Update: oh, still 13th on wordpress.

Update: I split of the news about the Russian/Georgian war.

Al Jazeera reports that three leaders of "Al Qaida" were killed in Pakistan by an air strike on Monday. A drone allegedly fired a rocket on a compound and thus killed 25 people including the leaders. Several people were wounded including the sister-in-law of Jallaluddin Haqqani, a Taliban leader. The attacked compound is next to a Madras found by Haqqani. He was the defence minister of the Taliban during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

Three days ago a new president was "elected" in Pakistan after the former president Musharraf was forced to resign. A few days earlier the US conducted a ground attack inside Pakistan.

While the number of troops in Afghanistan increases George W. Bush announced to withdraw 8,000 troops (a Marine battalion) from Iraq due to the "increase in security".

I guess the real "action" in Iraq will start after the US has withdrawn (at least the majority of their troops). At the moment most major players seem to wait for the fight about control of Iraq and its territories that will break out as soon as the current government can’t rely on the US troops to protect it. And most major parties in the civil war are actually getting backing from the US. The government clan, the Sunni militias and so on. Most of them fought (or fight) the US troops in the early years of the conflict. But I guess they found out that it is useless to fight against the US. Sure they can inflict heavy casualties and maybe speed up the withdrawal. But on the other hand they can’t cease the official power, yet and they lose a lot of troops, weapons and money which they could use against their real rivals.

So at the moment most fractions in Iraq are about getting and securing their influence and stock piling weapons, supplies and money.

Update: AlJazeera reports that the US wants to deploy 4,500 additional soldiers to Afghanistan. So at the end 3,500 troops will return "home".

US troops conducted a ground attack inside Pakistan‘s region South Waziristan. This is a new step in the war against the Taliban. While the Taliban uses the tribal areas in Pakistan as a safe heaven to support their fight against the NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Pakistani army failed in several attempts to dislocate them (But you should note that the Taliban has very good connections to the Pakistani intelligence and military services). The US uses Drones to attack and observe Taliban movements in the area. But a ground attack is a new step.

There are reports of 15 dead Pakistanis. The incident probably will increase Anti-US feelings in Pakistan since this is a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. There are rumours that similar actions could follow. From a military standpoint attacking the tribal areas is a necessary step. But it might result in a further escalation of the war and could even further destabilises the Pakistan government.

Update: There is a Wikipedia article about the raid.