- President Karzai stated that he regularly receives “bags of cash” from Iran and Washington DC. While both nations have denied these allegations, it sows further uncertainty regarding Hamad Karzai’s true allegiances.
- Omar Ahmed Khadr, sent to Guantanamo bay as a 15 year old child soldier from the front-lines of Afghanistan, has signed a plea that will allow him to leave Guantanamo Bay in 1 year without a trial. He will be 25 years old by the time he is allowed to leave.
- Two high ranking security officials in Pakistan, who choose to remain anonymous, warn that negotiations with the Taliban without the aid of Pakistan are doomed to failure. Whether this is a prediction or a threat remains unclear.
- The Iraqi Supreme Court has declared the 7 month long coalition forming process to be unconstitutional. The court ordered the members of parliament back to a parliamentary session which they have only had twice since the March 7th election.
- The release of the Wikileaks files on Iraq has re-ignited the torture controversy among coalition forces. The files indicate that the practice of handing over insurgents to third parties with the implication that they would be tortured occurred during the Iraqi conflict.
New START Treaty:
- More generals and members of the Armed Forces have formally declared their support for the New START treaty.
- The reunions between cross-border Korean families, separated by the partition of Koreas after the Korean War, have been blocked by North Korea until their aid request is fulfilled. These reunions are a particularly effective form of leverage because many South Koreans
- Iran has begun to load fuel rods into the Bushehr Reactor, Iran’s first nuclear power plant. The US claims that it is unconcerned with this site because the spent fuel rods, which could be reprocessed into a nuclear weapon, will be disposed of by Russia, not Iran.
Compiled by Grant Potter, National Security Intern