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First Reads

# The memoirs of a German Jihadist
# "Reuters" interviews Aleksander Lukashenko
# An interview with Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff by Laura Secor for "The New Yorker"

# "The new York Times reports on the interrogations of Mullah Baradar
# "Terrorist Training in Waziristan" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"
# "Khawaja's Murder: A Dark Indicator" - Kamila Hyat, "News International"
# "The Insurgents Will be Back" - John Duncan, "Globe & Mail"

# "The Kremlin's Shock Troops" - Michael Bohm, "Moscow Times"
# "Turkey & Russia Assemble an 'Access of Outsider'" - Alan Pabst, "The National"
# "Two Heads are Better than One" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"

# "The National" reports on the state of Muqtada al-Sadr's organization
# Iyad Allawi's party considers joining a coalition government
# "Is Kurdistan the Next Dubai?" - Nicky Woolf, "The Guardian"

Of Interest
# "Inside Georgia's Nuclear Bazaar" - Sharon Weinberger, "Foreign Policy"
# Kyrgyz leaders are drafting a new constitution
# Lawrence Osborne offers a brief history of the U.K.'s dealings in Central Asia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Who is Barack Obama" (book review) - Joseph Lelyveld, "New York Review of Books"
# "Advancing Europe's Security" - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is on a trip to Europe
# Laura Rozen reports on changing U.S. Ambassadors here and here

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