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On the RFE/RL Website
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"The Migrant Express" - the journey from Tajikistan to Russia
# An Iranian blogger on her time in Evin Prison
# Kandahar is a critical test in Afghanistan

News From RFE/RL's Broadcast Region

Afghanistan/Pakistan
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Michael Semper on the perils of a fraudulent election
# Chuck Hagel on the limits of force
# The WSJ editorializes on Afghanistan on the cheap
# The WaPost's board cautiously agreeswith the WSJ
# Max Boot doesn't like George Will's off-shore option
# The Taliban have killed the deputy inteligence chief
# USAID money may be going to the Taliban
# Election results may be delayed due to logistics and fraud claims

Iran
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Roger Cohen calls Khameini a flip-flopper
# The Falun gong and the Iranian uprising
# Press TV reports on a 2nd Obama letter

Russia
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Who hijacked the "Arctic Sea"?
# ...And why did the lead investigator flee Russia?
# Russia wants an expanded role in Afghanistan
# A Duma leader on national anthem politics

Iraq
# A brazen bank robbery underscores Iraq's problems
# Col. Brett Barkey on rule of law in Iraq

Of Interest
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Obama will need republican help with Afghanistan
# Should Pakistan prosecute Pervez Musharraf?
# Albania: the Muslim world's most pro-American state

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
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Laura Rozen's "The Cable"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

From the Blogs
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"Room for Debate" asks if it's time to negotiate w/ the Taliban
# Andrew Exum thinks the administration needs to engage on Afghanistan
# Daniel Larison on Obama's foreign policy
# The Iranian foreign ministry is 'in chaos'

--Zach Peterson
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