ISW News Roundup - May 15, 2009

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Washington Post - Combat Medal Awarded for Frenzied Iraq Battle, by Ann Scott Tyson

LA Times - Even in custody, Abu Omar al Baghdadi proves elusive, by Liz Sly

Department of Defense - Iraqi Special Operations Forces Rescue Kidnapped Boy, by Army Spc. Jeffrey A. Ledesma

Reuters - U.S. targets al Qaeda in Iraq operative



New York Times - Afghan Villagers Describe Chaos of U.S. Strikes, by Carlotta Gall and Taimoor Shah

Washington Times - U.S. air strike victims say Taliban long gone, by Jason Motlagh

Reuters - Rights group: U.S. must change air strike drill, by Peter Graff

Wall Street Journal - New Strikes Against Taliban Are Expected, by Yochi J. Dreazen

Times Online UK - Soldier Zachary Boyd caught fighting Taleban in pink underpants, by Sophie Tedmanson

New York Times Video - Stalemate in Korangal Valley, by C.J. Chivers

New York Times Slideshow - Photographer's Journal: A Lense Through Night Vision Goggles, by Tyler Hicks

Reuters - FACTBOX: Security developments in Afghanistan

Times Online UK - Half of supplies to Afghanistan troops fail to arrive in time, by Deborah Haynes

Associated Press - 2 NATO troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

Times Online UK - British Royal Marine is sixth Afghanistan fatality in days, by Deborah Haynes

Associated Press - Insurgents attack prison in eastern Afghanistan, by Amir Shah

Reuters - Bloody summer for British troops in Taliban country, by Jonathan Burch

Reuters - Next hot tourist destination: Afghanistan? by Emma Graham-Harrison

RFE/RL - Afghan Hopes To Provide 'Land Bridge' Still Hampered, by Abubakar Siddique

RFE/RL - Afghanistan Opens First Honey Processing Plant



Associated Press - Pakistan says 55 Taliban, 3 troops killed in Swat

Reuters - Taliban "shaving beards" to flee Swat: army, by Junaid Khan

Wall Street Journal - Pakistan Army Lifts Curfew, Urges Refugees to Flee

LA Times - Pakistan hospitals, camps are overwhelmed, by Mark Magnier

New York Times - Pakistan Eases Curfew in Swat, by Salman Masood

Reuters - Pakistan will defeat Taliban, must win hearts: PM, by Robert Bisel

Reuters - U.S. drones tracked militants in Pakistan: officials, by David Morgan




BBC - Leon Panetta's mission to stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant, by James Hider

New York Times - Netanyahu to Meet Obama as U.S. Priorities Shift, by Mark Landler

New York Times - Jordan Tells Israel to Accept Two-State Solution, by Isabel Kershner


Long War Journal - Senior al Qaeda leader in Syria sanctioned by US Treasury, by Bill Roggio


Wall Street Journal - Muslim Brotherhood Falters as Egypt Outflanks Islamists, by Yaroslav Trofimov

U.S. Military

Washington Post - Pentagon's Gates Keeps Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, by Greg Jaffe

LA Times - Obama's extra war funding wins House approval, by Janet Hook

Associated Press - US Navy detains 17 suspected pirates, by Barbara Surk

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