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News in Brief: 2 September 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Iraq-US pact to go to parliament in 10 days. A draft Iraq-US security deal will be submitted to the Iraqi parliament within 10 days, Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki was quoted as saying on Tuesday. On Monday, a copy of the deal was published by Al Iraq newspaper, which said the issue of immunity for US troops was the main sticking point in the 27-point deal. (Gulf News)

Maliki’s growing defiance of U.S. worries allies and critics. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has been on a roll, and American officials are getting worried. Once perceived as a sectarian Shiite Muslim leader, the U.S.-backed Maliki has won over Sunni constituents in recent months with offensives to curb Shiite militias in southern cities such as Basra and Amara and in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City. (McClatchy)

U.S. Military Will Transfer Control of Sunni Citizen Patrols to Iraqi Government. Come Oct. 1, the Iraqi government will take over responsibility for paying and directing the Sunni-dominated citizen patrols known as Awakening Councils that operate in and around Baghdad. (New York Times)

Pakistan army ‘just miss’ Zawahiri. Pakistan’s security forces have missed the opportunity to capture al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, a senior government official has said. (Al Jazeera)

Al Qaida has free movement in Pakistan, top official concedes. Pakistan’s top security official Monday admitted that al Qaida’s leadership moved freely in and out of the country. (McClatchy)

PAKISTAN: Outlawed Taliban Have Free Run of Media. Taliban factions in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and tribal areas have been outlawed and their accounts frozen by the Pakistan government. But that has not in the least bit altered their presence in the media. (IPS)

Uzbekistan: Putin Visit Hopes to Arrest Russia’s Diplomatic Slide in Central Asia. After experiencing an embarrassing denouement at the Dushanbe summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Russia seems increasingly concerned about the possibility of diplomatic encirclement. Russia’s political supremo, Vladimir Putin, will try to prevent Russia’s further diplomatic slippage when makes an early September visit to Tashkent, where he will try to dissuade Uzbek leaders from pursuing closer ties with the United States. (Eurasianet)

Russia welcomes ‘responsible’ EU. Russia has welcomed the “responsible” outcome of an EU crisis summit that condemned the country’s intervention in Georgia but did not impose sanctions. (BBC)

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Split on Georgia. Moscow’s decision to recognise the two separatist regions of Georgia as independent states has exposed the divergence of geopolitical interests within the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). (IPS)

Ankara fires back in row with Moscow. Turkey has started carrying out extra border inspections of Russian goods in a mounting trade row that many fear was triggered by the conflict over Georgia, the Anatolia news agency reported. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Japan’s ruling party reels from PM’s resignation. Taro Aso, a former foreign minister and ruling party stalwart, emerged quickly Tuesday as the front-runner to replace Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, whose sudden resignation has thrown Japan’s political scene into confusion and opened the door to early nationwide elections. (Khaleej Times/AP)

Hamas leader Meshal ‘leaves Syria for Sudan’. Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported Tuesday that Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal has left Damascus to live in Sudan at Syria’s request, in a move stemming from Syria’s desire to advance indirect peace talks with Israel. (Haaretz)

Iran tightens screws on Iraq’s Kurds. Iran is carefully monitoring the health of ailing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, who has helped maintain a delicate balance between the pro-Tehran ruling Shi’ite bloc and the Kurdish community. (Asia Times)

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