News and Analysis (10/26/09)

Denied by US officials, the alleged incident highlights a “a strong undercurrent of anti-American sentiment” across Afghanistan:

As US forces evaluate the effect of troop increases in Afghanistan…

… Abdullah contemplates boycotting the runoff election unless his conditions to prevent wide spread fraud again are met:

Support for Al-Maliki dwindles under fears of rising violence:

Israel supplements it existing refusal to recognize marriagesĀ  “between its Jewish and Arab citizens … unless they are performed abroad” with an $800,000 media “scare” campaign “urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews”:

“[W]ith many more Muslims than Egypt, Syria, Jordan and all the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf combined. What kind of Islam prevails here is critical to U.S. interests across the wider Muslim world”:

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