ISW News Roundup - January 2, 2009

Status of Forces Agreement Implementation

Los Angeles Times -Iraq-U.S. 'partnership' is in 'transition', by Ned Parker and Ali Hameed

Los Angeles Times -New year holds promise and problems for Iraq, by Ned Parker

Washington Post -In Iraq, the Day After, by Anthony Shield

Washington Times-U.S. forces hand off to Iraqi police, by Richard Tomkins

New York Times -Green Zone, Heart of U.S. Occupation, Reverts to Iraqi Control, by Campbell Robertson and Stephen Farrell 

Los Angeles Times -U.S. hands control of Baghdad's Green Zone to Iraq, by Kimi Yoshino

BBC - Iraq takes control of Green Zone

Reuters -U.S. forces under Iraq mandate, hand over Green Zone, by Waleed Ibrahim and Tim Cocks

Washington Post -Green Zone Handed Off With Little Fanfare, by Amit R. Paley

BBC - UK troops hand back Basra Airport

Iraq Security and Reconstruction

New York Times -Attacks Occur as Iraq Takes Control of Key Sites, by Timothy Williams

New York Times -Iraq Suicide Bomber Kills 24, by Timothy Williams

Wall Street Journal -Police: 11 Die in Iraq Suicide Bombing 

BBC - Suicide bomb kills many in Iraq

Associated Press -Iraq police: 30 die in Iraq suicide bombing, by Hamid Ahmed

Reuters -Iraq suicide bomber kills 23 at tribal lunch

Reuters -Election candidate shot dead in northern Iraq

New York Times -Iraq to Open More Oil Fields to Bidding, by Campbell Robertson and Abeer Mohammed

Israel - Hamas Conflict

New York Times -In a Broadening Offensive, Israel Steps Up Diplomacy by Isabel Kershner

Wall Street Journal -Israeli Offensive Enters Seventh Day, by Margaret Coker

Los Angeles Times -Key Hamas leader killed in Gaza strikes, by Ashraf Khalil and Ahmed Burai

Los Angeles Times -Gaza conflict can make or break Ehud Barak's fortunes, by Richard Boudreaux

Christian Science Monitor - How Hamas is altering Israeli politics, by Joshua Mitnick

Washington Post -Israel Launches Fresh Attacks in Seventh Day of Fighting, by Griff Witte

Afghanistan and Pakistan

New York Times -Bribes Corrode Afghans' Trust in Government, by Dexter Filkins

New York Times -Taliban Kill 20 Afghan Police, by Taimoor Shah

Christian Science Monitor -Afghanistan and Pakistan take center stage in 2009, by Anand Gopal

Associated Press -US readying south Afghan surge against Taliban, by Jason Straziuso and Rahim Faiez

BBC - 'Forty held' in Khyber operation

Washington Times - Pakistan drives militants into trap, by Jason Motlagh

Long War Journal - US kills four al Qaeda operatives in South Waziristan strike, by Bill Roggio


Long War Journal - The State of Jihad: 2008, by Bill Roggio

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