News and Analysis (1/29/09)

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military arm of Fatah, claimed responsibility for an attack from Gaza that led to an Israel response killing at least nine:

Violence surrounding the elections as been relatively calm compared to the chaos preceding the 2005 elections…

… but in Afghanistan, security concerns making voting originally scheduled for May impossible:

“The BBC decision not to air the aid appeal for victims of the conflict ‘violates the rules of basic human decency which are there to help vulnerable people, irrespective of who is right or wrong’”

After Blackwater’s involvement in nearly 200 shootings since 2005, including the Nisoor Square shooting, the decision was obvious:

Ghaleb al-Bihani has been imprisoned for seven years on accusations of being a cook for the Taliban:

The Taliban’s influence in Pakistani is not limited to the “tribal belt” but extends into “Pakistan proper” as well:


Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant






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