ISW News Roundup - November 8-10, 2008

U.S Soldiers of Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, with members of a U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, examine a vehicle damaged by an improvised explosive device, in Muhallah 123, Keeylani, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 6, 2008.



November 10

New York Times - Spate of Attacks Leaves 12 Dead Across Iraq, by Sam Dagher

New York Times - Blasts Kill at Least 6 in Baghdad, by Katherine Zoepf and Alissa Rubin

Wall Street Journal - Twin Blasts Kill at Least 28 in Baghdad, from AP

LA Times - 28 killed in 2 bombings near cafes in Baghdad, by Tina Susman

BBC - Triple Baghdad blasts kill dozens

Associated Press - 2 explosions in northern Baghdad kill at least 28, by Hamid Ahmed

Reuters - FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

Washington Post - Suicide Blast in Emergency Room Near Fallujah Kills 3, by Ernesto Londono


November 8-9

Wall Street Journal - Official Says Iraq Still Needs U.S. Help With Security, from AP

BBC - Iraq suicide bombing kills eight

Reuters - Suicide bombing kills 8 in western Iraq

Associated Press - Female suicide bomber kills 3 at Iraq hospital, by Sinan Salaheddin

Reuters - Iraqi forces kill senior al Qaeda leader

Long War Journal - Iraqi troops kill senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader, by Bill Roggio

Reuters - Blast north of Baghdad kills five, hurts 7: police

Reuters - FACTBOX - Security developments in Iraq, Nov 9

Washington Post - Self-Sufficiency Still Eludes Domestic Security Forces, by Mary Beth Sheridan and Ernesto Londono

Christian Science Monitor - In a desert camp, Iraqis find aid and zone of trust, by Jamos Hagengruber


Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

November 10

Associated Press  - New Iraq pact rules out US troops past 2011, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra


November 8-9

New York Times - Followers of Shiite Cleric Reject Iraq Security Pact, by Katherine Zoepf

Associated Press - Syrian president criticizes proposed US-Iraq pact, by Albert Aji

Washington Post -Iraqi Shiite clerics warn against US security pact, by Sameer N. Yacoub


Iraqi Politics

November 10

BBC - Date set for Iraq provincial poll

Reuters - Iraq halts Kirkuk oil exports - shipping source

Associated Press - After US goes, Iraqi city faces vacuum, by Hamza Hendawi

LA Times - In Iraq, Muqtada Sadr's followers struggle for relevance, by Ned Parker


Reuters - Iraqi leaders welcome Obama but assert themselves, by Peter Graff

New York Times - Iraq Gives Religious Minorities Fewer Seats Than the U.N. Suggested, by Katherine Zoepf and Sam Dagher

LA Times - Iraq approves minority quotas on provincial councils, by Tina Susman

Associated Press - German minister plans first postwar visit to Iraq

Reuters - Iraq lawmaker says Shell deal lacks transparency



November 10

Secret US Ops

New York Times - Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda in Many Countries, by Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti

Associated Press -Report: US conducted secret ops in Pakistan, Syria


New York Times - G.I.'s in Remote Post Have Weary Job, Drawing Fire, by C.J. Chivers

LA Times - Iran economists denounce Ahmadinejad's policies, by Borzou Daragahi

Washington Post - U.S. Plans Expansion of Afghan Airfield to House Special Army Aviation Unit, by Walter Pincus

Peace Process

Christian Science Monitor - Secretary Rice fights peace-process inertia, by Ilene R. Prusher

Washington Post -Mideast Negotiators Vow Talks Will Go On, by Matthew Lee and Amy Teibal


Long War Journal - Report: US aircraft strike in Pakistan's Khyber agency, by Bill Roggio

Associated Press - Pakistan president sees success in militant war, by Munir Ahmad

Washington Times - Pakistan's anti-Taliban support risky, by Jason Motlagh


November 8-9

Israel Palestinian Peace Process

New York Times - Rice Visits West Bank City; U.S. Announces Aid, by Isabel Kershner

Wall Street Journal -Israelis, Palestinians Reaffirm Peace Commitment, from AP

LA Times - Egypt postpones Palestinian talks over Hamas boycott, by Ashraf Khalil

BBC - Moscow to host Mid-East meeting


LA Times Blog - SYRIA: Islamist radicals admit to Damascus bombing, by Raed Rafei


LA Times - U.S. acknowledges 37 Afghan civilians killed in fighting last week, by M. Karim Faiez and Laura King

National Interest - Afghan Awakening, by Bing West

New York Times - Deep in Taliban Territory, a Push for Electricity, by Carlotta Gall


Associated Press - US, EU officials meet with Arabs on Iran, by Matthew Lee


Times Online UK -Israeli spies linked to murder of Hezbollah chief, by Uzi Manhaimi

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