Small Wars Journal

26 December SWJ Roundup

US Naval Institute Daily - USNI

Real Clear World - RCP


19 Dead, Dozens Wounded in Afghan Suicide Attack - VOA

Deadly Attack on Afghan Funeral - BBC

Suicide Bomber Strikes Funeral in Northern Afghanistan - NYT

Bomb Kills 20 at Afghan Funeral - WP

Suicide Bomber Attacks Funeral, Kills Parliament Member - LAT

Suicide Bomber Strikes Afghan Funeral, Killing 19 - AP

Suicide Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Northern Afghanistan - Reuters

Gunman Opens Fire on NATO Troops in Afghanistan - AP

Afghanistan Sets Ground Rules for Taliban Talks - AP

Training Stepped Up for Afghan Special Forces - AP

Ex-Army Major Gets 5 Years for Taking Bribes from Defense Contractors - CST

Obama's Muddled Thinking on Afghanistan - Commentary opinion



US Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan - NYT

Opposition Pakistani Politician Draws Huge Karachi Crowd - VOA

Mass Turnout for Pakistan's Imran - BBC

Former Pakistani Cricketer Bowls Over Political Crowd - LAT

Pakistani Politician Khan Gains Momentum - CNN

Imran Khan: I Have the Opposition on the Mat - TT

Cricket Star Khan's Rally Shows His Growing Political Power - Bloomberg

Pakistani Cricketer Draws Over 100,000 to Rally - AP

Pakistani Police Kill 2 Militants in Standoff - AP



Biden Calls Iraqi Leaders, Urges Dialogue to Resolve Political Crisis - VOA

US Urges Dialogue Over Iraqi Crisis - Reuters

Iraqi Political Parties Seek to Resolve Crisis - Reuters

Iraq Arrests 4 Security Officials Following Baghdad Bombings - McClatchy

Suicide Attacker Kills 7 at Baghdad Checkpoint - AP

Suicide Bomber Kills 6 Outside Iraq Ministry - Reuters

UN, Iraq Agree on Camp Ashraf Resettlement Plan - AP

Mortars Hit Iranian Dissident Camp in Iraq - Reuters

A Troubled Farewell in Iraq - TE editorial

The Plight of Iraq's Minorities - TG opinion

From Iraq’s Guardian to its Counselor - WP opinion



Syrian Opposition Urges Arab Observers to Go to Homs - VOA

Arab Mission to Syria to Visit Homs Tuesday - Reuters

Head of Arab Mission Reaches Syria Amid More Unrest - Reuters

More Arab Observers Due in Syria - BBC

Syrian Opposition Calls on UN to Back Peace Plan - TT

Syrian Opposition Calls for UN Role to End Crisis - AP

Pope Urges End to Syria Bloodshed - BBC

13 More Deaths Reported in Syrian Unrest - CNN

Syria Doctors Risk Lives to Secretly Treat Protesters - LAT



Iran Says Ready to Expand Military Links with Iraq - AFP

Iran Denies US Accusation of Harboring Al-Qaida Financier - VOA

Iranian Woman to Face Death by Stoning or Hanging - AP



Yemenis Denounce Protester Deaths - BBC

Yemenis Rally, Denounce Killing of Protesters - AP

Yemen Leader Urges Truce After Troops Kill Protesters - Reuters



Prominent Egyptian Blogger Freed From Detention - AP

Egypt's Military Rulers Study Plan to Speed Up Vote - Reuters

Egypt Deports 93 Ethiopians Before Reaching Israel - AP

Will Egypt's Christians Seek U.S. Refuge? - VM opinion


Middle East / North Africa

Bethlehem Celebrates a Peaceful Christmas - VOA

As Christmas Arrives, Crisis for Mideast Christians - CSM

Hamas Leader Leaves on Tour of Arab Nations to Seek Support - NYT

Girl's Plight Deepens Israel Debate on Zealot Jews - Reuters

Libyans Clash With Former Regime Loyalists, 2 Dead - AP

Libya to Include Rebels in Military From January - Reuters

A Lesson for Israel in the French-Turkish Row - JP editorial


US Department of Defense

Obama Makes Christmas Calls to Servicemembers - AP

Lockheed Lands Up to $980 Million US Missile Shield Deal - Reuters

Future Drone Pilots May Fly Four Warplanes at Once - Reuters

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program to Equip Troops Mentally - LAT

A Military Base 'on the Brink' - LAT


United States

‘Anonymous’ Hacking Network Attacks US Security Think Tank Stratfor - AP

Hackers 'Steal US Data in Christmas-Inspired Assault' - TT

Hackers Hit US Security Company - BBC

Younger Veterans are Trained, Tested and Jobless - TU

Decades Later, a Cold War Secret is Revealed - AP



Christmas Day Bombings Sweep Nigeria, At Least 39 Dead - VOA

Deadly Nigeria Attacks Condemned - BBC

Churches Are Hit in a Series of Bombings Across Nigeria - NYT

Christmas Mass in Nigeria Rocked by Bombing - LAT

Coordinated Bomb Attacks Across Nigeria Kill at Least 40 - TT

39 Killed in Ni­ger­ian Church Attacks - AP

Islamists Kill Dozens in Nigeria Christmas Bombs - Reuters

Nigerian Blasts Mar Pope's Christmas Peace Appeal - AP

Recent Attacks by Radical Muslim Sect in Nigeria - AP

Sudan Reports Death of Darfur Rebel Group Leader - VOA

Top Darfur Rebel Ibrahim Killed - Reuters

Sudan’s Government Says Powerful Rebel Leader Is Dead - NYT

Sudan Says it Has Killed Darfur's Rebel Leader - LAT

Sudan Army Kills Leader of Main Darfur Rebel Group - AP

Powerful Darfur Rebel Chief Dead, Sudan Says - Reuters

Years Before, Darfur Rebel Served Sudan Leaders - AP

Pope Calls for Africa Famine Help - BBC



Mexico: Drug Cartel’s Security Chief Captured - AP

13 Found Dead in Truck in Eastern Mexico - Reuters

Brazil Takes Centuries-Old Foe: Corruption - CSM

Paraguay, Stuck in Siesta Mode, Awaits Lugo's Exit - AP

Cubans Celebrate Christmas Ahead of Pope's Visit - AP

End US Regime Change Plans in Cuba - MH opinion


Asia Pacific

A Village in Revolt Could Be a Harbinger for China - NYT

China Activist Given 10 Years' Jail for Subversion - AP

Japan, China Look to Trade Talks, Debt Buys - Reuters

Japan Asks China For Help on North Korea - VOA

North Korea Expected to Be Focus of Japan-China Meeting - NYT

Japan's PM Reaches Out to China on North Korea - AP

Japan Urges China to Help Keep North Korea in Check - Reuters

N. Korean Power-Behind-Throne Emerges as Neighbors Meet - Reuters

Kim Jong Il's Son Strengthens Power With New Post - AP

Analysis: Caution Mutes US Response to North Korea - AP

China Needs to Play By Trade Rules - WT editorial

Can Japan, Russia Transform Asia? - TD opinion



Russia Opposition Activist to Be Held 10 More Days - AP

Putin Spokesman Dismisses Russian Protests - TT

Moldovan Rebel Region Votes in Presidential Run-Off - Reuters

Russia Won't Get Fooled Again - FP opinion

The Next Russian Revolution? - NYT opinion

Putin’s Children - NYT opinion


South Asia

Why India Pulled the Welcome Mat for Wal-Mart - CSM