Small Wars Journal

19 February SWJ Roundup

US Naval Institute Daily - USNI

Real Clear World - RCP


In Struggle With Taliban, on Guard for Charlatans - NYT

Afghan Leader Meets Taliban-linked Cleric - AP

Beginning of the End - NYT editorial



Torture Case Shows How Courts are Working to Claim Power - LAT

Bomb Kills 8 Anti-Taliban Tribesmen in Pakistan - AP



Sanctions 'Disintegrating Syria' - BBC

For Russia and Syria, Bonds Are Old and Deep - NYT

Frustrated Protesters Fill Damascus Streets - NYT

Syrian Troops Fire on Protesters in Damascus - VOA

Opposition March Comes Under Fire Near President's Palace - LAT

Syrian Forces Fire on Anti-Assad Crowd in Capital - Reuters

Syrian Troops Target Mourners - AP

Iraqi PM Orders Security Review of Syrian Border - AP

China Supports Arab League's Proposals for Syria - AP

China Hopes for Peaceful Solution in Syria - Reuters

Philippines Refrained From Syria UN Vote to Save Workers - AP

Prosecutor, Judge Killed in Northwest Syria - AP

Inside Free Syria - WS opinion



Obama Takes a Back Seat on Iran - MCT

UK FM: Attack on Iran has 'Enormous Downsides' - AP

Israel's Ex-spy Chief Sees Regional Opportunity in Syria Crisis - LAT

Israel Calls for Tougher Iran Sanctions - Reuters

Iran 'May Boost Nuclear Output' - BBC

Iran Poised for Big Nuke Jump, Officials Say - AP

Iranian Warships Enter Mediterranean - VOA

Iran Warships Enter Mediterranean - BBC

Iran's Guard Begins New Land Military Exercises - AP

Trial Starts in Iran's Biggest Banking Scandal - Reuters

Court in Iran Starts Trial in Bank Fraud - AP

Iran's Fragile Leadership - NP opinion

US Naive When it Comes to Iran - FOX opinion



Trial of Americans in Egypt Shakes Ties Between Nations - NYT

Egypt Sets Date for Trial of Democracy Activists - VOA

Egypt Sets Trial Date for NGO Workers - WP

19 Americans to Stand Trial in Egypt on Feb. 26 - LAT

Egypt Sets NGO Trial Date, Escalating Rift with US - AP

Egypt Presidential Vote to Be Early June - Reuters


Middle East / North Africa

Morocco’s Push for Democracy Stalls - WP

US Counterterror Adviser Pledges Support for Yemen - AP

Palestinian’s Trial Shines Light on System - NYT

Palestinian Hunger Striker Challenges Israel - WP

Suicide Car Bomb Kills 12 in Baghdad - Reuters

First Iran Exiles Leave Iraq Camp - BBC

Algeria Seizes Missiles Smuggled From Libya - Reuters

Libya PM Promises Families Cash to Quell Discontent - Reuters

Libya Sends Army to Stop Clashes in Southeast - Reuters

The Job Is Far from Over in Libya - TG editorial


US Department of Defense

Holder Won't Block Military, Vet Benefits for Same-Sex Couples - S&S

In San Clemente, Shooting Divides Marines, Deputies - LAT

CO of Submarine USS Wyoming is Relieved of Command - S&S

Soldier Lawsuit: Iraq War Ended Before Deployment - AP


United States

Capitol Bomb Plot Arrest Capped Yearlong Probe - AP

Noncitizen Vets Protest Deportation to Mexico - AP

Supreme Court to Weigh in as Free Speech Contends with Stolen Valor - S&S

Lying About Receiving a MOH? Shameful, but Not a Crime. - WP opinion

The End of American Intervention - NYT opinion



AU Chairman to Tackle Continent's Security Hotspots - Reuters

Activists Urge Stronger US Policy Toward Two Sudans - VOA

Somalia Leaders Sign Agreements on Government Formation - VOA

Missile Strikes Rebel Stronghold Near Somalia Port - Reuters

Zimbabwe's President Says 2012 Polls 'Definite' - AP

Main Congo Opposition Calls Boycott Over Violence - Reuters

South Africans Suffer as Graft Saps Provinces - NYT

Car Explodes Near Nigeria's Capital, Wounds 1 - AP

Police in Senegal Open Fire With Tear Gas - AP

Witness: Rebels Attack S. Mali Town; Kill 1 - AP

In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur - NYT opinion

Why China Is Winning in Africa - TD opinion



Mexico Female Presidential Candidate Embraces Role - LAT

Colombia Drops Disputed 'Military Exclusion' Plan - AP

Honduras Buries Jail Fire Victims - BBC

Honduran Inmates Tell of Horror as Hundreds Die - AP

As Pope Visit Nears, Spotlight on Cuba's Cardinal - AP


Asia Pacific

China: Xi Jinping’s US Trip Plays Well Back Home - WP

An Ambivalent China Affirms the Charisma of the Dalai Lama - NYT

Tibetan Writer Detained in China Crackdown - AP

N. Korea Threatens to Attack S. Korea Over Drills - AP

South Koreans Protest China’s Plan to Repatriate North Koreans - VOA

Al-Qaida Links With SE Asia Fraying - AP



Turkey Pledges No Third Country Use of NATO Defenses - VOA

At Least 24 Killed in Russian Caucasus Fighting - Reuters

Russia Police Death Toll in Rebel Operation Now 17 - AP

Thousands Rally for Putin Before Russian Election - Reuters

Greek Leaders’ Priorities Questioned - WP

Spain Confronts Fiscal Pain - WP

Latvia Rejects Making Russian an Official Language - BBC

Latvians Reject Russian as National Language - AP


South Asia

India Allows Request to Charge US Citizen in 2008 Attacks - NYT