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News in Brief: 11 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

Give surge a chance. “US president George Bush has tried to bolster crumbling Republican support for his war strategy in Iraq telling a public meeting in Ohio that the “surge” of extra troops had to be given time to work.” >> News at: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/give-surge-a-chance-bush-urges/2007/07/11/1183833557965.html

$10 billion scramble for India’s fighter deal. “India’s rush to ramp up its military includes the purchase of 126 multi-role jet fighters in a deal worth almost US$10 billion – the world’s biggest single fighter contract. The prospect has manufacturers from the US, Russia, Sweden, France and a European consortium salivating. Their competition will be intense, as there will be only one winner of the contract. But if India’s past arms procurements are anything to go by, there will also be many Indian winners – the notorious middlemen and agents whose palms have to be greased.” >> News at: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IG12Df03.html

US starts F-16 delivery to Pakistan. “The United States on Tuesday started the long awaited delivery of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan. >> News at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20077\11\story_11-7-2007_pg7_8

Maoists kill 25 policemen in India. “A CRPF Assistant Commandant and two men of the Chhattisgarh Armed Police were among those killed. Weapons, including five AK-47s, an LMG, 15 INSAS rifles and a two inch-mortar with ammunition, were taken away by the Maoists.” >> News at: http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/11/stories/2007071157950100.htm

Rebel cleric and followers killed as Pakistani police storm mosque. >> News at: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2753393.ece

UN denies requesting control over Shaba farms. >> News at: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/880722.html

Cross-border operation delayed until after Turkey’s elections. “The military intervention that Turkey has been considering staging in northern Iraq to root out members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) based there seems to have been postponed to a time after the elections, with Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdoğan stating ‘the possibility of getting parliamentary approval for an operation is not on our agenda right now.” >> News at: http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=116368

US senator McCain slams Iraqi progress on benchmarks. Republican Senator, Just Back From Iraq Visit, Says Petraeus Making Positive Strides. >> News at: http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/3523/McCain_Slams_Iraqi_Progress_on_Benchmarks

Hizbullah confirms plan to attend France summit. “Hizbullah officials said on Tuesday that the group would send a delegation to a summit of Lebanese political leaders in France this weekend, despite concerns over comments made Monday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy characterizing the group’s operations as “terrorism.” The confirmation of Hizbullah’s attendance came after French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Pascale Andreani told reporters that France maintained its invitation to the group.” >> News at: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=83729

Russia convicted of Chechnya killings. “The European Court of Human Rights has found Russia responsible for the execution-style murder of a Chechen human rights activist and her family. The court ordered Russia to pay 85,000 euros in damages to the relatives of Zura Bitiyeva.” >> News at: http://www.radianceweekly.com/muslim_world.php?content_id=706&issue_id=66

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