June 27th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Security Brief: Split within Pakistan Taliban, drawdown issues, more

Compiled by CNN's Tim Lister

Today's Security Brief includes:
* Afghanistan: Drawdown issues – and the fight for eastern Afghanistan
* Pakistan: Split within Pakistan Taliban
* Pakistan “unhappy” about being excluded from Taliban talks
* Iran looks to ‘post drawdown’ Afghanistan
* Libya: Rebels now 60 miles south-west of Tripoli; ICC issues arrest warrant for Gadhafi
* Syria: dissidents meet in Damascus
* Yemen: Islamist militia close in on second city; Saleh “media appearance” expected
* LulzSec calls it a day
* Drawdown fallout continues

House intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Sunday again raised the prospect that Obama's decision to withdraw all 33,000 surge troops by next summer was done for political reasons. "The fact that it lines up to have those troops out before the first debate of 2012 is concerning to me, mainly because conditions on ground have not changed," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." FULL POST

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June 27th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

U.N. to send troops to Sudan

The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Monday to send 4,200 peacekeepers to Abyei, Sudan, as part of a recent agreement between Sudan and Southern Sudan.

The resolution will establish, for six months, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), comprising "a maximum of 4,200 military personnel, 50 police personnel, and appropriate civilian support," the resolution states.

It passed the council unanimously, 15-0.

A week ago, the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed an agreement to allow peacekeepers in Abyei, aimed at ending strife that has ravaged much of the country. The two sides agreed in principle on the need for a third party to monitor the ill-defined border between north and south before the scheduled July 9 independence for the south.
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