Winning? - Cliff May

ISRAEL
Insanity: U.S. can't afford military aid to Israel - IMEU
But Can Afford $900M to Aid Hamas' Gaza? Cognitive Dissonance - ThreatsWatch (2009)

MEXICO
With violence rising, U.S. Consulate closes office in Reynosa - CNN
Mexican Army Detonates Small Bomb Found With Note - New York Times

PHILIPPINES
Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayaf militants kill 11 in Philippines - RFI

UNITED STATES
POTUS Increasing War Funding "to inoculate from criticism"? - Atlantic Council
2 indicted in foiled N.Y. bomb plot - Washington Times
House Passes Intel Bill After Stripping CIA Punishment Proposal - FOX News
The Bad, Explained: Democrats Are Targeting the CIA - Andy McCarthy
Hoekstra: Democrats will try to pass McDermott interrogation bill again - The Daily Caller

February 10, 2010

1. Joint operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan is proceeding quickly and well, reportedly. Primary forces are US Marines, British soldiers and the Afghan army.

2. More talk of the Chinese military pushing for the central government to us massive holdings in US debt - and critical American need for China to buy more - as leverage towards US concessions on defending Taiwan.

3. Congress passes sanctions on Iranian organizations run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and sanctioned one of its generals.

4. After Russia called NATO a threat and claimed the planned US missile shield for eastern European allies was actually aimed at Russi and not Iran, Russian muftis pronounced their support for the terrorist group Hamas, currently visiting Moscow.

AFGHANISTAN
Now Zad in Helmand Has Turned Around Faster Than Anyone Expected - ABC
Pakistan Is Said to Pursue Role in Afghan Talks With U.S. - New York Times

CHINA
Chinese see U.S. debt as weapon in Taiwan dispute - Washington Times
Yesterday: China PLA officers urge economic punch against U.S. - Reuters
Background: "Unrestricted Warfare," by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui - Cryptome.org

IRAN
US slaps new sanctions on Iran Revolutionary Guard - AP
U.S. Sanctions Four Iranian Firms - Wall Street Journal
Iran arrests revolution day 'plotters' - BBC
Italy Says Iranian Basij Militia Attacked Its Embassy - New York Times
Gentle diplomacy with Iran will not work - Boston Globe
Brazil cautions on sanctions against Iran - Reuters
Context: Amid US reachout, Iran talks of nuclear work with Brazil- PressTV (2009, Iran Regime)
Context: Venezuela announced nuclear energy cooperation program with Iran - MercoPress (2009)

ISRAEL
Israel bombs southern Gaza after rockets fired - JTA
Israel: Gaza crossing to stay shut as long as Hamas in power - Ha'aretz
Israel FM says talks with Palestinians likely soon - AFP
Yesterday: Abbas Says He May Accept Offer of 'Proximity' Talks with Israel - BusinessWeek

PAKISTAN
Pakistan confirms death of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud - Times (UK)
New rumors of the death of Pakistani Taliban leader emerge - Long War Journal
Terrorists from Swat, FATA active in Karachi: Malik - Daily Times
Earlier: Karachi violence blow to Pakistan economy - AFP

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Russian muftis to cooperate with HAMAS - Interfax
Hamas official warns of risk of war - Monsters and Critics

SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia defends al-Qaeda rehabilitation scheme - Telegraph (UK)

SOMALIA
Official says top Al Qaeda leader in Somalia killed - CS Monitor
Mogadishu readies for anti-al-Shabaab onslaught - AFP

February 9, 2010

1. In line with the Peoples Liberation Army's post-Gulf War doctrine of "Unrestricted Warfare" against America, Chinese officers recommend dropping US bonds to "economically punish" the United States.

2. After yesterday saying NATO is a threat to Russia while ordering French amphibious attack ships, Russia's defense chief says that the planned US missile shield for its European allies is "aimed at Russia," not Iran.

3. Inexpicably and knowingly late, Lebanese President Seuliman asked Spain's president to ensure UNIFIL forces enforce UN Resolution 1701 to prevent Hizballah from re-arming via Iran, Syria. That mission has already failed, with Hizballah more armed than before 2006 war.

4. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (via Yemen) issued audio call to jihad against "Crusaders (Christians) and Jews," seeks to attack and close Red Sea to US naval traffic "supplying the Jews."

AL QAEDA
Former Al Qaeda-Linked Associates Warn of Future Attacks - FOX News
Al-Qaeda in Arabian Penninsula urges jihad, wants Red Sea blocked to US shipments "to Jews" - Reuters
Poll: 90% of Middle East views Jews unfavorably - Jerusalem Post
Anwar The American: Just One Question - ThreatsWatch
Audio: Schippert & Robbins On US Terror Policy: Inanity or Insanity? - ThreatsWatch

AFGHANISTAN
Gates quietly draws more allied troops for Afghanistan effort - Los Angeles Times
Kremlin: No troops to Afghanistan, Help In 'Other Ways' - UPI
Marjah offensive: Q&A on why it matters to Afghanistan war - CS Monitor

CHINA
Peoples Liberation Army officers urge economic punch against U.S. - Reuters
Post-Gulf War Doctrine Behind It: Unrestrcted Warefare (By Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui) - PLA

IRAN
Iran anniversary 'punch' will stun West: Khamenei - Breitbart
What is Iran Planning for Thursday? - Michael Ledeen
Iran Starts Higher Uranium Enrichment - VOA
Israel urges "crippling" sanctions now against Iran - Reuters
New Iran sanctions move likely 'within weeks': Gates - AFP
U.S., EU castigate Iran for human rights abuses - Los Angeles Times

IRAQ
Fact Sheet: Iranian Proxy Group Kidnaps US Contractor in Iraq - Institute for the Study of War

ISRAEL
Abbas Says He May Accept Offer of Obama Admin Representing Palestinians in Talks with Israel - BusinessWeek
Meanwhile: Abbas' Rival Hamas Sees 'No Prospect' for Middle East Peace - Washington Post
Foreign Nationals in West Bank Urged to Disrupt IDF Operations - Jerusalem Post

LEBANON
Outside Lebanon, Hizballah Support Waning, Poll Finds - UPI
President Suleiman to Spain's King: Lebanon, UNIFIL Facing Dangerous Israeli Threats - An-Nahar (Lebanon)
Novel Idea: Suleiman urges Spain to enforce implementation of UNSCR 1701 - Daily Star (Lebanon)
True Context: Under UNIFIL Watch: Hizballah Doubles Pre-War Missile Count in Lebanon - ThreatsWatch (2006)
Background: French UNIFIL commanders say will shoot at Israeli Air Force overflights - Ha'aretz (Oct 2006)
Background: The UN's Disintegration in Lebanon - Michael Totten (April, 2009)

NORTH KOREA
China, N. Korea step up drives for revival of nuke talks - Kyodo News (Japan)
North Korea nuclear envoy visits China, talks closer - Reuters
Comedy Central, Pt. II: North Korea committed to denuclearization, Kim tells China - The Hindu (India)

PAKISTAN
Militants allegedly targeting Americans at hotel arrested - Boston Globe
Pakistani military claims success in Bajaur - Long War Journal
Speculation Intensifies Over Pakistan Taliban Leader's Death - Wall Street Journal

RUSSIA
Moscow says U.S. missile shield aimed at Russia - Reuters
Yesterday: Russian security chief says NATO poses threat - Canadian Press

SOMALIA
Somali forces 'kill al-Qaeda man' - BBC
Yemen "getting tougher" with Somalis on al-Qaeda fears - Washington Post

UKRAINE
Comedy Central: Ukraine's Yanukovich: I'm no Kremlin stooge - CNN

February 8, 2010

1. As Iran announces that it will begin higher-level uranium enrichment, SecDef Gates nullifies "all options on the table" stance by declaring sanctions, which have never worked, are the "only path left" to stop Iran.

2. Afghan President Karzai states he wants US transition to Afghan forces to begin by end of year. Afghan forces incapable, demonstrated by arrest of senior police official for role in roadside bombs.

3. SecState Clinton claims Obama administration Iran, Korea stances yielding "benefits." Curiously, Yonhap News reports Germany told South Korea to perpare for earlier than expected reunification with North.

4. In mere formality, Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab (The Youth) officially aligned with al-Qaeda. Group's leadership had deep AQ ties even before formation.

5. As France finalizes deal to sell Russia helicopter carrier warships, President Dmitri Medvedev declares NATO "Russia's greatest threat" and welcomes leaders of the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS to the Kremlin.

AL QAEDA
Al-Qaeda is a wounded but dangerous enemy - Washington Post
Al-Qaeda threat to US greater than Iran: Clinton - AFP
Yemen's al-Qaeda calls for jihad in region - Washington Post
AQ in Yemen may send American jihadis, recruited by Anwar al-Awlaki, to attack US - NY Daily News
Last Week: Yemen Commitment to Al Qaeda Fight Not Clear - CIA - New York Times
British intel: Breast implants may hide bombs - Detroit Free Press

AFGHANISTAN
More Demands: Karzai wants Afghanistan security handover to begin this year - CNN
Afghans Not Close To Being Ready: Senior Afghan policeman held over planting bombs - BBC
Pakistani Military Sets Afghan Terms, Calls for Top Taliban Negotiations - Asia Times
NATO: Others should do more in Afghanistan - UPI
Taliban make children plant Afghanistan bombs - SOS Children

CHINA
The News: China Heralds Bust of Major Hacker Ring - Wall Street Journal
The Context: Rising skill of Chinese cyberattacks alarms West - Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette
The History: China's cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon (2007) - Times (UK)
The Background: China's Cyber Forces: People's Liberation Army (2008) - DefenseTech
Trading (Economic) Barbs With China - Wall Street Journal
US more at ease with India's rise than China's ascent - Times of India

IRAN
Iran to enrich uranium to higher levels, build 10 nuclear plants, beef up military - Los Angeles Times
Gates Scoffs at Iran Nuclear Claim - New York Times
SecDef Takes "All Options" Off Table? Gates: Sanctions On Iran The Only Path Left - Reuters
Germany says Iran 'not prepared to cooperate' - Khaleej Times (UAE)
Iran builds own aerial drones with strike capabilities - RIA Novosti (Russia)
Report: Iran cites CIA in Radio Farda arrests - CNNi
Iranian Nobel Prize winner backs fresh street protests in Iran - Telegraph (UK)

IRAQ
Iraqi official's top aide linked to Shi'ite terrorists - Washington Times
Female Parliament candidate gunned down in Mosul - AFP
Iraq inquiry: Jack Straw denies ignoring legal advice on war - Telegraph (UK)

ISRAEL
Terrorists Playing To Western Sensibilitites: Hamas "regrets" civilian deaths, Israel unmoved - Reuters
Devastating war between Israel & Hizballah is on the horizon - Analyst Network
Iran's Quest for African Allies Troublesome for Israel - Economist

NORTH KOREA
Clinton: Obama's Iran, Korea stance shows benefits - UPI
Benefits, Last Week: North Korean Arms Were Headed to Iran, Thailand Report Says - Business Week
The Race: Germany advises S. Korea to prepare for early inter-Korean reunification - Yonhap News Agency
North Korea Says It Will Release 'Repentant' US Missionary - VOA

PAKISTAN
Pakistan Army Recaptures NW Taliban Stronghold - VOA
Context repeated from Above: Pakistani Military Sets Afghan Terms - Asia Times
Karachi violence blow to Pakistan economy - AFP
India offers to revive talks with Pakistan - Los Angeles Times

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Iran Supreme Leader Meets Palestinian PIJ Terror Leaders: Praises, Predicts Fall of Israel - Tehran Times (Regime-run)

RUSSIA
Russian President Medvedev declares NATO to be Russia's 'Greatest Threat' - The News (Poland)
France Agrees to Helo Carrier Warship Sale to Russia - Reuters
OpEd: No reset, no restart -- no deal with Moscow - Washington Times
Hamas' Top Leader Visits Moscow - New York Times

SOMALIA
Mere Formality: Somali militant group Al-Shabaab aligns with Al-Qaeda - CS Monitor
At least 9 die in Somalia clashes, group says - CNN
Delays plague Somali offensive against Islamists - Washington Post

UKRAINE
Ukraine election: Pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovych claims victory - Telegraph (UK)

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