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The Rundown - March 18

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"The New York Times" reports on Taliban operations in Marjah
# Ann Marlowe reports from Zabul Province

"Our Money in Pakistan" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"
# Robert Fisk on Pakistan's thousands of "disappeared"
# "Dawn" editorializes on militancy in Punjab
# The CIA claims to have killed a senior al-Qaeda figure in a drone strike

"Foreign Policy" reports on the Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress
# Mark Katz on Russian arms sales to Saudi Arabia in terms of Iran

Of Interest
# "The National" editorializes on Iraq's elections
"A Grim Future for Advanced Economies?" - Nouriel Roubini, "Globe & Mail"
# An excerpt from David Albright's book on nuclear proliferation

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
"Fox News" interviews Barack Obama
# Timothy Garton Ash blames Congress for America's foreign policy woes
# "Der Spiegel" has a package on drone warfare
# David Ignatius on contractors as intelligence agents
# Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"

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