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The Rundown - July 20

# The Taliban are denying reports that Mullah Omar is dead
# The UN says civilian deaths have risen sharply in Afghanistan
# "The Independent" reports on CIA-trained paramilitary units
# "Afghanistan Is Now India's Problem" - Sumit Ganguly, "Foreign Policy"

# The ISI was allegedly funneling money to Washington lobbyists
# "GlobalPost" reports on local militias in Pakistan
# Huma Imtiaz on women in Pakistani politics

# Matthias Schepp on the Medvedev-Putin dynamic
# Yulia Latynina on reporting the news in Russia
# The Strategic Studies Institute has a new book on Russia and the Arctic

# "The National" reports on Iran's raid in Iraq
# "A Green Manifesto for Iran" - Ilan Berman, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Fred Fleitz says U.S. intelligence community is "in denial" about Iran

Of Interest
# "Ukraine Has Its Yukos Moment" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# Members of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacking groups were arrested
# "Another Overhyped Challenge to U.S. Power" - Joseph Nye

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Norm Ornstein thinks the U.S. Congress is dysfunctional
# The latest on a possible debt/spending deal
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"