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    Tuesday, December 30, 2008

    Key observations

    Key observations
    By Gerald: Internet Anthropologist Think Tank
    Dec 30, 2008

    Whom has benefited from the Terrorist
    Infantry attack on India?

    Pakistan deploys troops from tribal areas to the Indian border

    December 26, 2008 1:22 PM ET
    By Bill Roggio

    At least one division of Pakistani troops has been redeployed from the Bajaur-Dir region to the border near Lahore in eastern Pakistan.

    Pakistani military continues to withdraw from the tribal areas

    December 29, 2008 5:02 PM ET
    By Bill Roggio

    More troops are being pulled from Bajaur, Mohmand, and the North and South Waziristan tribal agencies. Another division is thought to be leaving the northwest.

    Taliban consolidate control in Arakzai tribal agency

    December 28, 2008 1:17 AM ET
    By Bill Roggio

    Sharia declared in upper and lower Arakzai; 16 of 21 tribes bow to Taliban law. Taliban welcome Pakistani Army withdrawal in the northwest, negotiations with the government are underway.

    Pakistan shuts down NATO supply line through the Khyber Pass

    December 30, 2008 2:38 AM ET
    By Bill Roggio

    The military launches an operation in the Jamrud region outside of Peshawar, where the Taliban has taken control. This is the third time the route has been closed since September.

    The Taliban and al Qaeda have benefited......SUCKERED
    Both Paki and India.

    Taliban moving in as Pakistan moves troops east



    What is Iran up to:

    FM spokesman in Tehran: Iran begins preparing operations against Israel

    DEBKAfile Special Report

    December 29, 2008, 9:01 PM (GMT+02:00)

    On Monday, Dec. 29, Day 3 of Israel's Gaza operation, the spokesman said Iran had embarked on preparations for operations against Israel in line with the directives laid down by supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khameini in his speech Sunday.

    In his speech, Khameini issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to stand up and defend Palestinians against Israel.

    Iran activating its proxies

    By Olivier Guitta

    Iran is smartly playing its cards, using its main Sunni and Shiite proxy to create havoc in the region and de facto making it stronger. At this point, Iran’s next step is uncertain. But it is quite possible that Hezbollah will decide to open a second front against Israel. Also the destabilization operations against the Sunni regimes in the region hostile to the Islamic Republic are likely to continue unabated. At this point when it comes to terror, all roads lead to Tehran.
    I wrote an article for the
    Middle East Times analyzing the current situation.
    You can read it in full

    Here is an excerpt:
    After the six-month truce with Israel expired on Dec. 19, Hamas decided, or perhaps was urged, to resume its attacks on Israel. Thus Hamas went on a rampage campaign, firing rockets at Israel to create terror and death among Israeli civilians.
    As could be expected, Israel reacted the way most countries would when attacked, and to protect its population against a group it considers to be a terrorist organization.

    A new war in the region is likely to benefit only one country: Iran.

    Indeed, following the model of the summer 2006 war against Israel triggered by the capture of two Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese Shiite organization, Hezbollah, Iran would benefit with a new front opening up.

    This time Iran is turning to using its Sunni arm, Hamas. Contrary to what a number of experts in the region profess, Sunni extremists and Shiite extremists have no problem joining forces against a common enemy and putting aside their age-old rivalries.

    While Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the Palestinian Resistance Movement, also known as Hamas, was still alive, he refused to Iran's advances time and again. Yassin was adamant not to engage the Shiites. After his death, Hamas became much more open to Tehran's advances. Recently, Iran has become Hamas' main bankroller and as such wants to have a say in what Hamas should or should not do.

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