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The Rundown - July 27

RFE/RL In The Media
# "CNN" quotes an RFE/RL Tajik Service journalist on fighting in Tajikistan
# "The Huffington Post" on creative pothole street art in Russia
# "The Jerusalem Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on Afghanistan

International Press Review

# Aleksandr I. Bastrykin reportedly holds secret assets in Europe
# "The Kremlin's Blacklist" - Vladimir Kara-Murza, "The Washington Post"
# Vladimir Putin's public opinion numbers are on the rise

# Iran is bolstering its military capabilities in the Persian Gulf
# Iran vows to retaliate against the U.S. for carrying out cyber attacks
# Inside Iran on the effects of sanctions

# The U.S. Congress is pushing to designate the Haqqani Network a terrorist group
# "Zardari Court Battle Masks Pakistan Gains" - Rahul Jacob, "Financial Times"
# "The Once and Future Civil War in Afghanistan" - Ryan Evans, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
# UK pilots flew armed U.S. drones in Libya
# Iraqi troops clashed with militants claiming to be al Qaeda in Iraq
# There is a new study on world leaders and Twitter use
# "The Economist" on fighting in Tajikistan (RFE/RL coverage)

U.S. Foreign Policy
# Officials say U.S. infrastructure is being increasingly targeted in cyber attacks