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March 8, 2009

1. When Pakistani officials reported to CBS that it had captured an American in Kirachi - 'Abu Yahya Mujahideen al-Adam' - it was believed that the individual was Adam Gadahn, al-Qaeda's chief English-language propagandist. Latest reporting corrects, saying not Gadahn, but an American from Pennsylvania.

2. Further Tightening Rules of Engagement: Coalition night raid procedures have been changed to avoid if possible, to always include Afghan Army forces and notify the Afghan government ahead of time. The problem of European NATO contingents not actually engaging in military operations persists.

3. Afghan President Karzai was greeted with mixed reactions by Afghans in recently re-taken Marjah region. The Karzai government's appointed top official was convicted of stabbing his stepson there in 2000.

4. Iranian president Ahmadinejad is due in Kabul Monday. On Saturday, he called 9/11 a "big lie" fabricated by the American government.

5. The United States is "assisting" the Somali government as it prepares to launch an offensive aimed at re-taking the capital from al-Qaeda franchise militants.

AMERICAN JIHADI ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN?
U.S.-Born al-Qaeda Arrest News Incorrect - American, But Not Adam Gadahn - CBS News
Report: Abu Yahya Azam, an Egyptian-American, believed to be close aide to Bin Laden - BBC
Close accomplice of Usama bin Laden among two held in Karachi - GEO TV (Pakistan)
Context: US Amb. to Pakistan: US hunts for citizens training w/terror groups - AP
Background: From Goat Farm To Treason Charge - CBS News
D.C. Muslim group rejects al Qaeda call to violence in recent Gadahn video - Washington Times

AFGHANISTAN
Iran's Ahmadinejad to visit Afghanistan on Monday - Reuters
Saturday: Iranian President Ahmadinejad: 9/11 was 'big lie' - CNN
Red On Red: Clashes between Taliban and other Afghan militants leave at least 50 dead - Washington Post
Afghan President Gets Mixed Reception in Newly Won Marja - New York Times
Karzai gets an earful in seized town - Washington Times
Context: New top official in Marja, Afghanistan, was convicted of stabbing stepson - Washington Post
Gates To Review Blackwater's Conduct In Afghanistan - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Report warns of overwork, low morale at U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan - CNN
New Night Raid Policy: Afghan Hearts And Minds - ThreatsWatch
Context: Europe De-Militrarizes NATO Military Contingents - ThreatsWatch
Coalition troops asked to be role models - UPI

CHINA
PLA Senior Colonel: "The China Dream" Means US Defeat - Schippert at Breitbart

IRAN
Russia and China Waterboard Iran Sanctions - ThreatsWatch
Top oil traders end gasoline supplies, China likely to pick up slack - Financial Times
Facing new sanctions, Iran admits oil shortages - Ha'aretz
Petraeus warns Iran becoming 'thugocracy' - AFP
Oh, By The Way: Iran begins cruise-missile production - Washington Times

IRAQ
Violence fails to deter Iraqi voters - Washington Times
36 die as Iraqis defy violence to vote - MSNBC
Prior: Al-Qaeda recording warns of violence against Iraqi voters - Globe and Mail
Post-Election Observation: Iraqi's Are Happy - Argghhh!

ISRAEL
PA source: Israel told us to "fight violence or we will" - Ha'aretz
Hamas founder's son details life as Israel spy - AFP

SOMALIA
U.S. Aiding Somalia in Its Plan to Retake Its Capital - New York Times
Somali Government Says Preparation for Offensive Against Rebels Complete - AllAfrica
France claims biggest haul of pirates off Somalia - AFP
Prior: Military Officials Promise Pirates a Fightm - New York Times

YEMEN
Al-Qaeda Suspect Kills 2 Guards in Yemen in Escape Bid - FOXNews

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