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News in Brief: 18 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

A new escape from Iraq – if you’re a Westerner. A new no-frills airline that begins weekly flights between Baghdad and Amman, Jordan, in August will only accept certain passengers – U.S. and Western citizens. Iraqis, Indians, Pakistanis and other non-Westerners need not apply. (McClatchy)

US to Send Tribal Forces to Baghdad? The US is planning to move Sunni tribal militiamen into troubled areas of Baghdad to participate in American military operations, according to an Arabic-language news report, as controversy over US backing of tribal fighters boils on. (IraqSlogger)

108 Iraq experts call for oil law change. The letter calls for a strong central government arm in maintaining and developing Iraq’s vast oil and gas sector, though with the “participation of the regions and the governorates in the operations of planning, implementation and management within a comprehensive vision that ensures the maximum benefits for the whole people of Iraq.” (UPI)

Abbas prepares for new Palestinian elections. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, today said he would shortly issue decrees for new parliamentary and presidential elections, despite the strong opposition of Hamas. (Guardian)

Bush Aides See Failure in Fight With Al Qaeda in Pakistan. President Bush’s top counterterrorism advisers acknowledged Tuesday that the strategy for fighting Osama bin Laden’s leadership of Al Qaeda in Pakistan had failed, as the White House released a grim new intelligence assessment that has forced the administration to consider more aggressive measures inside Pakistan. (The New York Times — free login may be required)

Another carnage visits Islamabad: 17 killed in suicide bombing. The capital saw yet another day of death and destruction on Tuesday as a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the venue of the district bar council convention, killing 17 people, most of whom were political workers waiting for the arrival of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who was to address a lawyers’convention. (Dawn)

Pakistan struggles with damage control. With scores of its personnel already killed, the Pakistani military establishment is doing its best to defuse reaction to the crackdown on Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Islamabad. The emergence of a loosely interlaced network of underground militants across the country makes the task all but impossible. (Asia Times)

Zimbabwe’s desperate people flee across border to escape Mugabe. At the last census, prior to the 2000 elections, Zimbabwe’s population was estimated at 11 million. With life expectancy plummeting and migration surging, some sources claim that figure may now be lower than seven million. (The Independent)

SOMALIA: Possible closure of Mogadishu market threatens livelihoods. The largest open-air market in Somalia, Bakara, in the capital Mogadishu, could close due to insecurity and continued restrictions on the movement of people by government security forces, warn local sources. (IRIN/Reuters)

Tehran, Washington quarrel over gas deal with Ankara. Putting the emphasis on mutual and regional benefits of a gas deal between Turkey and Iran to carry natural gas to Europe, an Iranian official said yesterday that US objection to the agreement was a part of its regional policies which are “negative and not constructive.” (Todays Zaman)

Japan admits greater nuclear leak. A radioactive leak at a major nuclear plant in Japan damaged by an earthquake on Monday was worse than previously thought, the plant’s operators say. (BBC)

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