Small Wars Journal

16 July SWJ Roundup


Canada's Exit Highlights Afghanistan Challenges - LAT

Mullah Omar, Headscarves and Bizarre Afghan Peace Talks - Reuters

UN Drops Sanctions Against 14 Ex-Afghan Taliban - AP

UN Sanctions Panel Delists 14 Ex-Taliban Figures - Reuters

Five Civilians Killed in Sangin Blast - BBC

ISAF Operations Roundup - AFPS

6 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Gunbattle in West - AP

A Ban on Costly Afghan Weddings? - WP

Dysfunction and Dread in Kabul - WP opinion


Bombs Hit Iraq Holy City During Shi'ite Rite - Reuters

Bomb Kills 2, Wounds 26 South of Iraqi Capital - AP

US Military: US Soldier Killed in Southern Iraq - AP

Rumsfeld "Snowflake" Memos Reveal Struggle to Control Publicity - S&S


Security Forces Fire on Protesters Across Syria - NYT

Syrian Troops Kill 27 as Protests Intensify in Damascus Area - WP

Security Forces Attack Protesters Across Country - LAT

More Than a Dozen Killed in Protests Against Regime - VOA

Syria Protesters 'Die as Troops Open Fire' - BBC

32 Killed in Syria Protests, Damascus Moves - Reuters

Syrian Security Forces Fire on Rallies; 14 Killed - AP

Syrian Activists Discuss Ways to Oust Assad - AP

Iran Ready to Give Syria $5.8 Billion - Reuters


US Joins 30 Countries in Recognizing Libyan Rebels - VOA

Libya Rebels Get Formal Backing, and $30 Billion - NYT

US Recognises Libyan Rebel TNC as Legitimate Authority - BBC

US Recognizes Opposition as Legitimate Govt of Libya - WP

US Formally Recognizes Rebel Group as Libya's Govt - LAT

US Formally Recognizes Libyan Rebels as Legitimate Govt - USAT

US Formally Recognizes Libya Rebels - AP

Countries Meet to Discuss Aid to Libya's Rebels - AP

Libya Rebels Gain Legitimacy, Pressuring Qaddafi - CBS/AP

Libyan Rebels Fall Back After Failed Advance - AP

Heavy Clashes Erupt in Western Libya - Reuters

Medic: 10 Libya Rebels Killed in Push for Oil Town - AP

France: Military Action in Libya to Continue During Ramadan - Reuters

UK to Send Four More RAF Tornados to Libya - BBC


Massive Drone Strike Hits Qaida Cop Station in Yemen - DR

US Drone Attack Kills 6, Wounds Scores in Yemen - WP

Clashes, Some Deadly, Intensify in Central Yemen - NYT

Al-Qaeda Fugitive in Yemen Gets Away Again - WP

Yemen's Saleh to Stay in Saudi Arabia for Now - Reuters

Israel / Palestinians

Israelis and Arabs March in Jerusalem for Palestinian Statehood - WP

Israelis, Palestinians March for Palestinian State - AFP

Middle East / North Africa

Clinton Eyes Turkey as Model for Arab Reform - AP

Jordanian Police Break Up a Peaceful March With Beatings - NYT

Protesters Attacked in Jordan - AP

Thousands Rally for Political Reform in Bahrain - Reuters

Activist: Bahraini Woman Dies During Protest - AP

Egyptians Rally to Press for Reforms - VOA

Egyptians Extend Protest, Say Army Not Doing Enough - Reuters

Tunisian Forces Disperse Protesters - VOA

Al Qaeda

Bin Laden Was Planning 9/11 Anniversary Attack - Politico

Al-Qaeda Fugitive in Yemen Gets Away Again - WP

Turkey Charges 14 Militants With Anti-US Plot - AP

The CIA's Vaccination Ploy - WP opinion

US Department of Defense

As US Wars Wind Down, Drones Gain New Prominence - Reuters

Fort Hood Suspect's Arraignment Set for Next Week - AP

Ex-official at NSA Gets Year of Probation - WP

No Jail Time in Trial Over NSA Leak - NYT

Obama Wants Military, Not Courts, To Lift DADT - AP

United States

Cartwright: Budget Cuts Could Force a Return to the Draft - S&S

Cyber Threat Grows More Destructive, Lynn Says - AFPS

Republicans Hold Up Vote on Extension of FBI Term - NYT

Default Would Dim American Power - WP opinion

Obama's Communications Gap - WP opinion


Analyst Welcomes Sudan Darfur Rebel Peace Deal - VOA

Nigerian Military: Some Civilian Leaders Sponsoring Militants - VOA

Islamic Banking Divides Nigerian Religious Leaders - VOA

Somalis Displaced by Drought Hit by Mogadishu Rains - BBC

Misery Follows as Somalis Try to Flee Hunger - NYT

Starving Kenyan Children Trapped Between Two Worlds - Reuters

World's Top Asylum Spot South Africa Plans Crackdown - Reuters


Mayhem Rivals Border in Mexico's 3rd-Largest City - AP

US Warns of Possible Attacks in Ciudad Juarez - Reuters

12 Police, Bystander Killed in Mexico Ambush - AP

58 Held in Mexico's Biggest Marijuana Farm Bust - AP

7 Dead, 59 Escape in Mexico Prison Fight Near US - AP

Giving Mexico a Hand on Guns - WP editorial

US Extradites Telmo Hurtado to Peru Over 1985 Massacre - BBC

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez: Chemotherapy in Cuba - BBC

Venezuelan Court OKs Case Against Chavez Foe - AP

Asia Pacific

Japan Shutting Down Nuclear Reactor After Malfunction - NYT

Mullen: US-Japan Alliance Serves as Model for Others - AFPS

N. Korea Refugees Fail to Thrive in South - AFP

China Calls on US to Retract Dalai Lama Invite - AP

China Jails 11 Over South China Riots - Reuters

Philippine Colonel Calls for President's Ouster - AP


Turkey Vows Crackdown in Response to Kurdish Attack - BBC

Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurdish Rebels - AP

Kurds, Turkish Military Differ on Cause of 13 Soldiers Deaths - Bloomberg

Turkey Charges 14 Militants With Anti-US Plot - AP

Eight Banks Fail EU Stress Test - BBC

Europe's Banks at Risk, Study Finds - WP

Italian Lower House Passes Austerity Package - BBC

Euro Zone Seeks Deal on Greece by Thursday - NYT

Russia: Ahead of Election, Putin the Reformer Steps Up - NYT

2 Top Deputies Resign as Crisis Isolates Murdoch - NYT

Scandalized Britain Ponders Press Reform - AP

South Asia

US-India Nuclear Deal Drifts Dangerously - WP

India Doesn't Let Blasts Derail Pakistan Talks - AP

Death Toll Climbs to 19 in Mumbai Triple Bombings - AP

Detectives Hunt For Clues at Scene of Mumbai Attacks - VOA

Mumbai Blasts: Investigators Look to CCTV for Clues - BBC

Troops Kill Kashmir 'Militants' as Fighting Continues - BBC

South Caucasus

Armenians Urged to Settle in Border Lands - WP