News and Analysis (10/28/09)

“They will only rise against the Taliban when they are convinced the government means business… But they have never been convinced.”- said Saifullah Mehsud, director of the FATA Research Center in Islamabad:

As Palestinian’s claim discrimination makes getting building permits “virtually impossible”, more homes are destroyed with legal backing from the municipality:

Amid accusations it is stalling, Iran says it will respond to an altered deal …

… Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad gains an important ally in Erdogan:

“If we are going to conduct a population-centric strategy in Afghanistan, and we are perceived as backing thugs, then we are just undermining ourselves,” said Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn,

Iraq has requested repeals on Saddam-era  nuclear technology bans:

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