Republican candidates talk national security at Arizona debate
February 23rd, 2012
04:38 AM ET

Republican candidates talk national security at Arizona debate

Wednesday’s CNN/Arizona Republican Party debate dealt with a number of topics involving national security. The presidential hopefuls spoke about the role women play in the military, force modernization and Iran’s nuclear program.

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, went after President Obama on the president’s handling of national security issues:

Everybody needs to understand - and by the way, we live in an age when we have to genuinely worry about nuclear weapons going off in our own cities. So everybody who serves in the fire department, in the police department, not just the first responders, but our National Guard, whoever is going to respond, all of us are more at risk today, men and women, boys and girls, than at any time in the history of this country… I think this is a very sober period, and I believe this is the most dangerous president on national security grounds in American history.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Defense Spending • Gingrich • Iran • Military • Obama • Paul • Romney • Santorum • Security Brief
Charcoal is fueling Al Shabaab
February 23rd, 2012
04:00 AM ET

Charcoal is fueling Al Shabaab

By Jamie Crawford

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in London to attend a conference that will focus on how the international community can help stabilize the chaotic situation in Somalia. One issue getting attention – the role of charcoal.

A British sponsored resolution, currently making its way through the United Nations Security Council, aims to expand the current amount of troops in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and to expand their mandate to work beyond the Somali capital of Somalia. It also calls for a ban on charcoal out of Somalia because such exports have been used by al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group in Somalia, as a means to finance their operations.

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