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Massive Coordinated Attack in Baghdad Kills 100+

At least 127 people are dead and more than 400 wounded after  well-coordinated car bomb attacks on 5 targets in Baghdad. The targets include a police station, government ministries, and a market. 4 of explosions went off nearly simultaneously. The attack is assumed to be in response to the announcement that elections are now scheduled for March 2010. Militants in Iraq, many of whom are former supporters of Saddam Hussein and are connected to al Qaeda, aim to show that the government cannot protect the country and to disrupt upcoming elections, BBC News.

Militants attacked Pakistan’s security agency in Multan with grenades and a car bomb, Reuters. Dozens were also killed in blasts at a market in Lahore, Pakistan yesterday, CNN.

New information has come out that Obama administration officials warned Pakistani military officials last month that if Pakistan did not increase its fight against Taliban militants, the U.S. would move more military force into Pakistan, New York Times.

Analysts warn that al Qaeda may try to provoke a conflict between India and Pakistan, two countries that have historically had uneasy relations, Reuters.

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Massive Attack in Bagdad Injures 100s

A massive coordinated attack involving truck bombs and mortar attacks in Baghdad has killed at least 75 people and injured at least 300. The attack targeted government buildings, including the Defence Ministry and Finance Ministry as well as just outside the ultra-secure Green Zone where the Iraqi parliament building was damaged, BBC News. Photo gallery of the attacks, BBC News.

Maulvi Omar, spokesman for the Taliban, has been captured by Pakistani security forces. Reports indicate that Omar has confirmed that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone attack two weeks ago. Pakistan launched a major campaign to root out Taliban extremists and appears to be making headway, AFP.

North Korea has expressed interest in sending a delegation to the funeral of former South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung, CNN.

Journalist and commentator Robert Novak died yesterday after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. Novak is best known as the conservative voice on CNN’s show Crossfire and for his involvement in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, Voice of America.

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UN Report, Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Up

The UN has issued a new report saying that civilians deaths have increased in Afghanistan for the third straight year in a row. The Taliban has moved operations to residential areas and has increased use of suicide bombings and roadside bombs, Associated Press.

Muslim Shiite worshippers leaving mosques were targeted by bombers in Baghdad today. At least 27 are dead, AFP.

Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of a militant Muslim sect in Nigeria, has been killed. Reporters are the ground say Yusuf was killed while in police custody while Nigerian police say Yusuf was shot during a shootout while he was trying to escape. The group Human Rights Watch says the killing is outside of the law, Al Jazeera.

The verdict in the Aung San Suu Kyi trial, which was supposed to be handed down today, has been delayed until August 11. The Burmese democracy activist Suu Kyi was taken into custody in April for violating the terms of her house arrest in a bizarre episode in which an American man swam across a lake to her house uninvited and claimed that medical concerns prevented him from leaving. It is thought that the government in Myanmar will keep Suu Kyi in custody until after next year’s elections, Bloomberg.

A British man has lost his legal bid to avoid extradition to the US for trial for hacking into government computers shortly after September 11th. Gary McKinnon claims he was looking for classified documents about UFOs when he hacked into Navy, Pentagon, and NASA computers. Because of concerns about his mental health (McKinnon suffers from Asberger’s syndrome), his lawyers had argued he should be tried in Britain, Guardian.

General Scott Gration, US special envoy for Sudan, has recommended easing sanctions against Sudan. He says Sudan is not a state sponsor of terrorism, New York Times.

Members of the Blue Dogs Democrats, a conservative-leaning group that has been slowing President Obama’s health care overhaul, have received an increase in donations from the health care and insurance industries, Washington Post.

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