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UK Calls for Pakistan to Improve Counter-Terror Measures

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently made a statement imploring Pakistani officials to step up efforts to locate Osama bin Laden and other top-level terror commanders. Although he applauded Pakistan’s recent attempts to combat the Taliban, Brown added, “We have to ask ourselves why, eight years after Sept. 11, nobody has been able to spot or […]

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Iran Announces Plans for Expanded Uranium Enrichment

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On Sunday, Iran, in refusing to comply with U.N. demands to halt work on a once-secret enrichment plant, responded by announcing plans to build ten more enrichment facilities. The defiant announcement would place Iran in violation of a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions if carried out. Initial response to the plans have been mixed. […]

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Hijacked Greek Oil Tanker on Its Way to Somalia

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A Greek oil tanker is on its way to Somalia hours after being hijacked by pirates. The Maran Centaurus was originally headed for New Orleans when pirates boarded the ship and overpowered its crew. Authorities are now waiting for the pirates to contact the tanker’s owner with an expected ransom demand. The ship has reportedly […]

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Revolutionary Guard Given Control of Persian Gulf

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Iran has given control of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, IRGCN, from the traditional Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, IRIN. The Revolutionary Guard has become a politically-favored paramilitary organization that is starting to play larger roles in Iran’s political, economic, and military decisions. The U.S. […]

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U.A.E. Top Investor In Iraq In 2009; Possibly Endangering Legitimacy of Government

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The WSJ reports that as the U.A.E. seeks to cash in on oil, gas and other energy deals, it has now risen to 24% of investments in Iraq for this year alone. As it has become Iraq’s top investor, investing over $37.7 billion in projects just for 2009 to date, one wonders if the U.A.E. […]

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