News and Analysis (10/13/09)

As Taliban forces demonstrate their ability to engage in a more traditional type of warfare …

… The Pakistani army fulfills its promise to respond with a military offensive:

Reporters Without Borders reports that the number of journalists leaving Iran was the largest since the years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution:

Despite criticism of the Gaza invasion, Turkey’s relationship with Israel has remained largely “business as usual” until now …

… Meanwhile, Turkey and Syria look to improve relations and reduce travel restrictions:

An anonymous “senior State Department official” says that while the US “relationship with the two countries” can “withstand the strains of any kind of transition,” the prospect “raises concerns about the future of a jittery Middle East”:

Netanyahu’s condemnation of the Gaza report is a hard sell considering, “Goldstone’s strong credentials as a respected South African jurist, his Jewish faith and past support for Israeli causes”:

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