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When US forces leave Afghanistan next year, the absence of the counter-balance will be noticed. Pakistan-based militants say they will attack India once Western troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. That will likely increase tensions between India and Pakistan, both of which have nuclear weapons. The threats were made by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed for the 2008 commando-style raid on Mumbai that killed 166 people.
The Associated Press is reporting that "a year before he was caught on an intercept discussing the terror plot that prompted this week's sweeping closure of United States embassies abroad, al-Qaida's top operative in Yemen laid out his blueprint for how to wage jihad in letters sent to a fellow terrorist. In what reads like a lesson plan, Nasser al-Wahishi provides a step-by-step assessment of what worked and what didn't in Yemen. But in the rare correspondence discovered by the Associated Press, the man at the center of the latest terror threat barely mentions the extremist methods that transformed his organization into al-Qaida's most dangerous branch."
Just back from a trip to Egypt, Sen. John McCain is expressing concern that Egypt may be headed toward a period of prolonged violence if the Arab country's military and the Muslim Brotherhood cannot start a political dialogue, according to the Associate Press. McCain and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham pressed their case over meetings this week with Egypt's top army brass, interim political leaders, youth groups and allies of Egypt's ousted and now imprisoned president, Mohammed Morsi. The AP says McCain acknowledged that top Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was unhappy with some of the "straightforward" suggestions they offered.
The U.S. Navy is going to deactivate a nuclear-powered submarine damaged by an arsonist last year rather than repair it, saying the $700 million repair cost could not be justified in a time of tight budgets.
The decision to scrap the USS Miami nuclear attack submarine, which had been scheduled for another decade of service, is another example of the choices facing the Pentagon as it attempts to deal with large huge across-the-board budget cuts.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian is a militant Islamist organization, primarily active in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. AQAP was formed in January 2009 from a merger of al Qaeda's Yemeni and Saudi branches. It's widely believed to be the most dangerous of all Al Qaida branches. It's leadership has been responsible for several high profile bomb attempts against the U.S. It has also has been a frequent target.
A dozen Republican and Democratic senators are calling on the Pentagon to cancel all contracts to buy helicopters for Afghan security forces from a state-run Russian arms exporter that is a top weapons supplier to the Syrian government. Led by Republican Sen. John Cornyn (KOHR'-nihn) of Texas, they sent a letter on Monday to Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the Mi-17 Helicopters.
Boston police commissioner Edward F. Davis has been mentioned as a candidate to be the next secretary of Homeland Security. The Boston Globe reports he may be in the mix for the job being vacated by Janet Napolitano. According to the Globe, some Senators, think President Obama will announce his nomination within the next few weeks. They also report the White House is vetting "a handful of people" for the position.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has revealed the results a four-month Strategic Choices and Management Review, He said the Pentagon would cut overhead by almost $40 billion more over the next decade, and was looking at $50 billion in savings from compensation. He said the review also pointed to possible reductions of up to 70,000 troops from the U.S. Army's active force, and up to 65,000 from the Army reserves.
Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail after comrades launched a military-style assault, authorities said on Monday. Reuters reports ten policemen and four militants were killed in the clashes. Suicide bombers reportedly drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
Germany was one of several European countries expressing outrage over the NSA surveillance of their diplomats under certain circumstances. Now it turns out according to German newspaper Bild, the government has known about the capability for years and has actually used the apparatus to collect information about German citizens. Apparently, according to the newspaper the BND, Germany's intelligence agency asked NSA for email and telephone records of German citizens kidnapped in Yemen and Afghanistan.