Tuesday, April 10, 2007


USIP Briefing: Syria's Relations with Iraq
Interview: Bashar al-Assad By: Reese Erlich Mother Jones Syria has long been in Washington’s sites as a state sponsor of terrorism, a friend of Iran and an enemy of Israel. But the reality is more complicated. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cooperated with the United States in the months following 9/11. And the country arguably has an interest in seeing the war in Iraq resolved, in part because it is now home to more than half a million Iraqi refugees.
The Flap Over Pelosi's Syria Trip - W. LeoGrande & J. Lobe - Am. Prospect
Apr 09 SD# 1537 - Arab Media Reactions to Nancy Pelosi's Visit to Damascus

IHT Hezbollah and Al Qaeda BILAL Y. SAAB AND BRUCE O. RIEDEL - Lumping Al Qaeda and Hezbollah in the same basket will only do disservice to the global counterterrorism campaign.

Palestinian militants offer kidnapped Israeli soldier for prisoner swap Major disagreements remain over timetable, specifics of exchange, which could include high-profile captive Marwan Barghouti.
Shin Bet: Hamas planned T.A. Passover bombing Would-be bomber said to have entered Israel with 100 kilos of explosives for seder-night attack

New York Times Huge Protest in Iraq Demands U.S. Withdraw Tens of thousands of protesters loyal to Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr demanded an end to the American military presence in Iraq
Two Ways Out of Iraq - Fred Kaplan, Slate
Washington Post U.S. Troops Weary of Militia in Sadr City During a concerted effort to train Iraqi police force, American soldiers clash with Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's formidable Mahdi Army.
Daily Telegraph Sadr's waiting game Yesterday's anniversary of the fall of Baghdad was marked not by celebration but by a heightened security alert. After the bloodiest weekend for American forces since Washington launched its new security strategy came a show of force by the leader of the Mahdi army.
Iraqis calls for US to end its 'occupation' Shia Muslim protesters marched through the holy city of Najaf calling for US forces to quit Iraq four years to the day after they arrived and deposed Saddam Hussein.

FT Financial Times Iran has ‘industrial scale’ nuclear capacity
President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad said that Iran had become capable of enriching uranium on what he called an ‘industrial scale’, but gave no details to substantiate the claim.
Guardian Iran raises stakes with claim of nuclear leap Tehran claims to have enriched uranium on 'industrial scale'.

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