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The Rundown - June 17

# The Pentagon is asking that the troop surge be extended
# Afghan security forces killing U.S. troops is "a systemic problem"

# "End Of The Love Affair With Pakistan" - David Ignatius
# A reporter who filmed police shooting suspects in Quetta has been threatened

# "Iran: A Widened Distance" - Najmeh Bozorgmehr, "Financial Times"
# "What Would War with Iran Look Like?" - Jeffrey White, "American Interest"
# Iran launched a new satellite into space

Simon Shuster on the secrecy of Vladimir Putin's private life
# Dmitry Medvedev has fulfilled some of his economic promises
# "Manufacturing Your Way to Modernization" - Vladislav Inozemtsev, "Moscow Times"

Ayman Al-Zawahiri
# "Zawahiri At The Helm" - Lawrence Wright, "The New Yorker"
# Wright's 2002 profile of Ayman al-Zawahiri
# "A New Path For Al Qaeda" - Yassin Musharbash, "Der Spiegel"

Middle East
# "Reuters" reports on the Mehdi Army in Iraq
# Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf says he will leave business

Of Interest
# "Call Off the Global Drug War" - Jimmy Carter, "The New York Times"
# How Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest hurt Europe
# A U.S. journalist and British activist were beaten in Azerbaijan
# Julian Assange released a video of his house arrest

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# In the cyber fight, the government can't keep up
# "Does Foreign Policy Matter?" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"