A suicide bomber detonated inside northern Baghdad's Buratha Mosque shortly before Friday prayers were to begin June 16, killing 13 people and injuring 28. Although reports conflict as to the bomber's method -- he apparently used a shoe bomb or a suicide vest -- the attack demonstrates the ongoing ability of militants to remain innovative in the face of tighter security restrictions in Iraq and elsewhere. (Stratfor)
The Darfur Puzzle
The United States is apparently serious about sending international troops into Darfur — so much so that on Thursday, Congress approved $60 million to help pay for a United Nations peacekeeping mission there. Too bad the mission itself doesn't exist and, without more top-level diplomatic involvement, may never materialize. (L.A. Times)
After the initial euphoria over the toppling of King Gyanendra had subsided there were fears that Nepal might slip back into anarchy. There were doubts whether the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) would be able to work with Maoists in drawing up a road map for Nepal. (The Times of India)
Behind the Talk about Haditha
Some news leave behind more questions than answers about what is happening and why it is happening. One example was the commentaries on confirming the killing of Al-Zarkawi. In an age of very sophisticated surveillance means, one can only wonder whether it was truly impossible to eliminate Zarkawi before, or that timing was key. The Haditha massacre and the media talk about it last week might provide some answers. (Asharq Alawsat)
Is The US Through With Arab Democracy?
Is the United States retreating from its democracy promotion agenda in the Arab world? Has the Bush administration become fearful of the potential outcome of Arab democratization after the electoral victory of Hamas and the considerable gains of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's parliamentary elections last year? These questions are raised not only by Arab human rights activists and opposition politicians, but are also heard everywhere in Washington. (The Daily Star)
Could Iran Defend Itself Against a U.S. Attack?
Iran is a formidable military power, second only to Israel in the Middle East. This is the judgment of most Western observers. Unlike Israel, however, it has been denied access to American weapons, and indeed to most Western weapons, since the overthrow of the Shah by the Islamic Revolution 27 years ago. (Daral Hayat)
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