September 17th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Iran claims nuclear sabotage

Iran's atomic energy organization is warning against "terrorists" and "saboteurs" that are trying to damage Iran's nuclear program. This time it was the power lines leading to its heavily-fortified nuclear enrichment facility – at Fordo – that came under attack, according to Iran.

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Source: Insurgents got onto Prince Harry's base through hole in fence
Britain's Prince Harry at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2012
September 17th, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Source: Insurgents got onto Prince Harry's base through hole in fence

CNN Wire Staff

The insurgents who attacked an Afghan military base where Prince Harry is deployed may have gotten onto the base by sneaking through a hole in a fence, a British military source said Monday. Officials discovered the hole after the attack, the source said, adding that the attackers - daringly disguised in U.S. Army uniforms - also tried to blow up parked NATO aircraft with hand-held improvised explosive devices.

Prince Harry was about a mile and a half away from Camp Bastion when the attack happened, according to the source. The royal was immediately placed on lockdown, as were other troops who were not fighting the insurgents, the source said.

U.S. Marines, British forces and a U.S. Army unit that just happened to be nearby spent nearly three hours battling the insurgents, the source said.

"This was a well-coordinated and complex attack that we're taking very seriously," a U.S. official said Monday.

It's extremely rare for Afghan insurgents to use U.S. uniforms in their attacks. The last time CNN can identify was more than two years ago, when NATO repelled attacks on two bases in Khost province in August 2010.

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Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges
September 17th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges

By Jamie Crawford

Editor’s Note: Over the next week, CNN's national security reporters and producers will be looking at some of the most poignant differences between the two candidates on the most pressing foreign policy issues. Watch for the stories all week on CNN. More from Election Center

The protests and violence at American diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa last week steered the 2012 presidential race into somewhat unchartered territory - a debate over U.S. foreign policy.

While the topic certainly has not been absent in the rhetorical sparring between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, most of the campaign's focus thus far has been a battle over who has the best prescription to jolt a seemingly sluggish economic recovery.

But that changed last week. Romney's charge the United States was too quick to condemn a film that insulted Muslims before condemning the violence directed at American diplomatic missions abroad spurred Obama's claim that Romney had a tendency to "shoot first and aim later." And all this talk has opened a window on an area that is sure to consume a great deal of attention for whomever sits in the Oval Office next January.

The list of foreign policy challenges facing the United States is daunting - including an awakening in the Arab world with a direction still unknown, a looming nuclear crisis with Iran and an uncertain future in Afghanistan (and neighboring Pakistan) once U.S. troops withdraw in 2014.

And let's not forget a bloody civil war in Syria, where the fate of thousands of biological and chemical weapons also hang in the balance. Then there are fiscal issues, from debt crises plaguing Europe to economic and geo-political challenges posed by a rising China.

Here is a look at some of the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States, and how the candidates who seek to lead the country approach them.

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Afghan protest over anti-Islam film turns into melee; leaves 15 policemen injured
An Afghan youth shouts slogans during an anti-U.S. protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.
September 17th, 2012
04:20 AM ET

Afghan protest over anti-Islam film turns into melee; leaves 15 policemen injured

By Anna Coren, CNN

Protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, attacked police officers in a violent demonstration over an anti-Islam film on Monday, raising the specter of a new round of protests that have rocked U.S. diplomatic missions from Libya to Pakistan.

The violent protest came as tensions remained high in the Muslim world, with American embassies and consulates on alert for further backlash over a privately produced video in the United States that mocked the Prophet Mohammed.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Egypt • Libya