ISW News Roundup - July 14, 2009

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New York Times - Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles, by Campbell Robertson

Department of Defense - Microgrants Assist Growing Economy in Iraq, by Army Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas

Reuters - Before polls, Iraq Kurds fret about graft not land, by Tim Cocks

Reuters - U.S. military boss urges Iraq to settle differences, by Andrew Gray

Department of Defense - Kirkuk Progress is 'Impressive,' Mullen Says, by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden

Reuters - Iraq's weakened unions fight foreign oil firms, by Aref Mohammed

Reuters - Disputed Iraqi city fears oil will only fuel woes, by Tim Cocks and Mustafa Mahmoud

Washington Post - Iraq Tightens Security Around Churches, Christian Towns After Wave of Attacks, by Nada Bakri

New York Times - Iraqis Cheer for a Team That Again Is at home, by Steven Lee Myers



Department of Defense - Joint Missions Lay Groundwork for Brighter Future in Afghanistan, by Army Spc. Jaime' D. DeLeon

Reuters - FACTBOX: Security developments in Afghanistan, July 14

RFE/RL - Obama Calls For Facts On Mass Killing Of Taliban At Sheberghan, by Ron Synovitz

Christian Science Monitor - More troops lost to roadside bombs: a familiar pattern, by Gordon Lubold

Washington Post - Slideshow: Helmand's Hope, by Nikki Kahn

Reuters - Britain denies cutting corners on Afghan troops, by Keith Weir

Times Online UK - Brown took cheap option despite plea for boost to troops, by Michael Evans

Associated Press - NATO: 6 killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash, by Fisnik Abrashi

LA Times - Afghan victims of abuse find refuge, by David Zucchino



Washington Post - Tough Times for Smugglers at Pakistan's 'American Market', by Joshua Partlow

Long War Journal - Explosion in Pakistan's Punjab province kills 11, by Bill Roggio

Reuters - Pakistan lets displaced return to Swat on own, by Izaz Mohmand

New York Times - C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders, by Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane

Associated Press - 23 militants dead in clashes in NW Pakistan, by Habib Khan




Associated Press - Iran hangs 13 members of rebel Sunni Muslim group

Reuters - Russia says no Iran sanctions for START deal: report


Reuters - Somali gunmen kidnap two French security advisers, by Abdi Guled

Middle East

Christian Science Monitor - In Israel, US envoy maps peace with Syria, by Ilene R. Prusher

BBC - 'Hezbollah arms cache' blows up

Central Asia

RFE/RL - Uzbekistan Warns Over Russian Base Plan


Times Online UK - Al Qaeda vows revenge on China after riots, by Jane Macartney

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