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During a week of intense talks here in Washington about security and cooperation in Pakistan, officials from that country have come away with at least one positive thing. The U.S. has agreed to expedite request for military equipment. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his own words they agreed to fast-track the requests, that have been pending for months and years, on the transfer of military equipment to Pakistan. Experts say the recent success at capturing a killing key Taliban and Al Qaida operatives help.
International cocaine trafficking is still big business in Colombia and Mexico despite the best efforts of those governments to stop them. More than two and a half tons of cocaine were intercepted in he Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Authorities say the traffickers used freight containers. And the companies where the shipments arrived had no idea drugs were being shipped through their ports. The drugs were reportedly hidden among separate cargos soft drinks and electric generators.
First, the Moscow subway attack, Now, the government of Azerbaijan says it's detained eight people including a Chechen man on suspicion of planning "terrorist acts". The targets --a school and kindergarten in the capital of Baku. They are reminders to many that the region is vulnerable to such attacks and how devastating they can be. September 1, 2004 in Beslan, North Ossetia more than 1,000 people were taken hostage at a school. 300 children, women and men died. Authorities are concerned over what they say is the rising influence of radical Islam.
The clashes between Yemeni government forces and al Qaida continue in the southern part of the country. Radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki is believed to be in the region and Yemeni media report his protectors have been hit hard. More than 10,000 people have fled their homes in the Shabwah Province. John Brennan, interestingly enough was in Yemen, when the clashes kicked off. An Obama administration spokesman said Brennan left the capitol of Sanaa on Monday.
President Obama has made his new nuclear posture public. It has three pillars --disarmament, nonproliferation and peaceful uses. He said they are central to the vision, outlined in Prague last September, of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and seeking a world without them. He's proposing measures to reduce and eventually eliminate existing nuclear arsenals; strengthening the Non-proliferation Treaty and halting proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional states; and prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons or materials. He's also placing heavy emphasis on the black market that feeds illicit programs
National Security Correspondent J.J. Green has the latest.