ISW News Roundup - October 28, 2008

U.S. Raid in Syria

US Special Forces conducted a daylight raid against Al Qaeda within the Syrian border.  US sources call the raid successful while Syrian authorities have decried it as a violation of their sovereignty.

Wall Street Journal - Syria Halts Diplomacy After U.S. Military Strike, by Jay Solomon

LA Times - Senior Al Qaeda member killed in U.S. raid in Syria, officials say, by Greg Miller and Josh Meyer

Christian Science Monitor - Syrian ire follows apparent US raid across Iraq's border, by Jonathan Adams

BBC News - Syria raid 'killed major target'

Associated Press - US official says raid on Syria killed head of network that sent foreign fighters to Iraq, by Zeina Karam and Hussein Malla

Associated Press - Analysis: Purported US raid into Syria complicates Iraq's ties, role in region, by Robert H. Reid

Reuters - Iraq denounces U.S. raid on Syria

Washington Post - U.S. Calls Raid a Warning to Syria, by Ann Scott Tyson and Ellen Knickermeyer

Washington Times - Strike kills senior al Qaeda leader, by Sara A. Carter

Long War Journal - US strike in Syria "decapitated" al Qaeda's faciliation network, by Bill Roggio

McClatchy DC - CIA led mystery Syria raid that killed terrorist leader, by Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef


Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

US and Iraqi negotiatiors continue to discuss the SOFA agreement amid warnings of the potential ramifications of a failed treaty.

Associated Press - US military warns Iraqis of problems if security agreement fails, Iraqi officials say, by Sameer N. Yacoub

Associated Press - Iraqi Cabinet authorizes al-Maliki to reopen talks with US on security agreement

Reuters - Iraq cabinet to send proposed deal changes to U.S.

Washington Post - Iraq Security Pact Highlights Battle Between U.S., Iran, by Mary Beth Sheridan

Iraq Updates - Strategic mistake to scrap US pact- Iraq minister, by Waleed Ibrahim



Associated Press - 4 Iraqi policemen, 3 civilians killed in violence in Baghdad, Mosul, by Sinan Salaheddin

Reuters - FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

Washington Times - US kills 5 gunmen after attack on Baghdad base, by Hamid Ahmed

Associated Press - Iraqi court sentences to death militant for 2006 killing of 3 US soldiers, by Sameer N. Yacoub

Christian Science Monitor -Iraq updates Hussein-era Air Force, by Tom A. Peter


Afghanistan News

Wall Street Journal - U.S. Mulls Talks With Taliban in Bid to Quell Afghan Unrest, by Yochi J. Dreazen, Siobhan Gorman, and Jay Solomon.

LA TimesTaliban insurgents shoot down U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan, by Laura King

Long War Journal - Senior Taliban commander reported killed in US strike, by Bill Roggio

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