ISW News Roundup - May 11, 2009

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Associated Press - U.S. 5 soldiers killed in Baghdad

Associated Press - Police: High-ranking Iraqi traffic official killed, by Hamid Ahmed

BBC - Iraq bomb kills Sunni militiaman

RFE/RL - Al-Basrah Graduates Final Class of Prison Guards

Associated Press - Better intelligence is needed after toops exit, Pelosi says

Washington Post - In Iraq, Pelosi Promises 'Intense' U.S. Political Role, by Anthony Shadid and Nada Bakri

Washington Post - Terrorist Traffic Via Syria Again Inching Up, by Karen DeYoung

Reuters - Iran urges Iraqi action on Kurdish rebels

Associated Press - Iraqi government OKs Kurds crude oil export

RFE/RL - Iraq Says Will Export Oil From Kurdish Fields

New York Times - Iraqi Leaders and Kurds Reach Oil Deal; Pelosi Makes Surprise Visit, by Campbell Robertson and Timothy Williams

LA Times - Economic downturn finally hits Iraq, by Liz Sly

BBC - Living with Baghdad's concrete barriers



Reuters - Afghan negotiator denies offer to posts to rebels, by Sayed Salahuddin

Reuters - Double suicide strike on Afghan police kills seven

RFE/RL - Forty Women Confirmed As Police Officers In Kabul

Department of Defense - Afghan Commandos Maintain Vigilant Presence in Eastern Afghanistan

Associated Press - US military: 44 Afghan cases of white phosphorus, by Jason Straziuso

Reuters - U.S. denies using chemical in west Afghan battle, by Peter Graff

Reuters - Afghan students protest against civilian casualties, by Akram Walizada

Reuters - Karzai "very serious" on ending air raids: official, by Sayed Salahuddin

Reuters - U.S. rebuffs Afghan leader's call to halt air strikes, by Peter Graff and Will Dunham

Reuters - Afghan parliament wants law to curb foreign troops, by Sayed Salahuddin



New York Times - Shaky Pakistan Is Seen as a Target of Plots by Al Qaeda, by Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt

Associated Press - Pakistan: Up to 700 militants killed in offensive, by Riaz Khan

Reuters - Air strikes target Taliban in Swat, by Junaid Khan

Reuters - Bomber kills 10 in Pakistan as army battles Taliban, by Mohammad Hashim

Washington Post - Fear and Worry Pervade Refugee Camps As Pakistanis Flee Assault on Taliban, by Pamela Constable and Haq Nawaz Khan

Associated Press - Thousands leave besieged Swat Valley

BBC - In pictures: Pakistan crisis

Reuters - Pakistan "galvanized" to fight Taliban: Petraeus, by Paul Eckert

LA Times - Confusion over Taliban muddies the issues in Pakistan, by Mark Magnier

Christian Science Monitor - Pakistani Taliban under pressure from tribal rival, by Ben Arnoldy




New York Times - Many Try to Run for President in Iran, but Few Will Be Allowed, by Nazila Fathi

RFE/RL - Saberi's Jail Sentence Suspended, Allowed To Leave Iran, by Golnaz Esfandiari


Times Online UK - King Abdullah of Jordan's ultimatum: peace now or it's war next year, by Richard Beeston and Michael Binyon


Christian Science Monitor - Somalia's Al Shabab militants gain ground, by Jonathan Adams

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New York Times - Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls, by Corey Kilgannon and Noam Cohen

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