ISW News Roundup - October 30, 2008

Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

The Iraqi leadership continues to press for last minute changes to the SOFA agreements while the US reiterates its support for the agreement in its current state.

New York Times - Iraqis Insist on Changes to Long-Delayed Security Pact With U.S., by Sam Dagher

Associated Press - Bush says he's confident US-Iraq pact will pass, by Deb Riechmann

Reuters - Iraq says U.S. deal would ban strikes on neighbors, by Peter Graff and Mariam Karouny

Washington Post - Senior Iraqi Leader Says Pact With U.S. Is Unlikely to Pass, by Dan Eggen and Karen DeYoung

Washington Times - Turkey keeps wary eye on U.S. - Iraq peace talks, by Ben Lando



Christian Science Monitor - While Baghdad improves, a family's hopes still arrested by war, by Scott Peterson

Associated Press - Relaxed lifestyles show Baghdad extremists waning, by Hamza Hendawi

Associated Press -Blast near Baghdad market kills 1, by Bushra Juhi

Reuters - FACTBOX - Security developments in Iraq, October 30

Washington Post - U.S. Takes Battle Against Iraq Violence to Border, by Ernesto Londono

Associated Press - Auditors: Private security in Iraq costs over $6B, by Pauline Jelinek

New York Times -Report on Iraq Security Lists 310 Security Contractors, by James Glanz

Associated Press -US commander wants better police for Iraqi city, by Denis D. Gray

Long War Journal - Iraqi troops find EFP factory in Sadr City, by Bill Roggio




Washington Times - Headlines from the Arab press

Wall Street Journal - Pakistan Demands End to U.S. Strikes Against Islamic Militants on Border, by Matthew Rosenberg


Wall Street Journal - Suicide Blast Hits Afghan Ministry, Killing at Least Three People

Associated Press - Afghanistan troop buildup could more than double, by Pauline Jeline

BBC - Afghan women decry Taleban talks, by Martin Vennard

Chicago Tribune - More U.S. Special Forces debated for Afghanistan, by Peter Spiegel


LA Times Blog - SYRIA: Did Damascus green-light U.S. attack?, by Borozou Daragahi

BBC - Syrians stage mass anti-US rally

Associated Press - Syrian riot police form ring around US Embassy, by Bassem Mroue


Dawn - Iran opens new line of defence

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