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The Rundown - February 26

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

An estimated $1 billion in cash leaves Afghanistan annually
# Can the Quetta Shura absorb the arrests of half of its members?
# The residents of Khost are gearing up for increased violence
# Jean MacKenzie on the Marjah offensive's toll on civilians
# Michael Weiss on Amnesty International's view of the Taliban

Riyan Wani thinks the key to South Asian peace lies in Kashmir
# "The New York Times" reports on the India-Pakistan talks
# Did Pakistan help Iran arrest the leader of Judallah?
# One Pakistani diplomat has extraordinary powers
# Zardari has offered to talk with exiled Baloch leaders

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Syria for talks
# Waleed Sali thinks a revolution is unfolding in Iran
# Michael Crowley profiles the Leveretts
# China continues to resist sanctioning Iran

A large bloc of Sunni politicians will take part in the upcoming Iraqi elections
# Iraq will re-hire 20,000 Ba'athist-era soldiers
# The U.S. returns some "cultural treasures" to Iraq

Investigators have identified the main suspect in the killing of Natalya Estemirova
# Anders Aslund thinks the Russian economic model is in peril
# Gazprom has renegotiated some deals with European partners

U.S. Politics-Foreign Policy
Robert Gates rips the national security bureaucracy
# Patrick Leahy questions Hillary Clinton on Iran's "electronic curtain"
# Roger Cohen on drone strikes
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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