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# "Der Spiegel" looks at the Afghan parliamentary elections
# General James Conway discusses the deadline for a U.S. pullout
# "Newsweek" has a slideshow chronicling 16 years in Afghanistan
# Bruce Reidel on the arrest of Mullah BaradarPakistan
# "The Anarchic Republic of Pakistan
" - Ahmed Rashid, "National Interest"
# Abu Dhabi will televise a 3-day fundraiser
for flood relief
# "Between Hope and Despair
" - Fazal Khaliq, "Express Tribune"Iran
# "Cracks Widen in Theocratic Facade
" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "The Cracks in the Iranian Regime
" - Massoumeh Torfeh, "The Guardian"
# "The real Meaning of Bushehr
" - Jamie Fly, "Foreign Policy"Russia
# "Bout, Sechin and a Political Firestorm
" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Thailand has delayed the extradition of Viktor Bout
# Russia will scrap a costly customs rule
for foreigners moving thereIraq
# "Iraqi Oil and its Future
" - David Bender, "Foreign Policy"
# "Beirut In Baghdad
" - Lara Setrakian, "Foreign Policy"Of Interest
# Moldovan police seized smuggled Uranium
# "Reconciling Islamic Values and Democracy
" - Inayat Bunglawala, "The Guardian"
# Militants in Somalia stormed a Mogadishu hotel
, killing more than 30U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Human Rights Kowtow
" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "America's First Muslim President
" - Suhail Khan, "Foreign Policy"
# The U.S. may expand military strikes
against al Qaeda in Yemen
# "The New Yorker" profiles the Koch brothersFrom the Blogs
# "Pedestrian" bemoans creeping political apathy
among Iranian youth
# "Danger Room (Wired)" on black sites in Afghanistan