Synopsis of National Security News: 9/3/10 – 9/10/10

Afghanistan:

  • Customers made a run on Kabul Central Bank amid allegations of corruption and a flurry of resignations by high-ranking members of the Central Bank. This panic was compounded by the fact that people were already planning on withdrawing money to celebrate the completion of Ramadan. The Central Bank is important as it provides the salaries for the local Afghani security forces.
  • Riots broke out in Afghanistan in response to the proposed Koran burning planned by Florida pastor Terry Jones.
  • The US has denied the request by NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen for 2,000 additional troops to serve under the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Iraq:

  • A new compromise has the potential to break the deadlock in the Iraqi Parliament which has been unable to form a coalition government since elections took place in March. The proposed plan would limit the powers of the Primer Minister, currently held by Nuri al-Maliki, to appease his chief political rival Iyad Allawi.
  • President Obama formerly ended combat operations in Iraq on August 31st. Approximately, 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq to serve as assistance for local security forces.

North Korea:

New START Treaty:

  • Former secretaries of state, George Shultz (under Reagan) and Madeleine Albright (under Clinton), signed an op-ed in the Washington Post encouraging the Senate to approve the New START treaty.

Intelligence Reform:

  • A lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was dismissed on Wednesday after the CIA invoked the state secrets privilege. The plaintiffs were the alleged victims of “extraordinary rendition”, the policy of transporting suspected terrorists to foreign countries to be tortured for information by local intelligence services at the behest of the CIA.

Compiled by Grant Potter, CIP National Security Intern



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