ISW News Roundup - December 12, 2008

Iraq Security

New York Times - Iraq Bomb Kills 48 in Volatile North, by Timothy Williams

LA Times - Kirkuk bomb shatters a moment of reconciliation in Iraq, by Tina Susman

Associated Press - AP Interview: US commander says 'no hurry to race away and have things crumble' in Iraq, by Chelsea J. Carter

Reuters - Iraq may need U.S. troops for decade: Iraqi official

Washington Post - Suicide Bomber Kills 57 Near Kirkuk, by Sudarsan Raghaven

LA Times - U.S. general says drop in Iraq deaths is linked to Iranian arms cutback, by Julian E. Barnes

BBC -Iran cuts support for Iraq groups

Associated Press - US, Iraqi authorities say Iran has made a deliberate shift away from the worst bombs in Iraq, by Anne Gearan

Associated Press -A look at deadly attacks in or near Kirkuk, the center of Iraq's northern oil fields

Reuters - Pentagon approves Iraq sales worth up to $6 billion


Iraq Politics and Reconstruction

New York Times - A Panel on Iraqi Detainees Meets, by Campbell Robertson

Stars and Stripes - U.S., Iraq set up detainee transfers, by Joseph Giordono

Christian Science Monitor - Hospital's recovery signals rising well-being in Iraq, by Scott Peterson

BBC - Analysis: Kirkuk faultline, by Humphrey Hawksley

Associated Press - Iraqi official urges austerity measures due to falling oil prices

Agence France Presse - Iraq urges Obama to talk to Iran, Syria



Associated Press - Brutal Afghan fight earns soldiers 10 Silver Stars, by Kevin Maurer

Wall Street Journal - Gates to Place More Troops in Afghanistan, by Yochi J. Dreazen

Associated Press - Gates: Pentagon moving to put 3 of 4 requested brigades in Afghanistan by summer, by Lolita C. Baldor

Reuters - Afghan improvised roadside blasts rise sharply

The Australian - Special forces land crushing blow on Taliban in Afghanistan, by Mark Dodd

Times Online UK - Taleban tax: allied supply convoys pay their enemies for safe passage, by Tim Coghlan



BBC - Dozens held in Pakistan crackdown

New York Times - Pakistan Detains Founder of Group Suspected in Mumbai Attack, by Jane Perlez and Salman Masood

Wall Street Journal - Pakistan Turns Up the Heat on Lashkar, by Matthew Rosenberg, Zahid Hussain, and Jackie Range

LA Times - Pakistan clamps down on group tied to Lashkar, by Kim Barker and Henry Chu

Christian Science Monitor - Pakistan's top general reins in own Army, by Mark Sappenfield

Christian Science Monitor - UN adds Pakistani militants to terrorist watch list, by Jonathan S. Landay

Washington Times - India, Pakistan say nukes secure, by Nicholas Kralev

Washington Times - Pakistan closes charity with suspect ties, by Stephen Graham

Long War Journal - Pakistan places Lashkar-e-Taiba leader under 'house arrest', by Bill Roggio

Long War Journal - US strike in South Waziristan kills 7, by Bill Roggio



Arab Press

Washington Times - Headlines from the Arab press


Wall Street Journal - U.S. Plans to Sign Nuclear Pact With U.A.E., by Jay Solomon


New York Times - India Presses Pakistan on Terrorism but Finds Its Own Options Limited, by Somini Sengupta


BBC - Livni sparks Arab 'transfer' row

Detainee Abuse

Associated Press - Senate panel faults top Bush officials, not soldiers, for abuse of terrorism-era detainees, by Pamela Hess

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