ISW News Roundup - December 8, 2008

Iraq Security

Associated Press - U.S: 4 suspected Shiite militants caught in Baghdad

Yahoo! News - Iraq to guard historic sites with police commandos, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra

Washington Times - Police outline plan to take on larger role, from AP

Reuters - Iraq security contractors face end to immunity, by Missy Ryan and Mohammed Abbas

Associated Press - Kurdish rebels in Iraq declare 9-day cease-fire, by Yahya Barzanji


Iraq Politics and Reconstruction

Associated Press - Blackwater drama unfolds on 2 cross-country stages, by Matt Apuzzo and Lara Jakes Jordan

Christian Science Monitor - University brings American-style learning to Iraq, by Jane Arraf

New York Times - U.S. Prosecutor Goes to Iraq to Work on Blackwater Case, by Katherine Zoepf and Atheer Kakan


Pakistan and Afghanistan

New York Times - Pakistan Said to Arrest a Key Suspect in India Attacks, by Jane Perlez and Salman Masood

New York Times - Pakistan's Spies Aided Group Tied to Mumbai Siege, by Eric Schmitt, Mark Mazzetti, and Jane Perlez

Wall Street Journal - Prime Mumbai Terror Suspect Arrested in Pakistani Raid, by Zahid Hussein

LA Times - Pakistan militant group builds web of Western recruits, by Sebastian Rotella

Christian Science Monitor - Mumbai attacker's hometown is in Pakistan, by Saeed Shah

Christian Science Monitor - Pakistani militants attack key NATO supply line, by Mark Sappenfield

BBC - Pakistan 'crackdown on militants'

Associated Press - Pakistan arrests suspected Mumbai plotter, by Munir Ahmad

Long War Journal - Taliban storm two Peshawar trucking terminals, 160 NATO vehicles torched, by Bill Roggio

Long War Journal - Former ISI chief linked to banned al Qaeda WMD advisory group, by Bill Roggio

The - Secret document confirms Hameed Gul wanted by US, by Ansar Abbasi

Times of India - Armed forces capable of 'surgical strikes' in Pak, PoK

Asia Times - Militants strike as Pakistan cracks down, by Syed Saleem Shahzad

New York Times - Official Calls for Sensitivity to Afghan Demands, by Kirk Semple

Wall Street Journal - Taliban Expanding Foothold in Afghanistan, Report Finds, by Yochi J. Dreazen

BBC - Presence of Taleban 'spreading'

Associated Press - Taliban vows violent response to US troop increase, by Fisnik Abrashi

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