News and Analysis (2/8/2010)

In a move designed to cripple the Brotherhood’s leadership ahead of Parliamentary elections, ten officials are arrested over five provinces overnight:

The Afghan president says his people’s priority is “ending raids at night on Afghan homes, … ending the arrests of Afghans in their homes and their villages,” and “gaining judicial independence completely and rather very very soon”:

Terrorism experts say the group has adjusted its tactics to incorporate smaller scale attacks that are increasingly difficult to prevent:

An offensive to take down the Taliban Stronghold in Marja is being used as a litmus test illustrating how difficult it will be to train Afghan troops to be self sufficient…

… Meanwhile, pressure mounts for reconciliation negotiations with Taliban:

Confirming Ahmadinejad’s intentions of enriching uranium as nuclear negotiations move forward:


Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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