- By Jennifer RowlandJennifer Rowland is a research associate in the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation.
Event Notice: Book launch for Kim Ghattas’ The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, FRIDAY, March 22, 2013, 12:15-1:45PM (NAF).
Bonus read: Peter Bergen, "Surprising hope for Pakistan and Afghanistan" (CNN).
A secret report by a panel of White House advisers called the Intelligence Advisory Board, which includes new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and former senator David Boren (D-OK), concludes that U.S. intelligence agencies have not been paying enough attention to potential security threats in the Middle East, China, and elsewhere because of an excessive focus on military operations and drone strikes (Post). The document calls for a shift in resources away from counterterrorism, where they have been amassed since the attacks of 9/11.
A federal court in New York City will try Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun (also known as Spin Ghul), a man prosecutors said in charges filed Wednesday was a member of al-Qaeda who fought against American forces in Afghanistan in the early years of the war there, and later plotted attacks on U.S. government installations in Nigeria (NYT, CSM, WSJ, Post, LAT, Reuters, ABC, CNN). Harun was first arrested in Libya in 2005, and says he was placed on a refugee ship bound for Italy as the Libyan government fell in 2011. He was then arrested in Italy and has been secretly held in New York since October 2012, where he joins a growing number of al-Qaeda suspects detained abroad and brought to the United States to face trial.
A car bomb killed at least 12 people and injured 30 others at a Nowshera refugee camp for people displaced by the Pakistani military’s operations against militants in the country’s northwestern tribal regions (Reuters, Dawn, Tel, VOA, The News). The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) denied any role in the attack.
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Carlotta Gall of the New York Times published a must-read on Wednesday detailing how villagers in the traditional Taliban heartland of Kandahar Province are bucking a trend of acquiescence and support to the insurgent group, linking up with Afghan police forces to oust Taliban leaders living in the area, and vowing to resist being overrun by the militants during this summer’s fighting season (NYT). Many villages across Afghanistan have seen local anti-Taliban movements, but this one, in Panjwai District, could represent an endorsement of government legitimacy in an area of the country that many commentators assume will fall to the Taliban after NATO’s combat mission ends in December 2014.
Afghanistan signed a deal on Wednesday with Turkmenistan and Tajikistan to build a railway linking the Afghan town of Akina-Andhoi, which lies 400 miles northwest of Kabul, to Atamryat in Turkmenistan and Pyandzh in Tajikistan (AP). Construction on the new railroad will begin in July in Turkmenistan.
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FP’s Situation Report: Lippert to Seoul; Flynn out at DIA; Sexual assaults up across DOD; A Navy midshipman elected president at Yale; Bob Work to get to work; and a bit more.Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel SobelGordon Lubold is a senior writer at FP and author of Situation Report with help by Nathaniel Sobel, director of research at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Follow him @glubold and him @njsobe4. | Situation Report |
Is South Korea stealing American military secrets? Ike Skelton is dead at 81; NSA on Feinstein: “We’re really screwed now;” Asia series launches; Liposuction for the troops?; and a bit more.Gordon Lubold
North Korea targets U.S. bases; U.S. intel botching Asia?; Russia wants talks; Drone art; Prince Harry and more.Kevin Baron
Kevin Baron is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy, covering defense and military issues in Washington. He is also vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. Baron previously was a national security staff writer for National Journal, covering the "business of war." Prior to that, Baron worked in the resident daily Pentagon press corps as a reporter/photographer for Stars and Stripes. For three years with Stripes, Baron covered the building and traveled overseas extensively with the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, covering official visits to Afghanistan and Iraq, the Middle East and Europe, China, Japan and South Korea, in more than a dozen countries. From 2004 to 2009, Baron was the Boston Globe Washington bureau's investigative projects reporter, covering defense, international affairs, lobbying and other issues. Before that, he muckraked at the Center for Public Integrity. Baron has reported on assignment from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He was won two Polk Awards, among other honors. He has a B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond and M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University. Originally from Orlando, Fla., Baron has lived in the Washington area since 1998 and currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, three sons, and the family dog, The Edge.| Situation Report |