March 16th, 2012
07:42 PM ET

American fears fellow jihadists will kill him

By Tim Lister

It seems that all is not well within Al-Shabaab, the Somali extremist group allied to al Qaeda. A short video was posted online Friday in which its best known propagandist, an American citizen from Alabama, said he believes that others in the group might attempt to assassinate him. FULL POST

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Filed under: Al-Shabaab • Terrorism
Alleged Afghan shooter identified
Pictured: Shooting suspect Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. His name has not been officially released by the military.
March 16th, 2012
06:49 PM ET

Alleged Afghan shooter identified

UPDATE:The suspect in the shootings last weekend in Afghanistan has been identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a military source and a senior defense official told CNN Friday.

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Soldier accused in Afghan killings on his way to Kansas base

The attorney for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans raised issues of stress and multiple deployments Friday that hinted at a possible defense strategy.

Even as John Henry Browne spoke, his client was on his way to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Though the soldier has not been identified publicly by the military, a senior defense official and a military source identified him as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

The soldier had been in protective custody in Kuwait and was expected to arrive Friday evening at Fort Leavenworth, Browne said.

The civilian attorney said he spoke Thursday with his client, who seemed distant, like a deer in the headlights. Browne said their conversation was short because he did not trust that the phone lines were secure.

Browne said he was wary of why the soldier had been deployed to Afghanistan after having already served three tours in Iraq, where he had suffered mental and physical injury.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Karzai • Military • Security Brief
March 16th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

Why the Afghan shooting suspect has not been named

Almost a week since the shootings of 16 Afghan civilians and the suspect in the case is still cloaked in anonymity. The military says that it is policy not to release the name until charges are filed. But that's not the law says Gary Solis, Adjunct Professor of Military Law at Georgetown University and former Marine prosecutor. FULL POST

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Legal • Military • Pentagon
The "I-Word"
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in Jerusalem
March 16th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

The "I-Word"

By Kevin Flower

Not long before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s three-day visit to the United States earlier this month, a senior government official in Jerusalem said the Israeli leader had issued strict orders to members of his cabinet “not to mention the I-word”.

There had been, said the official, too much talk and rampant media speculation about the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear program. He suggested that Netanyahu, before his important visit to the White House, wanted to lower the temperature after weeks of heated war talk in Israel and the United States.

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Filed under: Iran • Middle East • Nuclear • Security Brief • weapons
North Korea space launch throws food deal off course
March 16th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

North Korea space launch throws food deal off course

By Elise Labott

Senior U.S. officials are trying to figure out where to go after North Korea's announcement that it would undertake a satellite launch using ballistic missile technology, senior White House officials said.

The announcement took the Obama administration, as well as the other countries involved in the six-party talks, by surprise and raised serious questions about whether the new Korean leader is any different from his father. FULL POST


Filed under: Asia • China • Clinton • Japan • Kim Jong Il • Kim Jong-un • North Korea • Russia • Six-Party Talks • South Korea • State Department
Intelligence Goes Private: the case file on Joan Dempsey
Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President Joan Dempsey
March 16th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

Intelligence Goes Private: the case file on Joan Dempsey

By Suzanne Kelly

Editor's note: In the Security Clearance "Case File" series, CNN profiles key members of the intelligence community.   As part of the series, Security Clearance is focusing on the roles women play in the U.S. intelligence.

One of the first measures of tradecraft, as any good spy will tell you, is being able to tell when something just doesn't add up. So when Joan Dempsey began ticking off her decades of experience in various roles in the military and intelligence communities, it's tough not to add it all up in your head. With some 25 years in the U.S. Navy, (some of it in the reserves) another seven at the CIA, and some 17 at the Pentagon in a variety of intelligence leadership positions, Dempsey is one of the women in the intelligence community who has been a true pioneer, which of course, also means she has achieved a number of "firsts."

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