ISW News Roundup - August 17, 2009

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Washington Post - U.S. moves to Quell Violence in Northern Iraq, by Ernesto Londono

Associated Press - US commander in Iraq wants troops in disputed land, by Kim Gamel

Reuters - Iraq cabinet approves vote on U.S. security pact

Washington Post - Iraqi Voters to Decide Whether to Speed U.S. Withdrawal, by Ernesto Londono

Reuters - At least 6 killed by bombs at Baghdad restaurant

Washington Post - Gay Men Targeted In Iraq, Report Says, by Ernesto Londono

Associated Press - Human Rights Watch: Iraqi gays tortured and killed, by Kim Gamel

New York Times - Women at Arms: In Their Own Words

New York Times - Living and Fighting Alongside Men, and Fitting In, by Steven Lee Myers



Washington Post - Pentagon Worries Led to Command Change, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

New York Times - Threats by Taliban May Sway Vote in Afghanistan, by Dexter Filkins

Reuters - UK's Brown defends Afghan role, death toll rises, by Peter Griffiths

Times Online UK - Success in Afghanistan could overcome qualms about the body count, by Michael Evans

Times Online UK - 200th British soldier to die in Afghanistan named as Private Richard Hunt, by Jenny Booth

CNN - Maverick pro-Taliban militant offers to help U.S. forces

Wall Street Journal - Afghan Road Project Shows Bumps in Drive for Stability, by Peter Wonacott

BBC - Kandahar dreamers test Taliban edicts, by M Ilyas Khan

Washington Post - Ahead of Vote, Afghans in U.S. Backing Candidates From Afar, by Tara Bahrampour

Washington Post - Karzai Faces 2 Rivals in Debate, by Joshua Partlow

Washington Times - Karzai's challengers score points in debate, by Jason Motlagh

Reuters - Karzai rival draws chaotic Afghan poll rally, by Jonathan Burch

BBC - Afghan campaign draws to a close

Reuters - Possible outcomes of Afghan election

Reuters - Exiled Afghan general returns as vote looms, by David Fox

Reuters - FACTBOX: Some facts about Afghan militia chief Dostum

RFE/RL - Tajik-Afghan Prisoner Exchange Still On Hold



Associated Press - Bomb on passenger truck kills 7 in NW Pakistan, by Riaz Khan

Reuters - Leader of banned Pakistan militant group shot dead

LA Times - Pakistan Taliban leader's purported death opens window of opportunity, by Alex Rodriguez

Washington Times - Pakistan's anti-Taliban efforts praised, by Kay Johnson

Wall Street Journal - Suspected Taliban Corpses Prompt Calls for Probe in Swat, by Zahid Hussain

Long War Journal - Pakistani Taliban regroup in Malakand, by Bill Roggio

Long War Journal - South Waziristan Taliban groups clash - report, by Bill Roggio




New York Times - Clerics' Call for Removal Challenges Iran Leader, by Robert F. Worth and Nazila Fathi 

Christian Science Monitor - Ahmadinejad blames West for fomenting Iran unrest, by Arthur Bright

Washington Times - Khomeini ally now leads Iran dissidents, by Iason Athanasiadis


New York Times - 20 Die in Suicide Bombing in Russia, by Michael Schwartz

Reuters - Wounded in Russia Ingushetia bomb rises to 118: report


New York Times - Mubarak to Tell U.S. Israel Must Make Overture, by Michael Slackman


Associated Press - 3 Somali gunmen die in attack on UN compound, by Mohamed Olad Hassan

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