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The Rundown - September 2

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# "Beware: Combat Will Continue In Iraq" - John Barry, "Newsweek"
# "Obama's Speech: A Baghdad Family's View" - Tara Ali, "The Guardian"
# "If Saddam Had Stayed" - Daniel Henninger, "The Wall Street Journal"

# The U.S. charges TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the deaths of CIA agents in Afghanistan
# A sucide bombing in Lahore sets off a wave of violence
# "Pakistan: A Precarious Position" - Lamont & Bokhari, "Financial Times"
# The men lynched in Sialkot were not criminals
# "Slate" has a photo gallery from the Pakistan floods

# The two top officials of the Kabul Bank resigned
# Jean MacKenzie on the corruption probe drawing closer to Hamid Karzai

# "Why Medvedev Backed Down On Khimki" - Boris Kagarlitsky, "Moscow Times"
# "Spiegel" reports on internet freedom in Russia
# Dmitry Medvedev travels to Baku for two days of talks
# "Superpower Ambitions Weaken Russia" - Busygina & Filippov, "Moscow Times"

# "Ahmadi And Friends" - Hooman Majd, "Foreign Policy"
# "Stop The War Talk" - Resa Aslan & Bernard Avishai, "International Herlad Tribune"

Of Interest
# "Arms Race On The Caspian?" - Joshua Kucera, "The Diplomat"
# Ron Rosenbaum thinks drone strikes are equivalent to war crimes

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "PBS Newshour" interviews Joe Biden
# The State Dept. designated the Pakistani TTP as a terrorist organization
# "The Lawfare Wars" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Daily Beast" reports on troubles at CBS News

From the Blogs
# "Swampland (Time)" on the Pakistani military delegation's experience at Dulles Airport
# "Putin Blames The West" - Ariel Cohen, "The Foundry (Heritage Foundation)"
# "Eurasianet" looks at the proposed U.S. military training center in Tajikistan

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