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The Anbar Handover in Iraq Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

On Monday, a major milestone occurred in Iraq. Anbar province, once the heartland of the insurgency, was handed back to Iraqi security control, the 11th province which has been turned over to Iraqi security forces.

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Al-Qaeda Today/ Syria's Nuclear Secrets Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features two new pieces detailing expert debates about the current status and capabilities of al-Qaeda. First up, Peter Bergen discusses the controversy between analysts who argue that the organisation has become largely localised and leaderless and those who argue that the central

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Hezbollah and Lebanon Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update focuses on Lebanon, and the progress of growing Syrian and Hezbollah dominance of that country, especially in the wake of a recent government decision which effectively makes Hezbollah and its "resistance" against Israel an official arm of the Lebanese government.

The State of Iraq Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The situation in Iraq continues to be trending in largely positive directions, despite the occasional major act of violence, with even the venerable Associated Press concluding that US-led coalition forces there are now "winning"...

Olmert Throws in the Towel Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will largely be aware, on Wednesday night, embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced to Israelis that he would not be contesting the leadership primary for his party, Kadima, scheduled for September 17, and will resign the prime ministership at that time.

The New Reality in Iraq/ Oil Prices and the Middle East Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update offers some new and very optimistic assessments of the situation in Iraq. First up, if you haven't seen it in today's Australian, don't miss academic military experts Kimberley and Frederick Kagan, together with retired senior US General Jack Keane's report in the Wall Street Journal on

Hamas' post-ceasefire strategy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces dealing with Hamas' strategy now that a ceasefire has been declared. First up is the always uniquely tuned-in Ehud Yaari arguing, based on his incomparable sources on the Palestinian side, that Hamas wants the ceasefire to last and will likely seek to extend it even b

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Terrorism in Jerusalem Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update opens with a discussion of Wednesday's terrorist attack on one of Jerusalem’s busiest streets, when a Palestinian construction worker from eastern Jerusalem ploughed a bulldozer into cars and buses. Three people were killed and 66 wounded in the attack.

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