Small Wars Journal

29 October SWJ Roundup


Real Test of Kandahar Progress May Be in June - Stars and Stripes

NATO: Kandahar Campaign's Fate Not Clear Until June - Reuters

Elders Could Fuel Stability in Kandahar, General Says - AFPS

Lynn Sees Counterinsurgency Success in Afghan Village - AFPS

Air Strike Targets Haqqani Leader - AFPS

'Crucial' Audit on Afghanistan Contractors - Washington Post

U.S. 'Not Tracking Afghan Spending' - BBC News

NATO Chief Pledges to Uphold Afghan Women's Rights - Reuters

Defense Chief Confirms Afghan Militia in Australia - Associated Press

Afghan Raids Net $60M in Heroin - Washington Times

Russia, U.S. Collaborate in Afghan Drug Raid - Associated Press

The Invisible War - Washington Post opinion

Defining Afghan 'Reconciliation' - Washington Times opinion


U.S. Military Reaches Pakistan Flood Relief Milestone - AFPS

Missile Strike Kills 7 Militants in Pakistan - Associated Press


U.S. Remains Silent on Tarik Aziz Sentence - Los Angeles Times

Iraqi TV Personality Gives Microphone to the Masses - Washington Post

Iraqi Lawmakers Demand Inquiry of Abuse Claims - Associated Press


U.S. Prepares New Offer For Iran Nuclear Talks - Reuters

Iran Offers to Resume Nuclear Talks - Associated Press

Iran Ready For Nuclear Talks After November 10 - Reuters

Finland Grants Asylum to Former Iranian Diplomat - Reuters

U.S. Department of Defense

Inquiry Finds U.S. Official Set Up Spy Ring in S. Asia - New York Times

Commandant Spells Out Priorities for Corps - Marine Corps Times

Commandant Vows to Make Corps Lighter, More Mobile - Stars and Stripes

Commandant Sets Marines on Course for Future - San Diego Union Tribune

Army Service Rifles Getting Significant Upgrades - Stars and Stripes

United States

Intelligence Spending at Record $80.1 Billion - Washington Post

Intel Sharing Reviewed on Mumbai Terrorist - Washington Times

U.S. Continues Aid to Nations That Used Child Soldiers - New York Times

Widow to Gitmo Prisoner: You Are a Murderer - Associated Press

Guantanamo Convict Tells Soldier's Widow: "I'm Sorry" - Reuters

U.N. Seeks Release of Omar Khadr - Associated Press

D.C. Metro Plot Suspect Sought to Fight Troops - Washington Post

Trying KSM - Washington Post opinion

United Kingdom

Defending Secrecy, British Spy Chief Goes Public - New York Times

British Spy Chief Goes Public to Make Case for Secrecy - Los Angeles Times

Britain's Spy Master Goes Public - Washington Times

U.K. Spy Chief Defends Secrecy in 1st Public Speech - Associaed Press

U.K. Spy Boss Defends Secrecy, Nukes Key Threat - Reuters


Somali Militants Grow More Brazen in Attack - Washington Post

Islamist Insurgents Execute Teenagers in Somalia - New York Times

Somali Islamists al-Shabab 'Execute Two Young Women' - BBC News

Southern Sudanese Head South Ahead of Key Vote - Associated Press

ICC Urges Arrest of War Crimes Suspects - Associated Press

U.N. Sends More Peacekeepers to Ivory Coast For Poll - Reuters

Nigeria Rapped for Mass Evictions - BBC News

Nigerian Oil City Evictions to Affect 200k - Associated Press

Guinea Election Hopeful Cancels Tour with Rival - BBC News

Americas and Caribbean

Civilians Falling Victim to Mexico Drug War - New York Times

4 Killed as Gunmen Attack Factory Buses in Ciudad Juarez - Los Angeles Times

A Mexico Massacre in Unfamiliar Place: The Capital - Associated Press

9 Policemen Killed in Ambush in Western Mexico - Associated Press

Eleven Die in Two Mexico Attacks - BBC News

Mexico's Calderon: U.S. Not Doing Enough in Drugs War - BBC News

Argentina Enters New Political Era as Kirchner Dies - Reuters

Argentine Leader Ponders Solo Political Future - Associated Press

Venezuela Business Leaders Attacked at Gunpoint - BBC News

Business Leaders Briefly Kidnapped in Venezuela - Associated Press

Asia Pacific

Clinton: U.S. Committed to 'Getting it Right' in China Relationship - VOA

Clinton Says China is Not an Adversary - New York Times

China Is Said to Resume Shipping Rare Earth Minerals - New York Times

ASEAN to Bring in U.S. as Counterbalance to China - Associated Press

China Crackdown on Dissidents Continues - Washington Post

China Dissidents Under Lockdown as Nobel Tensions Linger - Reuters

Japan And China Leaders to Hold Bilateral Talks - Reuters

China's Rare-earth Power - Washington Post editorial

Vietnam Arrests Bloggers, Sentences Activists - Washington Post

U.S.: North Korean Leadership Transition In Early Stages - Reuters

WFP Chief Says Aid Efforts to North Korea Lacking - Voice of America

Canada to Impose New Sanctions on North Korea - Associated Press

U.S. And Japan Stage Successful Missile-Defense Test - Reuters

Obama Visit to Indonesia Will Include a Speech - New York Times

Indonesia Reviews Disaster Emergency Efforts - Voice of America

Indonesian Tsunami Zone Welcomes Aid Shipments - BBC News

Death Toll From Indonesian Disasters Tops 400 - Associated Press

Elements Slow Aid in Indonesia - New York Times

U.N. Chief: 'Not Too Late' for Burma Elections - Associated Press

Burma Court Hears Suu Kyi Appeal Over Detention - Associated Press

U.N. Secretary-General Says Khmer Rouge Tribunal Plays Vital Role - VOA


Immigration Backlash Troubles Europe - Voice of America

Britain Asks E.U. to Cut Budget, Adding to Discord Within Bloc - New York Times

E.U. Leaders Back Limited Treaty Change - Reuters

New Strikes After French Pension Vote - New York Times

Serbia's E.U. Aspirations Face Long Road Ahead - New York Times

Serbia Raises Reward For Mladic to 10 Million Euros - Reuters

Italy Seeks Stiffer Sentence for Ex-CIA Official - Associated Press

Russian Military Test-Fires 3 Ballistic Missiles - Associated Press

Middle East

No Progress in Peace Talks Following Palestinian Meeting - Voice of America

Palestinians, Egypt Say Mideast Focus Still on Talks - Reuters

Egypt's FM: No Breakthrough in Mideast Talks - Associated Press

Israel Says Nigeria Weapons Were Headed for Gaza Strip - Associated Press

Don't Aid Hariri Tribunal, Hezbollah Warns - New York Times

Hezbollah's Nasrallah Urges Hariri Tribunal Boycott - BBC News

Lebanon: Hezbollah Calls for Boycott of U.N. Tribunal - Associated Press

Hezbollah Calls on Lebanese to Boycott Hariri Court - Reuters

U.N.-Backed Court Criticises Hezbollah Boycott Call - Reuters

Syria Flouts Lebanon Sovereignty, Arms Militants Says U.S. - Reuters

25 Opposition Activists Go on Trial in Bahrain - Washington Times

Security Tight At Bahrain Trial Of Shi'ites - Reuters

Bahrain Detainees Allege Abuses at Coup Plot Trial - Associated Press

Yemen Leader's Hold on Country Growing Tenuous - Associated Press

Kidnapped Swedish Engineer Freed in Yemen - Associated Press

Mideast Impasse - Washington Post opinion

South Asia

Home for Super-Rich Tests India's Values - New York Times

Obama's India Trip - Washington Post opinion