Morning report: August 18, 2004

Ali, Mohammed of ITM to run for office. Ali and Mohammed Fadhil of the "Iraq the Model" blog have announced that they will run for seats in the new Iraqi National Assembly, representing the Iraqi Pro-Democracy Party. Read the announcement here. (ITM)

Thaw in Israel-Syria relations? Just days after Israeli chief of staf LtGen Moshe Yaalon announced that peace with Syria was "theoretically possible", Syria appears to have undertaken some confidence-building measures in the Golan, according to the latest bulletin from Debka: 'President Assad is said to have ordered reconstruction of Golan town of Kuneitra, left deserted and in ruins 30 years to support Damascus’ charges of Israeli destruction. Europeans informed step taken as peace gestures towards Israel, which is expected to reciprocate by pulling back its Golan positions 5 km, so abandoning strategic points of vantage on Mt. Avital and low hills.' (Debka)

Deadline for Sadr. Iraqi officials have given Muqtada al-Sadr one last chance to surrender before Iraqi forces storm the shrine in Najaf where he's holed up. (Fox News)

Terror suspects to appear in London court. Two of the suspects connected with the August 1 East Coast terror alert are among the eight who will be arraigned in London on terrorism-related charges. (Fox News)