Small Wars Journal

29 November SWJ Roundup

Weekend and Monday's News and Opinions


The Taliban Call a Time-Out - Newsweek

Mullen: U.S. Drawdown in Afghanistan to Begin in July - AFPS

Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 10 Afghan Police - Voice of America

Afghan Police Building Hit by Bombers in Uniforms - New York Times

Suicide Bombers Kill 12 at Afghan Police HQ - Associated Press

Election Woes, Apparent Bribe Attempt Caught on Video - Washington Post

More Afghans Pursue Asylum - Washington Post

Afghan Spy Agency Denies Talks with Taliban Impostor - Agence France-Presse

U.S. Now in Afghanistan as Long as Soviets - Los Angeles Times

Army Private Accused of Murder in Afghan Prisoner's Death - Los Angeles Times

The Man Who Would Be Taliban - New York Times opinion

Talks are the Only Route in Afghanistan - Los Angeles Times opinion


Close Calls for al-Qaida's No. 2 - Associated Press

Displaced Prepare for Risky Return to South Waziristan - Los Angeles Times

Pakistan Offers Big Reward For Taliban Informers - Reuters

Shiite Deal Gives Militants New Afghan Access - Associated Press

Officials: Targets Survived U.S Missile in Pakistan - Associated Press

Cargo Plane Crashes in Pakistan's Largest City, 8 Killed - Los Angeles Times

Pakistan's Blasphemy Knife - Washington Times opinion

Korean Peninsula

China Seeks New Talks to Ease Korean Tensions - New York Times

China Urged to Use Influence on N. Korea - Washington Times

South Korea Gives Cool Response to China's Call for Emergency Talks - VOA

China Calls for Urgent Talks on North Korea - Associated Press

China Proposes Emergency Talks on Korea Crisis - Reuters

Japan Eyeing Summit With S. Korea Next Month - Associated Press

U.S. Senators Affirm U.S. Ties with South Korea - Voice of America

S. Korea Signals a Hardened Stance - Washington Post

S. Korea Leader Vows Consequences for N. Korean Attack - Associated Press

South Korea Vows Retaliation Against Any Further Attack - Reuters

Korea Tension High Amid War Drill - BBC News

U.S., South Korea Begin Military Exercises - Voice of America

U.S. and South Korea Begin Joint Naval Exercises - New York Times

U.S., South Korea Move Forward with Military Exercises - Washington Post

U.S. and Sorth Korea Begin Military Exercises - BBC News

U.S.-S.Korea in Show of Force as Islanders Take Refuge - Sydney Morning Herald

U.S. and South Korea Push Ahead With War Games - Associated Press

U.S., South Korea Begin Joint Military Exercises - Reuters

South Korea Cancels Alert on Yeonpyeong Island - Wall Sreet Journal

South Korea Experiences a Stirring for Revenge - New York Times

Heightened Diplomacy Before U.S.-South Korean War Exercises - VOA

South Korea's Lee Asks China to Take "More Fair" Stance on North - Reuters


Iraq's PM Hopes to Have New Government by Mid-December - VOA

Taking Lead, Iraqi Premier Vows to Forge Government - New York Times

Maliki Vows to Form Iraqi Cabinet Within Weeks - Washington Post

Iraqi PM Maliki Says to Form Government By Mid-December - Reuters

In Iraq, 'We're Still Getting Hit' - New York Times

Iraqi Premier: No Need for U.S. Troops After 2011 - Associated Press

Iraq Arrests 12 Suspects In Baghdad Church Attack - Reuters

U.S. Troops in Convoy Kill Iraqi Civilian Driver - Associated Press


Iran: Bushehr Nuclear Reactor Fully Loaded - Voice of America

Lebanon's Prime Minister Visits Iran - Los Angeles Times

Lebanese Premier Arrives In Iran - Reuters

Lebanese PM Seeks Support in Iran Visit - Associated Press

Lebanese PM's Iran Visit Focuses on Hariri Assassination - VOA

Iran Nabs Would-Be Hijacker on Syria-Bound Plane - Associated Press

Iran Nuclear Scientist 'Killed' - BBC News

Two Blasts In Iran's Capital, One Dead - Reuters

Iran Says Two Bombs Target Professors - Associated Press


WikiLeaks, Round Three - Small Wars Journal (post-release)

SWJ Wikileaks Roundup - Small Wars Journal (pre-release)

U.S. Department of Defense

Strategy for Treating Wounded, Keep Them Moving - Washington Post

War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat - New York Times

Pentagon Hunting for Permanent Home for AFRICOM - Washington Post

Gates Seeking to Contain Military Health Costs - New York Times

Analyst Loses Clearance and Job, DIA Won't Say Why - Washington Post

A Tiny, Inexperienced Firm and a $250 million Army Contract - Washington Post

Marine Pushback to Permitting Openly Gay Military - Associated Press

McCain Sees No 'Problem' with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy - Washington Times

United States

FBI Foils Elaborate Bomb Plot in Oregon - Washington Post

FBI Says Oregon Suspect Planned Attack of 'Grand Scale' - New York Times

Oregon Bomb-plot Suspect Wanted 'Spectacular Show' - Associated Press

Suspect in Oregon Bomb Plot Is Called Confused - New York Times

After Thwarted Attack, Question Is 'Why Portland?' - New York Times

Arson Suspected at Islamic Center in Oregon - Washington Post

D.C. Metro Wireless Network Excludes DHS - Washington Times

American Exceptionalism: Old Idea and New Political Battle - Washington Post

Why Israeli Security Model Can't Work for the U.S. - Washington Post opinion


Southern Sudanese Carry High Hopes, Many Challenges - Washington Post

Southern Sudan Extends Referendum Deadline by a Week - BBC News

Sudan Extends Vote Registration After Huge Turnout - Reuters

For 'Lost Boy,' Vote in Sudan Is Homecoming - New York Times

Sudan Boycotts African-European Summit In Libya - Reuters

Libya: Sudan President Not to Attend E.U.-A.U. Summit - Associated Press

Ivory Coast Awaits Gbagbo-Ouattara Run-off Result - BBC News

Ivory Coast Gov't Says Two Dead During Voting - Associated Press

Candidates Charge Voter Intimidation in Ivory Coast Vote - Reuters

Ivorian Voters Queue as Curfew Leads to Delays - Reuters

Ivory Coast's President Imposes Election Curfew - Voice of America

Ivory Coast Clashes Claim Three Lives Ahead of Vote - BBC News

Ivory Coast Holds Tense And Tight Run-Off Vote - Reuters

Zuma Claims Success in Zimbabwe Mediation - BBC News

Nigeria Detains 12 In Halliburton Bribery Case - Reuters

Guinea's Borders Closed; Sierra Leoneans Stuck - Associated Press

Somali Lawmakers Pass Proposed Cabinet - Associated Press

U.S. Navy: Merchant Sailors Foil Somali Pirate Attack - Associated Press

Moroccans Protest Against Spanish Opposition Party - Reuters

Moroccans March Against Spanish Political Party - Associated Press

Americas and Caribbean

Mexico: Ciudad Juarez Gang Leader Arrested - Los Angeles Times

Mexican Drug Gang Leader Confesses to Killings - New York Times

Mexico Captures an Alleged Leader of Aztecas Gang - Associated Press

Mexico: Another Tunnel and Two More Warehouses Found - Los Angeles Times

Mexico: Tijuana's Top Cop Fought Cartel Grip, Out of Job - Los Angeles Times

Mexico: Tijuana Top Cop Who Fought Cartels Is Out of a Job - Associated Press

Doubts Rise Over Release of Mexican Politician - Reuters

Brazilian Forces Claim Victory in Gang Haven - New York Times

Brazilian Forces Seize Large Drugs Haul in Rio Favela - BBC News

Brazil: Rio Police Claim Victory in Slum - Associated Press

Brazil: Police Take Control Of Rio Slum - Reuters

After Taking Key Slum, Rio Looks to Next Targets - Associated Press

Brazil: Rio Drug Traffickers are Surrounded by Police and Army - BBC News

Brazil: Rio Cops, Troops Preparing to Invade Gang Haven - Associated Press

Brazil's Rio Tense as Police Close In on Slum Gang - Reuters

Brazil: War for Rio? Olympic City Facing Gang Backlash - Associated Press

Venezuela: Chavez Vows to Expedite Socialist Initiative - Associated Press

Venezuela: Chavez Promotes General Criticized by Opposition - Associated Press

Unpopular President Says Peruvians Sad by Nature - Associated Press

Haiti Candidates Allege Fraud Amid Voting - Voice of America

Haiti Elections a Shambles, Many Unable to Vote - Los Angeles Times

Election Fraud Alleged by Candidates for Haiti President - Washington Post

Haitians Face Disarray at the Polls - New York Times

Election Chaos Has Haiti Again on Edge of Turmoil - Associated Press

Haiti Elections Rocked By Fraud Charges And Protests - Reuters

Major Candidates Call for Halt to Haiti Election - Associated Press

Turnout Remains Big Question in Haiti Election - Voice of America

Haiti Presidential Election Gains in Drama - Los Angeles Times

Preparation for Haiti Elections Is Marred by Problems - New York Times

Haitians Stuggle to Secure ID Cards Needed to Vote - Washington Post

Haiti Rally Gunfire Stirs Tensions on Eve Of Vote - Reuters

Factbox: Several Frontrunners In Haiti Presidential Race - Reuters

Asia Pacific

Okinawa Election Could Set Back U.S.-Japan Relations - Stars and Stripes

Okinawa Re-elects Opponent of U.S. Base - New York Times

Japan Anti-U.S.-Base Governor Re-Elected In Okinawa - Reuters

Taiwan Elections May Hinge on China - New York Times

Local Votes Lift Taiwan Leader's Policy - New York Times

Thai PM's Job Safe as Court Dismisses Funding Case - Reuters

Hundreds Pour Into Thailand After Burma Clashes - Reuters

Burma: Suu Kyi Seeks to Review Sanctions - Washington Times

U.N. Official Meets Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi - Associated Press

Lift Sanctions Burden from Burma - Washington Times opinion


Envoy: Joint NATO-Russia Missile Defense Likely - Associated Press

Russia: No Missile Defense Proposal Made to NATO - Agence France-Presse

Russia's Islamist Rebels Mull New "State" Language - Reuters

Calls From Man With Terror Links Prompted German Alert - New York Times

Ireland Agrees to $90 Billion Bailout Terms - Washington Post

Europe's Poorest Nation Chooses Between East, West - Associated Press

Pro-European Alliance Ahead in Moldova Elections - Associated Press

Communists, Ruling Coalition In Moldova Vote Battle - Reuters

Swiss Referendum Backs Expelling Convicted Foreigners - Reuters

Middle East

Saudi Interior Ministry Says 149 Terror Suspects Arrested - Voice of America

Saudis Arrest 149 Qaeda Suspects Over 8 Months - New York Times

Saudis Arrest 149 Al Qaeda Suspects - Wall Street Journal

Saudis Trumpet al-Qaeda Arrests - BBC News

Saudi King Is Walking, Says Top Official - Associated Press

Al-Qaida Claims Attack on Yemen Shiites - Associated Press

Lebanese PM Calls In Tehran For Arab-Iran Unity - Reuters

Lebanese Premier Arrives In Iran - Reuters

Lebanese PM Seeks Support in Iran Visit - Associated Press

Lebanese PM's Iran Visit Focuses on Hariri Assassination - VOA

Hezbollah Discounts Reports of Involvment in Lebanese Leader's Death - VOA

Hezbollah: Evidence Held by Hariri Court Worthless - Associated Press

Khaled Yacoub Oweis: Hamas Faces "Huge Challenges" In West Bank - Reuters

Violence, Voting Irregularities Mar Egyptian Elections - Voice of America

Egypt Votes Amid Strife and Charges of Fraud - New York Times

Egypt Picks Parliament Amid Allegations of Fraud - Washington Post

Opposition Protests Alleged Fraud in Egypt Vote - Associated Press

Opposition Cries Foul In Egyptian Election - Reuters

Election Concerns in Egypt Ahead of Sunday's Polling - Voice of America

Egypt Set for Key Elections Marred by Clashes - BBC News

Observers Find Violations on Eve of Egypt's Vote - Associated Press

Islamists Expected to Fare Poorly In Egypt Election - Reuters

Mubarak vs. Obama - Washington Post editorial

The Mideast's Next Generation of Politicians - Washington Post opinion

South Asia

India Calls New Meeting Over Parliamentary Impasse - Reuters