8 December SWJ Roundup

Afghanistan

Afghan War Review Called Likely to Show Progress - New York Times

Petraeus' Negative Tone at Odds with Obama's Optimism - Stars and Stripes

Gates Visits Afghanistan Bases - American Forces Press Service

In Visit, Gates Reminded of Tough Fight Troops Face - Washington Post

Gates Gets Sobering War Update on Afghan Visit - Los Angeles Times

U.S. General Declares Fight for Southern Afghan Town 'Over' - Bloomberg

U.S. General: Battle in Marjah is Over - Associated Press

Petraeus: Forces in Afghanistan Continue to Push Enemy - AFPS

Coalition Turns Corner in Afghanistan's Helmand Province - AFPS

Why IEDs are Taking a Mounting Toll - Christian Science Monitor

Catch-and-Release of Taliban Fighters Angers Troops - Washington Examiner

Video Thought to Show American Held in Afghanistan - Associated Press

Arrest Made in Afghan Woman's Disfigurement Case - New York Times

Foreign Air Strike Kills 2 Afghan Troops - Reuters

What's at Stake in AfPak - Washington Times opinion

Pakistan

Official in Pakistan Escapes Assassination Bid - New York Times

Suicide Bomb Kills 15 at Market in Northwest Pakistan - BBC News

Suicide Bomber Kills 14 In Northwest Pakistan - Reuters

Iraq

Iraq's Allawi Threatening to Quit Government - Voice of America

Troops Re-doubling Advise, Assist Efforts in Iraq - American Forces Press Service

Roadside Bombing Wounds 7 Iranian Pilgrims in Iraq - Associated Press

Iran

Iran Talks End with Little Sign of Progress - Washington Post

No Progress Evident in Iran Nuclear Talks - Los Angeles Times

More Nuclear Talks With Iran Are Set - New York Times

Iran Agrees to 2011 Talks in Turkey - Associated Press

Iran Will Not Bargain Over Nuclear Rights in Future Talks - Voice of America

Korean Peninsula

U.S. Sends Top Officials to China over N. Korea - Associated Press

Mullen Arrives in South Korea to Address Tensions - AFPS

U.S. Military Chief Criticizes China Over North Korea - New York Times

Mullen Scolds China for its 'Tactic Approval' - Washington Post

Mullen Blasts China for Not Using Influence - Stars and Stripes

U.S. Commander Urges China to Act on North Korea - BBC News

U.S. Urges Strong Trilateral Alliance With Seoul, Tokyo - Reuters

S. Korea, U.S. Hold Military Talks on N. Korea - Associated Press

North Korea Conducts "Drill," U.S. Military Chief in Seoul - Reuters

N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson May Head to North Korea - Washington Post

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks, Round Three - Small Wars Journal (post-release - cutoff 8 Dec)

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

London Court Denies WikiLeaks Founder Bail - Voice of America

British Court Denies Bail to Assange - New York Times

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested - Los Angeles Times

Assange's Arrest in Britain Complicates Efforts to Extradite - Washington Post

U.S. May Seek Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder Assange - Los Angeles Times

Australia Blames U.S. for Wikileaks - BBC News

Australia Blames U.S. Over WikiLeaks, Founder Held In U.K. - Reuters

Justice Department Studies WikiLeaks Prosecution - New York Times

Saudis Proposed Lebanon Offensive - The Guardian

Wikileaks: Saudis Urge Force to Destroy Hezbollah - BBC News

Clinton: Pakistani Militants Ran Group from Jail - Washington Times

WikiLeaks: Libya Threatened U.K. Over Jailed Bomber - Reuters

Wikileaks: U.K. 'Feared Megrahi Prison Death' - BBC News

Ortega has Received 'Suitcases of Cash' from Venezuela - Los Angeles Times

NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States - Der Spiegel

Russia Objects to NATO Plan to Defend Baltics - Associated Press

On the Trail of Weapons Smugglers - Der Spiegel

A Difficult U.S. Fight to Choke Off Terror Finance - Der Spiegel

WikiLeaks Hasn't Fulfilled Financial-aid Pledge to Manning - Washington Post

Julian Assange: Neocon Tool? - New York Times opinion

WikiLeaks Upside - Washington Times opinion

Sunny Days for Gitmo - Washington Times opinion

Take our Prisoner, Please - Washington Times opinion

U.S. Department of Defense

Panel: Let Women Serve in Combat Roles - Marine Corps Times

Army Struggles with Mental Health Amid 2 Long Wars - Associated Press

Navy Railgun Moves Closer to Real Use - Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

United States

Federal Judge Tosses CIA Targeted Killing Lawsuit - Washington Post

Targeted Killing Lawsuit Thrown Out - New York Times

Punting on Awlaki? - Los Angeles Times editorial

Some Ex-Detainees Still Tied to Terror - New York Times

Report: 2 Ex-detainees Returned to Terrorism - Washington Post

Report: Gitmo Transfers Return to Terrorism - Washington Times

House Republican Leaders Select Committee Chairmens - New York Times

Africa

U.S. Urges Ivory Coast's Gbagbo to Accept Election Defeat - Voice of America

Ivory Coast: U.N. Calls on Gbagbo to Step Down - Associated Press

W. African Leaders Suspend Ivory Coast Over Political Crisis - Voice of America

Ivory Coast Minister Predicts Power-Sharing - Associated Press

Ivory Coast Crisis: Liberia Warlords Told Not to Meddle - BBC News

E.U. Force: Somali Pirates Cannot be Stopped by Force - BBC News

Nigeria: Former Dictator May Leave Ruling Party - Associated Press

Guinea's New President Hopes to Ease Tensions - Voice of America

Americas and Caribbean

U.S. Officials Met With Alleged Boy Hitman in Mexico - Associated Press

Candidates Face Runoff in Haiti's Troubled Vote - New York Times

Furious Protests Greet Haiti Election Results - Associated Press

Haiti Cholera Likely From U.N. Troops, Expert Says - Associated Press

Asia Pacific

19 Countries to Skip Nobel, China Offers Its Own Prize - New York Times

China Cites International Support for Anti-Nobel Stand - Voice of America

China to Award Prize to Rival Nobel - Associated Press

China to Award Own Peace Prize Ahead Of Nobel Award - Reuters

U.S. Lawmakers Honor Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo - VOA

China Ignores Vatican Protest, Chooses Church Leaders - Washington Post

U.S. and China Narrow Differences at Climate Talks - New York Times

China: Hesitant Titan - Washington Post opinion

Russia Says No Violation Near U.S.-Japan Drills - Reuters

Philippine Court Rules Anti-Corruption Panel Illegal - New York Times

Europe

Moscow, E.U. Reach Deal for Russian WTO Membership - Voice of America

Georgia Arrests Six People in Bombings - New York Times

Georgia Arrests 6, Calling Them Agents for Russia - Associated Press

Increased German Police Patrols Linked to Terrorism Threat - Stars and Stripes

Debt-hit Irish Publish Harshest Budget in History - Associated Press

Middle East

U.S. Drops Bid to Sway Israel on Settlements - New York Times

U.S. Abandons Push for Renewal of Israeli Settlement Freeze - Washington Post

U.S. Dropping Demand Israel Freeze Settlement Building - Los Angeles Times

Obama Ends Push for Israeli-settlements Halt - Washington Times

Middle East Peace Talks 'Crisis' Over Settlement Row - BBC News

Palestinians Question U.S. Ability to Forge Peace - Associated Press

Peace Process In Crisis; Palestinians Doubt U.S. - Reuters

Palestinians, Some Israelis Work to Ease Tensions in West Bank - VOA

Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordinated - Washington Times

Analysis: U.S. Wary of Pushing Egypt on Flawed Vote - Associated Press

South Asia

India on Alert as Bomb Hits Hindu Holy City - New York Times

India on High Alert after Varanasi City Blast - BBC News

Police Question Brothers in India Holy City Blast - Associated Press

Indian Federal Agents Go After Ex-Minister - Reuters

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